Displaying more than 150 different classic and British motorcycles, the London Motorcycle Museum is a charitable trust that was opened in May 1999 at Oldfield Lane South, Greenford, Middlesex. The range of exhibits is from one of the earliest motorcycles, a 1902 0rmonde 21⁄4 HP to a 1993 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 cc. The exhibits include 1902 Ormonde, a Scott Flying Squirrel and a 1923 Wooler inline twin, built just down the road in Alperton. In addition to the various ‘rare breeds’ there are numerous BSAs, Nortons and Royal Enfields. The other bikes on display include 1907 298 cc Brown Precision; 1921 Rudge TT 3 HP; 1925 596 cc Scott Flying Squirrel; 1925 980 cc Coventry Eagle Flying 8; 1937 499 cc Rudge Special; !949 998 cc Vincent Rapide Series ‘C’; 1959 Norton Dominator, 1966 BSA Lighting works production racer and the last Triumph Bonneville T140 out of the Meriden gates in 1983.
The displayed motorcycles are all in very good condition and present the best of the well-known brands such as BSA Triumph and Norton, while less-known brands are also on display including Coventry Eagle and Rudge. A number of unique prototypes are also displayed such as the development Triumph Trident and other motorcycles that the media has featured. The museum displays more than hundred bikes of its own and another hundred on long-term loan basis that are mostly from the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust and the Trident & Rocket 3 Owners Club.
If you are visiting London, it would be best for you to stay at Park Grand Lancaster Gate Hotel since it is located close to most attractions of London including the London Motorcycle Museum.
In the main hall of the museum, the bikes are arranged chronologically so that visitors can see the evolution process of the British motorcycles as they enter the hall. They can see the earliest machines that were basically pushbikes with small engines and even had bicycle-styles brakes. When they come to the end of the hall, they can see a stylish set of cabinets where the haul of Derek Minter, the ‘King of Brands’, who died in 2015, is displayed.
A number of Triumphs including Bill Crosby’s favourite motorcycle marque are displayed down the path coming from a side door. There are ten prototypes and the last Triumph T140 out of the Meriden Gates in 1983 that are included in the exhibits at the museum.
Over the past few years, the admission prices to the museum have risen significantly and in 2016 the charge for adults has risen to more than £10. Most people feel that it is too high a price to visit the museum but also recognise that it is a charitable, independent institution, run by volunteers without ant funding from anywhere. As such, if the museum is not able to cover its costs, it may be forced to move out of London which is not desirable. A few schemes have been initiated to help the museum, such as membership and ’adopt a bike’ scheme.