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Deinstalling Motorcycles

by User Not Found | Aug 14, 2012

Big changes are underway at the Eiteljorg!  August 5 was the last day for Steel Ponies.  The special exhibits gallery will be closed for a few weeks as we prepare for the 7th annual edition of Quest for the West. 

 

Last week all 23 motorcycles left the gallery to travel back to their homes.  You might be wondering how they are making the trip. 

 

First, we used specially built ramps to roll the motorcycles down off the display platforms.

 

 

Several came from museums and were packed into gigantic crates like this one:

 

This high-tech crate came complete with a ramp to roll the motorcycle into place.  Here is a view of the inside before it was packed:

 

Museum Registrar Kelly Carter looks over packing instructions for the Evel Knievel motorcycle on loan from the Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of American History

 

Some of the motorcycles came from local lenders such as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson.  These lenders came to pick up their motorcycles themselves and loaded them onto trailers.

 

Senior Exhibit Specialist Belinda Cozzy helps the Harley-Davidson guys push their 1929 bike with double-wide sidecar onto their trailer.

 

Most of the remaining motorcycles were shipped with a specialized motorcycle shipper.  They have a customized shipping platform that keeps the motorcycles safe and secure during transport.  I forgot to take a picture of the motorcycles all lined up on the truck strapped to their platforms, but I promise you it was quite a sight.  You can read all about the platforms and learn how to ship your own motorcycle here.

By Kelly Rushing Carter, registrar

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