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    Motorcycle museums

    Hey folks, I might be the last motorcyclist in the known world to know about this place, but if I‘«÷m not then read on. Boadicea, my daughter, Trudi, my wife, and I just returned home after Thanksgiving with my In-laws in Junction City, Kansas; but as fascinating as that story might be, I really want to tell everyone about finding a couple of motorcycle museums ‘«£in Beautiful, Historic Marquette, Kansas.‘«ō Trudi discovered a brochure for the Kansas Motorcycle Museum at the Kansas Tourist Center just north of Oklahoma where we stopped for a ... well you know. So we decided to check the place out on the way home. In addition to finding the KMM, we also found that Marquette hosted another motorcycle museum--the British Motorcycle Museum! Marquette seems to be a very motorcycle friendly village (it‘«÷s a pretty small town).

    The BMM was closed when we were there, so we didn‘«÷t get to enjoy its wonders; however, the KMM was open for everyone‘«÷s viewing pleasure. And a pleasure it was. The place is run by an elderly couple, Stan and LaVona Engdahl, whose enthusiasm is infectious, and knowledge seems endless. And better yet, they are willing to share that enthusiasm and knowledge with anyone who is willing to participate in motorcycle lore. The walls are filled with memorabilia, pictures of Stan during his racing days, and the myriad trophies he won. The floors support an eclectic display of 108 motorcycles, scooters, and bicycles. They even had a BMW on display! I believe it was an R60/2. But for me, one of the most interesting display was a scooter built by three sailors during W.W.II. Although the little two wheeler looked like a piece of farm equipment, it did have hydraulic brakes. I could go on and on, but I don‘«÷t want to ‘«£spoil the movie by giving away the ending.‘«ō

    So if you‘«÷re ever on the Interstate between Wichita and Salina, turn west at Lindsborg on 4 and visit Stan and La Vona. You won‘«÷t regret the side trip. Their address is:
    Kansas Motorcycle Museum
    120 N. Washington
    P.O. Box 404
    Marquette, Ks 67464
    (785)546-2449
    marquette@ks-usa.net
    www.ksmm.us

    Stan told me that he didn‘«÷t think the website was up and running yet, but it soon should be. Also they are hosting a ‘«£THUNDER ON THE SMOKY‘«ō rally on May 19, 2007 if anyone is interested.

    We‘«÷re going back the next time we‘«÷re in the area.
    Robert

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    Good to know, Thanks! We go to Wichita once a year for a big rig RV rally so now we'll have a new destination to check out.
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    Thumbs up Thanks!

    Great information to know. That place might make my next trip through Kansas even *more* exciting!
    Greg Feeler
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    1972 R75/5, 1990 K75, 1990 K1, 1992 K75S, 2003 K1200RS

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    A couple of lists that ought to be kept somewhere handy and up-to-date (homepage or linked?) are:

    Motorcycle campgrounds

    Motorcycle museums

    My ride to last year's Ga Mtn Rally took me to Iowa City, Iowa (better weather!). I went to the nearby museum in Anamosa, IA. Pretty neat.
    http://www.nationalmcmuseum.org/museum/

    That museum is loosely associated with the AMA. (AMA member card gets a little discount and some bikes are loaned between museums). The AMA's Hall of Fame Musuem changes the theme of the display every couple of years. The AMA museum is located in Pickerington, Ohio near Columbus.
    http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/

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    Kansas Motorcycle Museum

    The KMM's website, www.ksmm.us, is up and running.

    I agree with you robsmoto; those would make a couple of nice additions to an already pretty good site.
    Robert

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    Thanks Robert... That's not to far away - definitely will be heading up there!

    Here is one I also want to make - heard it is really good!

    Lone Star Motorcycle Museum near vanderpool TX...

    http://lonestarmotorcyclemuseum.com/

    This will get you close -- N29 47.701 W99 34.607
    Last edited by SHawn_P; 11-27-2006 at 11:48 PM.

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    A few more North American motorcycle museums -

    http://www.barbermuseum.org/

    http://www.allenmuseum.com/

    http://travelassist.com/mag/a20.html

    http://www.wheelsthroughtime.com/

    http://www.cvmg.on.ca/

    And there are lilkely many private "museums". Jay Leno's collection comes to mind.

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    Thanks for the info
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    Thumbs up Nice one!

    Quote Originally Posted by SHawn_P
    Thanks Robert... That's not to far away - definitely will be heading up there!

    Here is one I also want to make - heard it is really good!

    Lone Star Motorcycle Museum near vanderpool TX...

    http://lonestarmotorcyclemuseum.com/

    This will get you close -- N29 47.701 W99 34.607

    I've been there, and it's excellent. Not large, but a nice selection out in the middle of relative nowhere other than some of the great roads in the Texas hill country. Well worth making the effort to stop.
    Greg Feeler
    BMW MOA Foundation Secretary, Ambassador & amateur K-Bike collector, it seems
    1972 R75/5, 1990 K75, 1990 K1, 1992 K75S, 2003 K1200RS

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    Oh yeah, I almost forgot the BMW museum and collection of Peter Nettesheim. His private museum was featured in ON a while back and bikes from his collection have been in the AMA's Hall of Fame Museum as well as other events.

    http://www.libmwrc.com/articles.cfm?newsletterID=21

    http://www.vintagebmw.org/current/ne...ts/mastery.htm

    http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/exhibits/BMW/index.asp

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    Here's one in PA

    I haven't been here yet... However friends told me it's a very interesting place...

    Bill's Bike Barn
    www.billsbikebarn.com

    open:
    Thursday & Friday from 10 AM - 6 PM
    Saturday from 9:30 AM - 3 PM
    Sunday from 1 PM - 5 PM

    Phone the museum: 570.759.7030
    email: bikebarn@uplink.net

    Located at 7145 Columbia Blvd., Bloomsburg, PA 17815
    Adjacent to Bill's Custom Cycles

    (Bill's Bike Barn is located on Route 11 in Bloosburg, PA adjacent to Bill's Custom Cycles, minutes off of I-80.)




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    Quote Originally Posted by SHawn_P
    Thanks Robert... That's not to far away - definitely will be heading up there!

    Here is one I also want to make - heard it is really good!

    Lone Star Motorcycle Museum near vanderpool TX...

    http://lonestarmotorcyclemuseum.com/

    This will get you close -- N29 47.701 W99 34.607
    That museum is really neat. They've got some great british bikes in there, several set up for vintage racing, and even a few BMW's.

    And when you go make sure you order a Medateranian burger with fries and a slice of pecan pie for dessert. So delicious!!!!

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    Solvang, CA has a pretty nice one.

    Bubba Z. dug it.

    Dave Swider
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    Oh Woooow, that is one gorgeous Manx. I'm going to write Santa right now and ask for one just like it!

    Robert

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetT
    That museum is really neat. They've got some great british bikes in there, several set up for vintage racing, and even a few BMW's.

    And when you go make sure you order a Medateranian burger with fries and a slice of pecan pie for dessert. So delicious!!!!
    Been by there twice and htey were closed both times! Wrong day of the week...

    Like Greg said, great riding out there - sure can't complain about that....

    I'll keep the burger in mind...

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