McPherson program offers major in motorcycle restoration

McPherson College's Automotive Restoration Program, which already offers a four-year degree in auto restoration technology, is adding another major to its educational lineup.

Beginning this semester, students can enroll in motorcycle restoration, starting with a course on the history of the two-wheeled mode of transportation.

Next semester, actual hands-on restoration classes focusing on motorcycle engines, power trains and suspensions will be available.

"It turns out there's a lot of people interested in motorcycle restoration because they're popular and affordable," said Joe Dickhudt, assistant professor of technology.

The program has already received its first pair of bikes, a '65 Honda 305 Dream and a '70 BSA 250. Dickhudt said if anyone has a classic vintage Triumph, Indian or Harley-Davidson they would be willing to donate, that would make a great class project.

To help kick off the motorcycle program, the college will stage Bikes on the Lawn, an open motorcycle rally on campus Sept. 25. Organizers hope to attract hundreds of antique, custom and modern cycles to the event, which is free and open to the public. A free barbecue lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with tours of the auto restoration labs available until 3 p.m.

To get to the McPherson College campus, take I-135 to Exit 60 and proceed west into McPherson; once you cross over a bridge, you'll see the college off to your right. Just follow the signs.

If you or someone you know has a vintage bike you would be willing to donate, contact Brian Martin, director of restoration development, at 620-242-0428.


Despite a serious fire that heavily damaged the Skoops burger and malt shop in Hesston earlier this month, the 6th annual downtown car show sponsored by Skoops will go on as planned this Sunday.

"We're going ahead with it. It'll be a little inconvenient, but we're going to pull it off," said Skoops owner Ken Welsh. The free show will once again line Hesston's Main Street.

"We're going to be down a couple of months... there was a terrible lot of smoke damage," said Welsh, who has already started the rebuilding process.

He said he was grateful the fire, which apparently started in a heating/cooling unit, happened around midnight, so no one was injured.