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that has history," he says. But restoration is still part of the equation, and for that, Talbott hired Bobby Weindorf, a life- long motorcycle enthusiast, restorer and top- tier mechanic. "I had a shop in Santa Barbara," Weindorf says. "I met Robb through mutual friends. He hired me to become the curator and restorer for Moto Talbott. I moved up here in December." "Bobby has been working on Italian bikes his whole life," Talbott says. "He's perfect for this job." Weindorf oversees and maintains the collec- tion, working out of a shop in the back of the building, strewn with bits and pieces of bikes under restoration or maintenance. At any moment, his boss might drive up with another treasure on his trailer, adding it to the already long list of projects on Weindorf 's plate. You won't hear a word of complaint from him about it. For any bike nut, his is the ultimate dream job. The main showroom of Moto Talbott con- tains a dizzying array of machines. "There are motorcycles from 16 countries here," Weindorf says. Some represented are the 184 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 1 6 These are Talbott's personal riders (l-r): A 1976 MV August 350cc twin, "a really fast bike;" a 1956 Gilera that he rides in the Giro de California; a 1976 BMW 1000cc "Superbike;" a 2015 Agusta Stradale 800cc three-cylinder. The polished chrome and gleaming paint of nearly new and meticulously restored vintage motorcycles share space with bikes that still carry the grit from their last race. That's part of the Moto Talbott's collecting philosophy of "education, preservation, restoration."