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Two South Dakotans named for motorcycle hall of fame

Two South Dakotans named for motorcycle hall of fame


Roger Schieman of Sturgis and Ronald McKinley of Sioux Falls are among six people who will be inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame on Aug. 11.

Schieman will receive the Founders Award for his work to preserve the history of the Sturgis rally, according to a news release. As a Jackpine Gypsy for 20 years, Schieman was instrumental in operating the Gypsies races in Sturgis, especially during the rally. Schieman was a founding partner and board member of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame and still volunteers at the museum.

McKinley has been an advocate for motorcycle safety during his career as a South Dakota Highway Patrol officer and since his retirement in 1991. He is a Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructor, serves as the safety officer for four Harley Owners Group chapters, teaches Riders Edge safety courses, writes a monthly safety newsletter, has served as a state safety coordinator for Harley-Davidson Motor Company and teaches for the HOG Primary Officer Training.

The other inductees are:

  • Nancy Davidson of Milwaukee, wife of Harley-Davidson's Willie G. Davidson, and an advocate for motorcycling.
  • Betsy E. Lister, of Medford, Mass., who operates web sites for bikers. She is the biker poet laureate for Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
  • Stan Simpson of Cibolo, Texas, chairman of the board of American Motorcyclist Association, who was a top motocross and enduro racer.
  • "Kiwi" Mike Tomas, who owns businesses in Mitchell and Riverside, Calif. Tomas is founder of Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Company.




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