AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and Museum

July 11, 2016/Jonathan Rundle/0 Comments

After experiencing the fun that is AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days and the AMA Vintage Flat Track races, I added the nearby AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and Museum to our itinerary.

Inside, behold a motorcycle wonderland. The museum traces the roots of motorcycling from a replica of Gottlieb Daimler’s wooden bike (considered the first ever motorcycle) to today’s marvels made of carbon fiber and aluminum.

The upper floor is dedicated to racing in all it’s forms.

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Panorama

In this room, flat trackers give way to road racing bikes. Next are the hill climbers, world speed record holders, and finally to today’s motocross and enduro.

It was fascinating to see the evolution of motorcycle racing in one room. Odd couples like a homemade 1940’s Indian hillclimber and Don Emde’s Daytona 200-winning motorcycle looked at home together. The room continues into a large Rickman Metisse display and on to Penton Jack Pine Specials. The latest bike is a Dakar Rally-winning, Red Bull-sponsored KTM.

Motorcycle hill climb tireTriumph flat tracker AMA MuseumHonda Racer AMA Motorcycle MuseumDon Emde's Daytona BikeRickman Metisse

Evel Knievel

The autographed Evel Knievel Harley Davidson XR-750 is a reall well-done replica. The design honors the one used to jump 13 buses (and break his pelvis and several vertebrae) at Wembley Stadium.

Evel Kinevel Number PlateEvel Knievel Happy Landings Harley MotorcycleEvel Knievel Harley Motorcycle Gas Tank

Lower floor

The lower floor show cases many more designs important to motorcycle history.

Craig Vetter’s contributions loom large in a number of displays. You can see original sketches for the Windjammer, endurance challenge bikes and the Triumph Hurricane. Originally supposed to launch as a BSA, execs loved it so much they decided to launch via the parent company.

You can see the BSA prototype here and follow the story of how it came to be.

Triumph BSA Hurricane

Of course, the AMA exists to promote and protect the right of motorcyclists everywhere. A section of the museum explains how the AMA has worked to prevent legislation that negatively affects motorcycling.

AMA Motorcycle Museum Motorcycles Prohibited

The last parts of the museum hold cases and cases of memorabilia – posters, toys, models and more.

Champion Spark Plug Motorcycle Classics Poster

The garage holds all sorts of additional bikes, signs and other moto and gearhead paraphernalia.

Garage display at Motorcycle Hall of Fame

Visit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and Museum

If you’re near Columbus, OH I recommend a trip to the AMA Hall of Fame and Museum. If you’re an AMA member, you get in for free. Otherwise it’s $10 and certtianly worth an hour or two of your time. Visit their website to see operating hours and admission prices.

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