Hall of Fame Inductee – 2012
Ron Stratman started his love of motorcycling and the people who ride at an early age and has always supported the sport and the lifestyle. He raced for over twenty years as an amateur racer, and built his own Indian motorcycle to race with. In 1958 at the age of 22, he sponsored his first race in St. Charles, MO on his cousins’ property.
For 11 years, Ron co-sponsored the AMA Grand National race in Sedalia, Illinois with his friend Rick Yeager. After he quit racing he sponsored his son Carl and later Lance Jones for several years as a professional racer. He’s been to every Springfield Mile since 1951. Almost everything in Ron’s life can be trailed back to racing and riding.
In the 70’s with a family at home of four to support, Ron ran a painting business during the week, but the entire family would go to the races on the weekend. His wife, Barb, and their 3 daughters would work selling the merchandise while Ron and his son, Carl, raced. After he stopped racing, Ron continued traveling around the country promoting races and selling merchandise. In 1983, he became one of the first Harley-Davidson official licensees.
Ron Stratman founded and co-owned the Sturgis Harley-Davidson on Main Street, and has been a long-time supporter of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Over the years, he has become known as the “Buffalo Man” because he rides one of three Harley-Davidson motorcycles dressed in a full buffalo hide down Main Street during the Rally.