St. Francis Motorcycle Museum
November 24, 2016 - Painting Unveiled - Artist David Hartman of Fort Collins, Colorado, recently created a large oil painting of one of the motorcycles on display at the museum. A few months ago, David visited the museum and spent the afternoon creating a small painting of the same bike as museum patrons watched the progress. The new painting was recently unveiled revealing the masterpiece of David's recent work. The painting was commissioned by the Smull Family in memory of Junior and Verda Smull.
October 25, 2016 - New Motorcycle on Display - We now have another interesting motorcycle that recently arrived. On display is a 1973 Chaparral motorcycle that is STILL IN THE ORIGINAL SHIPPING CRATE.
October 2, 2016 - Our 6-Month Anniversary - Visitations have been steady at the St. Francis Motorcycle Museum. With only 6 months passing since the "soft opening," the museum has had visitors from 46 U.S. states and 13 foreign countries. REGISTERED attendance is approaching 4000 visitors. The states that we are missing......Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, and Mississippi. Get on your bike and ride on in!
September 12, 2016 - Three Bikes Removed - Three beautifully restored show bikes were recently removed from the museum for an undetermined amount of time. The bikes - a 1913 Emblem, a 1914 Feilbach Limited, and a 1915 Harley-Davidson - were removed to be shown in AMA events. The bikes will likely return at a later date.
August 15, 2016 - All Roads Lead to St. Francis - Road construction on Kansas Highway 27 and U.S. Highway 36 has been completed. The newly designated Land and Sky Byway (Kansas 27) from the Nebraska State Line south to St. Francis has been recently refurbished and is in great condition. U.S. 36 from the Colorado State Line west to near Idalia, CO, has also been resurfaced. All roads leading to St. Francis are now in great condition.
May 25, 2016 - Grand Opening to be Celebrated on Saturday - The St. Francis Motorcycle Museum will hold its Grand Opening on Saturday, May 28, 2016. The museum will be open from 10 am to 5 pm. Food vendors will be available and most restaurants in town will be open. Three rare motorcycles (not usually displayed) will also be also be exhibited at the museum on Saturday. The featured bikes are a restored 1914 Fielbach Limited, a 1915 Emblem, and a 1915 Harley-Davidson. Approximately 100 motorcycles of many different makes and years will on exhibit. Later this week, several more new bikes will enter the museum including a current record holder at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
In the first 6 weeks the museum was open, visitors from 22 states and 2 foreign countries visited the museum.
April 25, 2016 - 1915 Emblem Added - Today, our museum received another outstanding addition! A 1915 Emblem motorcycle was added to our museum. The motorcycle is one of only three remaining from the model year.
April 19, 2016 - Grand Opening Announced - The St. Francis Motorcycle Museum will hold a "Grand Opening" on Saturday, May 28, 2016. A short program with special announcements and introductions will take place. Vendors will be available. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We hope to see you there!
April 9, 2016 - Opening Well Attended - The St. Francis Motorcycle Museum opened its doors to the public on April 2, 2016, when a "soft opening' was held at the museum. Over 125 visitors attended the museum on April 2; more than 1/3 being out-of-county (or out-of-state) visitors. Seven additional motorcycles were moved into the museum on April 2 and 3 including a 1972 Kawasaki H2 750 and a 1984 Honda Sabre V65. In the first week of display, the museum also registered two visitors from foreign countries (Italy and Australia). More motorcycles are scheduled to arrive soon.
March 25, 2016 - "Soft Opening" Announcement - We plan to open the doors of the St. Francis Motorcycle Museum to the public on Saturday, April 2, at 10:00 a.m. CDT. A Grand Opening will be held at a later date.
While we won't have all the motorcycles moved in by April 2, we will have a lot of wonderful things for people to see. A group from Garden City and another from Denver have already made plans to visit. People from all over the country have expressed interest in coming to St. Francis to see our displays.
The museum will be open 7 days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT. We request a donation of $7 per person upon entry. Donations will be necessary to pay utilities, insurance, etc. and to allow us to keep the doors open. The museum in funded entirely by donations.
We request children 12 and under have adult supervision as most of our motorcycles are extremely rare, and they should not be touched.
If anyone has motorcycle related memorabilia or antique motorcycles that you would like to have displayed in the museum, contact us, and we can determine whether we can use it.
We still have bricks available! Bricks are being sold as money-making project. If you would like your name on one, you can purchase one for a donation of $100. They will be placed in the sidewalk just outside the front door of the museum. We plan to keep them available until late June, unless all of them sell prior to that date. Let us know what name/names you want on your brick. Bricks can accommodate 2 rows of letters with a maximum of 14 characters (including spaces) per row.
The museum is searching for volunteers to work in the museum each day. We would love to have volunteers that might be interested in working contact the museum or come by once we are open. The museum phone number is 332-2400.
June 2017 - We have remodeled our vault. The area now contains large mirrors to allow visitors to better view the entire motorcycles on display.
March 22, 2017 - First Rally Announced - The first annual Tri-State Thunder Motorcycle Rally will be held on Labor Day weekend, September 2, 2017 in St. Francis, Kansas. The rally is sponsored by the St. Francis Motorcycle Museum (and others). We are accepting vendor inquires for the rally. Please contact Tanya at firstname.lastname@example.org (or call the museum at 785-332-2400).
March 12, 2017 - Engraved Bricks Installed - The engraved brick project finally came to a close when the bricks were laid in front of the museum entrance on March 12. The brick were sold to secure funds for the museum operation at $100 per brick. Thank you to all who supported the museum during this project.