Motorcycle Valhalla: The Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum

Vote for your favorite bikes in the world’s largest motorcycle museum!

The Barber Vintage Festival is one of the USA’s premier vintage motorcycle events, hosted every October at the 880-acre Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Alabama — a complex designed with the help of motorsport legends John Surtees and Dan Gurney.  While the festival and swap meet were canceled this year due to C-19, we were thrilled to learn that the AHRMA (American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) road race, cross country, and trials events would still be taking place. We raced in the cross country event on Saturday, then visited the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum on Sunday.

The museum got its start in 1988, displaying the private motorcycle collection of George Barber — the third-generation owner of Barber Dairies.  Today, the five-story, 144,000 square-foot museum is home to more than 1600 motorcycles and race cars, holding the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest motorcycle museum. It is, in a word, Valhalla for motorcycles. This was our first trip, and we were simply staggered at what we found.

Just for fun, we decided to let you, our readers, vote for your three favorite bikes from the collection.  Each reader gets three votes, and the winner will be announced on the evening of Sunday, October 25!

Vote for Your 3 Favorite Bikes!

Click on a bike for more information and to cast your vote! Alternately, you can click the small heart at the bottom right corner of each image to vote.

Voting ends in
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17 Comments

  1. In no particular order:
    – 1974 Yamaha TZ750 drag racer
    – 1976 Kawasaki KR250
    – 2004 Honda CRF450R Supermoto

    I hope to visit this place, someday.

    • Put it on your bucket list — it’s truly incredible.

      Also, if you haven’t already, click the VOTE button on each bike’s page to make sure your votes count!

      • Thanks, that wasn’t clear. You can also click on the heart icon in the lower right corner for each bike’s pic.

  2. Alex in Gulf Shores

    The Britten
    The Morbidelli V8
    The Millyard Z2300

    I have been there many times and was really looking forward to Vintage Fest this year. The cancellation was a tough blow for me but we’ll just have to do it twice as good I’m 2021 to make up for it.

  3. Triumph X75 Hurricane, 1973. This place looks like one of the best place on earth.

  4. Wow thks for all the photos I want to visit there….

    My vote would b
    1) the Kawasaki v8
    2) the Kawasaki 5
    3) the Kaw V12

    Not sure if they are all Millyards I’ll ck

    • They are indeed all Millyards, and all masterpieces!

      If you haven’t already, click the VOTE button on each bike’s page to make sure your votes count 🙂

  5. …..38 zundapp…..r62 beemer……pierce four TVM…..

    • Solid picks! If you haven’t already, click the VOTE button on each bike’s page to make sure your votes count!

  6. 39 indian scout hill climber
    twin engine BSA drag bike
    jays #9 1980 harley XR750

  7. when I die, I`m gonna haunt the museum.

  8. 1990 BMW R100GSPD
    1929 Norton Model 18
    1951 Vincent Black Shadow

    • Great picks! If you haven’t already, make sure to click on your favorite bikes and click the vote button to make sure your votes count!

  9. Geoffrey Belk

    1942 Harley Davidson XA Military – I’ve always wanted to carry my long rifle while riding
    1947 Sunbeam S7 – love the size and power
    2012 Kawazaki Z2300 V12

    I can’t wait to visit this Motorcycle Heaven…..

    GBelk
    Wilmington, NC

    • It’s truly awe-inspiring, you’ve got to make it down there!

      Also, if you haven’t already, click on your favorite bikes to cast your votes directly and make sure they count!

  10. 1968 Egli-Vincent
    1971 Rickman Weslake Metisse
    1978 MotoGuzi 850 Lemans

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