About Ed Youngblood


Ed Youngblood fell in love with motorcycles as a young boy, and bought his first -- a 165cc Harley-Davidson -- at the age of 14. In the ensuing 45 years, he has owned and ridden a wide range of American, British, European, and Japanese brands. Following graduate studies in English Literature, Youngblood took his first job in the motorcycle industry as a journalist in 1968. After a 28-year career with the American Motorcyclist Association, including 19 years as its president, he left administrative work to focus on writing, historical research, and museum curating and consulting. In addition to his scholastic training, Youngblood brings to his subject a personal experience in many of the topics he writes about.

Ed Youngblood’s Curriculum Vitae


B.A., Oklahoma State University, Liberal Arts.
M.A., Ohio University, English Literature.

Professional Experience

28 year career with the American Motorcyclist Association, serving as Managing Editor, Director of Government Relations, and 19 years as President and CEO.

25 years on the management council of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme.

Consultant to:

BMW Motorcycle Owners of America
BMW MOA Foundation
Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Ohio State University, Newark
WONDERS: The Memphis International    Cultural Series.=

Curatorial Work

“Women and Motorcycling Exhibition”
Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.

“A Century of Indian”
Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.

“The Art of the Motorcycle”
Guggenheim Museum, Las Vegas.

"The Art of the Motorcycle"
WONDERS: The Memphis International Cultural Series.

"The Art of the Motorcycle"
Orlando Museum of Art; Orlando, Florida.

“The Art of the Wheel”
Ohio State University, Newark.

“Heroes of Harley-Davidson”
Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.

"BSA's Greatest Daytona"
Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.

"Motocross America"
Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.

"Wheelz: The Art and Design of the Customized Ride"
Columbus College of Art and Design.

Works Published


Books for children or remedial readers on the subjects of motorcycle racing and hill climbing, 1999.

“John Penton and the Off-Road Motorcycle Revolution”
Whitehorse Press, 2000.

“A Century of Indian”
Motor Books International, 2001. Gold Prize winner from the International Automotive Media Awards.  Gold Prize winner from the Ohio Museums Association.

“Mann of His Time”
a biography of motorcycle racing legend Dick Mann, Whitehorse Press, 2002.

“Heroes of Harley-Davidson”
Motor Books International, 2003. Top Prize winner from the National Association of Motor Museums.

Articles Published In:

American Big Twin, American Motorcyclist, The Antique Motorcycle, Association Management, BMW Owners News, Classic Bike Rider, Cycle World, Racer X Illustrated, Thunder Press, Walneck's,AMADirectlink.com, and AMASuperbike.com.

Scholarly Papers

“The Birth of the Dirt Bike: Technology and the Change in Attitude Toward American Motorcyclist in the 1970s.” American Pop Culture Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February, 2002.

Expert Commentary

On-camera history and commentary with "CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood," the Travel Channel's "Revolution on Wheels," and Speed Channel's "American Thunder" and "Bike Week."

Professional Services

Research and Writing

Ed Youngblood is a trained researcher, scholar, and editor, dating back to service on the staff of a scholarly journal in English literature at Ohio University in 1966 and 1967. He has written books and articles as work-for-hire, and accepts commissions that involve objective works of history. His research is thorough and accurate, and he can write to a deadline. His research and writing services can be provided under contract, or with compensation based on word count, hourly fee, or royalties based on sales.

Curatorial Service click for more info >>

Ed Youngblood is a skilled historical researcher, writer, and exhibit planner who can serve as sole curator, or as a member of a curatorial team. His skills include the creation of exhibit concepts, text writing, historical research, interfacing with artists and exhibit designers, providing support for administration and public relations personnel, and working to a deadline. Curatorial services can be provided under contract, or with compensation based on hourly service.

Public Speaking click for more info >>

based on his research and extensive international experience in motorcycling, Ed Youngblood is qualified to speak to motorcycle clubs and other interested groups on a wide range of topics.