JACOB "JACK" KIRCHGESLER
Hall of Fame Inductee – 2009
J.C. “Pappy” Hoel Outstanding Achievement Award
Jack Kirchgesler was well-known in South Dakota’s Black Hills by motorcycle enthusiasts. He’s best remembered for having the first Harley-Davidson dealership in West River, South Dakota, but he was active in the motorcycle lifestyle in a number of ways.
Jack opened a motorcycle delivery service in Rapid City in 1941, but was forced to close during World War II. During the war, Jack operated a motorcycle shop part-time, and continued to operate the Harley-Davidson dealership in Rapid City until it closed in 1963.
Besides owning the dealership, Jack was a member of many motorcycle clubs and hosted meetings of the Rapid Barons Motorcycle Club in his shop. He participated as a stunt rider in shows at the Rapid City Fairgrounds, and helped organize races in Rapid City and Sturgis. He also competed in hill climbs and participated in a number of other motorcycle events.
In 1959, Jack was drafted by the Rapid City Police Department as a civil defense and auxiliary officer – later the Police Reserves. He served as a reservist for 15 years.
After the motorcycle dealership closed, Jack continued to work as a civil service employee at the Air Force Base until 1982. For the next 26 years, he worked in his shop and garden and made his own prize-winning wine. Jack died in March of 2008.