For a motorcycle enthusiast, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, in Birmingham, Alabama, is mecca. Touting the largest collection of motorcycles in the US, and possibly the world, the Barber museum houses something like 1500 motorcycles, less than half of which are on display at any given time.
This list is an attempt to whittle down this massive and beautiful collection to the 10 must-see motorcycles visitors easily miss. It’s easy to do, considering the enormity of the facility. We wish we could expand the list beyond 10, but that’s not the way this game is played. However, if you’ve been to the Barber Museum, feel free to share your favorite bikes from the collection in the comments section below.
Here’s a bit of a bombshell to start things off: the incredible Britten is not on the list. Remember, this is a hidden gems compilation. The Britten’s prominent location on the top floor attracts many eyes. Each motorcycle at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum has a story. The following 10 stories have either influenced motorcycling today, or left us wondering what could have been; and they’re all motorcycles you could walk right past and not notice. The next time you visit the Barber Museum, be sure to set some time aside to appreciate these often forgotten pieces of moto history.