Past Exhibits

Past AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame exhibits

2 Wheels + Motor: A Fine Art Exhibition

This exhibit at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, titled "2 Wheels + Motor: A Fine Art Exhibition," includes art created by mixed-media specialists, photographers, sculptors, painters, illustrators, jewelers and potters. They're showcasing some of their finest pieces in one of the most heart-stirring and captivating exhibits of motorcycling-related art in the nation.

Bike Craft

Motorcyclists have always been fond of custom creations, but they haven't always created them the same way. Through the years, the appeal has focused on everything from over-the-top baggers to amazingly raked out choppers to rat bikes to futuristic concepts. One trend has seen the rise of the café bike and its purposeful, industrial, stripped-down appearance.

Dirt-Track! All-American Racing

See the machines and read the stories of some of the greatest racers to take up this uniquely American sport.

30-Year Ride: Honda's Ohio-Made Motorcycles

It started in 1979, with a field that became a factory, and 64 workers building two-stroke dirtbikes. Ultimately, Honda associates at the Marysville Motorcycle Plant built 2,334,403 products. Enjoy a detailed look across 30 years of history of Honda in Ohio.

MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles

Priceless machines, exclusive memorabilia and tales from celebrities’ favorite two-wheel adventures.

Awesome-Ness

The life and art of Arlen Ness: King of Choppers.

Red Bikes

Fifteen large-format photographic prints by artist and motorcycle aficionado Dawn Deppi.

Malcolm!

Celebrating the career of Hall of Famer Malcolm Smith, who is famous for his starring role in the movie "On Any Sunday" and his victories in the International Six Day Trials.

American Motorcycle Clubs

The rich history of motorcycle clubs in the United States is represented in photos, uniforms, pins, patches and other items from the Museum's permanent collection.

Motocross America

Motocross America traces the evolution of the sport from its 1920s roots to the wildly popular Supercross and freestyle events of today.

SuperMann

"SuperMann” honors the legendary career of Dick Mann, one of motorcycling’s most versatile and successful competitors.

BMW: The Mastery of Speed

This exhibit showcases the German manufacturer’s sporting heritage with significant models from the 1920s to the 2005 K1200R.

BSA's Greatest Daytona

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic British marque’s legendary victory at the 1954 Daytona 200—the greatest performance ever for a single brand on the sands of Daytona Beach.

Heroes of Harley-Davidson, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance

The Harley-Davidson Motor Company began life in a 10-by-15 foot shed in 1903. Today – a century later – it is not only the world's longest-surviving motorcycle company, but has become an internationally recognized brand and a symbol of success and recovery in American business.

From the Attic

Motorcycle-related toys and games from the collections of AMA staff members.

Craig Vetter: Man in the Wind

A tribute to the creative mind of one of America's great motorcycle designers, Man in the Wind chronicles Vetter's career from his first fairing designs in the 1960s through his work as a stylist for BSA to his fuel efficiency contests of the 1980s.

A Century of Indian, Presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance

The exhibit provides insight into the rise and fall of an American icon by featuring important motorcycles from Indian's history accompanied by period sales literature, memorabilia, rare photos, and informative text.

Biker Generation: 20 years of motorcycle photography by Michael Lichter

This eye-catching exhibit showcases 26 fine-art photographs of motorcycles and their riders, gathered over two decades by commercial artist Michael Lichter. Called "Biker Generation," the exhibit features images that transcend the machines and riders depicted, revealing intriguing personalities and lifestyles.

The Dawn of the Superbike

Some of the fastest street motorcycles of the late '60s and early '70's are on display in the museum. Discover the predecessors of today's high-performance sport bikes in the online companion to the exhibit.

Selling Motorcycles in America

The exhibit showcased historical products dealers used to boost sales, ranging from Indian key fobs to racing posters. A centerpiece of the exhibit was a 1913 replica store front of the original A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson dealership that still exists today in Columbus as the country's longest continuously operating Harley-Davidson dealership.

Women & Motorcycling

The Women & Motorcycling exhibit recognized the accomplishments of the individuals who furthered the cause of women in motorcycling from 1900 to today.

Seventy-Five Years of Excitement

The "75 Years of Excitement" exhibit featured nearly 100 machines highlighting the AMA's 75 years of existence, from 1924 to 1999. Composed mainly of competition machines, the exhibit spans the years from early board-track racing to night speedway, through hillclimb's dominance and then on to today's professional AMA racing series. The exhibit ran through January 2001.

Motorcycle Toys 1910-1960

Motorcycles have always captured the imagination of children. Those too young to ride could live out their fantasies with miniature reproductions of their favorite bikes. Over the years, toy copies were made of almost every motorcycle–from Indian Traffic Cars to Swiss Condors.

Indian Motorcycles

Known as the oldest U.S. motorcycle brand, the heritage of Indian Motorcycles dates back to 1901. Throughout the past century, the machines have evolved into something quite spectacular.

Several Indian Motorcycles were on display:

  • 1928 Indian CLS213R: donated by the Donna Hawtrey Estate
  • 1940 Indian Scout: donated by Don Cornwell
  • 1947 Indian Chief: donated by Donald R. Barany
  • 1947 Indian Chief: restored by previous owner and purchased by the AMHF for our raffle bike.
  • 1953 Indian Chief: donated by Bartow “Mac” Thompson 

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Past AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame exhibits

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