The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame inducted seven new members Wednesday, and officials announced they will begin an effort to expand the museum, which they said is bursting at the seams.
About 400 people attended the annual Hall of Fame induction breakfast at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.Inductees to the Hall of Fame are selected for significant contributions to the sport and lifestyle of motorcycling.
Roger Schieman of Sturgis, who received the Founders Award along with his induction. Schieman is a long-time member of the Jackpine Gypsies and was instrumental in producing races in Sturgis, especially during the rally. He was a founding partner and board member of the current motorcycle museum and its predecessor.
Ronald McKinley of Sioux Falls, who was recognized for his advocacy for motorcycle safety during his time with the Highway Patrol and since his retirement in 1991.
Nancy Davidson of Milwaukee, the wife of longtime Harley-Davidson design executive Willie G. Davidson, who was selected for her long advocacy on behalf of motorcycling and women riders.
Betsy Lister of Medford, Mass., a longtime rider, who founded two Web sites that provide information about rallies, rides and biker rights.
Stan Simpson of Cibolo, Texas, chairman of the American Motorcyclist Association, who has been instrumental in refocusing the organization on its original mission of advocacy for motorcyclists’ rights.
"Kiwi” Mike Tomas of Riverside, Calif., founder of Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Co., who is widely recognized as one of the most knowledgeable experts on classic Indian motorcycles. His company manufactures updated models of motorcycles that pay tribute to the classic Indian bikes.
Sonny Bridges, LaGrange, Maine, who received the 2010 Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame Award, along with his induction. Bridges headed an effort to repeal Maine’s mandatory helmet law in the early 1970s. He also served as president of the United Bikers of Maine, a motorcycle advocacy group... Read more