Buddy Stubbs Premier Motorcycle Museum Offers Free Tours at Local Harley-Davidson Dealership

Not everybody can own a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, but you can probably get your clunker over to the Buddy Stubbs Premier Motorcycle Museum.
The 3,000 square-foot facility houses more than a hundred years of motorcycle history, from 1915-era Harleys and 1920s model Triumphs to limited edition BMW bikes and vintage Indians. There are more than 130 motorcycles on display, dating back to 1903.

The Buddy Stubbs Premier Motorcycle Museum is on the site of the massive Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson dealership on Cave Creek Road near Sharon Drive, a place with its own bit of history.

In 1966, racing legend and stuntman Buddy Stubbs opened the first Harley franchise in the Valley at 28th Street and McDowell Road. The dealership moved to Cave Creek Road in 1985, and spread to 47,000 square-feet by 2005. He still runs the business with his two sons, and prides himself on the museum's immense collection - particularly a 1960 XLC Harley-Davidson and a 1950 Sunbeam S7 Deluxe from England.

There's also a 1939 Indian Sport Scout and a custom 1941 Harley-Davidson "74," but that's only the beginning.

To see all the machines, which include Harley-Davidson snowmobiles and electric golf carts, you'll have to show up for one of the museum's free tours. They take place at 5:30 p.m. every Friday, and at 12:30 p.m. the last Saturday of the month. Private tours for groups of ten or more can be arranging by e-mailing [email protected], or calling 602-971-3400.

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