Motorbikes at museum

Guests and Otago Museum staff take a closer look at the many powerful machines before a big...
Guests and Otago Museum staff take a closer look at the many powerful machines before a big motorcycle show opens to the public today. Photo by John Gibb.

Lovers of motorcycles new and old will have plenty to see when a big show opens at the Otago Museum's special exhibitions gallery today.

Museum content services officer Rebecca Keenan said she had been delighted to help prepare the ''REVolution: 100 Years of Motorcycles'' exhibition.

Motorcycles of all shapes and sizes have been rolling in to the museum since the start of last month, the oldest made in 1902 and the newest manufactured this year.

When the 105th and final machine arrived yesterday, it was something particularly special, a rare Cardinal Britten V1000, once described as ''the world's most advanced motorcycle''.

It was developed at the Christchurch garage of the late motorcycle designer John Britten.

The motorcycles have all been loaned by enthusiasts throughout the country.

''Their knowledge of the evolution of motorcycle design and technology is staggering, and it's been a pleasure to work with them and hear their stories,'' Ms Keenan said.

The show will keep revving until February 16.

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