If you are riding up to Sacramento this fall and winter, you might want to stop in at the California Auto Museum, which is holding a tremendous exhibit titled “Live Free: California Motorcycle Culture.”

Cars usually get all the glory in these kinds of exhibits. For once the focus will be solely on the machines we love.

A flotilla of fantastic machines

On display will be a flotilla of fantastic machines going back through California’s history of cycling.

Included will be a 1910 Yale, 1939 Indian Scout, 1951 Mustang Pony, 1953 Cushman Scooter, 1956 JAP speedway racer, 1964 Honda Dream, 1974 Harley Davidson Chopper and a 2016 Zero Electric.

From the museum’s website:

“At the same time that Karl Benz was inventing the first automobile, Gottlieb Daimler was inventing the first motorcycle. Together, the automobile and motorcycle have grown up and changed over the years, but in this exhibit, the motorcycle will be getting all the glory it deserves.”

The emphasis of the show will be on the motorcycle’s rich contribution to the California lifestyle, symbolizing our love of freedom, of motion, and getting away from it all.


The show opened September 24 but it will run until through February 19, 2017. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Costs: $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (65+), $8 for military, $5 for students (5-18), free for children 4 and under.

Where it is

Can you think of a more enjoyable getaway?