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Pictured is Buddy Stubbs with his favorite bike in his collection.

December 17, 2014

Buddy Stubbs museum offers 3,000 sq. ft. of bike history

PHOENIX – Motorcycles have changed a lot over the past 100 years. Bike enthusiasts can see the transformation over the decades at the Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Museum in Phoenix.

The oldest bike in the museum dates back to 1903. The museum contains Harleys from 11 different countries, including Russia, Denmark, Italy, England, and Germany. The museum showcases a variety of motorcycle makes and models.

The Buddy Stubbs museum represents the lifelong enthusiasm of veteran rider Buddy Stubbs. As the child of bikers, Stubbs began riding at a young age and took home his first trophy at age 11. He continued his riding career as a racer and Hollywood stuntman. Stubbs went on to open Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson in Phoenix, later expanding to an additional dealership in Anthem and a retail store in Cave Creek.

“This is the largest motorcycle museum in the Southwest,” Stubbs said, adding that the Anthem dealership also has a display.

The museum spans 3,000 sq. ft. and features both bikes and memorabilia that Stubbs has collected. He opened the museum in the Phoenix Buddy Stubbs dealership in 2005. Stubbs noted that the Phoenix dealership spans 4.5 acres, which includes the sales floor, rental, service, and merchandise area. Stubbs also offers an on-site Motorcycle Academy for new riders.

Among Stubbs’ collection are pictures of Evel Knievel items, decades-old Harley merchandise, and posters and license plates collected throughout the years. His specialty items extend throughout the museum – even his desk lamp is made of motorcycle parts.

Museum admission is free. The museum is open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Museum is located at 13850 North Cave Creek Road, in Phoenix. For more information, call (602) 971-3400 or visit