Besides his role in winning the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan also won the heart of Harley aficionados when he imposed a temporary tariff on Japanese motorcycles in 1983. Historians debate the effectiveness of the tariff. Some claim that it saved Harley-Davidson from bankruptcy,while others say it costs more jobs than it saved and did nothing to reduce the number of Japanese bikes from entering the marketplace.
Debates aside, beginning tomorrow July 9th, the Ronald Reagan library will honor the former President’s role in motorcycle history as they open an exhibit “Born to be Wild: Vintage and Celebrity Motorcycles scheduled to run through November.
In Dealernews, library director Duke Blackwood is quoted as saying, ”Ronald Reagan’s actions helped change the course of the American motorcycle industry.”
Besides the vintage motorcycles on display the exhibit will also feature these famous movie motorcycles;
Movie motorcycles include:
- Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1991 Indian from “The Terminator”
- Space Bike ridden by Adam Sandler in “Bedtime Stories”
- Motorized bicycle ridden by Will Smith and Kevin Kline in “Wild, Wild West”
- The Batgirl and Robin motorcycles ridden by Alicia Silverstone and Chris O’Donnell in “Batman and Robin”
- Motorcycle ridden by Chris Pine as Captain Kirk in “Star Trek”
- The 1920 Indian Scout ridden by Anthony Hopkins from “The World’s Fastest Indian