Customising, culture and cool…

Manchester (28 April 2011) - Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) has been taken over by an exhibition of some of the coolest Harley-Davidson® motorcycles around. MOSI is celebrating the brand’s influence with the Customising, Culture & Harley-Davidson exhibition, which has been put together by Claridon – a company owned by Harley enthusiast Chris Scott. From the roar of a Harley® engine when you walk through the door, to bikes with a place in history and wild, customised rides, the world of Harley-Davidson is brought vividly to life in the listed 1830 warehouse building.

Thirty carefully selected machines have been brought together for the exhibit, both from private collectors and dealerships. The story begins with an early Harley-Davidson®, built in a ramshackle workshop in 1909, with just 4 horsepower. The exhibition goes on to take in some of the brand’s highlights from the past 100-plus years. Check out a 1935 model, used by police in San Francisco for high-speed pursuits, a 1977 Café Racer maintained in perfect original condition by Warr’s Harley-Davidson®, as well as military bikes, one which rode across the North Pole and so much more.

One section is given over to more modern customised machines, which truly push the boundaries of design. Visitors get the chance for a first look at a Captain America motorcycle, created by Shaw’s Harley-Davidson® just for the show, and inspired by the Marvel Comics film out later this year. They have put together a video of how this bike was created, check it out on the Harley-Davidson UK Facebook Page. There’s also a bike designed to look like a leaping jaguar, stylised trikes, a whole series of stunning paint jobs and many more highly individual creations.

The exhibition is a world first and many of the bikes are making their first ever public appearance. It has something for visitors of all ages, with plenty of interactive goodies to keep kids interested. Whether you have a licence or not, there’s the opportunity to see what you’d look like roaring down the open road on a Harley® – a bike has been set up just for photo opportunities, along with a blurred background to make the experience extra convincing! There’s also loads of fascinating information on owners, pin collections, tattoos, H.O.G.® Chapters and the inimitable lifestyle that Harley-Davidson represents.

Entry is £8 for adults, £6.50 for H.O.G.® members and £2 for children. For more information, visit:,-culture-harley-davidson.aspx