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Join Motorcycle Classics at the National Motorcycle Museum Grand Opening

by Richard Backus

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Join Motorcycle Classics’ Richard Backus at the grand opening of the new National Motorcycle Museum and inaugural National Motorcycle Museum Vintage Rally in Anamosa, Iowa, June 3-5, 2011.

This premier event will feature the official dedication of the museum’s new, 36,000-square-foot digs, and the launch of “Motorcycles at Work,” a special exhibit focusing on motorcycles in police, military, courier and commercial duties. That’s in addition to the 300-plus vintage bikes on display in the new museum, which includes iconic greats like Captain America, the Harley chopper that Peter Fonda rode to stardom in Easy Rider opposite Dennis Hopper on the Billy Bike.

Additionally, museum special projects director Mark Mederski and the museum’s crew have sketched out a motorcycle-immersed weekend featuring a vintage bike show, a vintage motorcycle swap meet and a Sunday morning ride and lunch.

Motorcycle Classics is sponsoring the vintage bike show awards and the Sunday morning ride, and stick around Sunday afternoon for the Midwest Hillclimbers 62nd Annual Motorcycle Hill Climb and Swap Meet, just down the road from the museum. The event will include a special vintage hill climb class sponsored by the museum and J&P Cycles with a $500 cash purse.

This is an important weekend, celebrating a significant new chapter in the 22-year-old museum’s existence. We expect to see more than a few familiar faces, including racing veterans and well-known industry insiders, so make plans now to join us for this special celebration. Here's a video describing the features and exhibits in the new museum: