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Cycle News 2021 Issue 06 February 9

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VOLUME 58 ISSUE 6 FEBRUARY 9, 2021 P27 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Passes A MA Life Member and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Dale Walksler, founder of the Dale's Wheels Through Time Museum, died at home Feb. 3 after a long illness. An entrepreneur as a teen- ager, Walksler found his life's passion in motorcycles. He bought and sold Harley-David- son parts during high school before launching Dale's Hogs motorcycle store in Illinois when he was 18. At 22, he became one of the youngest Harley-Davidson dealers in the country when he opened a dealership in Mount Vernon, Illinois. As his business grew, Walk- sler moved his motorcycle collection to the dealership to attract customers. In 1999, Walksler sold the dealership and relocated his motorcycle col- lection to Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The new museum opened in 2002. Although the Dale's Wheels Through Time Museum is open to the public only six months each year, more than 100,000 visitors pass through its exhib- its annually. From December through April, the staff restores bikes and arranges new exhibits. The museum's popularity earned Walksler appearances on several television programs about vintage car and motorcy- cle restoration, including "Ameri- can Restoration," "Chasing Clas- sic Cars," "American Pickers" and his own show "What's in the Barn?" Those shows helped popular- ize vintage motorcycling, as well as put forward a positive image of the motorcycling lifestyle. Walksler was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2019. His biography can be found at motorcyclemuseum. org. CN AMA Life Member and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Dale Walksler passed away following a long illness. PHOTO: COURTESY OF DALE'S WHEELS THROUGH TIME MUSEUM

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