Montz Motorcycle Museum

Montz Motorcycle Museum recently opened in Tecumseh, Nebraska. They received a donation of a civilian model of a World War II bike. From left to right are Dr. Robert Hayden, Bill Montz, Caroline Kline, Sister Patrick Marie and Greg McClure.

Montz Motorcycle Museum located in Tecumseh, Nebraska, is expanding their collection of bikes. Bill and Carla Montz, owners, said the museum is the only of its kind in Nebraska. Bill Montz said recently the museum building nearly doubled in size in order to continue to display donated, loaned or purchased motorcycles. “The two of us collected motorcycles most of our lives,” Montz said. “We’ve added a 72 foot addition on our building and we’re putting the walkaway tile in and the flooring.” He said they have over 100 motorcycles on display including a motorcycle that dates back to 1902 which is the oldest motorcycle in Nebraska. That bike is one of two from the late Steve McQueen’s personal collection. The museum has rare antiques, dirt bikes, touring bikes, FAST bikes, scooters, mopeds and

Montz Motorcycle Museum located in Tecumseh, Nebraska, is expanding their collection of bikes.

Bill and Carla Montz, owners, said the museum is the only of its kind in Nebraska.

Bill Montz said recently the museum building nearly doubled in size in order to continue to display donated, loaned or purchased motorcycles.

“The two of us collected motorcycles most of our lives,” Montz said. “We’ve added a 72 foot addition on our building and we’re putting the walkaway tile in and the flooring.”

He said they have over 100 motorcycles on display including a motorcycle that dates back to 1902 which is the oldest motorcycle in Nebraska. That bike is one of two from the late Steve McQueen’s personal collection.

The museum has rare antiques, dirt bikes, touring bikes, FAST bikes, scooters, mopeds and hand-made bikes.

Montz said they recently acquired two additional World War II vintage motorcycles. The bikes will be added to a display they have in tribute to World War II bikes.

They were two very rare and fully-restored 1942 Harley-Davidson bikes that were donated to them in April by Caroline Cline.

Cline donated one civilian model (WL) and one military model (WLA) 1942 Harley-Davidson for permanent display. This was part of only 142 civilian models that were made before World War II resulting in diversion of all production to the war effort. Both bikes are in road-worthy conditions.

Cline has shown these bikes at numerous Antique Motorcycle Club of America shows for almost a decade and has earned a plethora of awards. They received 18 preservation awards from 2007 to 2017 and four Grand National awards. In 2018, she attended two more shows and won two more presentation awards and took home the Gold award.

Cline showed the motorcycles in memory and honor of her father and uncle who served in World War II. Her uncle is entombed on the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor.

Montz said the goal of the museum is to offer a variety of items for visitors to view on display.

“Everyone who comes in brings up what a wide variety we have in our collection,” Montz said. “Each person that comes through gets excited about a different aspect of the museum.”

The museum is a nonprofit foundation that is run by a board of directors.

The Montz Motorcycle Museum is located at 432 Clay Street in Tecumseh, Nebraska. The fee to tour the museum is $10. They are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday or by appointment.

They can be contacted by phone at 402-335-0328. For more information, visit https://montzmotorcylemuseum.com.