The joy of mu­se­ums

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

Ear­lier this year I was over­seas, the UK and Ger­many mainly, where I vis­ited nu­mer­ous mo­tor­ing mu­se­ums which I love do­ing. Ini­tially, when I started vis­it­ing mu­se­ums, I was al­ways ex­cited to see those ex­pen­sive dream bikes you would love to have sit­ting in your garage. How­ever, as time goes on, I’m less im­pressed by th­ese bikes and more in­ter­ested in bikes (and cars) that show us that al­most noth­ing is new th­ese days (other than the com­put­ing power and elec­tron­ics that con­trol mod­ern ma­chines). Me­chan­i­cally, al­most every­thing has been tried decades ago, it’s just that now we can im­prove on th­ese ideas and can re­ally make them work. For ex­am­ple, I have in­cluded a photo of an Imme R100 pro­duced in Ger­many in 1942. This bike has a sin­gle sided rear swing arm. The tube for the swing arm also dou­bles as the ex­haust pipe for the bike! As well, this bike has a sin­gle sided front fork de­sign. The bike was in the Deutsches Trans­port Mu­seum, Mu­nich, which has many other in­ter­est­ing bikes on dis­play. In Sammy Miller’s Mu­seum in the UK, there are many ex­am­ples of very old mo­tor­cy­cles with in­no­va­tive ideas that at the time, weren’t nec­es­sar­ily suc­cess­ful, but are now com­monly seen on bikes due to ad­vances in met­als, cool­ing and lu­bri­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies. Can I sug­gest to read­ers, that if you have a bucket list and go­ing to the UK is on the list, then make sure you visit Sammy Miller’s mu­seum in Hamp­shire. It is fan­tas­tic, as is the Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum near Birm­ing­ham. Also, make the ef­fort and go to the Coven­try Trans­port mu­seum in Coven­try. This mu­seum was un­der the radar for me, and I only dis­cov­ered it by chance. It is a fan­tas­tic mu­seum of all things trans­port built in the Coven­try re­gion over the last 200 odd years. It cov­ers every­thing from bi­cy­cles and mo­tor­cy­cles to cars, trains, trucks, buses, mil­i­tary and more. It cov­ers bril­liantly the rise and demise of the Eng­lish trans­port in­dus­tries. And quite re­mark­ably, it’s free to get in! A must see.

Stephen Holmes Black­wood, SA

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