Reading Public Museum To Open New Motorcycle Exhibit

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Captain America Motorcycle Photo

The Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania will be opening a new exhibit on October 3, 2008. The exhibition is named “Born to Be Wild: Adventures in the Art of Motorcycle Design” and runs through January 4, 2009.

An opening night reception will be held on Friday, October 3 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. and a special “Museum Bike Run” will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2008, at 9:00 a.m.

“This exhibition will examine the art and design of the motorcycle through the lens of classic and contemporary cycles. Forty-six motorcycles will be exhibited including two of the most famous of all time: the Captain America chopper and Billy Bike featured in the 1969 film, Easy Rider. They headline a section of the exhibition featuring early choppers of the 1960s and ‘70s.

The latest generation of choppers is represented by cycles designed by some of the most creative contemporary designers in the United States. These cycles includes the iconic, two engine Two Bad 2 designed by the legendary California designer, Arlen Ness.

Part of the exhibition is devoted to classic, historic motorcycles of the first half of the 20th century. Among the highlights is a selection of Indian motorcycles celebrated for their design sophistication and include the 1948 Indian Chief featured in the groundbreaking 1998 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum exhibition, Art of the Motorcycle. In addition, Reading’s own motorcycle company, the Reading Standard, is featured and includes a rare 1905 model, one of the earliest motorcycles ever manufactured.

The exhibition explores international motorcycle design, featuring British and Italian motorcycles. Contemporary Italian MV Augustas and classic British motorcycles, including a 1954 Vincent Black Shadow and 1957 BSA Gold Star, are exhibited in pristine condition. Harley-Davidson motorcycles also play a prominent role in the show and include historic police motorcycles and a classic 1958 calypso red and white DuoGlide with side car.

An opening night reception will be held on Friday, October 3 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Wear your best biker chic and break out the leather, do-rags, spikes and boots to show your support of this adventurous new exhibit. The reception is sponsored by Hair On The Avenue, and is open to the public. Members free/Non-members $15.

This exhibition is sponsored by Penske Truck Leasing, Yuasa Batteries, Inc. and Friends of the Reading Museum.

A special Museum Bike Run will be held on Saturday,  October 4, 2008, to kick off the exhibition in grand style.

This event begins with registration at 9 a.m. at the Pagoda (celebrating its 100th anniversary this year), followed by a ride along historic Skyline Drive through Reading, with the Museum being the final destination. Special events will continue until 5 p.m., including exhibit tours, detail paint demonstrations, Pig Pit pulled pork and more. Advance registration fee is $25 per rider ($30 day of the event) and includes a commemorative t-shirt (XXL now available), pin and admission to the Museum that day. For a flier on the event, click here (PDF File). For an advance registration form, click here (PDF File).

Born to Be Wild is a trademark of Steppenwolf Productions, Inc. used with permission.

The Reading Public Museum is supported in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.”

Photo courtesy of The Reading Public Museum

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