Phil Loder heads to the Midlands in search of military motorcycles

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If you are interested in British motorcycles, then you undoubtedly know of the National Motorcycle Museum. Their tagline is ‘Where legends live on’, and they do a great job of paying homage to the British motorcycle industry, including a good selection of machines built in Britain for the armed forces.

The museum is located to the east of Birmingham off junction 6 of the M42, not far from Birmingham Airport and the National Exhibition Centre. Founded by W R (Roy) Richards and opened in 1984, the museum has grown from 350 motorcycles to over 1,000 machines and has the largest collection of British motorcycles anywhere in the world.

‘The oldest military motorcycle is a Clyno Machine Gun Sidecar Outfit from World War One’

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