Classic Bike Guide


Can you imagine making a visit to the Imperial War Museum and being allowed to drive one of its tanks around the car park? Or having a Tate Gallery membership which allows you to take a Rothko home for a day?

Bonkers eh?

Not for the National Motorcycle Museum. Here, members of the National Motorcycle Museum’s ‘Friends’ scheme can ride on a number of machines from the museum’s enormous collection.

So I decided to give it a go…

There is, however, one major set back, I am new to classic bike riding. I have a licence but apart from a holiday fling with a 1970 BMW R60/5 in Biarritz I’ve had no time in the saddle, let alone experience riding a machine that’s immensely valuable and 60 years old.

So while the prospect of free reign of a number of British classics is exciting, it’s also nerve-wracking. There are about

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