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Museum uses ‘proper’ transport firm

Scottish motorcycle transport company Bike Bus has been moving metal for Guy Martin as part of several interesting contracts secured through the Grampian Transport Museum (GTM) in Alford, Aberdeenshire.

At the start of the season, Bike Bus was charged with taking one of Martin’s race bikes from the museum to be refettled. The company then returned the machine to the line-up.

This job was followed by a request to transport the Wedgewood steam-powered motorcycle from an engineering shop, where it had been temporarily stored, to the museum. It now has pride of place in the new reception area and featured in the annual Speed Fest event on the museum’s custom-built track in July. 

The Wedgewood is based on a Suzuki Hayabusa and, being eight foot long with very little ground clearance, presented a number of challenges to the Bike Bus team of Tony Robotham and Jacqui Watson, who have 30 years’ experience in the transport world between them.

Next year the Wedgewood will go out to the Bonneville salt flats to attempt to break the record for a steam-powered motorbike, currently 96mph.

Bike Bus was then asked to help swap over some of Martin’s bikes. The Pikes Peak class-winning 1277cc turbo charged Martek had to go south from the museum to Martin’s Lincolnshire home, and the Wall of Death Trident, featuring a 1976 T160 motor in a Rob North frame, was taken north to join the Scottish display.

This year Bike Bus supplemented its original Ford Transit with two long-wheel-base VW vans.


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