motorcycles, travel, friendship, respect… I may drift off into WTF-land at times so hang in there.

We’ve Gotta Stop In There Next Time.

G’day

It seemed like every time we sailed through Nabiac on the Pacific Highway we’d always say the same thing as we passed the sign pointing to The National Motorcycle Museum of Australia. “We’ve gotta stop in their one day.”

Alas, we never did. Either we were pressed for time, the kids were asleep in the car, or we were in a plane and the hosties probably wouldn’t have appreciated us cracking open a door and bailing out for a look.

This time we had all our ducks in a row. No kids, no plane and plenty of time. So we stopped in.

ANMCM0000

I Really Wanted To Take This Baby For A Spin

The National Motorcycle Museum of Australia was started in 1990 by Brian and Margaret Kelleher in an attempt to preserve some of Australia’s motorcycling heritage. It quickly became the largest motorcycle museum of its kind in Australia.

Originally located in Mitchell, an outer suburb of Canberra, the Kelleher family decided to sell their motorcycle retail business and relocate the museum to Nabiac on the Mid North Coast of NSW, about 140 km (87 mi) north of Newcastle on the Pacific Highway.

There they constructed three huge sheds to house the 800 plus bikes and assorted motorcycling memorabilia they had accumulated over the years, some of which date back to the early 1900’s. The Museum has all the usual suspects representing Japan, Italy, England Germany and the United States plus a few ring in’s I’d never heard of thrown in for good measure.

We managed to kill a couple of hours at the museum, but there are so many bikes and so much memorabilia you could spend a lot longer if you were keen.

If you happen to be passing by Nabiac, and the hosties will let you, don a parachute and bail out for a look.

Cheers

Anyone Remember Golden Fleece?

Anyone Remember Golden Fleece?

One Of The Three Sheds Housing The Bikes

One Of The Three Sheds Housing The Bikes

One of Three Sheds Housing The Bikes

Another Of The Sheds

Howal In The Foreground  With A Wooden 1885 Daimler Replica Behind It

Howall In The Foreground With A Wooden 1885 Daimler Replica Behind It

1914 Iver Johnson

1914 Iver Johnson

Warrior

Warrior

This Castrol Sign Would Be Worth A Mint To A Collector

This Castrol Sign Would Be Worth A Mint To A Collector

1925 350cc Harley Davidson Pea Shooter

1925 350cc Harley Davidson Pea Shooter

Norton Sidecar

Norton Sidecar

1921 Nera Car

1921 Nera Car

Servi-Cycle

Servi-Cycle

James

James

Coventry Eagle

Coventry Eagle

The Indians Are Coming

The Indians Are Coming

Motorcycle Art

Motorcycle Art

Harely Davidson 350 Pup

Harely Davidson 350 Pup

Militaire

Militaire

AJS

AJS

Francis Barnett "Merlin"

Francis Barnett “Merlin”

Excelsior

Excelsior

Acme

Acme

Triumph Tiger Cub

Triumph Tiger Cub

XANMCM100

BSA Bantam

Flat Tracker

Flat Tracker

Vic Huxley Flat Tracker

Vic Huxley Flat Tracker

250cc Kawasaki A1-R

A Bit Nostalgic

A Bit Nostalgic

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5 responses

  1. WOW…I could easily spend an entire day there. Loads of bikes I’ve never heard tell of…AJS? Militaire? Huh? It would definitely be worth the parachute jump 😉

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    January 7, 2015 at 3:00 AM

  2. Wow, that does look like a great way to spend an hour or six….

    Thanks for sharing all the great pictures.

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    January 7, 2015 at 4:24 AM

  3. Some amazing bikes!!!

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    January 7, 2015 at 6:27 AM

  4. That Francis Barnett Merlin – I think I just fell in love 🙂

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    January 7, 2015 at 7:31 PM

  5. LB

    I really like the BSA Bantam.
    I cannot imagine trying to keep up with the inventory in that museum! wow! What a collection

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    January 12, 2015 at 8:19 AM

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