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If you ask your average person, especially someone from the United States, what they think of when they hear the name Harley-Davidson, chances are you’ll get pretty similar answers. Most imagine some big, bad hog like the Harley-Davidson Low Rider rumbling down the street in style, or a posse of Fat Boys burning up the wide-open highway toward the sunset. But Harley-Davidson has a long history of sport and racing success, too. The Milwaukee Harley-Davidson Museum will remind folks of that with a couple of all-new exhibits that just opened up this month.

On Friday, January 22, the Harley-Davidson Museum’s Bridge Gallery became home to the first of the two exhibits — Race Day: Photos from the Flat Track. This display includes lots of exciting pictures taken by Dave Hoenig, expert flat track racing photographer. Visitors will get to see crystal clear images of some of the fastest racers in the world in the middle of high-octane battles for first place. If you’ve followed AMA Pro Racing news closely, you’ve definitely seen a Dave Hoenig photo that captures all the action.

At the same time, the Milwaukee museum revamped its Design Lab for the event. The area just reopened on the 22nd as well, and it now plays host to a variety of racing bikes from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. The Design Lab will focus on the toils and innovations of Harley engineers as they constructed the motorcycles of legend, as well as the ways their work went on to change the racing circuit forever. You’ll see racing machines from the KR to the XR on display, including the first-gen XR race bike built in 1970.

Race Day: Photos from the Flat Track will be open to the public until September 5. The Design Lab will remain open for longer than that. Don’t miss your chance to see the legends of the racing circuit up close the next time you pay a visit to Wisconsin for a Harley history lesson!