The best place for a motorbike is on the road, but it doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate them being on display. Visiting a museum is a great way of seeing unique models and learning about their history. There are plenty of motorcycle museums in the UK, and summer is an ideal time for planning a trip.
National Motorcycle Museum
Located in Bickenhill village, the National Motorcycle Museum contains the largest collection of British motorbikes in the world. It was founded in 1984 by collector and businessman, Roy Richards. The collection features 170 different marquees, dating from 1898 all the way to the latest British superbikes. These include Arno, BSA, Douglas, Greeves, Ivy, Matador and Zenith. Be sure to visit www.nationalmotorcyclemuseum.co.uk for more information.
London Motorcycle Museum
The London Motorcycle Museum has over 170 bikes that are displayed for your viewing pleasure. Models featured in the collection include a 1928 Triumph, 1957 BSA Road Rocket, 1982 Triumph Thunderbird and many more. For anyone who’s interested in donating, you can take part in an adopt a bike scheme. For more information check out www.london-motorcycle-museum.org.
Sammy Miller Museum
Started by ex-racer Sammy Miller, this museum can be found in New Milton, Hampshire. It boasts an exotic collection of rare motorbikes, such as the Moto Guzzi V8. Other areas of the museum include the Road Bike Hall, which has a display of factory prototypes, and the Sports Bike Hall. There’s also a play area for children, meaning all the family can enjoy a day out to the Sammy Miller museum. You can look at sammymiller.co.uk to find out more.
The David Silver Honda Collection Museum
This museum was founded by Honda parts dealer, David Silver in 2016. Located in Suffolk, the museum contains the largest Honda bike collection outside of Japan. With over 150 different models, visitors will be able to see the Cub F-type and legendary CBR900RR Fireblade. To learn more, go to www.davidsilverhondacollection.co.uk
Battlesbridge Motorcycle Museum
Tucked away in the village of Battlesbridge, this museum can be considered a hidden gem. The Battlesbridge museum is smaller compared to grander venues, but there are plenty of classic bikes to look at. It’s an excellent day trip for any bike enthusiast who wants to travel off the beaten path. Have a look at battlesbridgemotorcyclemuseum.wordpress.com to find out more.