Sunday, July 02, 2006
The secret motorcycle burial grounds
I found out that Rockdale Cycle on Highway 20 (just north of Conyers, Georgia) happens to be a motorcycle junkyard. Funny thing is, I'd driven past them several times and not realized that, since a motorcycle junkyard is a bit smaller than an automotive one, and they had a picket fence to hide the junked bikes from view. Last Friday, I stopped in and looked around their yard.
Some of the yard consisted of parts removed from bikes and orgainzed by the type of part. There was a mountain of handlebars, a shed full of exhaust components, at least a dozen Windjammer upper fairings amid a mountain of touring fairings, and a semi truck trailer full of engines. They must have had at least a hundred relatively intact bikes there, almost all of them from the '70s and '80s. After looking at nearly all of them, I finally found the one CX500 in the whole yard.
Imagine my shock when I found that this one was missing the parts I needed - because its previous owner had also cut it up to install a Windjammer!