Barcelona

Trial Magazine - - CONTENTS - AR­TI­CLE: JONNY

My trip to the open­ing round of the FIM X-Trial World Cham­pi­onship in Spain would see me in Barcelona 24 hours be­fore the event. I needed to find some amuse­ment and af­ter a quick search on ‘What to do in Barcelona’ I found the web­site: www.mu­se­u­moto.com. Did you know that Barcelona is one of the Euro­pean ci­ties with a higher num­ber of mo­tor­cy­cles per in­hab­i­tant, and that it has a long tra­di­tion in the twowheeled world? Do not miss pay­ing a visit to this lit­tle mu­seum in the heart of the Gothic quar­ter as you will be as sur­prised as I was. This Barcelona Mu­seum is a place that must be vis­ited as it goes be­yond the mere tech­ni­cal per­spec­tive of the mo­tor­cy­cles, each one of them on dis­play con­tains per­sonal sto­ries about the ma­chines. It gives you a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on mo­tor­cy­cles in Euro­pean ci­ties and lets you to see the evo­lu­tion of 20th cen­tury so­ci­ety, fo­cus­ing on Cat­alo­nia and Spain where this in­dus­try had and still has a re­mark­able his­tory.

With over 70 mo­tor­cy­cles on dis­play the theme can change many times dur­ing the year, and when I vis­ited it was based around 100 years of scoot­ers in Spain. Based in the heart of the city the mu­seum was born in 2011 as a per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion. The very first ex­hi­bi­tion is ded­i­cated to the mo­tor­cy­cle in­dus­try in Cat­alo­nia. These early pi­o­neers set the foun­da­tion of what is still in 2017 a very vi­brant in­dus­try. They planted the seed to cre­ate a love and pas­sion for mo­tor­cy­cles which re­mains in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised, es­pe­cially in tri­als with Gas Gas and Mon­tesa/Honda. Not ev­ery­one is aware that Cat­alo­nia is proud to have had over 190 dif­fer­ent mo­tor­cy­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers! Small and large fac­to­ries have emerged, with the ma­jor­ity of them launched by coura­geous en­trepreneur­s who in very dif­fi­cult times with re­duced fa­cil­i­ties man­aged to con­vert their dreams into re­al­ity. Where else can you find an orig­i­nal Ossa pro­jec­tor and Mon­tesa Cota 247 be­long­ing to the Rep­sol Honda tri­als team man­ager Miquel Cir­era? The Mick An­drews Replica Ossa even has the fuel tank signed by the tri­als leg­end Mick An­drews him­self! Grab a cof­fee and have a walk around the mu­seum, I did, and I cer­tainly en­joyed it...

The ex­hi­bi­tion theme when I vis­ited was ‘100 years of the Scooter’.

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