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Motorcycle Rally and Show Celebrates New Motorcycle Major at McPherson College

posted Sep 02, 2010 in CAMPUS EVENTS

Just follow the rumble to McPherson College, where visitors will enjoy hundreds of classic, custom and collectible motorcycles and some great barbecue.

On Sept. 25, the one-of-a-kind "Bikes on the Lawn" motorcycle show will celebrate an exciting new academic major option at the nation’s premier automotive restoration college.

The show is free and open to the public. Both antique and modern bike owners are encouraged to participate in the show and get a shot at some great giveaways. Antique motorcycles and historical artwork will be exhibited in a featured display as well.

A complimentary barbecue lunch served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. will kick off the festivities. Afterwards, guests are invited to tour the automotive restoration labs and see student work in progress until 3 p.m.

The restoration industry has recognized antique motorcycle restoration as a popular and growing segment of the hobby. Hagerty’s Magazine, a publication of Hagerty Insurance, featured classic motorcycles for the first time in their fall 2009 issue and commented on the popular trend. “Motorcycles offer exhilaration all their own while being a smart way to get in the hobby at a lower price point,” said McKeel Hagerty, executive publisher of the magazine, in the issue.

Joe Dickhudt, assistant professor of technology, agreed the new major will give McPherson College students skills in a market exploding in popularity. “It turns out there’s a lot of people interested in motorcycle restoration because they’re popular and affordable,” Dickhudt said.

Two motorcycles have been obtained for the first batch of motorcycle restoration majors – a 1965 Honda 305 Dream and a 1970 BSA 250. Dickhudt said they were on the lookout for an Indian, Harley-Davidson or Triumph dating pre-1970 for a class project.

The program, which expands the automotive restoration program, will emphasize historical and technical restoration. In addition to adjusting standard classes on sheet metal, trim and paint to have a motorcycle emphasis, there will also be a class on the history of the American motorcycle and courses on the unique aspects of motorcycle engines, power trains and suspensions.

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