Shed trea­sure

The Bat­tles­bridge Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum is a top des­ti­na­tion what­ever the weather

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Justin Hayzelden

Bat­tles­bridge mu­seum

‘Not many bike museums can boast three Broughs’

I dropped in to visit this mu­seum on a cold Sun­day morn­ing in Jan­uary and was pleas­antly sur­prised by the turnout. Al­though it was early there were al­ready a dozen or so reg­u­lars gath­ered around the en­trance - I’d barely got my hel­met off be­fore some­one wan­dered over with a cheery hello and no sooner had I got in­side than there was the of­fer of a hot cuppa to warm my chilly bits.

The packed sheds fea­ture a daz­zling ar­ray of clas­sic and vin­tage ma­chin­ery, with up to 40 bikes at any one time. The in­ven­tory is some­what fluid as ev­ery­thing on the floor is ei­ther road le­gal or at least a run­ner and as such they reg­u­larly come and go; I spot­ted a Manx Nor­ton, an Ariel Square Four and a 1921 Evans Au­to­cy­cle among oth­ers, but at one point re­cently there were no less than three Broughs – not many museums can boast that.

It feels more like a club­house than an at­trac­tion and owner Dave Evans ex­plained why; “It’s a fo­cal point for lo­cal guys who know that ev­ery Sun­day they can come down to spend a few hours sit­ting around drink­ing tea and hav­ing a gen­eral chinwag. Ev­ery­one’s wel­come and you can stay all day un­til who­ever’s on duty says they’ve had enough and tells ev­ery­one to bug­ger off.”

This rel­a­tively undis­cov­ered gem of a hang­out is lo­cated at the heart of Bat­tles­bridge An­tiques Cen­tre and among the nu­mer­ous stalls, sheds and em­po­ria are sev­eral places to grab a bite. I rec­om­mend the Wil­low Tea Rooms in the Old Gra­nary; it’s on the top floor of five and fea­tures un­ri­valled views of the sur­round­ing coun­try­side, not to men­tion an ea­gle eyed per­spec­tive on the many and var­ied bikes that stop by.

There’s a well at­tended Clas­sic Bike Show and jum­ble on July 2, but don’t wait un­til then; this won­der­ful mu­seum is wait­ing with open arms on ev­ery Sun­day and Bank Hol­i­day through­out the year.

The Bat­tle­bridge is more of a club­house than a stuffy old mu­seum

‘Have you lot not bug­gered off yet?’

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