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National Motorcycle Museum and other UK sights #795984 01/19/20 4:00 am
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I’ve booked a trip to Britain this summer, including London, Birmingham, York, Leeds and Windsor. In London I want to visit the plaque denoting the AMC plant location (not far from my birthplace in Lewisham) and then to the plaque at the Meriden plant location and then a tour of the National Motorcycle Museum http://www.nationalmotorcyclemuseum.co.uk/ and the British Motor Museum https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/

What other classic motorcycle points of interest should I see? Unfortunately Sammy Miller is too far south. I may look into the British Transport Museum, where I last visited with my grandfather in the 1980s (he was a retired London bus driver).

What about http://www.london-motorcycle-museum.org/ ?





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Re: National Motorcycle Museum and other UK sights [Re: Matthew in TO] #795990 01/19/20 7:25 am
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The Triumph factory in Hinkley has a very nice little museum as well.

If you're going to be in Birmingham, I assume you'll visit the site of the BSA factory.

Re: National Motorcycle Museum and other UK sights [Re: Matthew in TO] #795991 01/19/20 7:27 am
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It's 101 mile drive to Sammy Miller from London. Change your plans. Alternatively, the museum is expanding soon so plan another trip!

Re: National Motorcycle Museum and other UK sights [Re: Matthew in TO] #796002 01/19/20 1:54 pm
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If you are near York try The Craven Collection but check the opening dates on their website www.cravencollection.co.uk

Re: National Motorcycle Museum and other UK sights [Re: Matthew in TO] #796014 01/19/20 5:06 pm
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Not sure if the London Motorcycle Museum is actually open anymore? Various websites (e.g. TripAdvisor) seem to suggest its permanently closed.

As an alternative maybe you could try Brooklands Museum which isn't that far from London, see This Link. Brooklands has a collection of around 50 bikes which isn't big but it also has vintage cars, planes, engines and a other items of interest, well worth a visit.


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Re: National Motorcycle Museum and other UK sights [Re: Matthew in TO] #796020 01/19/20 6:09 pm
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London motorcycle museum shut and sold off most of it's stuff.

Kempton park is about an hour from Hampton court, if you're with SWMBO
https://www.kemptonautojumble.co.uk/about/

Re: National Motorcycle Museum and other UK sights [Re: Shoshone] #796021 01/19/20 6:15 pm
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Originally Posted by Shoshone
It's 101 mile drive to Sammy Miller from London. Change your plans. Alternatively, the museum is expanding soon so plan another trip!
I’m already dragging my wife and two teenaged daughters through many, what they may call “man cave” museums, so I’d best not press my luck by taking them in the wrong direction.

Sammy Miller and the nearby Bovington tank museum will be on a future trip. I wish I’d know about both when I used to visit my Grandmother on the Isle of Wight in the 1990s.


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Re: National Motorcycle Museum and other UK sights [Re: Matthew in TO] #796032 01/19/20 8:09 pm
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If you go to the so-called "National" Motorcycle Museum please check, and advise me, if they have doubled their fire protection "system" by having TWO 5-gallon buckets of water by the door now.

Re: National Motorcycle Museum and other UK sights [Re: Irish Swede] #796052 01/20/20 2:15 am
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Originally Posted by Irish Swede
If you go to the so-called "National" Motorcycle Museum please check, and advise me, if they have doubled their fire protection "system" by having TWO 5-gallon buckets of water by the door now.
That 2003 fire does seem to rankle many. I’m more sympathetic, at least until I see it in August. Here in Ontario, Canada ten years before the British Motorcycle Museum burned, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum burned down in 1993, with the loss of a Hawker Hurricane and many rare aircraft. After the outrage the museum’s volunteers set to work rebuilding what is now Canada’s premier privately owned aircraft museum. Hopefully the British Motorcycle Museum has learned and improved from their fire experience.

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No trip to the UK would be complete around that time of the year, without a short ferry ride from Liverpool to The Isle of Man with the Manx GP starting on 22nd August this year. And the associated Museums and sights. Definitely a must see in my opinion.

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I visited the national Motorcycle Museum 4 years ago. Even after the fire it is still the most interesting and comprehensive collection of motorcycles I've ever seen. Probably the only place in the world you might find a Triumph Quadrent.


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