Hall of Fame Highlight Class of 2019: Frank Fritz
The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame would like to congratulate this year's outstanding new group of inductees. For the full story, join us at the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Wednesday, August 7, 2019 // 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM MDT
As a youngster, Frank Fritz wasn't interested in extracurricular activities. He was interested in motor bikes and collecting beer cans, stamps, and all the “staples.” As Frank got older his step father told him that if he wanted something he had to work for it. Frank attended summer school every year and worked in the afternoons. By Frank’s sophomore year in high school he was making $7/hour and he was finally able to buy a 1959 Harley-Davidson Sportster. After all, according to Frank’s father “you can get killed on a 350 Honda or a Harley." Frank could be seen and heard riding his Sportster to school while other kids were getting dropped off by their parents. Frank still has his 1959 Sportster today.
Frank appreciates the freedom he feels owning, working on and riding motorcycles. For many years Frank would ride his 1959 Sportster to the South Side Grounds in Sturgis for the Rally. At the farthest, he would go to Deadwood. Frank recalls making laps up and down Main Street from sunup to sun down. Now people are amazed that Frank still rides to Sturgis and camps in the same spot. Frank doesn't roll up in a motor home or fly in to stay in a hotel, he does what he has done for the last 30 years.
Frank says his greatest achievement as a person was always working hard, seeing what he wanted and working for it, and hanging onto life long friends, who he sees regularly. As a motorcyclist, Frank’s considers one of his greatest achievements keeping his first bike and still riding today. Many friends got Harley-Davidson tattoos and had bikes here and there but motorcycling has never left Frank’s blood.
“To be inducted into the Hall of Fame, is the biggest praise that I have ever received,'' said Frank. “It means everything to me, it is a dream come true. I have been long time friends with several inductees and it is truly an honor to be included alongside them.”