Eiteljorg Musuem Blog

Did You See THAT!?!

by User Not Found | Jul 17, 2012

There were many downtown joggers staring, pointing and smiling on Saturday the 14th as they were being passed by motorcycles. That’s right, for the first time in history, motorcycles were (legally) able to ride onto the canal level of the Eiteljorg via the normally low-octane Indianapolis Downtown Canal.

This rare occurrence was allowed due to our Ride-In Bike Show, sponsored by IndyWest Harley-Davidson. For novices like myself, I learned that a Ride-In Bike Show is an opportunity for bike, aka motorcycle, owners to bring in their most beautiful, unique, customized and tricked out bikes, to show off to the world in hopes of landing a trophy &/or the occasional prize money. This show was no exception!

 Bikes dating back into the ‘20s running all the way up to current models. Some were simply pristine examples of their makes and model, while others look like they were from another galaxy – all 60 were dazzling!

We had a great group of judges, including custom bike builder Danny Sanchez from Cut Throat Customs.  In addition to being an industry leader in custom bike knowledge, one of Danny’s bikes is featured in our Steel Ponies show.  Our MC for the event was Laura Steele from Q95 and, as usual, did a stellar job interacting with the crowd and keeping us all educated about the event activities.


As a visual artists myself, I was really blown away by the creativity and talent of the folks that had made custom modifications to existing motorcycles, or had even built them completely from the ground up. I couldn’t stop revisiting my favorites and talking to their owners/creators.


My role at the museum has me working with social media, audio and video constantly. So, I’d like to sign out with all the text now and leave you with some images from the event and a simple anecdote. Prior to the opening of Steel Ponies, I was the furthest thing from a ‘motorcycle guy’ imaginable. I’m not much closer now, but I have been fortunate to be involved in events like this, meet REAL motorcycle folks and have enjoyed a crash course education on much of that culture. If you haven’t ever been, I’d just like to encourage everyone to experience a show like this. Interact with the owners, riders and builders. I think you will thank yourself for trying something new and associating with a fantastic group of people!

*click to enlarge any of these images!



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