Exhibition: Customising, Culture and Harley-Davidson, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, until September 11 2011
From the first Harley-Davidsons to rumble off the production line in the 1900s to US military and police versions in the war years and the 1948 Ice Road Panhead which completed an exhibition to the Artic in –53 degree winds, the roster of the classic two-wheeler beasts on display here spans a century of cool.
A special section on their radically customised cousins stars the “spectacular” Bell and Ross number – which won first prize in the hotly-contested AMD Modified Harley-Davidson Championships in Dublin, no less – and a revolving range of bespoke designs courtesy of a partnership with a Sussex-based Harley-Davidson dealership.
Other domestic models also feature alongside bikes from Germany, Japan and the States, but it’s the fans who are at the heart of the display.
Dozens of riders from across the UK will take part in a mass ride between Stockport and the museum on the opening Saturday (April 16 2011), celebrating a brand which has spawned a leather-clad culture.
- Open 10am-5pm. Admission £2-£8 (under-5s free, family ticket £20).