When it comes to the history, ingenuity and craftsmanship of the motorcycle, I can't help but be curious about these engineering marvels. Ever since I moved to the outskirts of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2009, I've been wanting to check out the 130,000-square-foot Harley-Davidson Museum that's been open since 2008. When I look at a motorcycle, I look at the engineered art that's behind it, which was one of several things that I was hoping to find at the museum. Especially for the simple fact that I'm not exactly a motorcycle enthusiast and don't really care too much for the loudness of them. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed looking around, trying to find the perfect snapshots throughout the museum.
|Part of the museum - pretty sweet looking in person|
One of the interesting little things that I found the most fascinating walking around the two story complex that was filled with motorcycle history, was where one of the oldest Harley-Davidson bikes was displayed, Serial Number One, built sometime in 1905. Around the outside perimeter of the glass case, is a lighted line that outlines the original 10 x 15 workshop that it was built in. As one would imagine, that's a pretty tiny space when it comes to building a machine like this.
Here's a 360 degree view that'll give you some perspective:
Harley-Davidson Serial Number One Exhibit
I would love to head back to the museum again, and get some more pictures, since I felt like I didn't exactly get the fine details of the smaller things. Another reason to head back would be to experience their $4 two hour guided tour and get a more in-depth view of Harley-Davidson.
Here's Part 1 of my photographic journey through the museum. Be sure to check out Part 2.
|Glasses used as part of H-D training|
|My most favorite picture - a closeup of a H-D watch fob|
|The Wall of Harley-Davidson Tanks! Amazing!|
Here's a few of my most favorite tanks from the Tank Wall. There was a massive amount of them, from nearly every single year that the company has been in business.
|Gotta love a interesting advertisement|
|Evel Knievel is legendary!|
|I totally missed out on the Evel Knievel exhibit that was at the museum only a few months ago! Dang it!|
|Can never go wrong with a few H-D bandannas|
|Old transformer that powered the H-D factory|
|A brake light helmet!|