On a road trip to Texas last year, I was introduced to an interesting shop called Moto-Vated in Luling, Texas – they specialize in importing JDM cars and motorcycles, and they have some fantastic stuff in their ever-changing inventory. Come check it out with me!
Moto-Vated is led by Glenn Adams, who started things off in 2000, but says that things really clicked for him in 2007. A big part of his business involves importing right hand drive cars – but not for the reason you might think. Typically when you hear about automobiles imported from Japan, you think of popular tuner specialties like the Nissan Skyline or other go-fast options. But Glenn imports them for the niche market of rural postal delivery. In rural areas, the USPS often requires mail carriers to use their own cars, and you want a right-hand-drive vehicle so you can drop off mail without getting out of your car.
The cars are cool, but I was here for the bikes. Glenn travels all around the country, buying out part inventories and storing them in shelf after shelf in a giant warehouse. He’s up to approximately 95,000 parts!
…did you see my recent video on the even-crazier Honda Monkey Baja with an Africa Kit?
One of the most practical 50s ever made, the Honda Motra.
The last highlight for me was this Yamaha Vogel – I’ve never seen a motorcycle where the wheels looked so disproportionately tiny. We’re talking a 2.6 gallon fuel tank, luggage racks front and rear, and EIGHT inch wheels. The whole thing weighs about 125 pounds.
Glenn’s building a new display area to supplant this room, but there were a few secrets in the new area that I promised not to share – guess you’ll just have to go check it out for yourself! Here’s a few small portions of the new room I’m allowed to share:
One of my favorite areas of the complex was in the corner of a conference room – that’s where Glenn has hundreds of dealer posters tucked away. I had to take a look at a few, and I genuinely could have spent 5+ hours going through and taking photos of all of them but I had to meet someone in the afternoon. If I ever leave Los Angeles and can afford a large garage, I’m going to cover it in this kind of thing. I spent my limited remaining time rifling through some BMW posters:
California makes it nearly impossible to register/title interesting imports from other countries, so visiting Moto-Vated was like a trip to an alternate universe for me. If you feel the same way, your main thought through this post was probably “how can I snag a weird tiny JDM bike?” Head on over to Moto-Vated and ask for Glenn. Even if you don’t buy anything, you’ll be glad to know someone so passionate about oddball motorcycles.
For more photos of Moto-Vated, check out this album!