Buddy Holly's original 1958 Ariel Cyclone motorcycle heading home to West Texas

Buddy Holly's original 1958 Ariel Cyclone motorcycle heading home to West Texas

Provided by The Buddy Holly Center

The Buddy Holly Center is thrilled to announce the homecoming of Buddy Holly's original 1958 Ariel Cyclone motorcycle.

The motorcycle was Lot #235 of the "Remembering Waylon" Auction on October 5, 2014.

Through the generous support of Jessi Coulter, Arlan Ettinger of Guernsey's Auctioneers & Brokers and the buyer, George McMahan of Lubbock, Texas, the motorcycle will be returned to West Texas.

The treasured artifact will be on long-term loan to the Buddy Holly Center, a fitting tribute since both Holly (Lubbock, TX) and Jennings (Littlefield, TX) are from West Texas.

The 1958 Ariel Cyclone has a high compression 650cc headmaster engine.

The item was a gift to Waylon Jennings in 1979 by members of Buddy Holly's original Crickets, Joe B. Maudlin and Jerry Allison on the occasion of Jennings' forty-second birthday.

During a 1980's episode of The Dukes of Hazzard, Waylon made an appearance where his traveling museum was hijacked.

Buddy's motorcycle figured prominently in that episode.

The 1958 Ariel Cyclone was originally purchased by Buddy Holly on May 13, 1958 at Ray Miller's Triumph Motorcycle Sales in Dallas, Texas.

The Buddy Holly Center looks forward to exhibiting the motorcycle for the public in the coming month.

Dates will be announced when confirmed.