Arizona’s ‘Motorcycle Graveyard’ Burns in Fire
All Bikes has been a mainstay in the small town of Rye, Arizona, since 1988 when owner Ron Adler packed up his collection of old two-wheelers and moved from Tacoma, Washington, to the desert 60 miles northeast of Phoenix.
On Saturday, June 29, 2013, a fire started in Adler’s salvage-yard-style lot, which encompasses the largest collection of two-wheeled artifacts in the southwest including some dating back to the 1800s. The fire spread to a nearby trailer park and to federal Forest Service land before being fully contained 12 hours later.
The business that had stood 25 years and had grown to roughly 9,000 motorcycles is now little more than ashes. In addition to the loss of All-Bikes, which is located off Highway 87 and is often referred to as a “Motorcycle Graveyard,” four mobile homes were destroyed in the blaze, but no one was injured.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
According to reports from KNXV-TV in Phoenix, Arizona, and area newspapers, Adler lives on the site and said he feels lucky to have survived the fire. He vows to rebuild. If you would like to help Ron Adler rebuild through donations, call his business at (928) 474-2526, or visit the American Red Cross at redcross.org.
• All Bikes was featured in the May 2002 issue of Rider magazine. CLICK HERE to read the story.