Motorcycling: Marco's early years

Age 8ish

Age 8ish

Age 8ish

I recognize the house in the background which puts this shot no later than 1959. That would make me 8 or less. It’s obvious the bug has already hit. Love that “Charley Brown” sweater. The bike is an early panhead, probably a 74 CI FL from the early ’50s. Any experts out there know for sure?

Dad and me

Dad and me

Dad and me

Another from 1959. For this one I’m pretty sure of the date. Picture probably taken by my mom. Notice the neighbor mowing her lawn in her skirt. Bet it was a push mower, too.

Ride time

Ride time

Ride time
On the bike

On the bike

On the bike

Same bike, on a trip somewhere along the California coast. Notice the hand shifter on the left side of the tank. My foot is resting on the kickstarter in the second picture – it sure doesn’t reach the floorboard.

In Yosemite?

In Yosemite?

In Yosemite?

A few years later with a different bike. I wonder of this is the bike with saddle bags containing claw marks from a hungry bear in Yosemite? That would make me 12-14.