Reading Museum Motorcycle Exhibit

Captain America is here

I saw the Captain America! To see the Captain America chopper in person was like meeting Peter Fonda. I was star struck! This is the holy grail of motorcycles, the big daddy chopper of them all! This American icon has been in the movies, on posters, t-shirts, book covers, and magazines since I was two years old! I have an artsy wire model of the Captain America in our living room. It also graces the cover of The Great Book of Harley Davidson, also on display in our living room. So when I walked into the Reading Museum on Sunday November 2nd to find the coolest chopper in history right there at the front door welcoming me, I was in awe!

Jay rides the Billy Bike after tossing his watch off

Of course the Billy Bike was there also. It welcomed us into the exhibit at the head of the stairs on the second floor. The second floor hosted a number of vintage American motorcycles including Harley’s, Indians and ACE motorcycles from Philadelphia. Most of the motorcycles on display were on loan from owners/collectors in Pennsylvania.

ACE Motorcycles of Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Arlen Ness 2 Bad 2

At the head of the stairs leading to the third floor we were met by an awesome piece of work by Arlen Ness known as Two Bad 2 which has two S&S V-Twin engines. The exhibit is called Born To be Wild: Adventures In Motorcycle Design. Also on display are motorcycles representing early Brit bikes, race bikes and modern touring bikes like the Victory Vision.

1971 FX 1200 Super Glide the first factory custom

1983 XR 1000 high performance Harley Davidson

Two of my favorites from the Harley collection are the 1971 FX 1200 Super Glide. The first factory custom from the design genius of Willie G. The red, white and blue paint job rocks and the fact that Diana has a Super Glide makes this bike a favorite for me. The 1983 XR 1000 is also a little kick ass machine. I have never seen one on the road. It’s a cross between dirt tracker and Sportster. According to Dave Nichols author of One Percenter “this scoot was like a Sportster on steroids.”

Dave Man Peanut Tank

Zero Engineering Original Samurai Choppers

There were choppers galore! I loved the bobbers and choppers from the early sixties and seventies. There was a yellow chopper that is a tribute bike to Dave Mann with his autograph on the peanut tank. I also love the custom Japanese bobber from Zero Engineering. The paint on the gas tank is so beyond words! I’m not even sure it is a paint job. It’s probably some kind of special Japanese artwork that I don’t know the name of.

Did someone really ride this?

All motorcycle enthusiasts in the area should catch this museum exhibit in Reading, Pa. It’s worth the ride and will be on display until January 4th. This is the way motorcycles should be on display!

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