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Old 10-10-2010, 06:17 PM   #1
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so where are the old motorcycle museums

Next to the wheels of time and the factory Harley museums what do guys think the best ones to see for old bikes and cars in the USA and Canada? where are the ones you ve liked or seen?
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:44 PM   #2
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Barber has some pre 1920 bikes. Most are later, but still the best museum I've been in.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:05 PM   #3
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Solvang, CA.

Near Santa Barbara....worth the trip.
http://www.motosolvang.com/
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:23 PM   #4
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I found this place to be chock full of cool bikes and paraphernalia:
http://www.nationalmcmuseum.org/
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Old 10-10-2010, 10:00 PM   #5
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+1 on the Solvang museum.

Vintage Motos (www.vintagemotos.com) in Denver is spectacular: 200 bike, 66 makes from 36 different countries.
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Old 10-10-2010, 10:43 PM   #6
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Barber!

+1 on Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum! I live a few minutes away from it and I visit multiples times yearly since they are constantly rotating bikes in and out of the museum. They keep around 600 bikes on display and have everything from diesel military klrs to rotary engined bikes to a bike that can be carried as a suitcase. The total collection is around 1,200 bikes. Over 200 makes are represented from 20 countries. Another neat thing about the museum is that any bike in it can be running within an hour! The museum also restores many of the bikes itself and has a full machine shop in the bottom in case they need to make a part that is no longer available.

Mr. Barber also has the largest lotus race car collection in the world, which is on display in the museum. There are other cars but the majority are Lotus. The annual vintage motorcycle festival was this past weekend so that's also a great time to go since the museum sits right next to the track at Barber Motorsports Park where you can see the vintage bikes race during the vintage festival. As part of the festival they hold a "Century Race" in which only bikes that are at least 100 years old can get on the track. The riders usually dress in period clothing as well.

As you can see in the pictures, the elevator in the middle of the structure is surrounded by stacked bikes but the main attractions are found as you spiral your way down 5 floors. There are also a few themed areas to represent certain historical periods.




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Old 10-11-2010, 02:24 AM   #7
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+1 on Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum! I live a few minutes away from it and I visit multiples times yearly since they are constantly rotating bikes in and out of the museum. They keep around 600 bikes on display and have everything from diesel military klrs to rotary engined bikes to a bike that can be carried as a suitcase. The total collection is around 1,200 bikes. Over 200 makes are represented from 20 countries. Another neat thing about the museum is that any bike in it can be running within an hour! The museum also restores many of the bikes itself and has a full machine shop in the bottom in case they need to make a part that is no longer available.

Mr. Barber also has the largest lotus race car collection in the world, which is on display in the museum. There are other cars but the majority are Lotus. The annual vintage motorcycle festival was this past weekend so that's also a great time to go since the museum sits right next to the track at Barber Motorsports Park where you can see the vintage bikes race during the vintage festival. As part of the festival they hold a "Century Race" in which only bikes that are at least 100 years old can get on the track. The riders usually dress in period clothing as well.

As you can see in the pictures, the elevator in the middle of the structure is surrounded by stacked bikes but the main attractions are found as you spiral your way down 5 floors. There are also a few themed areas to represent certain historical periods.




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Old 10-11-2010, 07:11 AM   #8
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Barber +1 Billion

VERY few places in life live up to the hype. I always feel let down when visiting most places people tell me are "must see".

Barber is is one of those rare places that not only lives up to the hype, but absolutely shatters all of your notions of what an epic destination can be.

The Grand Canyon is another.

A "Bucket List" place for sure. Just go there.

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Old 10-11-2010, 09:22 AM   #9
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+1 on the Solvang museum.

Vintage Motos (www.vintagemotos.com) in Denver is spectacular: 200 bike, 66 makes from 36 different countries.
I've lived in Colorado for 3 years and this is the first I've heard of this place. Must go - and thanks for the link.
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:52 AM   #10
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Well you are in BC you must have seen that, if not you better go....!

http://www.deeleymotorcycleexhibition.ca/index.htm

Then this in Quebec I saw last summer and where, by chance, I met a friend I hadn't seen since she left BC in 1981.

http://www.epopeedelamoto.com/epopee_en.asp?no=49

And this in Summerland.....make sure the sound is on your computer before you click on this link....!

http://www.nixdorfclassiccars.com/


And this is pretty interesting if you also like trains and old buildings, there is a few cars there.

http://www.3valley.com/

And because I like rusty old junk and wished I had one of them in my front yard.....this in Tappen BC.

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Old 10-11-2010, 10:57 AM   #11
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This one is about 20 minutes from me in Maggie Valley NC.
http://www.wheelsthroughtime.com/

It's a cool place but it's really, really, really early stuff.
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:18 AM   #12
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The Barber Vintage Museum is simply impressive
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Old 10-12-2010, 12:52 AM   #13
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http://www.deeleymotorcycleexhibition.ca/index.htm


Yap been there and back in 93 when he was giving an interview I saw he had the collection. Phone them up and they said they re in storage is richmond feel free to ( they hadn't open the museum) Show up any time and I did. Some guy said they re in there back there and left me alone with all the bikes for 3 hours. All I can say is no one going to let me sit on another 1919 triumph or the host of other bikes I got touch and sit on. With the pictures taking hadn't been a bust. thanks so far guys.
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Old 10-12-2010, 03:50 AM   #14
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Bill's Old Bike Barn in PA.

Never been there but site looks appealing.


http://www.billsbikebarn.com/index.php?pageid=1
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:11 AM   #15
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Indiana has a small but nice one. POST 100, WOO HOO!!

http://www.kerstingscycle.com/muse.html

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