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    Smile Trip planning

    Hello all,

    I have been a BMWMOA member for the past 4-5 years. Never participated in forums but read the magazine cover to cover. I am planning a crosscountry trip in a few months. Leaving southcentral PA (Gettysburg area) traveling southeast and (Rt #40) thru northern Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, To Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Muir Woods and Sequioas, Crater Lake, then east to Yellowstone, Deadwood/Sturgis, Colorado Springs, then east for home. Along the way I plan on stopping at several National Parks and other sites. I would like to visit some motorcycle museums and was able to locate a few online. If anyone has a list of museums it would be most helpful. I did contact the AMA, of which I am a Life Member, and asked the same question. To my disbelief, they have no such list for their 200,000 members. Unbelievable?

    Jeff Shultz
    MOA #212622 since 2017

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    Lansing, Kansas
    Jeff, welcome from the coast of Kansas!

    Sounds like quite a trip you have planned. High adventure and tons of fun! I'm jealous.

    I have no comprehensive list of m/c museums either, but if I had one Barber Motorsports in Birmingham, AL would be at the top of the list. I've been several times and find it magnificent each time. Also, Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley, NC would be in the top five for sure.

    Good luck.
    On the coast of Kansas
    2012 F800ST

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    National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa

    Despite the odd location, a real deal!!
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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    New_AlaBeemer HSVPhil's Avatar
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    Rocket City, AL
    Hola Jeff!
    Good for you in seeking guidance from the MOA brotherhood! Your trek may be easier this year than last, but this Covid-BS has been hard on many museums and restaurants across the US. Different states have all sorts of rules for visitors. When we rode to SoCal in Oct, many Fast Food stops out west were carry-out only [not as bad in sit-downs like Denny’s]. New Mexico didn't want 'tourists' to even visit without quarantining for Two Weeks... We instead scooted around NM from Lubbock south to a motel in Pecos. We decided to avoid El Paso because covid was really exploding in that city! Might keep your eye on this CNN website about visiting & transiting individual states...

    The AMA museum was disappointing to moi {depending on their particular theme and what’s on display or on-loan in their small structure (circa 2015)}.

    Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC; maybe to open on 1Apr21? Their dedicated owner just died; still in the family.

    Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, AL
    April 1 – September 30
    Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm -- Sunday: Noon – 6pm

    Another eclectic museum well worth your time {whilst typically attending the Finger Lakes BMW Rally in non-pandemic years}. “The centerpiece of the motorcycle collection is an exact reproduction of the famous 8-cylinder motorcycle which earned Curtiss the title of "Fastest Man on Earth" in 1907 with a land-speed record of 136.4 mph.”

    Check out part of the Original Route 66 west of Miami, OK (Birthplace of Mickey Mantle):

    Eclectic Watering Hole in Texas Hill Country amongst the Three Twisted Sisters riding area:
    Routes: TX-335, TX-336, & TX-337

    Worth the effort for those spending time in northern AZ & southern UT. Ye shall seek & find The Moki Dugway! UT Hwy 261 near Mexican Hat (the rock formation and the small town). Basecamp: N37° 16.360' W109° 56.643'

    Hope your travels bring you many uplifting memories in 2021. We still hope to get from Great Falls, MT to AK - one way or another….
    Ciao! HSV-Phil & HSV-Karen
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    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
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    SW Iowa
    Not a motorcycle museum but there's a good car museum in Gateway Colorado.
    As a plus, Gateway is on great motorcycle road, hwy 141.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Not a motorcycle museum but there's a good car museum in Gateway Colorado.
    As a plus, Gateway is on great motorcycle road, hwy 141.
    Yup, 141 is a terrific ride. Great to do north to south early on a summer morning. The light is just right in the canyons.
    Kevin Huddy
    Silver City, Montana
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    '14 R1200 GS Adv bigjohnsd's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Not a motorcycle museum but there's a good car museum in Gateway Colorado.
    As a plus, Gateway is on great motorcycle road, hwy 141.
    There is also a Colorado State Trooper on 141 that rides an RT Police Bike and loves to catch motorcyclists enjoying 141 at greater than the posted speed.
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