Sturgis Motorcycle Museum - Preserving our Motorcycle Hertiage




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.

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