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Badger Heritage Group Dresses the Part

Words & Photos: John Gunnell

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The Badger Heritage Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America is based in Milwaukee, Wis.The Badgers are well-known for dressing up in antique motorcycle clothing when they appear at various meetings and events.

The Badgers share a love of vintage motorcycles regardless of make, model or condition. They like to say they’re “non-denominational” when it comes their appreciation of antique bikes.

It doesn't matter if a member’s bike is perfectly restored, rusty or farm fresh. It also doesn't matter if the motorcycle was made in America, Asia or Europe either. All riders and bikes are welcome to join the group.
When it comes to what makes a motorcycle a vintage or antique item the chapter has a simple rule —if it’s 35 years old or older, it’s in.

Being in the backyard of Milwaukee motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson puts the Badger Heritage members in an area that has long been a hotbed of collector interest. The chapter members as a group own an amazing assortment of old bikes from Harleys to Hendersons. Gatherings of the group usually bring out any number of brands that the average person on the street necer heard of, such as Merkel and Shaw.
 

 

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