IT’S NOT EVERY DAY that you can take to the road on such exotica as a Brough Superior or Norton Rotary F1. But if you’re a member of the National Motorcycle Museum Friends scheme you could get that chance.

A recent Classic Bike Tour Day saw museum Friends take up the opportunity to ride some of the most exciting and valuable classic motorcycles from the museum’s inventory.

Those taking part received an induction and off-road instruction before being escorted by ex-police motorcyclists and IAM instructors around the Warwickshire countryside close to the museum. Each class of machine attracts a different hire fee which includes insurance cover and lunch in the museum restaurant.

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The Ride a Classic Weekend in April saw more than 100 museum friends scheme members ride a diverse range of classic motorcycles from the museum’s inventory, including a BSA Gold Star, Sunbeam Model 9, Ariel Cyclone 650 and an ex-WD 1940 Triumph. And the next Classic Bike Tour Day is on Saturday, June 17, with further events including classic track days and workshop days planned for later in the year. An annual Friends subscription costs up to £29.95, and in addition to that the riding day cost £10 per rider to help cover insurance costs.

Contact the museum on 01675 443311 or join at

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