William Johnson was born in theĀ 1890s and was right there at the beginning of motorcycle history. He got his start fixing small machines, bicycles, and the new-fangled motorcycles out of an old blacksmith shop in Westchester County, New York. From there he went on to be the first black member of the fledgling American Motorcycle Association and a bona fide hill climb champion (although he often had to tell race organizers that he was Native American because, you know, racism). Eventually, Wild Bill opened a full-service Harley-Davidson shop in his old smithy, and spent the rest of his life riding, racing, selling, and wrenching on Harleys. He died in 1985, somewhere in his 80s, still riding. You couldn't ask for a better life.