Sturgis Motorcycle Museum To Exhibit John Reed’s 50th Anniversary Rally Custom Motorcycle

While you enjoy the 70th Black Hills Rally, you have one more reason to stop by the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. The museum got a short-term 3-week loan of a custom motorcycle originally built in 1990 by Custom Chrome Designer John Reed for the 50th anniversary of Rally. The bike was owned by Custom Chrome founder Nace Panzica, then donated to the National Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.  For the next three weeks, the bike will be on loan to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame and will be on exhibit for all visitors to see.

“As we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year, it’s more than appropriate that we have this special motorcycle to exhibit ”said Christine Paige Diers, Director of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. “We’re particularly grateful to John Parham and the folks at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa for their generosity in loaning this bike to us for a brief time.” This one-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson was built by John Reed from a 1986 engine and frame and finished with 24 karat gold plating. 

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 999 Main Street in Sturgis, SD.  Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday during the summer season.  From August 6th through August 14, the museum will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for anyone 65 and over.  Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

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7 Responses to “Sturgis Motorcycle Museum To Exhibit John Reed’s 50th Anniversary Rally Custom Motorcycle”


  1. 1 raycwheeler@gmail.com Aug 1st, 2010 at 3:58 am

    20 Years ago and it seems like yesterday.

    John Reed,

    Thanks, had the rare opportunity to be in the right place at the right time, viewed the bike live and in color during the 50th rally. Seems the bike was on display in front of the museum on the corner. Beautiful then and still is.

    MEMORIES….The 50th may have been the last year in the city park, seems the part got a little rowdy and a shit house burned among other things, including a Japanese bike hanging from a tree in the park. in the middle of a fun filled night.

    Memories are priceless. Enjoy the 70th and party hearty!

    ray c wheeler

  2. 2 Paul Aug 1st, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Sturgis Museum Website. Crappy website. Hope they didn’t spend much on their webmaster

  3. 3 willie Aug 2nd, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Is the horse mag doing the ride in show at the full throttle saloon Hard core choppers whats the date for that show?

  4. 4 mike corbin Aug 2nd, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    That always was a nice bagger.. John is the ” Greatest ” !

  5. 5 Rider2 Aug 2nd, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Probably one of the nicest customs built by Reed. That thing is timeless. Let’s hope it’s not going to go to a Barrett-Jackson auction one day.

  6. 6 DJ BOSSMAN Aug 4th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Right On Man Looking Great

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