Believe it or not, with only 91 miles of road Juneau, Alaska has more motorcycles per capita than most places in the United States.
This is one of the reasons for the “91 Miles to Ride: Juneau’s Biker Culture exhibit at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.
Four classic motorcycles will be on display; a 1924 Henderson Inline IV, a 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead (shown in the photo on the right), a 1946 Indian Chief and a 9-foot-long 1975 customized chopper, all on loan from Juneau bikers.
In 2006, 1,025 motorcycles were registered in Juneau. According to Sarah Asper-Smith, guest curator of the exhibit which opened May 18th and will be on display until September 27th, the exhibit examines the reason why there are so many motorcycles in town, when it’s not possible to drive out of town and only 3 good months for riding a year.
The exhibit features memorabilia and photographs, which highlight the biker culture and groups of Juneau. There is a lot of history in these photographs: a 1930s photograph shows one of the earliest motorcycle clubs in town, when there were only one or two roads.
The motorcycle owners of Juneau are a passionate group and according to the Museum Director Jane Lindsey, the exhibit appeals to the community on different levels. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn more about the history of Juneau, their neighbors and get a chance to see vintage motorcycles that combine art with machine beautifully.