Sunday, October 27, 2013

Wheels Through Time 2.0

As promised in the previous post I'm going to share about my visit to Wheels Through Time. The story about the trip can be found through this post about coming back from Barber.

You can click on an image to see a larger view.

We didn't get to the museum until later in the afternoon. We decided to go in anyways. The museum closes at 5pm each day so plan accordingly.

The museum is quite overwhelming. It has a ton of stuff. There is just so many things to look at. The museum specializes in early American motorcycles but has a few cars too.

There are several sections with different sets. Some of them are representations of old motorcycle shops which is pretty neat.

As I'm not a huge connoisseur of early American bikes (bikes here start with a 1903 Indian) and there are a lot of early (pre-1920) bikes to look at. Some of the bikes have plaques with descriptions but most do not. The museum staff is very helpful and willing to answer any questions. I was able to capture a few panoramas to give an idea of the scope and scale of the place.

While there are a couple restored bikes the vast majority are unrestored. Also all but a small handful are in running condition. It just an impressive collection of motorcycles and motorcycling history.

If you're a fan of early motorcycles this is a must see museum. Be sure to have ample time as there is just too much to see.

Wheels Through Time website

Barber 2.0

We just got back from Barber. I wrote about the first trip I made here. This time was very similar as we took the same route (we went through the North Carolina mountains, otherwise the only other direct route is through Atlanta, yucky).

The big differences this time was that the Norton Interstate has a freshly rebuilt engine and no longer struggled to get out of it's own way. It had no problem at all in the power department. Also we came back through northern Georgia and then went to the Wheels Through Time museum (there will be a separate post on that...)

The full writeup on the trip can be found on the forum.

We spent Sunday in the museum. We had already seen the swap meet, racing pits, vendors area on Friday and Saturday and it was going to be especially warm so what better time to spend inside? While they rotate exhibits around I saw many bikes that I had seen the last time.

Museum Entrance

Stacks of bikes

More stacks of bikes

Once again if you only go to one motorcycle museum in your life this is the one to go to. The facilities are world class and the bikes are all spectacular.