‘We don’t do it for the money – it’s £1 to get in!’

Dave Evans is the owner and cu­ra­tor of the Bat­tles­bridge Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum ‘The line-up is al­ways chang­ing and the bikes are all road le­gal’

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“I started the mu­seum back in 1984. Me and a few friends seemed to have an aw­ful lot of bikes and as the unit was avail­able we thought we’d put them all in to­gether and call it a mu­seum, just like that.

“When we first started we would save the money from our an­nual show to buy more bikes, but they would ei­ther not get worked on or not get re­stored - when it’s your own bike you fix it as a mat­ter of course, but with a com­mu­nal bike ev­ery­one tends to leave it for some­one else. I soon worked out that it would be bet­ter if peo­ple brought their own bikes and left them here, so that’s how it’s al­ways been. They bring one in for a year, then swap it the fol­low­ing spring for some­thing else be­cause they want to ride that one. As a re­sult the line-up is al­ways chang­ing and all the bikes on the floor are ei­ther road le­gal or at least run­ning. It’s not un­usual for some­one to just turn up, start their bike and go for a ride.

“It’s al­ways been £1 to get in, so com­pared with say 20 years ago the value for money just gets bet­ter and bet­ter. But we don’t do it for the money; we do it be­cause it’s a fa­cil­ity. It’s a fo­cal point for the guys who keep their bikes here and for any­one who just wants to pop in for a chin­wag and a cuppa. There’s no space to ex­pand so we try to keep get­ting bet­ter and I defy any­one to be here all day and re­mem­ber ev­ery­thing. You’ll see some­thing dif­fer­ent on ev­ery visit. “We open on Sun­days and Bank Hol­i­days and our an­nual clas­sic bike show is on July 2 this year.”

Honda has pub­lished a new patent for a lean­ing three­wheeler based on the NC750 and Dave Evans has set up a unique much-loved mo­tor­cy­cle mu­seum Bat­tles­bridge is worth a visit Own­ers chop and change what bikes are on show so the line-up keeps evolv­ing

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