Jim Morrison DMV RecordDon Ince knows a famous bike when he sees one. The guy has committed a rash of celebrity VINs to memory, and spends plenty of time looking over local motorcycle listings for vintage Husqvarna machines with famous pasts. While he has a soft spot for bikes owned by Steve McQueen, he recently came across something a little different. A local Craigslist ad served up this 1968 Honda 305 Scrambler with an interesting pedigree. Registration papers showed the bike once found itself in the care of Kenneth R. Howard, better known as the master-pin-striper and designer Von Dutch.

That explains the wild paint and would typically be enough to give any machine a little notoriety, but Ince says he found something else in his research.

"The registration and lease and liability card that I have for it dated March of '68 lists a James Douglas Morrison living on Sunset Boulevard."

Now, Ince knows that while there are many James Morrisons in the world, only one went on to world-wide fame as Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors.

"I actually Googled and found a copy of his driver's license. That address matches his driver's license issued in 12/67. It was kind of a needle in a haystack."

The Scrambler is currently undergoing a quick service and should be running and rideable within a week. From there, the pin-striped 305 is headed for display at this year's Pebble Beach, though not for auction. The bike is for sale independently, and Ince says he has no idea what it could be worth. Outside estimates have put the value between $50,000 and $100,000. Not bad for an old Craigslist find.

Head over to HuskyRestoration.com for a closer look at the bike, or contact Dan Ince through his site, VintageViking.com.

*UPDATE: Morrison owned the bike from 1968 until his death in 1971. Kenneth Howard then bought the Honda in '71.


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      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure the new owner will love her madly....
      natron3030
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kinda sounds too good to be true. Any other verification original ownership of the bike beyond the registration and lease and liability card that somehow stayed with the bike all these years?
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      This bike is cool, but I would really like to get my hands on the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T he had at the time of his death. The 1967 Shelby GT500, seen in the film 'When You're Strange', would be a nice find as well. Unfortunately, I remember hearing somewhere that he wrecked that car, so it might not exist anymore.
      michigan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Once again, this is not motorcycle blog
      Palandi
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd ride it on the storm.
      IOMTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if there are any photos of Morrison with the cycle? Always a nice touch when providing provenance. Pretty cool cycle in it's own right.
      jnbcressy
      • 2 Years Ago
      No chain or front fender. Does it even run? 1966 year maybe older. 250 and 305 looked alike. Frame should be red.
      Ventura Servpro
      • 2 Years Ago
      They stopped making the 305 in 1967
      Michael Shepard
      • 2 Years Ago
      PRETTY FRICKEN KOOL from the king of RIDERS ON THE STORM..what a find to those of us who owned those bikes...and are sretoring its street cousin at this moment...
      Ernest Fornaught
      • 2 Years Ago
      I loved those 305's. Who has Hunter Thompsons Super Hawk? The dream set- Morrison's high pipe Scrambler and the Good Doctors low pipe Super Hawk. Oooh Nooo, flashback..................