‘American Pickers’: Mike Wolfe Once Hit the Motorbike Motherlode

by Clayton Edwards

Longtime fans of American Pickers know that Mike Wolfe loves motorcycles and bikes. Almost every time he finds an antique with two wheels, he gets excited. This is probably because bicycles introduced him to picking. When he was in kindergarten, Mike wanted a bike but his mom couldn’t afford it. One day, on his way to school, he found a bicycle in the garbage. So, he skipped school and took the bike home. That was the beginning of a hobby that became a passion. Later that passion became a career and a hit TV show.

In season 12, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz found the motherlode of motorcycle collections. Dani called and told Mike that a guy named Dick owned a BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) motorcycle dealership. Dick sold the British-made bikes for fifty years. However, his massive collection wasn’t limited to BSA bikes. He had a wide range of British-made motorcycles. When Dani said, “He’s got like three buildings for you to run around in,” you could see Wolfe’s excitement go through the roof.

Mike Wolfe Hits the Motorbike Motherlode

When American Pickers fans heard Dani’s description of the pick, they might have imagined a sprawling dealership. However, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz found three buildings full of motorcycle parts. The first two buildings contained all the pieces you’d need to build a fleet of bikes. However, they didn’t seem to contain any complete motorcycles.

This development didn’t bother Mike Wolfe in the least. He walked into the second building like a kid in a candy store. After all, it was a building packed to the brim with piles of motorcycle parts. Mike was completely in his element. He found several “king and queen” chopper seats. He didn’t even have to haggle with Dick over the prices of the seats. Mike was in hog heaven.

Rescuing a Triumph Chopper

While Mike Wolfe picked seats and parts, Frank Fritz made his way to the back of the building. There, he found an old-school Triumph chopper. Fritz offered Dick $1200 for the bike, but that wasn’t enough. After a little back-and-forth, Frank bought the bike for $1,500, but the sale came with one condition. He had to get the chopper out of the building if he wanted it for that price.

The Triumph sat in the back of the building, surrounded by parts, pieces, and frames. Dick said he couldn’t remember how long it had been there. However, he assumed it had been sitting for 20 years or more. So, Frank and Mike Wolfe went about trying to free the chopper from its cluttered prison.

Luckily, they found a back door not far from where the chopper sat. So, with a little elbow grease, they were able to extract the chopper and load it into the van.