If you love Norton, BSA, Triumph and other classic British Motorcycles, then take a trip to the London Motorcycle Museum.
by Mark DT
The London Motorcycle Museum is one that I’ve long wanted to visit. This past week I finally got my chance as my wife Anne and I were in London together for a week’s vacation.
The first thing you should do before planning a visit is make sure they are open. The museum is run completely by volunteers. Normally they are only open three days a week, (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.) Unfortunately we learned this the hard way as we headed out there on our first day of the holiday which happened to be a Tuesday. Thankfully we were still in town over the weekend so we headed back Saturday morning. Let’s just say it was worth the wait. To check opening times for the museum, visit their website at http://www.london-motorcycle-museum.org/.
I swear I heard angels sing when I first stepped inside. If you are a Triumph fan, this is a must see.
The museum has over 170 machines on exhibit, plus much more to see. We saw motorcycles dating back to the start of the twentieth century, including machines that worked during the world wars, police motorcycles, ambulance motorcycles, and all forms of cruisers, racers, cafe racers and more. Besides Triumph, Norton, and BSA there are motorcycles from rare British manufacturers which are no longer around.
That ain’t no Bonneville. A rarely seen Triumph scooter.
Screen shot from my smart phone to remember which train to take.
Getting to the museum from central London is easy. The museum is located in Ealing, several miles north of London’s Heathrow Airport. From downtown London it is a fast subway/tube ride and a four stop trip on a double-decker bus that costs less than three pounds.
From Oxford Circus Underground you take the Central Line west to Greenford Station. From there you catch bus #92, or #105, or #E6 for four stops getting off at Costons Lane. From there it is a five-minute (320 meter) walk.
If you want to avoid roaming charges when in the area, use google maps when free WiFi is available on your smart phone and use the transit prompt for directions. Once you have what you need displayed, take a screen shot or two for later use. The picture on the left is from my own smart phone.
Another tip is to download City Maps 2Go for your smart phone. It allows you to cache maps into your phone’s memory and use its GPS, so that you can get around without incurring any roaming fees.
We were fortunate enough to have the museum all to ourselves when we were there. One of the volunteers guided us through the facility and even told us the history of any bike we were curious about. All of the volunteer staff are vintage motorcycle owners, and all of the bikes are restored and maintained by a core group of volunteers.
If you are lucky enough to visit London, be sure to plan some time at the London Motorcycle Museum. I know I will come back again. Enjoy the pictures taken on July 25, 2015.
Genesis for the Triumph triple. My own Tiger’s great-great granddad!
One of the many beautifully restored BSA’s.
Can you guess the manufacturer of this vintage ride? Put your answer in the comments section below.
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