A DMV registration for “Lost Plate(s),” made by Dylan after his mysterious Triumph motorcycle crash
DS, signed “Robert Dylan,” one page, 7.25 x 3.25, June 30, 1967. A State of New York Department of Motor Vehicles registration for Bob Dylan's 1964 Triumph motorcycle, with the left side stamped in orange: "Lost Plate(s)." The sheet has been filled out in another hand and contains the following fields: Last and first names: "Dylan, Robert"; Legal residence: "PO Bx 125 Bearsville, Ulster, NY"; Date of birth: "5/24/41"; Vehicle year, make, and weight: "1964, Triumph, 330"; Insurance company: "Public Service Mutual"; and Vehicle last registered: "Plate No. 1145, Yr. 67, State NY." The box to lower left lists the updated plate number as "74165" with sticker number "36" and an expiration date of December 31, 1967. Signed at the conclusion in ballpoint by Dylan. In fine condition.
The story of Dylan’s purported Woodstock motorcycle accident has since become a part of music legend. As it goes, on July 29, 1966, Dylan crashed his 500 cc Triumph Tiger 100 motorcycle near his home in Woodstock, New York, an accident that resulted in Dylan suffering lacerations to the face and scalp, a concussion, and breaking several vertebrae. No ambulance was ever called, but, by many accounts, Dylan ended up at the home of his friend Dr. Edward Thaler to recuperate, while in others, he was driven to Middletown Hospital, where, according to Dylan himself, he spent a week. Two other popular theories exist: the motorcycle accident was minor, a mere driveway tip-over, and the crash never happened, both of which feed into the belief that Dylan fabricated the story to exit his current mad rush lifestyle. Crash or no crash, Dylan withdrew from the public and, apart from a few appearances, he did not tour again for almost eight years.