News and Things

MUSEUM REOPENING

May 22, 2020 -- The musuem will reopen on May 22.  we have been closed for sometime due to the cornavirus pandemic, but are happy to be open again!  Come for a visit!

Biketember Fest 2020 In Planning Stages

The 2020 addition of "Biketember Fest" is currently being planned. The date for the gathering is Saturday, September 19.  We hope you can attend!

Visit Museum and Enjoy Other Activities

The museum is constantly adding items.  If you have been here before, you will likely find some new and interesting things to view.  If you have never visited the museum, this would be a good time to come and share the day with other motorcycle enthusiasts.

Planned Activities

Bike Show and Shine

Poker Run (minimum $1000 purse)

Raffle Items

Nitro Bike startups and possible burnouts

Games in City Park

Music throughout the day

Vendors

Strong Like Bull concert in City Park Bandshell

Spring 2020

New Bike Added

Others out there?

New Bike Added

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We recently added this 1975 BMW R90/6.  Nearly perfect!

New Bike Added

Others out there?

New Bike Added

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We also added this 1976 BMW R90/6.  Beautiful!

Others out there?

Others out there?

Others out there?

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Do you have something you would like to display in our museum?  Contact us.

Fall 2019

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New Bike Added

1914 Indian

Tourist Trophy Model

(only 238 made)

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New Bike Added

1914 Henderson

(4-cylinder)


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New Bike Added

1926 Henderson De Luxe

(with sidecar)

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New Bike Added

1971 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

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September 21, 2019

SFMM sponsored "Biketember Fest 2019".  Many were in attendance.  Click on the video below to view the activity.

Biketember Fest 2019

This video shows activity from the 2019 Biketember Fest motorcycle gathering in St. Francis on September 21, 2019.  Museum photos, show and shine, nitro bike startups and burnouts, concert, and more.

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May 26, 2018

We have a another new addition! On May 26, a 1949 Indian Scout (Model 249) was added to the museum.  Stop by to see it!

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Tri-State Thunder Motorcycle Rally

The 2nd annual Tri-State Thunder Motorcycle Rally will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2018, in St. Francis, Kansas.  The Adam Capps Band is returning for an evening performance at the Bandshell.  Camping is available. Call the museum (785-332-2400) for information.  Vendors are welcome by contacting Tanya at sfmmcurator@gmail.

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New Motorcycles Added

On April 15, 2018, two new motorcycles were added to the museum.  A 1906 Thor single-cylinder racer and a 1915 Excelsior are now on display. Stop by a view these highly rare motorcycles.


1906 Thor

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1915 Excelsior

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November 16, 2017

Our beloved 1944 Cushman Military Airborne 53 has found a new home. The Cushman was sold to a new owner in Switzerland and will be displayed at the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion in the near future. The bike was removed from our museum on November 16th.

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June 2017 - Vault Mirrors

We have remodeled our vault. The area now contains large mirrors to allow visitors to better view the entire motorcycles on display.

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March 22, 2017 - First Rally Announced

The first annual Tri-State Thunder Motorcycle Rally will be held on Labor Day weekend, September 2, 2017 in St. Francis, Kansas. The rally is sponsored by the St. Francis Motorcycle Museum (and others). We are accepting vendor inquires for the rally. Please contact Tanya at sfmmcurator@gmail.com (or call the museum at 785-332-2400).

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November 24, 2016 - Painting Unveiled

Artist David Hartman of Fort Collins, Colorado, recently created a large oil painting of one of the motorcycles on display at the museum. A few months ago, David visited the museum and spent the afternoon creating a small painting of the same bike as museum patrons watched the progress. The new painting was recently unveiled revealing the masterpiece of David's recent work. The painting was commissioned by the Smull Family in memory of Junior and Verda Smull.

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October 25, 2016 - New Motorcycle on Display

We now have another interesting motorcycle that recently arrived. On display is a 1973 Chaparral motorcycle that is STILL IN THE ORIGINAL SHIPPING CRATE.

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October 2, 2016 - Our 6-Month Anniversary

Visitations have been steady at the St. Francis Motorcycle Museum. With only 6 months passing since the "soft opening," the museum has had visitors from 46 U.S. states and 13 foreign countries. REGISTERED attendance is approaching 4000 visitors. The states that we are missing......Delaware,  Kentucky, Maine, and Mississippi. Get on your bike and ride on in!

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September 12, 2016 - Three Bikes Removed

Three beautifully restored show bikes were recently removed from the museum for an undetermined amount of time. The bikes - a 1915 Emblem, a 1914  Feilbach Limited, and a 1915 Harley-Davidson - were removed to be shown in AMA events. The bikes will likely return at a later date.

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August 15, 2016 - All Roads Lead to St. Francis

Road construction on Kansas Highway 27 and U.S. Highway 36 has been completed. The newly designated Land and Sky Byway (Kansas 27) from the Nebraska State Line south to St. Francis has been recently refurbished and is in great condition. U.S. 36 from the Colorado State Line west to near Idalia, CO, has also been resurfaced. All roads leading to St. Francis are now in great condition.

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April 25, 2016 - 1915 Emblem Added

Today, our museum received another outstanding addition! A 1915 Emblem motorcycle was added to our museum. The motorcycle is one of only three remaining from the model year.

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April 19, 2016 - Grand Opening Announced

The St. Francis Motorcycle Museum will hold a "Grand Opening" on Saturday, May  28, 2016. A short program with special announcements and introductions will take place. Vendors will be available. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


We hope to see you there!

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April 9, 2016 - Opening Well Attended

The St. Francis Motorcycle Museum opened its doors to the public on April 2,  2016, when a "soft opening' was held at the museum. Over 125 visitors attended the museum on April 2; more than 1/3 being out-of-county (or out-of-state) visitors. Seven additional motorcycles were moved into the museum on April 2 and 3 including a 1972 Kawasaki H2 750 and a 1984 Honda Sabre V65. In the first week of display, the museum also registered two visitors from foreign countries (Italy and Australia).


More motorcycles are scheduled to arrive soon.

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March 25, 2016 - "Soft Opening" Announcement

We plan to  open the doors of the St. Francis Motorcycle Museum to the public on Saturday, April 2, at 10:00 a.m. CDT. A Grand Opening will be held at a later date.

While we won't have all the motorcycles moved in by April 2, we will have a lot of wonderful things for people to see. A group from Garden City and another from Denver have already made plans to visit. People from all over the country have expressed interest in coming to St. Francis to see our displays.

The museum will be open 7 days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT. We  request a donation of $7 per person upon entry. Donations will be necessary to pay utilities, insurance, etc. and to allow us to keep the doors open. The museum is funded entirely by donations.

We request children 12 and under have adult supervision as most of our motorcycles are extremely rare, and they should not be touched.

If anyone has motorcycle-related memorabilia or antique motorcycles that  you would like to have displayed in the museum, contact us, and we can  determine whether we can use it.

We still have bricks available! Bricks are being sold as a money-making project. If you would like your name on one, you can purchase a brick for a donation of $100. They will be placed in the sidewalk just outside the front door of the museum. We plan to keep them available until late June, unless all of them sell prior to that date. Let us know what name/names you want on your brick. Bricks can accommodate 2 rows of  letters with a maximum of 14 characters (including spaces) per row.


The museum is searching for volunteers to work in the museum each day. We would love to have volunteers that might be interested in working contact the museum or come by once we are open. The museum phone number is 332-2400.