National Motorcycle Museum
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
71Trip End Jul 10, 2011
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Where I stayed
Elmdon Guest House
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!