A few years ago, riding through Ontario meant visiting Niagara Falls and get a good history lesson at the Classic Iron Motorcycle Museum. The motorcycles exposed there dated back to early 1990’s and the incursion in the past that they offered surely didn’t heart anyone. But, for no apparent reason, the Classic Iron Motorcycle Museum has now closed together with their website. This means restricting passionate people from getting a glimpse of some rare pieces of machineries such as the:
1916 Harley Davidson
1923 Indian Scout
1929 Sunbeam 500 cc Racer
1932 Harley Davidson RL
1937 BSA Empire Star
1940 Harley Davidson UL
1942 WLC Canadian Military
1951 Ariel Square Four
1952 Matchless GL3
1953 Triumph TR6 Trophy
1956 Panhead with Sidecar
1966 BMW R27
Among the museum’s attractions, probably the greatest were Easyrider’s “Captain America” & “Billy Bike” Replicas. They also had a 1980 Custom built Chrome & Gold Shovelhead so you can’t say that they were lacking visitors.
So the logical question here is why did they close it? Furthermore, why did they close it just when I plan to fly there?
Here’s an address and phone in case you are a very powerful man and happen to like motorcycles.
Classic Iron Motorcycle Museum
5743 Victoria Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada L2G 3L6
P.S. These days you have to reopen a museum and only then visit it.
Here’s a great thing to do when going out riding in Maggie Valley, NC, but not before reading this guy’s riding experience:
"WOW! I had just tuned my old BMW (1995 R100RT) and decided to take a ride to enjoy my handiwork....and ended up about 40 miles away in Maggie Valley, NC. I told Donna I was going for a short ride to see how the bike ran and figured I really should turn around and then I passed the "Wheels Through Time Museum" which I had been planning on visiting, so I stopped....
The museum is a big building with a gravel lot and very modest signage. It was right at closing time but I parked and took off my helmet and walked up the incline towards the entrance. A friendly guy in an oil stained tshirt (just like mine!) welcomed me and asked if that was my airhead BMW and then asked if I would like to ride a vintage Harley that was idling next to him. Thats how I met the owner and creator of the museum, Dale Walksler, and yes, I did take the old Harley for brief ride, it was fun.
Dale and I hit it off immediately and had about an hour chat after he escorted me into the museum and then left me to my own devices. We have lots in common and I guess we are both now considered "old timers" in the world of motorcycles but he has done so much more in that world than I ever dreamed of doing. I owned a racing shop and did a small amount of racing and lots of motorcycle touring (still do).
I shot a little video and some pics while I wandered the museum and I have to tell you that Dale has put together a completely unique collection of running motorcycles and some cars and an airplane to boot.
If you get within 300 miles you need to visit. BTW, Dale is relocating the museum to Prescott, Arizona within the next year or so, check the current location before you plan your visit.
This is a "hands on" museum for motorcycle enthusiasts and it is not to be missed. I compare it to the "Silver Hill Air & Space Museum" outside of D.C. in feel.
Dale has over 250 unique motorcycles and they are not roped off, you can walk right up and caress them. He has a huge Harley collection but has many other makes too."
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