Now up: we take a walk through the 1920s and 1930s and first world war motorcycles.
Motorcycle development during the First World War took big leap forward, with civilian and military versions of motorcycles from a number of different manufacturers.
Motorcycle production was ramped up for the war effort – dispatch riders replaced messengers on horses, and motorcycles additionally became very useful for reconnaissance and police missions.
Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, motorcycle development kept up the pace seen during the First World War, and many manufacturers made faster, more stable and easier to ride motorcycles. There were more than 80 different motorcycle manufacturers in Britain during the 1930s.
Next up: World War 2 and the “Bigger is Better” rage of the 1950s.