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BARBER MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM

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Merrill told us that he wanted to take us to a motorcycle museum located in Alabama 3 months before we leave the USA. He insisted on that we have to see it before we leave, because it is a very big museum which may be the only one in the world in terms of motorcycle. Then we accepted the offer and we are on the roads again... but this time by car...

You may be asking now, "why are you going by car?", so let me explain right away... we are going by the car, because a little guest forbid us to ride a motorcycle together with my wife for a little period of time... but it is not so important, our aim is the motorcycles... 

We made lots of motorcycle trips with Merrill before, but this is the first car trip that we are making together. He likes icy drinks, cold weather, and ice cold air conditioning in the car like the usual american people. So, he warned us way before to take our blankets with us not to get sick. Although it is winter, he opened every icy things in the car...

We arrive at Nashville as the first stop since we left Ohio. Another american behavior of Merrill, antique enthusiasms. Along with the ice, most of the americans like to buy and use antiques in their houses. Antique means the things ages between 5 and 100 years here.

So, we drop by an antique shop, named "Antique Archaeology", which is shown on a tv show daily on american tv channels in Nashvill. Merrill starts to hang around as soon as he gets inside... (for more photos you may go with the link to "photos" section.)

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After the antique shop, we are on the road again. Now, this stop is the entrance to Alabama... Because the USA Space and Rocket Center is located in Huntsville, Alabama, and they produce the rockets which go to the space here, people call here the "rocket city", hence the built this statue to the entrance of the state. While we are passing, Merrill stops here and takes our pics...

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After we continue to our way, and we arrive at Birmingham, Alabama just before the sunset, hence we immediately find a hotel and finish the day here...

The next day, we go to the museum as soon as we get up, because we don't want to lose time. Our goal is to see the museum today and go back to Ohio... and we want to visit the Jack Daniel's factory after...

Let me define here, with their own words "The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is located at the 830 acre and Barber Motorsports Park that includes a world class 2.38 mile racetrack. The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is the home to the world’s best motorcycle collection, the museum now has over 1200 vintage and modern motorcycles and racecars and the largest collection of Lotus cars as well as other significant makes. The collection is the largest of its kind in the world. There are approximately 600 of the 1200 motorcycles on display at any given time. These bikes range from 1902 to current-year production. The museum displays common street bikes as well as rare one-off Gran Prix race machinery"... and some photos in the museum … (for more photos you may go with the link to "photos" section as I said before.)

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An interesting information about here is the occupation of the owner of this museum I guess... Yes the owner was a milk man, and he earned all his money that helped him to construct here from milk. This was a family business for him, and he is really rich in Alabama... actually he was a fan for race cars when he was young, and one day with the advice of his friend he was introduced to motorcycles and this moment gave him the reason to give the decision to build the one of the most amazing motorparks in the world in Alabama. He buried 54 million dollars to this project. I was beginnging to think that why Turkey does't have this kind of a museum, but as soon as I hear 54 million dollars I gave up...

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Now, a quick question for you:

What brand is this motorcycle in the pic below?

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I think I hear the answers, but I guess you are saying wrong like me and most of the others...

The right answer is in the pic below...

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Yes, this motorcycle is the same with BMW R26 which is imitated by Japan....

Finally, we leave the museum and we are on the way back to Ohio. But, we have to visit the Jack Daniel’s factory before we go....

But, we learn that we are late to visit inside the factory when we get there... Actually, they have a very informative tour inside as Merrill says, but luck is not with us this time... but the front shop is still available for some photos...

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The story of the counter is like this: Jack Daniel opens a bar in the city at first, and after he gets into the whisky producing business. So, this the counter that he used at first at his bar...

And the most interesting thing here, it is not allowed to drink alcholic drinks in the factory.... hence the give lemonade to the visitors. Of course it is icy, it is dangerous to drink if with no ice, you may get drunk...

OK, the reality is different of course... it is not allowed because this factory is in the region called "the bible belt" which is like all the southeastern part of the USA. As the name suggests, people here are very conservative for their religion, so drinking is forbidden... a few years ago even selling the alcholic drinks are forbidden as the said. When you think of Jack Daniel, he sells this whisky to all of the world but he couldn't sell it in his own factory... weird...

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after a short walk in the city, we are on the way back to home... we arrive in the morning and sleep...