The Motorcycle: Museum Book Review

Learn about the Haas Moto Museum's book The Motorcycle which highlights the museum's excellent collection of custom and classic bikes.

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The Motorcycle, published by Weldon Owen, is available at or by calling 800-880-7567. Item #12186

Faithful readers of this magazine may recall my article about the Haas Moto Museum in Dallas. The museum was co-founded by Bobby Haas and his partner and current Museum Director, Stacey Mayfield. The museum contains more than 230 machines from all eras and nations and is best known for its unrivaled collection of custom motorcycles. Although not the largest motorcycle museum in the world, the Haas Moto Museum contains the largest collection of custom bikes. Bobby became a patron to many of the custom builders represented in the museum and he sponsored many of the builds, creating strong personal bonds with many of the artists.

Sadly, Bobby Haas passed away at age 74 in September 2021 but during his lifetime he made his mark in diverse fields. He was a Harvard-trained lawyer who became a very successful Wall Street financier. He then became a renowned National Geographic wildlife photographer and finally a collector of beautiful motorcycles and supporter of a large group of artists who created spectacular pieces of rolling art. A documentary, Leaving Tracks, focuses on his remarkable life and helps explain the passion for motorcycles he discovered relatively late in his life.

Stacey Mayfield and the Haas team have published a splendid, large-format book about Bobby, the Haas Moto Museum and the motorcycles in the collection. The book has over 350 photographs printed on 256 pages which are 12.5 inches wide and 10 inches tall. Weighing in at about four and half pounds, it’s hefty and there’s a lot of eye-candy packed in this very nicely produced book.

The book begins with a forward by Stacey Mayfield that tells a bit of the backstory behind the museum and the vision that she and Bobby shared. She says: “This book pays tribute to a museum like no other, a diverse collection thoughtfully curated by a man like no other. Although Bobby was taken from us too soon, he is very much a part of this book. The words you will read about each of the motorcycles were written by him and stand proudly next to each bike in the museum. As you peruse the pages, I hope that you can feel Bobby’s spirit guiding you through the museum. It is strong and it is loud.”

  • Updated on Nov 28, 2023
  • Originally Published on Nov 22, 2023
Tagged with: Book, Book Review, Classic Motorcycle Books, classic motorcycle books and dvds, motorcycle museum
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