Buddy Holly Loved Motorcycles

August 25, 2018

In the three-year period that Buddy Holly ruled the music charts back in the late 1950s, he still had time to let off steam on his 1958 Ariel Cyclone—like Holly, it became one of the most iconic motorcycles of a generation. In the Spring 2017 issue of Ride Texas, we brought you “Buddy Holly: The Legend & Lore of Lubbock’s Native Son.” The story included a tale of how Holly and the Crickets stopped off in Dallas on their way home to Lubbock, and came to buy the 1958 BSA Cyclone and two Triumphs at Miller’s Motorcycles (now Big D Motorcycles) in Oak Cliff. Information about this fateful day came in part from interviews that writer-photographer D. Larry Patterson did with Crickets Joe B. Mauldin and JI Allison, as well as Betty Miller (who sold them the motorcycles), which were featured in Patterson’s book, Buddy Holly’s Britbike. The book is available on Amazon.com: $7.50 for the print version. It is also sold at the Buddy Holly Center, in Lubbock.

Look for our story “High Plains Shifter,” an historic Lubbock ride story, coming in the Autumn 2018 issue of Ride Texas (on newsstands October 1), and be sure to read Patterson’s book to get the most out of your ride through Buddy Holly’s home town.

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