|1964 Royal Enfield Interceptor:|
"Royal Enfield was very advanced with their technical designs."
My daughter Anna recently visited the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Ala.
Looking at her photos, your first impression is: "Those motorcycles are gorgeous"
|1965 Royal Enfield Continental GT:|
"The final version and has every conceivable option."
Barber claims the world's largest motorcycle collection: 1,400 motorcycles (more than 650 on display on any given day) from 200 manufacturers in 20 countries.
The bikes Anna photographed each came with identifying commentary, often a bit sly. Here are just a few of Anna's photos, with captions quoting directly from the museum placards.
|1926 Royal Enfield 250 (Britain):|
"Typical 1920s commuter machine, probably giving over 100 mpg."
|1970 Clymer Indian Enfield (U.S., Britain, Italy):|
"It is thought that only 10 of these 750s were built."
|1946 Indian Chief (U.S.):|
"Indian riders were divided over the fenders, either loving or hating them."
|1913 Flying Merkle (U.S.):|
"Flying Merkle has to be one of the greatest names for a motorcycle."
|1913 Yale (U.S.):|
"The wide track allowed for the machine to run in wagon ruts for a smoother ride."
|1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmuller (Germany):|
"Long connecting rods are attached to the rear wheel, which is actually the crankshaft."
|Honda Cub clip-on motor (Japan):|
"One of the first motorized products from the Honda Motor Co."
|1957 Douglas Dragonfly (Britain):|
"Bold new styling on a very old design was their last fling."
|1929 Majestic (France):|
"The chassis is two side panels joined by bulk heads."
|1958 Ariel Square Four (Britain):|
"A lot of myths regarding performance."
|1938 Triumph Speed Twin (Britain):|
"Built to look like a single cylinder from the side view."
|1923 Scott Sprint Special (Britain):|
"Scott, the innovator, was responsible for nearly 60 separate motorcycle patents."
My comment: "None of them was for beauty."
|And on and on and on...|
All photos by Anna Blasco.