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Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame


Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame

Sturgis is synonymous with motorcycles and the people who love them. Visitors come all year looking for motorcycle-related businesses and attractions - and they get a piece of motorcycling history when they visit Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.

The mission of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of motorcycling, honor those who have made a positive and significant impact on the sport and lifestyle, and pay tribute to the heritage of the Sturgis Rally.

The Museum is open year round, seven days a week. Summer months are the busiest as people flock to the famous motorcycle mecca, culminating in August during the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Motorcycles and exhibits are changed on a regular basis offering repeat visitors something fresh and new each time they stop in.

Our vision is to continue as a world-class museum offering comprehensive and educational exhibits and showcasing rare and unusual motorcycles significant to our history and our sport. The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame will stand out among other motorcycle museums, in that we will not only document the history of the machines, we will document the history of the people who have shaped and changed the sport and lifestyle. This will be a resource and inspiration for future generations.
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Sturgis Motorcycle Museum - BSA 441 Victor Special

One of England’s oldest motorcycle companies, BSA grew out of a consortium of firearms manufacturers.

By Christine Paige-Diers (Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame), with additional photos from the Bob T. Collection.
In 1964 and 1965, Jeff Smith rode a modified bike with BSA’s 441cc single and won the 500cc motocross championship both years.
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Sturgis Motorcycle Museum - 1922 Ace Four

This 1922 Ace Inline Four is owned by local Sturgis collector Junior Glover

By Christine Paige-Diers (Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame)
William G. Henderson is widely recognized as a truly innovative designer of early motorcycles and is especially well-known for his design of four-cylinder engines.
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Sturgis Motorcycle Museum - 1912 Flying Merkel Racer

One of the most sought after antiques around today.

By Christine Paige-Diers (Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame), with additional photos from the Bob T. Collection.
The 1912 catalog from the Miami Cycle & Manufacturing Company in Middleton Ohio touts the company’s Flying Merkel motorcycle as “The Only Motorcycle with a Spring Frame and a Spring Fork.”
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Sturgis Museum Find: A Classic '38 Chop

3-Generation Basket Case Project Knucklehead

By Christine Paige Diers
This 1938 Knucklehead was put together with lots of found parts – some of which were original. Gillette, Wyoming builder Gary Garlick purchased the ’38 EL motor in Idaho where it was also rebuilt.
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Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Experience For November 2013

From the Archives: Rally Special Editions

From Christine Paige Diers -Executive Director, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
Looking through the archives at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, we found a stack of these special edition newspapers from various years starting in 1984.
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Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Experience For October 2013

The Indian Papoose Motor Scooter

by Christine Paige Diers with addition image courtesy of the Bob T. Collection
The Indian Papoose motor scooter was developed after World War II and was based on an earlier motor scooter called the Welbike, which was actually built for the British Army.
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Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Experience for September 2013

Museum Rides with Cris and Pat Simmons

By Christine Paige Diers
Still, at least one couple decided that reliving some of that history now would be fun. Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Famer Cris Sommer/Simmons and her husband, Doobie Brother Pat Simmons left the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame on August 20th heading for the 110th Anniversary Celebration of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company.
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THE WILD, WILD WEST- Betsy Reports Back From The Sturgis Rally

Calamity Betsy Spends Five Days In Sturgis During Rally Week

Words and Photos by Calamity Betsy
With only five days to be in Sturgis, I joined in on a ride event every day, and somehow stayed out until the wee hours of every night. Never a dull moment in Sturgis, unless you want it that way, and you have to plan ahead if you want to find a quiet corner! From the moment I arrived, I was off and running, making use of every moment I had.
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