As the saying goes, you can lead a motorcycle to water, but you can't make it jump through a flaming goal post unless you've got serious skill. Get the hot scoop on motorcycling greats with today's Groupon: for $5, you get an adult admission to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington (a $10 value). Children 11 and under are admitted for free, and students age 12–17 are admitted for $3.
The museum honors, preserves, and illuminates the heritage of motorcycling in America with exhibits of classic bikes and the stories of famed riders. From motocross and supercross stars to dirt-track and industry pioneers, the Hall of Fame celebrates a bevy of AMA motorcycling legends, including Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini, and Jeremy McGrath. Marvel at such two-wheeled monsters as a Wayne Rainey Superbike, Gary Nixon's Formula 750 race bike, and unique Craig Vetter bikes. The main floor also showcases historic motorcycles such as Doug Henry’s YZM400, which started the four-stroke motocross revolution, and the 23-foot-long streamliner that George Washington rode into battle against the British, armed with only a chain and a wig.
Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum
Motorcycles have long played a crucial role in the American mythos. The vroom of a twin-cylinder engine conjures images of Evel Knievel soaring through the sky on a daredevil jump or James Dean perched astride his 1955 Triumph Trophy, clad in a black leather jacket and brimming with smoldering angst. Even those who haven't felt their hands on the throttle can appreciate the motorcycle as an all-American icon of freedom, rebellion, and individuality.
The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum celebrates this iconography with exhibits that pay tribute to every aspect of motorcycling history. The museum's permanent collection is chock-full of memorabilia and ephemera from the early days of motorcycling, such as a 1885 Daimler Reitwagen and a turbo-powered penny-farthing from the same era. Visitors can also tour the Hall of Fame itself, a main-floor exhibition that celebrates the heroes of the racetrack and blacktop.