The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibit entitled “The Early Days.”
The exhibit occupies a room in the lower level of the museum that was most recently dedicated to motorcycle clubs and colors.
The “Early Days” exhibit focuses on the earliest motorcycles – from what is commonly recognized as the first motorcycle through those machines produced in 1915.
Christine Paige Diers (Executive Director of the museum) says: “The Early Days Exhibit is designed to show our visitors what those early machines were like, and to tell the story of how it all started.
“In those very early days, there were many different companies that manufactured and sold motorcycles, and this exhibit just gives a taste of what that competition must have been like.”
In addition to exhibiting pre-1916 motorcycles and memorabilia, The Early Days exhibit also tells the much more recent story of the Motorcycle Cannonball. “Just last fall, over 40 motorcycle history enthusiasts participated in an historic ride across the United States,” explains Paige Diers.
Christine Paige Diers says: “These modern day adventurers rode the same early machines you’ll see in the exhibit all the way across the United States and we thought it was fitting to tell their story at the same time as we told the story of the first motorcycles.”
A portion of the funding for “The Early Days” was provided through a grant from Sturgis Rally Charities Foundation. The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is located at the corner of Main Street and Junction Avenue in Sturgis, South Dakota.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for anyone 65 and older and children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.