Pros: boatload of information, interesting displays
Cons: none for me
The Bottom Line: "Like a true nature child We were born Born to be wild We have climbed so high Never want to die" ~Steppenwolf
After living in Columbus for most of my life, I take regular trips back now for holidays and to visit family. Every time I pass the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, all I can think of is George Chabot and his crazy love of motorcycles. That being said, my last trip to Ohio I paid homage to George and took a little tour.
This isn't exactly something I would search out on a normal basis, but I was trying to kill some time and the museum was open. Besides, I owed it to George. They are a non-profit organization whose main goal is to honor and preserve the heritage of motorcycles.
I first became aware of this organization, although I had seen the sign many times, when Diane's brother returned from Afghanistan. He and his fellow troops were given Harley's but they had to travel to this site to pick them up. Small price to pay for a classic Harley I would say.
The main floor of the hall of fame introduces you to the inductees and displays some of their rare and unusual modes of travel. Seriously? A 23 foot long easy rider? Who knew ... Another section covers the 30 year history of Honda manufacturing in Ohio and displays some of these machines as well as a historical time line of the company. Of course there is the usual "Founder's Hall" which pays homage to those that have made donations to the museum over the years.
Some of the motorcycles displayed date back to the 1800's and certainly aren't your typical bikes we think of today. They have great story captions and photos, as well as outstanding historical references for each era and the people that brought fame and glory to the art of cycling, in all its forms.
To top it all off, they have an outstanding gift shop for all your cycle wants and needs, including things you probably don't need.
Overall impression: I was fairly pleased with my tour. Cycling isn't something I've ever tried or even wanted to try but the history of it was fascinating and the people involved at this museum are devoted to preserving just that. It was equally interesting to see how things have evolved over time and learn the details of races and competitions. I don't know that I'd go again but anyone with the love of cycles would probably hang out there on a regular basis because their exhibits change all the time.
the following is copied and pasted from their website to insure accuracy: AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame 13515 Yarmouth Dr. Pickerington, Ohio 43147 (614) 856-2222
AMA Members: $5 Members of national motorcycle organizations: $9 Adults: $10 Students: (ages 12 to 17) $3 Seniors: $8 Family Rate: (parents and all single children under 18) $25 Children 11 and under: Free
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