At the Barber Vintage Festival we had the pleasure to meet Dan and his Dixie Flyer from Austin. His Dixie Flyer is an original bike from the pioneering period of motorcycling and its history is known back to the late 1920s. An Idaho man used it on his weekly 150 mile round trip to work in Yellowstone National Park, MT. After an 'incident' in 1944, he gave it to his young nephew. The nephew subsequently put the motorcycle in the loft of the potato barn, having never started or ridden it. There it sat for 61 years unattended when 2005 rolls around and the barn's imminent collapse. The now 70+ year old nephew wanted to see what the Flyer was worth. His niece sent 5 letters to prospective buyers, and although it was not addressed to Dan, through a stroke of luck one found him. That same day he had the niece on the phone with an offer, and within 24 hrs. He had flown from Austin to Salt Lake City, rented a van and drove seven hours north into the panhandle of Idaho to finalize the transaction and take delivery.
Since being rescued from the barn collapse in 2005, it has received a museum quality, preservation cleaning. On its rear fender are still remnants of its last registration in Idaho, "1927 IDA".
Dan is also a new Cherokee Chapter member. Hopefully, he'll bring his Flyer around for us to see, it is an incredible machine. More to come in Part 2.