Hall of Fame Highlight Class of 2019: Ron Paugh


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 Paugh

For the past 50 years Paughco has been providing the custom and restoration Harley-Davidson market with the most diverse, highest quality line of products available.

Paughco’s success is due in no small part to the fact that it is, and always has been, a true family business. Ron Paugh began riding dirt bikes in the San Fernando foothills as a 13 year old like a lot of us did. When Ron was a junior in high school he bought his first Knucklehead basket for $75. Ron started hanging out at D&D Cycle. Boyd DeFrance was the owner of D&D Cycle and became a good friend of Ron’s. He asked Ron if his father’s tool and die company could reproduce the early HD inner primary covers. Ron and his dad made 500 inner primaries and put 100 in the trunk of a 1969 Cadillac his dad leased. Bob told Ron, “We can’t go selling parts with an old pick-up truck.” 

That was just the beginning. One part led to another and in 1969, Paughco, Inc. refocused with the sole purpose of producing the finest in custom and replacement parts and accessories. With the husband and wife team of Robert and Ruth Paugh at the helm, and son Ron heading up the product design and development, Paughco was on the move. By the late 70’s, the company was manufacturing thousands of unique products, becoming the number one choice of bike builders worldwide. After completion of Paughco’s new world headquarters, Bob Paugh took his final ride in 1987, and all operations were transferred to Ron. 

As Paughco celebrates its 50th anniversary, the company remains dedicated to the production of an ever-expanding line of products.

Lindsy Buser