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“You Gotta Love Motorcycles”

Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

There is no doubt that if you are a motorcycle aficionado, this place will make your head spin. Bikes upon bikes upon bikes of every make, model, and year. Racing, touring, dirt, hill climb, there all there along with a ton of memorabilia.
However, the museum is unorganized. Most bikes lack any description about uniqueness, history, age, etc. So to a casual observer, it seems like just a hodgepodge of motorcycles. Additionally, the displays are dusty and appear neglected.
Of course the bulk of the items are Harley's. And I think all the bikes are American made which is okay by me.
If you are into motorcycles you won't want to leave. If your interest is casual, 1 to 2 hours will be more than enough time to peruse the collection.

Thank Irotram
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

A fantastic museum with volunteers that love motorcycles as much as we did. My Dad is a 91 year old Pearl Harbor veteran that rode his motorcycle until he gave it up at 89 years old. The Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum treated him like he was royalty. His favorite bike was the Police 3 Wheeler Unit # 4 that was used by Police Traffic enforcement. He is a retired Police Officer and remembered when they were used.

Thank Tazlady397
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Many of the motorcycle exhibits actually run. At any given time the owner, Dale, or his son walk around the museum asking people if they would like to see the motorcycles start up. There are hundreds of motorcycles on display, which include dirt track racers, hill climbers, superspeedways, speed records and everything in between. they have one of the first planes that used a motorcycle engine which was designed and built by a high school student in the 1930's. There are some one of a kind motorcycles. In addition, there are several unique automobiles on display. The display area covers 38,000 sq ft on 2 levels.

2  Thank nkimperial
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

I've known about the Wheels Through Time Museum for a couple of years and when an opportunity presented itself to spend some time in nearby Asheville, I knew I'd take a little detour and check this place out.
When you see the museum for yourself you're bound to say, Why did I wait so long?
Seriously, Dale has assembled an absolutely incredible number of wondrous antique motorcycles and automobiles the likes of which you will not see anywhere else. And remarkably, they're right there close enough to touch. Many of not all of the bikes actually do start & run, and at any given time Dale will be walking around, answering questions, pointing out things of interest and starting up some of the bikes on the floor.
I've been to the Barber Motorsports Museum outside of Birmingham, perhaps the premiere motorsports museum in the USA, but I have to say I prefer the Wheels Through Time museum experience.
If Barber is Disneyland, then Wheels Through Time is the wild & wonderful eccentric guy down the block who's got 100 years of historic bikes in the barn and he loves to show them to you.
Sincerely, if you have the slightest interest in motorcycles, cars or the history of grassroots racing in the 20th century, you MUST get to the Wheels Through Time Museum.
The displays of Harley Davidsons, Indians, Merkels, Ace, Excelsior, Henderson, etc. etc. are simply amazing. Doubt you'll find a collection like this anyplace else. If you do, please tell me!
Bonus: Groups of visitors are shown outstanding courtesy and the staff tries to always suit the museum experience to the visitor's needs.
We also found that since our visit was close to Memorial Day, veterans were offered a discount to honor & thank them for their service.
This is a wonderful facility and Dale and his son & the rest of the staff are truly exceptional folks who deserve tremendous thanks for the hard work they do to preserve the legacy of the machine age.
If I lived closer I'd beg them to let me volunteer at the museum!

3  Thank suntourhank
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

This is an amazing museum, completely atypical of museums. To begin with, there is not a set way of going through the museum. That is, there is no standard way of viewing it, no crowding around displays as everyone makes their way through the museum in the same order like one long stream of people. You are free to go through the museum in any order, and to return to any place you wish. Each item, whether it is a car, a sign, or, more frequently, a motorcycle, is a display in itself, and has its own little sign telling about it. Although it is mainly comprised of motorcycles, there is something to interest everyone -- cars, old signs and posters, collectibles (trophies, tin car collections, antique clothing, etc.) Walking around the museum, it is not uncommon to see on the curators fire up a motorcycle. They are very knowledgable and very approachable, talking about the bike as it idles next to them. Inside the museum there are at least three buildings that have transported and reassembled as repair shops. These add to the atmosphere significantly and make it seem like you could actually be in the many ages of motorcycling -- the early years (1901-1930), the golden age (1930-1955), the premodern age (1955-1980). Although Harley-Davidsons predominate, there are many other brands of motorcycles, such as Indian, Simplex, Crocker, and so on. There is also an exhibit on hill-climbers which recreates a hill and surrounds it with hill-climbers. Most everything in the gift shop is made in America and there is free coffee. Veterans get a discount if you mention it. This museum is a must-see and a great destination for motorcycle enthusiasts or anyone interested in the history of engines.

1  Thank Kim B
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