EIGHT MUST-VISIT MU­SE­UMS TO RIDE TO

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Du­cati Mu­seum

Lo­ca­tion Bologna, Italy How to get there Ride to Italy, then head for Via Antonio Cava­lieri Du­cati Why go? A fan­tas­tic se­lec­tion of Du­cati’s most fa­mous race bikes and road bikes Con­tact www.du­cati.com Prices €15 or €10 if you own a Du­cati! Fac­tory tours are €15 ex­tra and must be booked in ad­vance Open­ing 9am– 6pm, closed Sun­day (also closed Wed­nes­day in win­ter)

David Sil­ver Honda Col­lec­tion

Lo­ca­tion Leis­ton, Suf­folk How to get there Aim for Alde­burgh. Why go? Pri­vately owned, it is a col­lec­tion of over 150 im­mac­u­late Honda bikes built from 1951 to 1991 Con­tact www.david­sil­ver­hon­da­col­lec­tion.co.uk Prices £10, Se­nior £ 5 Open­ing Mon­day–fri­day 9am-5pm. Satur­day 9am-4pm

Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum

Lo­ca­tion Birm­ing­ham How to get there J6 off the M42 Why go? It holds the largest col­lec­tion of Bri­tish bikes in the world with over 1000 ma­chines Con­tact www.na­tional­mo­tor­cy­clemu­seum.co.uk Prices Adult £9.95, Se­nior/child £7.95 Open­ing 7 days a week, 8.30am– 5.30pm

Beaulieu Na­tional Mo­tor Mu­seum

Lo­ca­tion Beaulieu, Hamp­shire How to get there Exit the M27 at J2 Why go? More fa­mous as a car mu­seum, Beaulieu also houses a col­lec­tion of bikes and the grounds are spec­tac­u­lar Con­tact www.na­tional­mo­tor­mu­seum.org.uk Prices Adult £24.75, Se­nior £23.75, Child £12.50 (ad­vance dis­counts avail­able) Open­ing Seven days, 10am– 6pm

Bat­tles­bridge Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum

Lo­ca­tion Bat­tles­bridge An­tiques Cen­tre, Bat­tles­bridge How to get there From Chelms­ford, take the A130 to­wards Southend-on-sea Why go? It’s only open on Sun­days, but the at­mos­phere and friendly na­ture make it very special Con­tact www.bat­tles­bridge.com Prices Free Open­ing times Sun­day, 11am-4pm

Sammy Miller Mu­seum

Lo­ca­tion Bash­ley, Hamp­shire How to get there Find the A3055 be­tween Southamp­ton and Bournemouth Why go? This mu­seum is a fan­tas­tic walk through two-wheeled road and race his­tory. Ev­ery bike is a run­ner and Sammy reg­u­larly fires them up for demon­stra­tion events all over Europe Con­tact www. sam­mymiller.co.uk Prices Adult £8.50, Child £3 Open­ing Seven days, 10am-4.30pm

Haynes In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Mu­seum

Lo­ca­tion Spark­ford, Yeovil How to get there A303 to­wards Yeovil and look for signs Why go? Al­though it is mainly cars, there are also a few bikes in the over 400 ve­hi­cles on dis­play Con­tact hay­nes­mo­tor­mu­seum.com Prices Adult £ 14.50, Se­nior £ 13.50, Child £9 Open­ing Mon-sat, 9.30am-5.30pm

MV Agusta Mu­seum

Lo­ca­tion Via Gio­vanni Agusta, Mi­lan How to get there Fly to Mi­lan Malpensa air­port and take a taxi or ride there Why go? The mu­seum houses a col­lec­tion of not only MV’S most fa­mous race bikes, but also their he­li­copters. It charts the firm’s his­tory right back to its in­cep­tion Con­tact www.museoa­gusta.it Prices Adult €2.50, Child €1.50 Open­ing Var­i­ous, see the web­site

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