History, Mythology, and Perceptions of America’s Motorcycle
May 18 – October 20, 2019
Join us during the summer of 2019 for a remarkable journey on America’s Motorcycle!
The story of Harley-Davidson serves as a parallel narrative of 20th century American culture and history. The company originated in the industrial age, was the eventual victor in a hard-fought business and racing struggle with rival Indian, and experienced low points as well as triumphs. The machines themselves developed in response to America’s cheap fuel and vast distances. Now, around the world, Harley-Davidson enjoys cult-like status. The brand has for decades evoked strong emotion among both motorcyclists and observers.
Riding a Harley-Davidson is a complex and provocative experience – far more than the look and rumble of the V-twin engine. Harley-Davidson is an innovator, a touchstone of American pride and independence, a fascinating marketing mechanism, an undeniably excellent motorcycle, and a national cultural institution.
We will examine Harley-Davidson through seven key themes:
- Harley as an American innovation
- Harley versus Indian: On the track and in the boardroom
- The “American Motorcycle” – why Harley?
- Decline and AMF years
- Rebirth and success years
- Outlaws, Harley, and American society, and the “Harley Lifestyle”
- The future is in the gear
We plan to illustrate Harley’s story by having on view approximately thirty important and beautiful examples of the brand.
This exhibit opens publically on May 18th; however, there will be an opportunity to join us for an exhibit preview party on Friday, May 17th. More details on tickets will be available soon.
A special thank you to our guest curators for this exhibit: Rob Kain and Dave Russell.
We are currently in seach of the following models to be part of this exhibit:
- 1966-1978 Shovel
- XR-750 or XR-1000
If you have one of these Harley-Davidson models that you would be willing to have on display, please connect with us via phone 717-566-7100 or email – info@AACAMuseum.org
Partial Exhibit List:
1937 UL (flathead)
1950 Pan custom chopper
1954 Hummer flat-tracker (restored)
1960 MS-50 Sport
1960 Topper Scooter
1969 XLCH Sportster (restored)
1974 Baja 100
1975 350 (restored)
1975 Sportster (restored)
197X 250 Motocross
1981 AMF Sportster
1983 big twin touring
Note: These motorcycles are expected as part of the exhibit; however, they are subject to change.