Motorbikes have been ridden across the globe for many, many years and as each new style of bike is designed, manufactured and released, new features and improvements are already being made. Being a motorcyclist is somewhat a type of lifestyle and once you become a rider yourself you almost instantly gain a community of like-minded people.
This is so much so that there are a number of biker's clubs and museums throughout the UK with one of the largest collections of bikes being housed at the National Motorcycle Musuem just of the M42 near Solihull. So why not pop on your favourite Summer biker jacket and ride up to Solihull to take a look at the 1000 plus British motorbikes they have on display.
If you want to know more here are a few key bits of information for you:
The museum is the brain child of Roy Richards who was himself an avid collector of motorbikes and other memorabilia. In the early part of the 1980s Richards began his quest to put on display his collection of bikes along with the dream to build the largest collection of motorbikes in Britain. By 1984 the museum that had been purpose built was completed and opened for the first time.
The collection totals over 1000 British bikes from 170 different makes (or marques if you are in the business). These are all displayed over five impressive display halls and an entrance foyer. The bikes date from 1898 all the way up to the modern-day British Superbikes.
The entrance foyer is where the special exhibitions are shown. These are temporary displays and currently this is a look at the journey of a 1941 Matchless from the UK to Vietnam and the story as told by the bike's owner Gordon May.
Once you enter the main halls you begin the tour off the many bikes to be seen. The first hall you come to displays Richards love of the development of the British manufactured bike and in here you can see a whole range of bikes covering a sixty-year time period from 1898 to 1960. The next three halls display the full collection of bikes arranged in alphabetical order by brand name. The sight of all of these bikes is incredibly impressive. The final hall is where you can see all the competition bikes with everything from road racers and dirt bikes across to sprint and dragster machines.
If you are a lover of bikes you should definitely pop along to the museum for a visit or if you perhaps like a practical view of bikes you could watch the Team National Motorcycle Musuem Racing (Team NMM Racing) who display various iconic competition bikes at a variety of track events throughout the year. This was first established in 2015 when William Dunlop rode in the Isle of Man TT on the museums Norton race bike.