Finland’s Motorcycle Museum
Motorcycle Museum has over 100 motorcycles and historical items related to motorcycling.
Themes in Museum change every year. This year’s theme is 100 years of Motorcycling in Finland.
In the same building is Ace Corner Finland restaurant that was founded same time as the Museum.
Motorcycle Museum and Ace Corner share the same opening hours.
Open from Monday to Saturday from 9 am. Sunday from 10 am.
Open as long as there are customers
Rikuo Motorcycle Story
The Stranger-Than-Fiction Saga of Rikuo,
Harley Davidson and the Birth of Japanese Motorcycle
In 1935 Sankyo Company acquired a license to manufacture Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Japan. A part of the deal was that the bikes could not be exported outside of Japan and that the bikes would be called Rikuo, a name that roughly translates to “the king of the roads.”
With Alfred Richard Child at helm, the mass production of RIKU’O started.
This marked a beginning for Japan’s large motorcycle industry.
The original RIKU’O factory was destroyed in the Hiroshima bombings.
Only a handful of Rikuo bikes exist outside of Japan and Riku Routo has a bike so unique that even Japanese collectors are not known to have one.
The bike in question, a RIKU’O 1200 with a sidecar, found its way to Russia during the war from where Riku Routo salvaged it in 1996 – in its original shape.
Read More HERE
History Passion and pile tiles
Motorcycle Museum’s and Ace Corner’s history begins when Riku Routo, size of foam extinguisher, learned to talk and first words meaned motorcycle. The first motorcycle Triumph 200 cc was bought in the 1960. Routo got money for the motorcycle by selling gun cores he had found from shooting range. With the sandwiches made by Routo’s Mom, he got pass the guardian dog Saku, who guarded the shooting range.
In 1980 Routo established with Mato Valtonen and Sakke Järvenpää motorcycle store called Riku Motor, which is still active.
Allready back then Routo thought about establishing a Motorcycle Museum.
In 2008 Routo bought the building where Museum and Ace Corner operate today. The building has long history as wood drying kiln in the shore of lake Vesijärvi. The are in 2008 was full of ships and scrap and not in good condition. There was a lot of work to do. The red tiles were brought from old Mallasjuoma factory which was in the 1970’s Finland’s leading brewery.
Local companies understood the importance of establishing Finland’s Motorcycle Museum. Companies gave building equipmets with discount or as donation. 100 tiles of Mallasjuoma factory were signed by 15 World Championships holder Giacomo Agostini. By selling these tiles Routo gathered money to build Motorcycyle Museum. Giacomo Agostini is the God Father of Motorcycle Museum and he has visited Museum few times and his MV Agusta 500 was in the Museum for week in the summer 2017.
28th of May in 2008 was the grand opening of Motorcycle Museum and Ace Corner Finland.
Motorcycle Museum was chosen in 2016 by Trip Advisor the most popular attraction Lahti.
Motorcycle Museum attracts every year international visitors for all over the world, the furthest visitors have come all the way from Australia. Last year the Motorcycle Museum and the events of Ace Corner attracted visitors from 30 different countries and more than 50 000 people took part of the events. Motorcycle Museum in Lahti is the only one in Finland.
Ace Corner Finland Bikes, Cars and Rock´n Roll
Ace Corner Finland was founded in 2011 and it is the first Ace Café outside of London. The original Ace Café London was established in 1938. Now Ace Cafes have spread all over the world! Check all the Ace Cafés HERE.
Ace Corner restaurant
Offers burgers, salads and finger food, something for everyone! During summer and until last days of September Ace Corner offers its customer variety of different events. You can find almost all motorcycles’ brands’ presentation and test drive days from Ace Corner. We have lot of live music and on every month’s second Saturday we arrange American Car Cruising with live music! Check all our events from calendar!
We have a terrace with a view to Lake Vesijärvi and we offer our customers free parking and wifi. Tourists from over 30 countries have found Finland’s Motorcycle Museum. The furthest tourists have come from New Zealand.
Ace Corner English Website
Come to visit
Suomen Moottoripyörämuseo (Finland’s Motorcycle Museum) & Ace Corner Finland
Veistämönkatu 1B, Niemen Satama, 15140 Lahti
By public transportation
From Lahti railway station bus number 21 to Mukkula goes to Ace Corner. From city center hop on bus 21 to Mukkula from market square from bus stop D1. Get off the buss at Tiedepuisto bus stop that is after Viking Malt. Continue walking straight and turn left after fire station.
You can contact us by email email@example.com or by phone
+358 44 720 7918
Want to arrange a private event? Call us.