Previous Exhibitions In the early twentieth century, motorcycles became the symbol of desire, evasion, wonder and speed. Motorcycle movies symbolize freedom, rebellion and independence. More importantly, the best movies portray not only stunning bikes but also a close-knit relationship between the movie character and the vehicle itself. In contrast to simple props, the motorcycles served as extensions of the characters riding them. Made in America takes a look at the amazing history of the motorcycle industry in North America. The motorcycle has become an important piece of Americana – representing freedom in the “land of the free.” Since 1895 there have been over 315 motorcycle manufacturers in the USA, and Made in America showcases over 60 of the rarest and most significant bikes to give you a sense of the industry’s history and continued relevance. An objective look at the collapse of the British Motorcycle Industry. This fascinating walk through time illustrates the rise and fall of Britain’s motorcycling industry and showcases motorcycles from 17 different manufacturers from AJS to Zenith, spanning from 1908 to 1995. A cautionary tale eerily reflective of today’s near collapse of the US automotive industry! From a 1912 Model 8 to the 100th Anniversary Model Electra-Glide, see the evolution of the motorcycle that has become the gold standard in the motorcycle industry today.