Customising, Culture & Harley-Davidson

MSI (Museum of Science and Industry)

15 April – 11 September 2011

This exhibition of around 40 customised Harley-Davidson motorbikes, the first of its kind, spans the company's early models to the very latest.

Polar Cycles, Jaguar Bike

Models have been brought in from the UK, Germany, Japan and the US. Each bike has its own story, from a rare 1909 model " built in the first decade of Harley-Davidson's production heritage "  to motorcycles used for the US military and police in the 1930s and 1940sThe exhibition also looks at the bike builders, owners and enthusiasts who have embraced the customisation culture, creating unique machines that reflect their personality and sense of style, as well as the groups that enjoy the freedom that the Harley-Davidson lifestyle has to offer.All Harley-Davidson bikes are manufactured in Milwaukee, USA, but the almost endless array of available aftermarket parts and accessories worldwide provides radical customisation opportunities and enables owners to realise their own personal dream machine. A full list of all motorcycles in the exhibition is available.

Don't miss

While the Doncaster-based Polar Cycles' Jaguar Bike (pictured above) is one of the most visually impressive models, visitors should not miss the 1948 Ice Road Panhead, which defied motorcycle capabilities in conditions of minus 53 degrees, to complete an expedition to the Arctic.The exhibition features a rolling programme of guest motorcycles, at present including the the spectacular Bell & Ross motorcycle that won first place in the AMD Modified Harley-Davidson Championships in Dublin, courtesy of Sussex-based authorised dealership Shaw Harley-Davidson.  

Venue information

Opening times

Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm
Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)