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The Helderberg Motorcycle Museum has 200+ vintage bikes

Harleys & petrol head paraphernalia like vintage pumps

Last updated: Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Dave Neto’s passion for motorcycles began when he watched his dad ride British bikes; now, he owns the only motorcycle museum in South Africa. Helderberg Motorcycle Museum has over 200 meticulously-restored bikes ranging from the 1910s to the 1970s, with iconic brands like Harley Davidson and Kawasaki. And it’s free for kids under 12.


Owner Dave Netro has had a passion for bikes since he was a kid. Image: Helderberg Motorcycle Museum

STARTED BY A MOTORCYCLE LOVER

For the past 15 years, Dave has spent his life restoring these beautiful machines, many of which are in perfect museum condition. His passion shows in every part of the museum, from the well-organised, in-detail displays to the motorcycle-themed restaurant. 

“Anything that is unusual that I don’t have, I must have,” said Dave during an interview with Garage Route 21 South Africa.

HARLEYS, BMWS, KAWASAKIS & MORE

Some of the classic bikes on show include brands like Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, BMW, Harley Davidson and so much more. 

Bike lovers will geek over the helmets from the 1920s and 1940s and the classic petrol pumps from brands like Esso and Shell. The nostalgic atmosphere is complete with old enamel signs and oil cans, all carefully displayed to take you back in time.


There’s even a vintage ice cream bike in Dave’s collection. Image: Helderberg Motorcycle Museum

MOTORCYCLE-INSPIRED RESTAURANT

The on-site restaurant makes it a great Sunday drive destination, too. The walls are adorned with classic pumps and posters of bikes. You can sit inside near the motorbikes, or outside under the pergola with lovely views. The menu has easy everyday food like breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, milkshakes, and so more.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR EXPERIENCE

Bookings for admission to the museum can be made on the Helderberg Motorcycle Museum website.

Tickets are R100pp for adults, R50pp for senior citizens, and free for kids under 12. The museum also offers special discounts for biker crews and groups. Please note that the museum is a cashless venue.


There’s even a vintage ice cream bike in Dave’s collection. Image: Helderberg Motorcycle Museum

VISIT THE MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM

The Helderberg Motorcycle Museum is open: Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 3:15pm
Find it: 16 Old Sir Lowry's Pass Rd, Helderberg Rural, Cape Town, 7135
Book: Via the Helderberg Motorcycle Museum website
Contact on: 067 303 0265, info@helderbergmotorcyclemuseum.co.za 

By Kim Carolisen

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