While in the Black Hills in 3 weeks, make a pit stop at The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame to admire this wooden motorcycle built by wood artist Mike Sohn of Hannibal, Missouri. It is modeled after a 1909 Harley-Davidson Twin, took a year and a half to complete and Mike estimates there are at least nine different kinds of wood in his creation.
Sohn’s passion for woodworking began at a young age and developed over time. The self taught artist has produced many small scale pieces such as a jalapeño pepper titled “Running Hot” and a light bulb dubbed “Lighten Up.” Now retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, Sohn has been able to direct his attention towards much larger projects. He selects his projects based on what happens to strike his passion or interest. Sohn often finds himself inspired by everyday objects especially
automobiles. Examples of some of his more accomplished work include an American Chopper motorcycle, and 1909 Harley Davidson and a Model T car.
We are so excited to have this piece of art in our museum,” said Christine Paige Diers, Executive Director of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. “I’m completely amazed by the detail of this motorcycle – everything, down to the springs on the seat is a true work of art. I’m always excited to add new items to the museum’s collection, and am thrilled that Mike thought the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum would be the right home for this piece for the next couple of years.”
The mission of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of motorcycling, honor those who have made a positive and significant impact on the sport and lifestyle, and pay tribute to the heritage of the Sturgis Rally. Established in 2001, the museum is home to an ever-growing variety of motorcycles dating back to 1907. On display are a huge selection of American and metric bikes that are on loan from private individuals, along with a wide variety of exhibits, photographs, memorabilia and Sturgis Motorcycle Rally history.