Les Trois Musee de Saint Louis
By Blaine Stone
Motorcycle Classics readers should be aware that, in addition to the well-known motorcycle museums like the incomparable Barber, Harley-Davidson and AMA, there is a trio of very thorough and highly interesting collections all conveniently located in the home city of the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. The museums are The Moto Museum, Classic Motorcycles Museum and Donelson Motorcycle Museum.
There is a wide range of motorcycles on display in these three motorcycle museums, from rare lightweight German street bikes to the most complete collection of off-road competition bikes (trials, scrambles/motocross, ISDE and flat track) I have seen anywhere in the world. This is explainable when one realizes the knowledge and backgrounds of the museums’ curators.
There are many fine Husky’s at the Classic Motorcycles Museum founded by the late, great Dave Mungenast.
The late Dave Mungenast, founder of the Classic Motorcycle Museum, had a long career of ISDE rides in addition to being a card-carrying Hollywood film stunt rider.
The Donelson Museum features many thundering, dirt-slinging flat-trackers.
Carl Donelson is familiar to most off-road enthusiasts as the founder of the landmark Donelson Cycles and himself an accomplished rider.
All der kinder can ride to kirche un der Moto Museum Böhmerland.
An added attraction to the Moto Museum is that it’s adjacent to the Triumph grill. This upscale bistro/restaurant is entirely appointed in motorcycle-related décor by architect and owner Steve Smith, an accomplished competition motorcyclist and collector. You pass from museum into the restaurant, which then leads to a beautiful new dealership (Moto Europa) offering Ducati, KTM and Trumph motorcycles, and then into the stunningly modern Hotel Ignacio. This complex has to be seen to be believed. When traveling through the “Gateway City,” pop these museum names into your Garmin and follow the arrow to great motorcycle viewing.
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