Vintage motorcycles never get old for bikers at Greenfield swap meet (photos)
GREENFIELD – Peter MacMurray’s love of motorcycles began at an early age.
“I’ve been drawn to motorcycles since I was about 4 years old,” he said Sunday, the last day of a national antique motorcycle and swap meet hosted by the Yankee Chapter of Antique Motorcycle. Club of America here at Franklin County Fairgrounds. .
So, did Dr. Seuss put Horton on a motorcycle? Did the Cookie Monster have a motorcycle on Sesame Street. Or Elmo, perhaps? No, much better than that for a 4 year old.
“My parents found a babysitter for me and he came by Harley-Davidson,” he said.
Did the babysitter take him? “No,” MacMurray said, “much to my chagrin.”
The Holliston resident now owns 20 or 22 motorcycles and he rides them all. “I’ve been riding for about 55 years,” he said.
MacMurray was one of dozens of antique motorcycle owners and restorers at the Yankee Chapter event, the first time it was held in Greenfield.
According to Ken Herschfield of the Yankee Chapter, about 2,000 people attended the meeting and the exchange. There are about 90 chapters in the country. He said the Yankee Chapter is the largest with about 250 to 280 members. The chapter’s motto, “Ride ’em. Don’t hide ’em.
The national meet included a judging where the bikes were judged for “correctness of originality”. All makes and models 35+ are included. The oldest bike there on Sunday was an unrestored 1913 Motosacoche.
In other words, not so much that a nut or bolt is new on this bike, owned by George and Laura Kyller.
Even restored motorcycles are subject to strict guidelines, according to Herschfield, who said the motorcycle should be “replicated as closely as possible to what it looked like when it left the factory.”
The Yankee Chapter will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year by hosting a national road race. For more information on the chapter, visit yankeechapter.org