American Classic Museum of Harley Davidson…and Diner…and a Whole Lot More!

By: chesshirecat

Apr 20 2009

Category: American Classic Motorcycle Co., Asheboro NC, diner, musemum


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A week ago, while driving the highways of North Carolina, Jeff and I happened across a little museum by the name of American Classic Motorcycle Company.

1170 Highway 64 West
Asheboro NC
Phone: 336.629.9564

This place is not only a museum (which is free and asks for donations at the foot of the stairs before you walk up into the museum), but is also a diner

AND a motorcycle repair and restoration shop,

AND a souvenir shop, AND a display case for one of the owner/partners art!

I meant to take more pictures of his art, but I was whisked away by Jeff after out upstairs visit to the museum. Jeff was very hungry, but had no intentions of eating there at the diner, he had spent $85.00 at the gift shop, and was feeling kind of foolish…but really darlin’ I DO need those gauntlet gloves you bought me…thank you so much. As for the T-shirts, they were overpriced, but I guess it’s how they help pay for the museum upstairs!

Well, speaking of the museum, I have to tell you, when we first arrived, we saw the donation box at the foot of the stairs as you go up. Jeff stuck some money in the box, and up the stairs we climbed. As your climbing the stairs, your looking up to the top of the stairs and you see posters…old posters, advertising Harley Davidson. These posters are not of the “new to look old” variety.

They were the genuine articles! Unfortuenetly I didn’t capture good pictures of those posters, and even these photos of “The Enthusiast” covers that line the walls are of poor quality…but y’all needed to see something of what there is for us to enjoy on the upper floor of this building!

Once Jeff and I were at the top of the stairs we could see there was work going on up here. Renovations? Well yes, I guess you could call it that, although I think mostly it was a carpet exchange going on. It was evident the old flooring had been removed, and we were currently staring at a concrete floor that showed some signs of gluing in a past age.

Ignoring that, your eye begins to look for the motorcycles and I was immediately disappointed. The bikes were behind Plexiglas, all lined up side by side, with no room between them to get an eyeball of what was the engine, or the rear of the bike.

Very disappointing indeed. Jeff and I walked the horseshoe display area, looked at the bikes and I was just ready to leave. Thanks to my Jeff, always the negotiator, we didn’t. Instead, we headed back downstairs to the showroom display area (which if your walking into the building is to the right of the diner,) we stroll around there, until the guy behind the counter frees up.

Jeff ambles over to the counter-man and introduces himself as well as me to him. The guys name is Ed Rich…huh, that’s the name on all the paintings that cover the walls in both the diner portion as well as the showroom portion of the building. There are paintings on the floor leaning against walls, there are paintings framed and ready for sale hanging ON the walls…there are paintings everywhere by Ed Roth, and they are excellent paintings as well. Not cheap shoddy displays of ego…but actually oil paintings of some worth and value…If only said I….if only…

Talking to Ed, Jeff and I got him to take us back upstairs to look closer at the bikes. Ed pulled open the wide Plexiglas doors and allowed me to enter and start clicking away at the bikes.

There were plenty there to gander, but again, many were not in good enough position for me to click pictures of that would be of interest to any of you!

Let’s have a look at some of the wonderful early Harley Davidson’s Ed has upstairs…tucked away until he gets his new carpeting in…or longer, because some parents are too lazy or stupid to keep their rug rats off the bikes when they were located in the center of the floor…what a shame, a waste…and I guess it’s not just the kids who were sitting on the classics…and now antiques…Ed tells me it was a whole gaggle of people who just thought the bikes were there for them to climb on and behave badly with and around…such a waste and a shame…here are some pictures, I would like for you to enjoy the beauty of the bikes if you can!


Now downstairs, where the parts department and diner are, you’ll find these two bikes…more as well, but these were the ones that presented the most interest to me!

Notice the paintings along the floor and on the walls with the WWII bike? Very nice place after all! Check Ed Rich’s work by clicking on the words “American Classic” below!

Ed and his partner are planning a classic motorcycle show in the new future…Please be sure to visit their webpage for more information as it becomes available!

American Classic


11 comments on “American Classic Museum of Harley Davidson…and Diner…and a Whole Lot More!”

  1. Wow! I was lucky enough to visit the H-D museum in Milwaukee last fall – and what a wonderful place it is. In my mind, it ranks as one of the US’s top museums to visit, irrespective of the subject matter, and the reason is that it is fantastically informative. The lesson is that, alongside all the priceless artefacts, they provide a range of machines that one can touch, sit on, crawl over and under. There are obviously some really great machines in this place too – but wouldn’t it be good if they sold just a couple to allow a) some more space for examination/photography, and b) something (maybe old and a bit battered) for the ‘little darlings’ to have a play on. After all, THEY need to become enthused to become the next generation of H-D riders!Yet another great blog Chessie…..but WHY is there a James Autocycle there???!!!

  2. Wow! Really cool that Ed let you get behind the glass to shoot some good close ups. I love vintage Iron. I really liked the Red H-D Deluxe and side car along the back wall. Thanks for sharing these with us!

  3. Looks like a great time. Thanks for sharing some shots, and giving us the tour. I’m not in NC too often, but it’s been noted. If your ever my way, we’ll have to take a tour of Barbers Motorsports Museum in Leeds.

  4. Hey Chessie! I love the article but what is the address of this place? I wannna go there!Thanks! And thanks for the great shots!ToddHB your buddy on Twitter

  5. Thanks for sharing. I was going to try and drag Jeff (Fred Motor Company) over to the Wheels In Time museum in Maggie Valley next time to NC and this would be another place to stop. Great pics and great story.

  6. Affer, the James Autocycle is there in the shop portion, where they do restoration of all kinds of bikes! Lovely isn’t she?Mr. Motorcycle, yeah…good eye, another fav is the “flying Cloud” that bike is original paint, unrestored! Iron Works, where is Leeds? I know there’s one in the UK…but I don’t think that’s where you mean. Would be great to look you up and visit some grand old motorcycles!Todd, sweetie! Glad to see you here! I have inserted the addy…silly me, I was trying to insert their web page link, but it wouldn’t go…then I got distracted and nothing got put in!Steve, Wheels through Time is an excellent place! I’m of the cheap version though, and can only afford to do a few things in any setting. Somehow…Wheels has always fallen in last place when it comes for visitation in the Cherokee area!

  7. Good one Sweetheart!! The link didn’t work right had to go Direct… so you are not getting credit for hits to the site if you are supposed to.Pretty Neat nice trip!!

  8. I fixed the link Pappy, thanks!

  9. Thanks for sharing… looks like my kinda place!

  10. I love, love, love places like this, great find. Keep up the good work.Big Al

  11. Great Article….if you are ever in Iowa take a trip to Anamosa. The motorcycle museum there is amazing. Any kind of motorcycle you’d ever want to look at and you do get to walk amoungst them. They moved part of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame there too. Thanks for sharing yet another one of your amazing trips!

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