28 of The Worlds Top Motorcycle Collections and Museums

As you can probably tell from a quick read of this site, I like classic and antique motorcycles. I can’t afford one, but I like them.

If you like them, I thought it might be a good idea to provide you with a little compendium of collections and museums you can visit to feed your jones for antique iron.

Here then is the motofotostudio.com motorcycle museum and collections list:

The Roper Steam Motorcycle – photo by Todd Halterman

1. Allen Motorsports Collection – classic racing and touring bikes.
Allen Motorsports Collection – Post-war Road and Racing Machines including Norton Commando, BSA twins and triples, Slippery Sam Trident, Harley roadracers and flat trackers, Vincent and many more.”
2. Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, Alabama
The collection now has over 900 vintage and modern motorcycles and as well as a substantial collection of Lotus and other racecars. It is considered the largest in North American and possibly the world. There are approximately five hundred motorcycles on display at any given time, including Britten #7.The museum’s library houses one of the largest collections of motorcycle literature in the world, with more than 5000 books, and numerous parts catalogs, service manuals, photographs and over 650 video titles.6030 Barber Motorsports Pkwy Birmingham, Alabama 35094Phone (205) 699-7275
3. Buffalo Harley-Davidson Museum
Being in business 84 years, you have the tendency to accumulate things over time like family treasures and heirlooms. With the opening of our new facility, we decided to put a museum at the end of the building. The museum is ever changing and we are constantly adding to it. It truly is an evolution.4220 Bailey Ave.Buffalo NY 14226Phone: 716-832-7159
4. Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group
Includes pages on the Canadian Military Heritage Museum in Brantford, Ontario.347 Greenwich StreetBrantford at the Canadian Military Heritage Museum.
5. Cole Land Transportation Museum Bangor Maine
Collection includes a 1926 Harley Davidson and a 1943 Indian 741 Scout.405 Perry RoadBangor ME 04401Telephone: (207) 990-3600
6. Dan Rouit Flat Track Motorcycle Museum CA
309 West Rialto Street
Clovis, California93612-4331
7. Eastern Museum of Motor Racing PA
Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. Dedicated to the Preservation of American Auto Racing.100 Baltimore Rd.York Springs, PA
The LONE STAR MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country with beautiful motorcycling roads all around. We display a wonderful collection of machines from around the world dating from the 1910’s to modern. The collection includes a 1939 Norton International.36517 Hwy 187NorthVanderpool, Texas
9. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America
Motorsports Hall of Fame includes motorsports categories: open wheel, stock cars, motorcycles, drag racing, power boats, air racing, and more. Annual induction ceremonies add to a growing list of distinguished Heroes of Horsepower.43700 Expo Center DriveNovi, Michigan 48375
10. Owls head Transportation Museum
Collection of 9 motorcycles includes a 1913 Scripps-Booth Bi-Autogo and a 1901 Steffey Motorcycle.Owls Head, ME 04854
11. Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum Colorado USA
The Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame is home to over 50 original and fully restored examples of vintage and antique Indians, Harley-Davidsons, Excelsior, Tornax, Vincent, Ariel, Mustang, Matchless, BSA, Honda, Cushman, Panther, and Triumph, dating from 1913 to 1973.5865 N. Nevada AveColorado Springs CO 80918Open limited hours – call 719-487-8005
12. San Diego Automotive Museum
The San Diego Automotive Museum features the annual Motorcycles in the Park. Currently there are over 60 motorcycles in our permanent collection.
13. Solvang vintage Motorcycle Museum
One of the best motorcycle collections in the U.S. of classic and vintage motorcycles, rare motorcycles and European race bikes.
14. Statnekov Collection – American Vintage Racing Motorcycles
Indian, H-D, Excelsior and Cyclone Motorcycles
15. The Asylum – British & European Classic collection USA
The Asylum – British & European Classic collection USA
16. The Early Years of Motocross
Villa Park, California (Orange County)Visits to this private museum are limited to events only.
17. The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum
The Museum is located just east of Columbus, Ohio.13515 Yarmouth Dr.Pickerington, Ohio 43147
18. The National Automobile Museum, Reno Nevada
The Harrah Collection includes a BSA 3 wheeler, Indian & H-D.10 South Lake StreetReno, Nevada 89501-1558(775) 333-9300
19. The Shop: American Motorcycle Museum
Antique American Motorcycles in the collection include Ner-a-Car, Indians, Excelsior, Crocker & HD.6541 Ventura Blvd.Ventura, CA 93003(805)650-6777
20. The SUPERSHOW Motorcycle Collection
Over the past few decades Bar and Hedy Hodgson have assembled a vast collection of both street and racing, vintage and modern motorcycles that are significant to Canada. This has come to be known as the SUPERSHOW Collection and is on loan to the Canadian Motorcycle Heritage Museum.
22. Towe Auto Museum, California
This important Sacramento collection of over 200 vehicles includes motorcycles from the 1950’s.2200 Front StreetSacramento, CA 95818(916) 442-6802
23. Trev Deeley Motorcycle Collection – by LEE A. WOOD
The `collection’ or the collecting of motorcycles began with Fred Deeley when he was sixteen years old. (Fred went by the name of Trev to avoid confusion. His father and Grandfather were both named Fred and were also in the motorcycle game.)
24. Trev Deeley Motorcycle Collection, Canada
260 motorcycles on display at the Collection in Vancouver, BC.1875 Boundary RoadVancouver, B.C.V5M 3Y7CanadaPH:(604) 291-2453
25. Vintage Memories Inc Georgia
Vintage Memories Inc. is a part-time museum open by appointment only. Located in North Georgia about an hour from Atlanta, the museum will occasionally host small club meetings, serve as a club ride destination, or as a bike show location. They don’t charge admission, but instead ask for donations which go to local charities.
26. Vintage Motos Colorado
Vintage Motorcycles from Italy and around the world. Ducati, Adler, Moto Guzzi, Vespa, Laverda, Benelli, Aermachi, Bianci, Indian, MV Agusta, Parilla, Mondial, Gilera, Yamaha, Motobi, Kawasaki, Honda, Maserati and Ferrari.Vintage Motos is Colorado’s premier vintage motorcycle museum, showcasing over 170 motorcycles from around the world, with a focus on Italian marques.2762 Walnut St.Denver Colorado 80205Call:303•547•7389
27. Wheels Through Time Museum NC
Over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles in running condition. Wheels Through Time All-American Transportation Museum.Maggie Valley, NC
28. World War II Victory Museum
Auburn, Indiana museum has numerous motorcycles on display.5634 County Road 11AAuburn, IN 46706

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Insuring your collectible or vintage motorcycle

As for insurance for your collectible motorcycle? You should be able to get Agreed Value coverage on a classic 1959 BSA Gold Star Catalina valued at $15,000 for somewhere around $25 a month, and that gives you the whole shooting match of coverage.

You can spend a lot less, but if you plan to ride the bikes in your collection, the above pricing is a reasonable approximation of what you can expect to pay.

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