Seeing The Bike’s History Through The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum And Hall Of Fame

For anyone who walks down Lazelle Street or Main Street especially during a Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, he is bound to see bikes suited in modern technology. Meanwhile, a step inside Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame shows anyone a history of the motorcycles which were far simpler yet advanced than they seem.

Inside the museum

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame has two floors displaying a collection of American, Japanese and European bikes alongside a couple of customs.

For anyone who goes through the single entrance door looking towards the left, a 1998 Excelsior Henderson is seen in its crate.

In the first floor, there are old Indians, Harleys, an ACE Inline 4 from 1992 and a restored Flying Merkel.

There are different photos, paraphernalia, patches and other notable items from the past displayed in walls.

There is also a small area paying homage to Clarence “Pappy Hoel” who is the founder of the Sturgis Rally.

On a back wall, there are pictures from the many rallies providing a sense of how the event has evolved from over the years.

There are bikes, scooters and history from Triumphs, BSAs, Nortons, Ariels and Hondas. A Vincent Black Shadow is also displayed elevated and featured solo.

The bikes telling the stories

There is little technology used in the museum to communicate or inform goers of the history of these motorcycles or the rallies. There are only a number of monitors playing the World’s Fastest Indian and some short clips of documentaries and interview.

The challenge of the museum

According to the executive director of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame, Myrick Robbins, they already recognize the need to integrate modern technology for anyone to have a great museum experience. He already has bigger plans. With just being on the job for 3 months, he has already a vision of the museum being something more.

Even though the museum has a lot to improve on, for someone who is an enthusiasts of motorcycles and of Solo motorcycle parts