On March 15, 2014 the official opening of the Indian Motorcycle Museum of Australia took place and BFM attended. Located at 419 Newman Road, Geebung, Brisbane, this museum is the culmination of many hours of hard work and dedication. To commemorate the event, a special 5 day “Indian Motorcycle Express Ride” was held from Melbourne in Victoria to the opening. This ride covered about 1200 miles. Spectators arrived on classic motorcycles and parked for two blocks. Choppers, Bobbers, Café Racers, Restored Classic Bikes, Baggers and late model Harley-Davidson, Victory and new Indians plus almost every metric brand you could imagine turned out.
Dale Walksler from Wheels Through Time Museum in the USA, gave a welcome speech via a pre recorded interview. Famous American artist, Eric Henn was a special guest, having produced much of the beautiful art work featured in the displays. Eric held a meet and greet, sold copies of his work and signed many autographs. A sausage sizzle, symbolic opening cake, drinks and souvenirs were offered plus a poke run was held with many Indian Motorcycles taking part with other newer brands. A 1914 Indian Board Track Racer was push started and paraded up and down the street. Also the Motorcycle Museum from Haigslea brought in their Y2K jet bike and performed some start ups.
The displays inside the Indian Motorcycle Museum of Australia, feature many motorcycles, an amazing collection of related memorabilia, a display workshop and a range of souvenirs for sale. A replica of the first Indian Dealership store front in Melbourne has been built. Motorcycles on display range from a 1909 Camel Back Single through teens, twenties, thirties and into the forties. Several inline fours, singles and V-twins are displayed and a lone parallel twin. A side car outfit fire appliance is one of the highlights. An early Indian outboard motor, a servi car and a service trike are also to be found.
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We had a great morning catching up with friends and Indian enthusiasts form 3 states, including Als and Peiter Van Stralen, admiring the museum displays and all the Indians parked in the nearby streets. BFM wish the owner, Daryl White, every success with the museum and applaud his vision to create this long overdue and wonderful facility.