‘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’
“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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