Friends of the Museum - Contributors

Mike Bahnmaier

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Mike  Bahnmaier owns many of the motorcycles displayed in the museum and has  been gracious enough to share them for public viewing.  Mike is an avid  collector of vintage motorcycles and also is a professional drag bike  builder, tuner, and rider.  Mike has always been an avid motorcycle  enthusiast.  Mike built his first motorcycle out of a bicycle and a  chainsaw motor when he was thirteen.  In 1969, Mike bought his first  motorcycle - a 1961 Harley Davidson Sportster.

Mike  opened Salina (Kansas) Harley Davidson in 1978 at age 25.  In 1987, he  purchased Hugo's Harley Davidson in Wichita, Kansas, and changed the  name to Mid-Continent Harley Davidson.  In 1992, Mid-Continent  re-located to a new facility.

Mike began drag racing motorcycles  in the All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) in 1979 competing in  Top Gas. He soon progressed to Top Fuel.  In 1999, Bahnmaier won the  AHDRA national championship in Las Vegas.  He placed second in 2000.   Mike has posted a personal best of 6.76 seconds at 206 mph in the  quarter mile.

In 2014, the Bahnmaier Racing Team took five bikes  to Sturgis to compete in the Amsoil WMDRA Nationals. Mike was the top  qualifier at Sturgis.  In the finals, Mike placed second in the Top Fuel  division.  Teammate Freddy Robbins won the Top Fuel championship on a  Bahnmaier-built ride.  Recently, in August of 2015, Mike won the Amsoil  WMDRA Nationals at Sturgis.
 

Stanion Wholesale Electric Company (Bill and Cindy Keller)

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Former St. Francis resident Bill Keller and and wife Cindy, owners of Stanion Wholesale Electric Company in Pratt, Kansas, were very instrumental in the museum's construction phase.  Stanion Electric donated most of the electrical equipment used in the museum building  including breaker boxes, electrical wiring, conduit, switches, lighting, ceiling fans, security cameras, and a stand-by generator.

Dane G. Hansen Foundation

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The Dane G Hansen Foundation located in Logan, Kansas, donated to the initial construction fund of the museum. The Foundation supports many activities and projects in the Northwest Kansas area.

Bankwest of Kansas (Dale and Linda Goodwin)

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Dale and  Linda Goodwin moved to Goodland in 1970.  They previously lived in  Wichita while Dale was employed by the U.S. Treasury Department working  as a national bank examiner and Linda worked as a first and second grade  teacher with the Wichita school system after obtaining her teaching  certificate.

After moving to Goodland, Linda continued her  teaching career in the Goodland school system, teaching second grade at  West Elementary School.  Dale began working at Goodland State Bank as  Vice President and Cashier with his father and President of the bank,  W.S. Goodwin.  In 1986, Linda joined the bank team and continues her  work today as the bank’s Executive Vice President along with managing  all human resource activities.

The Goodland State Bank was  originally chartered in 1886 as the first bank in Sherman County.  W.S.  Goodwin purchased the bank in 1959 from William Bunten.  In 1982, Dale  became the bank’s President, and began expanding the bank in 1986 with  the acquisition of the Citizens State Bank in St. Francis.  In 1990, he  continued the expansion with the acquisition of Peoples Heritage Federal  Savings & Loan in Colby.  The name of the bank was changed to  BankWest of Kansas in June of 2000.

Today, BankWest of Kansas  continues to operate throughout Northwest Kansas, Eastern Colorado, and  Southern Nebraska.  The Goodwin family is dedicated to providing the  highest quality service to their customers and supporting all  communities however they can.

Aurora Honda

The owners of Aurora Honda - the Wayne Laing family - have been gracious enough to share part of their motorcycle collectiion with us.  You will find many of their bikes in our museum.

Eddy & Sherry Schultz

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Eddy and Sherry Schultz donated the property for the museum site as well as a large cash donation to help the museum become a reality.  Mr. Schultz has been involved in the museum planning from the beginning and now serves on the museum board.

Thank you!

The St. Francis Motorcycle Museum would like to express a heart-felt thank you to these contributors as well as many, many more who have helped make the museum one of the nicest anywhere..