Inside Look at Corky Coker's Motorcycle Collection
Corky Coker's collection of antique motorcycles is one of the finest in the world, and it's housed inside the Coker Museum in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. Corky's collection of cars, trucks and motorcycles features a great variety of our product lines, which covers a huge span of collector vehicles. In this article, we wanted to focus specifically on motorcycles, as the Coker Museum is packed with incredible motorcycles, dating back to the 1900's. From the earliest two-wheel machines to more civilized motorcycles of the 1950s and 1960s, this collection has iconic motorcycles, such as Harley Davidson, Indian, Excelsior, Thor, and more! The collection is diverse, with a mixture of beautiful restorations, true barn finds and bikes with legitimate racing history.
The early motorcycles feature clincher rims, a style of tire and wheel bead that was phased out 100 years ago. We're proud to offer vintage clincher rims and popular motorcycle tires for the 1900's through the 1920's. Brands such as Firestone, Coker Button Tread, G&J Button Tread and others serve the market as the most authentic antinque motorcycle tires in the world. Moving into the 1930's, it became common for motorcycle tires to measure four inches wide and fit 18- and 19-inch rims. As the years rolled on, rim diameters settled in at 16-inch (500-16 being the most popular size) for classic American motorcycles like Harley Davidson and Indian Chief, while European and Japanese motorcycle rims remained in the 18- and 19-inch range throughout the 1960's and 1970's.
We wanted to give you an exclusive look inside the Corky Coker's motorcycle collection, but to get the full experience, you need to see it in person. If you're in the neighborhood, be sure to visit the museum. For now, let's take a look at some outstanding examples within the collection and see how Coker Tire's products keep these iconic motorcycles rolling.