Hall of Fame Inductee - Pre 2001 (1999)
A respected motorcyclists rights activist and leader, Ed Netterberg dedicated his life to the preservation of freedom. Born in Montana, Ed moved to South Dakota in 1967. His love of motorcycling led him to A.B.A.T.E of South Dakota, a grass-roots motorcyclist’s rights organization. He served as Vice-President and then President of the Black Hills Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. Next he was elected State Coordinator, a position he served in for seven years.
At one point when A.B.A.T.E. of South Dakota was close to financial ruin, Ed put up his motorcycle as collateral. His sacrifices, accompanied by his leadership and dedication, turned the organization around.
One of Ed's most significant accomplishments while working for A.B.A.T.E. was serving as their lobbyist. Ed spent legislative sessions at the state capitol tackling such issues as freedom of choice, the social burden theory and discrimination. He used all of his education and passion to secure the liberty of motorcyclists living in and visiting the great state of South Dakota. Ed's abilities were noticed by national rights organizations where he served on the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) Board of Advisors.
He was a certified motorcycle safety instructor and believed strongly in rider education. He was a long time member of the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) and countless states rights organizations across the country. Ed served as Director for the National Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame until August 1998.
Ed passed away November 5th, 2001, in Sturgis, South Dakota.