Motorcycle Museums

Discussion in 'General Discussion / News / Information' started by DavidFL, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Whilst downunder in Oz during March with Meow we visited the Birdwood National Motor Museum in South Ausralia & both of us were highly impressed. Happy-Go-Lucky amazed me yet again.
    I've got some photos to post once I finish my S Laos trip report, but in the meantime I've been sent this URL for the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

    The official website
    http://barbermuseum.org/index.php

    and that's got me thinking - where's the biggest & the best?

    Over to you guys.......does anyone got any photos from their bike museum / collection visits to post?
     
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  3. feejer

    feejer Ol'Timer

    Man, that Barber place is huge! Personally, the Solvang, CA museum is the best I have ever seen. http://www.motosolvang.com/

    This is a "must see" for anyone who ventures this way for MotoGP at Laguna.
    Highlight for me was the Ultra-rare (only 10 made) Kiwi-engineered Britten V1000 (looks like the Barber museum has one as well). Way ahead of it's time.
     
  4. BignTall

    BignTall Ol'Timer

    The Barber museum is right at the top of them.

    Another decent museum is the Peterson automotive museum in Los Angeles mostly cars but also have an inventory of interesting bikes. The great thing about the Peterson is that the displays and inventory is ever changing and not stagnant so always something new even for veteran visitors. Being housed in L.A. and supported by an automitve enthusuast playground like Los Angeles always leads to top quality pieces in the museum. Highly recommended if in the area. http://www.petersen.org/

    Feejer that Britten is indeed a gorgeous bit of kit. Saw it race at Daytona and Lauguna Seca against the all conquering Ducatis of the era.
     
  5. Tom Forde

    Tom Forde Ol'Timer

    Here is another one in NSW Aust.
    A private collection in Tamworth.
    Power house Motorcycle Museum Tamworth


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  6. Tom Forde

    Tom Forde Ol'Timer

  7. Tom Forde

    Tom Forde Ol'Timer

    Here are some pix I took in the private museum in Tamworth.
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  8. Traveler1

    Traveler1 New Member

    If you are into motorcycle racing history, the Manx Museum in Douglas on the Isle of Man has a good collection of exhibits related to Isle of Man races. When I was there two years ago, Honda had sponsored an exhibit including their Isle of Man racing bikes and a lot of history related to how they developed the bikes with input from UK racers. http://www.iomguide.com/manxmuseum.php

    There is another excellent collection of motorcycles , mostly british bikes, at a private museum located outside of Douglas. It’s well worth a vistit . http://www.realclassic.co.uk/placefiles/places06052300.html

    There are two museum in Australia which I had a chance to visit and enjoyed both. One is the National Automobile Museum in Launceston, Tasmania (http://www.namt.com.au/) . It features both cars and motorcycles. The other is the one David mentions visting in Birdwood, South Australia and I too was impressed. It’s also worth stating that there are some really nice rides in that vicinity.
     
  9. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Still catching up, & Moto-Rex's Winton report gave me the nudge I needed.

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    Some pixs with Happy-Go-Lucky downunder at Birdwood, March 2011.
    Let's see who knows what.......

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    I'll add some more bike photos later on....
     

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