Even though it was a Saturday morning, Nathan and I were excited to be outside of a nondescript office building in Camarillo, California. Why? Because it was the office of ADVANCED Motion Controls, a company co-founded by Daniel Shoenwald in the 80s. OK, that’s not particularly exciting – but Mr. Shoenwald has tucked away a staggering collection of motorcycles in the second floor of his office, and he opens it up to the public once a year!
Photos by yours truly and Nathan May.
Daniel told us a bit about the Indian, then gave it a kick and took it for a quick spin.
There’s just one bike in the lobby of Daniel’s office – a Honda CB1100 with the Whitehouse retro kit. It looks so much better than the stock bike, I think.
I got a little bit of time with Daniel in the morning, but as you can imagine he got swamped pretty quickly. He stayed outside showing incoming guests the McQueen Indian while Nathan and I headed inside. The bikes are organized into sections – here’s the requisite Ducati lineup.
I saw a few friends at the event, including Arthur Coldwells of Ultimate Motorcycling and his dog Charley.
Arthur walked Nathan and I around and shared some of his knowledge of Daniel’s collection with us, because the latter ended up being busy greeting guests for 3 hours! Here are some of my personal favorites:
Arthur took great care in pointing out this pinstriping – it requires a skilled hand to lay down a line like this. But to do another one right alongside while keeping them equidistant is simply on another level.
I’ve featured a few builds from Allen Millyard over the years. He’s developed quite a name for himself by shoving unexpected motors into motorcycles – often times they are motors of his own creation,a s he likes to take two stock motors and combine them into something a bit bigger. One example is this Kawasaki H2 “1000” with a 4-cylinder two stroke motor – think the 750 with an extra cylinder that joined the party, though it’s actually with two sets of left and right cylinders that are linked with a custom crankshaft, among other things. The additional disk brake up front seems prudent.
A Norton frame stuffed with an Ariel Square Four engine. This was previously owned by Homer Knapp.
The first-generation Suzuki Katana – this was nice to see as I had ridden the new Katana to the event. Did you catch my review of the new bike?
My favorite is the Tesi 1D, which I used for a Guess That Bike a couple of months ago. It is the first bike that was made available for sale (#7, the first 6 were scrapped).
Rich Oliver’s Yamaha TZ250 – note the Advanced Motion Controls logo as Daniel’s company sponsored this machine during a legendary season in the AMA 250 Championship in which Oliver not only won every race of the season…he LED EVERY LAP. The next season, the AMA got rid of the class.
The open house was scheduled to run from 9:30am to about 4pm, with some music and BBQ lunch. Unfortunately, I had to get back to LA around noon so we departed early. With that said, the cool bikes weren’t just inside Daniel’s collection – there were some choice machines that people had ridden out for the event!