An amazing look at the private caverns of the Barber Museum.

In the world of motorcycles there are a LOT of urban legends about long lost secret stashes of crated up all original (fill in the blank) motorcycles and parts or the secret warehouse of bikes in a shed somewhere in the world etc..  Well I’ve been hearing about the cavernous “archive” of bikes waiting their turn for restoration at The Barber Motorsport Museum for years now.  Even when close friends (that I trust) have taken the tour and been granted a peek into the “vaults” I was always just a weeeee bit skeptical. Well call me skeptical no more.

I tripped across a comment on a message board recently where the gentleman stated that he has some photo’s of a “sneak peek” that had been granted. And on that note, I’d like to extend a special thank you to Gerald Wilson (AKA:rztom) for hooking me up with these mouth watering shots.  It’s beyond anything I had imagined and I’ve actually visited the museum and been amazed by the upper floor displays (See my previous post of my visit).  I can not imagine the pure joy of being on the staff and working on one amazing machine after another all day. If there’s a heaven it has a museum a lot like this one.

 



A closeup of tho column with the autographs.  I can just make out Billy Joel and Craig Vetter.

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5 comments

  1. Hey Zip. That was my first thought too. There’s an significant supply of vintage Yamaha 2 strokes racebikes in therein there. Leave some for the rest of us! LOL

    1. I spent 3 days in the museum during the vintage fest. I truly did not believe that many g50s existed. plus, the same numbers of g5os/7r’s were found in the race paddock. truly eye-opening.

      I started with bikes when the TD-1b was starting to win, and watched when the TD-2/TR became the dominant winners, eventually becoming a belly-button racer(everyone had one!).
      my favourite all-time race bike. The real belly-button bike became the TZ750. Amazing that so many people had the stones to race one of these, let alone win on one.

  2. That is still only a portion of what that place has to offer in the pictures. I have had an opportunity to go into “the vault” as well. When I went, they were fully stacked and there was only a walk sideways path in that room. I have toured their machining room as well as there parts room. There are parts to anything and everything. Little known fact is that they also house the largest collection of Lotus racing cars. A statement made by lotus. I applied for a job in restoration there at one point in time. A must see for anybody.

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