Roger Schieman moved to Sturgis at the age of 2 and – with the exception of a stint in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1971 - has been a Sturgis resident ever since. Roger has been an involved member of the Sturgis community all of his life – including in the motorcycling community.
Roger’s first ride was on the back of the motorcycle of another Sturgis resident – R.T. Shaw – and from Roger’s description, you might be surprised to learn that it wasn’t his last ride. He says it was quite a ride – often only on one wheel. But it was only the beginning of riding for Roger. Roger’s first motorized two-wheeler was – believe it or not – a 50cc Yamaha Chappy that he rode to work from Sturgis to Fort Meade for a number of years. Riding for the Schieman clan was a family affair – Roger and Violet had three daughters, Dawn (who was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver in 2006), Bettyjo and Becky. Dawn rode her own, while the other two girls were passengers with Roger and Violet - even taking a motorcycle vacation all the way to Florida. Their riding time ended in 1998 when Violet’s health prevented them from continuing to enjoy the sport.
Roger received the Founder’s Award for his contributions to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. He was involved in the first motorcycle museum in Sturgis, and spent countless hours preparing the original building for occupation. After that museum left town, Roger was one of the people who worked tirelessly to make sure the current museum could become a reality. He has spent countless hours over the course of the museum’s history helping make the museum a success in hundreds of ways – both large and small.