National Motorcycle Museum

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
Trip End Jul 10, 2011

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wednesday 25.05.2011 - we rode through the Cotswolds after leaving Bath. We were fortunate that the weather was fine if a bit cold on the bikes. The Cotswolds are famous for their thatched roof cottages but we could only find one.  
We stopped for lunch in a small village that had markets set up in the main street. We bought a delicious sausage & bacon sandwich that we ate in a covered area adjacent to the BBQ where they were cooked. We then followed the stone wall of all stone walls - it must have been 3 km long and was made to perfection!      

We dropped our gear off at the Elmdon Guest House, our digs for the night, and then headed for the National Motorcycle Museum which was the reason we were visiting Birmingham.

Sammy Miller's museum has 400 bikes and this museum has over 700 hundred so we had a busy few hours ahead.

The museum has 5 wings and in 2003, 3 of the 5 were burnt out with nearly all bikes destroyed beyond repair. All bikes were replaced with either replicas or same models obtained, rebuilt and/or refurbished so that the museum was able to re-open 18 months later.

The most valuable bikes in the collection are 12 Brough Superiors all on display together. Don't even try to price them. The Brough Superior is famous as the bike that T.E LAWRENCE better known as Lawrence of Arabia was riding when he was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1935 not far from Sammy Miller's museum in New Milton.

The National Motorcycle Museum is unique in that it has modern bikes on display not just those from yesteryear. For example, they had 5 bikes from the 2003 Isle of Man TT, with 2 of those being winning bikes.

After getting our fill of new and classic bikes we rode into Solihull, the nearest town, where we ate at an Indian restaurant hoping that we didn't get a dose of dodgey curry!
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Sandra on

oh, I want the dodgy curry too - memories of nights out drinking in London!!!! Great photos, can't wait to see the TT blogs. Lovely day here today, about to rain now though - had a ride to Canugra for a coffee in the morning. The other cafe is really full now, they've added a big "bike" park area lots of Dukes there. Ride safe.

Chris on

I spent three wonderful years at University in Birmingham. Did you attemt to navigate through the Bull Ring?

Christopher on

Norton Fans
The National Motorcycle Museum has not one but 12 F1 Norton Rotary racers unless some are out racing including S Spyres bike

Rachael on

MAD!! keep following your dreams

Simon on

The National Motorcycle Museum has all the original works rotaries, including the very 1st which was named Waltzing Walter. There is one other machine about which isnt an original, it was made up out of spares so we let this one was let go. Out of the 450 machines destroyed only a handful was lost all of the others have been restored or are in the process of being restored. There is currently over a 1000 machines within the inventory with aproximately 850 machines on display.

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