Outside the museum, the building looks
brand new. It is open all year round with
the exception of Christmas Day, Christmas
Day and Boxing Day, 09:30 to 18:00
On 16th September 2001, the museum was
badly damaged by a fire, hundreds of the
motorcycles were destroyed beyond recognition,
demonstrated by this stand before the entrance
of the museum, it is a remarkable achievement
of the restorers of the work they have done.
A few years on and the restoration work
is ongoing, hundreds of fire-damaged bikes
have been fully restored, the work is remarkable.
There are currently (January 2005) over
600 bikes in mint, original condition, ranging
from 1898 to 2003 bikes, catering for all
age groups. Included are small, large, superbikes,
tricicles, quads, commuters and even drag
bikes, race bikes and record attempt bikes,
all in first class condition.
The motorcycles are spread over five halls.
The National Motorcycle Museum has to be
one of the largest motorcycle dedicated
museums in the world, opening originally
in October 1984, with 350 motorcycles on
display. Following the devestating fire
in September 2003, the museum officially
re-opened in December 2004. As a result
of the success of the museum, they also
provide banquetng and conference facilities
from 1985. Over 250,000 people are attracted
to the museum every year. All bikes are
restored to the manufacturers' original
specification, cataloguing the British motorcycle
industry from the start. It is with regret
that 380 motorcycles were lost in the fire,
although 150 of which were restored for
the re-opening in December 2004, they current
display over 600 bikes, with a taget of
displaying 800 by 2007.
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