These nine published magazine articles document some of the finest public museums and private collections in the United States. While traveling by motorcycle for the past forty years, I've taken every opportunity to check out museums and collections, even though I have a love/hate relationship with them. I think the best use for a motorcycle is to ride it and for me the worth of any motorcycle is measured by its odometer, not its shine. I can appreciate motorcycles as art, but let's not forget they're motorcycles...
These nine published magazine articles document some of the finest public museums and private collections in the United States. While traveling by motorcycle for the past forty years, I've taken every opportunity to check out museums and collections, even though I have a love/hate relationship with them. I think the best use for a motorcycle is to ride it and for me the worth of any motorcycle is measured by its odometer, not its shine. I can appreciate motorcycles as art, but let's not forget they're motorcycles not sculptures - they were meant to be ridden.
I've found the most interesting thing about museums and collections is not the motorcycles contained in them - it's the story of the people who put them together. The public museums are usually an outward expression of an individual who loves motorcycling and wants to share their passion for the sport with as many enthusiasts as possible and what's not to like about that? The private collections are usually an inward expression of an individual's desire to own the motorcycles that were unobtainable in their youth and what's not to like about that either? Keep your eyes open for opportunities to see a private collection. You never know when or where they will present themselves. At each one of these museums and collections I learned something new about motorcycles and I've been around them for fifty years. I hope they'll do the same for you.
A FULL HOUSE
BACK TO JAPAN
BARBER'S MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
BILL'S OLD BIKE BARN
CHADD'S FORD AUCTION
LOGUE'S CLASSIC HONDA MUSEUM
WHEELS THROUGH TIME MUSEUM
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This Backroad Bob’s Motorcycle Road Trips - American Motorcycle Museums and Collections ebook is one part of a 19-part CD series that is Backroad Bob’s Motorcycle Adventures and includes the following titles. The CDs and the ebooks contain the same articles, but the ebooks are text-only and the dual sporting ebooks exclude the roll charts, GPS maps, and GPS coordinates. The photo-filled versions and the full-content dual sporting CDs with rollcharts and GPS coordinates are available only from www.backroadbob.com.
Backroad Bob’s Motorcycle Adventures:
Dual Sporting PA with Roll Charts
Dual Sporting PA with GPS Roll Charts
Dual Sporting Beyond PA with Roll Charts
Dual Sporting Beyond PA with GPS Roll Charts
Dual Sporters and Thumper Humpers
GPs and MotoGPs
Isle of Man TT Races, England & Ireland
Museums and Collections
Road Trips (Part I)
Road Trips (Part III)
Road Trips (Part IV)
Shows and Clubs
About the Author:
Qualifications - Thirty-eight years and over 250,000 miles as a licensed motorcycle operator. Thirty-six years and 185,000 accident-free road miles. Eighteen years and 43,000 miles dual sport riding. Ten years East Coast Enduro Association competition. Four years motocross and road racing support in AMA and WERA competition. Forty-one years off-pavement riding. Completion of Motorcycle Safety Foundation Beginner and Advanced Rider Courses and Keith Code's Superbike School. A.A.S. - Mechanical Engineering with over 25 years professional mechanical experience.
Road Riding - Thirty-seven of 48 contiguous states with extensive knowledge of the Mid-Atlantic, New England, and Southeastern states. Five Canadian provinces, Isle of Man, Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Spain and Portugal.
Dual Sport Riding - Mid-Atlantic States, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Tennessee. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Monongahela, Wayne and Allegheny National Forests. Ten Pennsylvania State Forests.
Enduro Riding - Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Leadership Positions: President (1995-2011) - Turbo Motorcycle International Owners Association (TMIOA), North Eastern Region Director (2000-2009), and Pennsylvania State Director (1994-2009) - Honda Sport Touring Association (HSTA). Rally Dual Sport Route Coordinator - Honda Sport Touring Association Rendezvous 1996. Rally Coordinator - The Thumper Humper (THE) Rally 1998-2008, PA Adventure Rally 1994-2007, Pennsylvania Dual Sport Rides 1995-2007, Pennsylvania 500 Road Ride 2005-2007, and Turbo Rally '95, 00, and '10. Organizer - 2001 Honda Sport Touring Association Rendezvous - a 400+ participant 5-day international event.