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Old 07-17-2011, 05:00 PM   #1
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Barber Museum - Virtual Tour

I have been to the Barber Museum a couple of times and for those who have not been, it's an incredible experience. There is an average of 600+ bikes and cars on display at any given time and that many still being restored.

Being a motorcycle enthusiast, I have a fascination with all kinds of bikes and from the engineering invented through the years to turn a bicycle into a motorized mode of transportation, to the ultimate turbo charged superbike.

Mr. Barber has assembled what I think is a the ultimate collection of these examples.

My intentions was to photograph all I could during my last trip, so I could review it later to study the bikes. For each bike I looked at, I tried to captured the place card, a couple of pictures of the bike with one being a close up of the engine and maybe some other angle I wanted to see. Some bikes are of course are on a shelf or rack, or based on the display, not as easy to get as many angles as I wanted, so only took one picture.

Since ADV Rider has a world wide following, I know there are many who will never have the opportunity to visit this spectacular place, so below is the links to my Picasa photo albums in case anyone is interested.

Due to it's size & your bandwidth, it could take some time to load the first screen of thumbnails. Easiest way to go through them is pick the 1st picture, then use the right arrow key for next one.

If you are within a days drive of this museum, and have been trying to decide if you want the Barber experience, this should help you make the decision to go

David

Barber one

Barber two

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Old 07-17-2011, 05:12 PM   #2
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It is a great place and I appreciate the time it took to compile your photo tour, but just to be sure that others understand the museum. Every time that I have been their they will start and run any of the exotica that is found in the museum and it is musical and magical at the same time. If you can, do whatever it takes to make the trip to Barber. They make one off parts and you can watch the process and the sheer magnitude of the place is magnificent. The photo tour is just a tease of what the place is all about. Help keep it open by donating or visiting it yourself.
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:21 PM   #3
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It is a great place and I appreciate the time it took to compile your photo tour, but just to be sure that others understand the museum. Every time that I have been their they will start and run any of the exotica that is found in the museum and it is musical and magical at the same time. If you can, do whatever it takes to make the trip to Barber. They make one off parts and you can watch the process and the sheer magnitude of the place is magnificent. The photo tour is just a tease of what the place is all about. Help keep it open by donating or visiting it yourself.
I agree with you a 100%. All these photos can never take the place of actually going there and everyone should put this on their "must do" list of things to see.

I am glad we are close enough to experience the dream that Mr. Barber created near Birmingham as there are so many inmates who will never get to see it in person.

Vintage Days are in October and hoping to make it over for that fesrtival.

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Old 07-17-2011, 08:26 PM   #4
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I am a volunteer at Barbers, I work for free and if the truth be known, I'd pay them, this place is incredible...
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:26 PM   #5
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There are a few threads about Barbers.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=679453
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:47 PM   #6
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Thanks for your time and effort in putting all of these pics together. It was great!
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:53 PM   #7
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Thanks! The Barber has been on my list of "go to" locations, now, thanks to your pictures, it's at the top of the list!
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:41 PM   #8
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Mrs. Samthg & I visited the Barber on a beautiful Sunday afternoon this past April. It was more than I could have imagined. Prolly less than 10 people in there that day. It was a great day, so lots of folks out riding I guess.

On our way out I was talking to the dood behind the counter(very nice & informative) and he pointed out that the white haired gentlemen that we kept crossing paths with was none other than Mr. Barber. Apparently he just floats in and out. Wish I would have known!

Mr. Barber thanks for what you have done for our sport. Truely amazing museum. Now, I'm sure I could put together $500-$600 for that sandcast Honda 750.
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:33 PM   #9
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Barber Motor Sports - Heaven Here (pic heavy)

Many know but some do not - Mr Barber started his mega millions milking cows.

My Bama bride of 23 years asked me "Where again y'all gonna be this weekend?"

"Barber"

She shook a knowledge-less look my way.

"You know him; you drank his milk growing up"

"Ice cream" she elevates



Mr Barber shares our passion for two wheels but has a very, very big tank. I have no affiliation with the exception of leaving some drool on the floor of his museum and some tread on his track. The number I've heard is $65,000,000 and by my eye every penny purposefully perfectly played. I am mostly sure this amount does not include the collection of 1,800 or so bikes / cars; that my friends must near priceless.

The track had just been buffed with massive diamond dust disks. It is 2.4 miles of bending undulation. Love it. The buildings are concrete, steel and glass - just like you'd want. The grounds are immaculate, the terrain is super southern Appalachian - the pre-sea end of this ancient chain. The staff is very professional, even the trash dudes have a certain gentlemanly quality. Heaven? Let's hope.

Hypermofo and I went over for a weekend with Sportbike Track Time. I really love to do this. We set up camp in the paddock and spend a couple of days going as fast as we can (which ain't too fast compared to many,) cooking on the bbq and tossing back a few in the evening. STT does a very nice job running this program and I would recommend them to anyone interested in this kind of adventure.

I went over Friday afternoon to see the collection. I took some pics and they're coming. First, I'm not a photo jockey, Lost would do a much better job of this. None the less, you'll get the idea.

Here is an aerial view from the web. The museum is upper left, our camp bottom center. For those far away FFs this is southeast US, Leeds Alabama, just outside Birmingham, AL (funny no one came up with new names after all the boat rides - tributes?)



No, my bike didn't puke guts.



The museum is 5 stories. The bottom level serves as a restoration center with a mighty fine machine shop. There's a lot to see:


























Close ups coming next
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The very first (obvious but of course - replica) with a brand new invention - the carb. And some more...





















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This one was built just down the road by a local high school shop class:



San Francisco to New York in about 37 hours:



RTW in a few years:































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Old 05-11-2013, 06:47 AM   #13
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Love having this place in my back yard. We go for the AMA and Indy races there, and the whole family loves it.

Can't wait for the Fall Vintage Festival in October!!!
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:23 AM   #14
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Mr Barber also has a thing for cars, seems to have a penchant for the Lotus



















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