I’ve never found a classic bike still in its crate, but man, I bet it feels like you’ve hit the jackpot when you do. There are many reasons for bikes to get lost and until computers tracked inventories and orders for us, we had to rely on people to do it. So a crate, here and there, would go missing and that was part of the game.

Then, a few decades later, someone finds the forgotten crate and unearths a little time capsule with a motorcycle frozen in time inside. Though it’s a rare occurrence, random crate finds do happen and it’s like opening a gift at Christmas. You never know what treasure’s on the inside and finding out is the best part. Because we’re vintage bikes nerds and we’re all a little envious of people who find mint-condition bikes, we decided to list some of the awesomest crate discoveries we’ve found.

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