Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
We all have great memories of our motorcycle past—the bikes we have owned, the friends we have ridden with, the restorations we have sweated over and, of course, the roads we have travelled.
Walking into the five-storey Barber museum brought back a thousand memories. I was surrounded by hundreds of incredible bikes. Most of my own bike history is on display and a rush of wonderful memories overwhelmed me. Visiting Barber is more than just a visual wonderland, it’s a near-religious experience—truly a mecca for lovers all things two wheels.
I had high expectations. Barber has an incredible reputation around the world and now it was my turn to visit. I woke early this morning filled with anticipation and arrived at Barber before it opened at 10am. Kelly, the very knowledgeable, and friendly, Communications Manager, greeted me and took me on my own personal backstage tour. Barber is motorcycle heaven and I got the royal treatment.
No matter what your passion is, it’s on display. Brand-new bikes from twenty years ago that have never turned a wheel, as well as bikes with a rich history (and a few scars) that testify to the journey. There are American muscle bikes, Japanese superbikes, vintage bikes, race bikes, adventure bikes and, of course, some very fine Italian machines.
There are few motorcycle meccas in life that should be on your list as a purist. I still have a few to tick off my list—Dakar, The Isle of Mann TT, and Speed Week at Bonneville. Today my list just got a bit shorter. Barber has taken my breath away.