So……Here goes. I receive a phone call from Paul (a friend I have known since 1989, artist, and avid motorcyclist). He tells me of a phone call he received from a friend selling an old motorcycle. He thinks it’s a 1913 Excelsior. I am intrigued. He does not know if it is all there, or if it is a single or twin, does not know condition, but has recommended I follow up with the estate representative to get more information. So I did. This is how I met Kathie. We spoke at length, I learned a lot about the family and current situation of the estate this motorcycle was part of. I was in Milwaukee, as was Kathie. The bike was in storage in Decatur, IL. But before we could go look at it (and I wanted to ASAP), we had a lot more talking to do. Kathie was concerned on the care the bike would receive. Kathie was concerned about my abilities and how I would “restore” the bike. Perfectly natural concerns. I invited her to my shop to feel the aura of the garage and to be able to listen to me as I described my philosophy on restoring bikes. I was able to show her several I had and how I documented the process. Let’s just say it was an awesome night together. We agreed on a road trip, along with Paul, to visit the bike in Decatur. Arriving at the storage facility we were able to visit the machine. And there it was……a 105 year old Excelsior. The copper gas/oil tank was perfect! Most parts were there, even the carburetor, and belt idler tensioner. The parts that were on the bike were all frozen tight, as was the engine (what I expected). But I was in love. Here are the first photos I took upon seeing the bike on this day. This was November 16th. Hope you enjoy these pictures as I did on this day. Next chapter – Moving to Milwaukee.