Hall of Fame Highlight Class of 2019: Ron Finch

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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

 
Jill Parham
 

Ron Finch

The focus of Ron Finch has always been from the perspective of “Art of Motion”. His ability to fuse together mechanical design, brilliant paint, and functionally establishes him as one of the premiere builders of our time. Labeled as “too extreme” by some, his work appropriately proclaims the freedom and individualism that is so often associated with the motorcycle lifestyle. 

The artistry of Ron Finch is not limited to metal sculpture, it is also expressed in paint. In 2008, Ron was awarded the House of Kolor Prestigious Painter Award for his work on “Finicky”, which has a rainbow of colors on the right side, and a blend of red and orange candy on the left side. Named for its fins, Finicky is a 2006 Shovelhead that features extended fins on the heads, a finned four gallon gas tank under the seat and Finch sculpture throughout. 

Finch motorcycles have been featured in hundreds of magazines, museums, galleries, and shows in the United States, Germany, France, Sweden, and the Netherlands. One of his proudest moments was having the opportunity to display twelve custom motorcycles in the Milwaukee Art Museum during the 105th Harley-Davidson Anniversary in August 2008.

Ron celebrated his 80th birthday in March 2019 and continues to work from the studio painting and building custom motorcycles and art. Labeled as “too extreme” by some, the work of Ron Finch appropriately proclaims the freedom and individualism that is so often associated with the motorcycle lifestyle. 

Lindsy Buser