Motorcycle museum to sell out

The ’39 Dodge truck in the foreground is just one of the items which will go up for bid Saturday, July 4 at the British Motorcycle Museum, 1740 Cumberland Road, Lafayette, Madison County. Roger “Bud” Runkle is selling his collection of 70 motorcycles, many of them Triumph, BSA, Norton.

The time comes in everyone’s life to let go. That time has come for Roger “Bud” Runkle, 82.

Runkle, who has been in the motorcycle business since the ’50s, has decided to let go of his extensive collection of motorcycles.

For the last several years, he has housed them in a museum format in the former Deercreek Elementary School in Lafayette, across West Street from the Red Brick Tavern on U.S. Route 40, the National Road.

But rising costs, including property taxes, and little income from paying visitors to the museum have forced him to put everything up for sale.

It will take place at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 4.

For British bike fans, his collection is the proverbial “kid in a candy store.” The iconic names, Triumph, BSA, Norton are all represented. Amongst them are American bikes, Indian and Harley-Davidson, plus a few others, Honda and the oldest, a ’30 model Czechoslovakian bike whose name Runkle said he could not pronounce.

There is also a ’39 Dodge truck, which has seen better days, which Runkle used as a sort of billboard for his museum.

The real estate is also for sale — but through a realtor — along with other collector items including guns, antiques, tools and motorcycle parts, inventory from his former business days in Urbana.

The auction bill may be viewed at:

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