The UK’s National Motorcycle Museum allows members to ride its classic bikes
For fans of vintage British motorcycles, the UK’s National Motorcycle Museum is most likely on a number of things to do and/or places to visit lists. Whether you live in the Kingdom or are planning a visit soon, it’s a place full of unique and historic machinery to make your heart sing. Like other museums, it has a Friends of the Museum program for supporters, but unlike everyone else, the NMM has an extremely special benefit available to members.
Are you ready for this? The National Motorcycle Museum will actually allow members to ride the vintage bikes that make up the museum’s collection. During the pandemic, of course, these events – and everything else – did not happen. However, now that it is June 2022 and many events are back, the NMM is back to hosting its Try a Classic Bike days for its members.
The museum typically holds about six such events a year, usually between March and October, because riding unfamiliar (and priceless) bikes in bad weather is not a good idea. In 2022, only one event has been announced so far. This took place in April, but the Museum plans to announce more in the coming months. We will link the page in our sources so you can find more information.
The bikes the Museum allows its members to ride range from the 1920s through the 1960s and 1970s, and include everything from ultra-rare machines with manual shifters to BSA Bantams. While some riders may show up to get a taste of their youth, it’s entirely possible riders may also experience bikes they could never have sat on, let alone ridden. .
If you’re the type of person who attends vintage motorcycle shows, think of all the amazing machines you’ve seen that you never dreamed of throwing a leg off because they belong to someone else. . Here, the NMM simply allows people to drive them through a parking course. Surprising.
Members can register for Try a Classic Bike Day events, show up on the day, and simply pay the fuel and insurance costs. The most recent event only cost members £20 (around $25) to take part in an extremely special experience. It’s a bit mind-blowing, honestly.
How much does it cost to become a Friend of the Museum? Prices range between £35 ($43) and £70 for the family membership (two adults and two children; around $86). Members will also get all sorts of things that most museum memberships have, such as a map, free entry for a limited time, a discount at the museum shop and restaurant, a quarterly newsletter subscription, and more.
For a number of reasons, it’s not possible for every car museum to do something this cool, but wouldn’t it be great if more things could and did?