Exploring the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham

by Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour

Exploring the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham

Over the road from The NEC and Birmingham Airport is the largest collection of British Motorcycles in the world. The National Motorcycle Museum was the late vision of Mr William “Roy Richards known as “The Boss” who, in 1980, set his heart on creating a museum devoted the British Motorcycle industry.

I was lucky enough early in September 2017 to be invited (With my dad) to visit this lovely venue. I’d been here previously for #SolihullHour’s meet ups which utilised the conference facilities on site here.

The National Motorcycle Museum
The National Motorcycle Museum

Aside from the sheer amount of motorcycles on site, the first thing that struck me was the “family” feel to what is quite a large site. Motorcycle enthusiasts come from all ages and backgrounds must love visiting. I’m seeing the collection for the first time in years, and made me realise just how many hours have been spend looking after, repairing and maintaining these great vehicles.

Bikes Bikes Bikes
Bikes, Bikes, Bikes

Even the shop and reception at the entrance, is full of great motorcycles which makes it worth popping in just to check out. Past the entrance, you then enter five medium sized halls which are packed to the rafters with examples of great British Motorcycles.

One of the things that surprises people is that this great visitor attraction even exists, its right on the edge of Birmingham and it surprises that many Brummies haven’t had the chance to visit it.. yet.

Bikes, Bikes, Bikes
Bikes, Bikes, Bikes

There’s an open day coming up on Saturday 4th November (Parking which is normally free will cost £5 but its well worth it in exchange for free entry to the National Motorcycle Museum). This is the fourth time they are hosting the event at the venue. Check out the details here: nationalmotorcyclemuseum.co.uk/national-motorcycle-museum-live-open-day-sat-041117/

Even if, like myself, you are not a motorcyclist you can take time to wander around these halls and look at some fine examples such as the type of motorcycle that Lawrence of Arabia might have used or how the AA and RAC used to patrol the streets on motorcycles.

Indian 700c Police Model Ex-NYPD
Indian 700c Police Model Ex-NYPD

One of the key features of the museum is the archive department which contains the manuals for over 5,000 motorcycles, if this is your sort of thing you can arrange for manuals to be printed or even parts of manuals for your own personal restorations.

I’ve even got a half price admission code I’ve been given for those ordering technical manuals. Just metion #BrumHour to get half price entry to the National Motorcycle Museum when you are ordering a manual. Take a look here: nationalmotorcyclemuseum.co.uk/shop

This is an ever evolving collection and the information cards get updated infront of every motorcycle when some information comes to light that wasn’t previously known.

You will have your favourite motorcycles but for my dad its the Police motorcycles which distract him the most. He loved exploring the venue with me. I was always impressed by those trying to break land speed records as a kid so seeing those types of vehicles on display at the National Motorcycle Museum was pretty cool even as an adult. They even have car and motorcycle auctions from time to time.

Superbike
Superbike

I think this venue is best when you are showing off to your mates what Birmingham has to offer. So take the kids at half term or visitors to the region during term time. It took us nearly two and a half hours to do the whole venue.

Take a look at the website here: nationalmotorcyclemuseum.co.uk


BrumHour was invited to visit National Motorcycle Museum for free and was even given a cup of tea! I know! I wanted to share about this lovely family run venue and this isn’t a sponsored post.