Simply Bikes at Britain’s National Motor Museum

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Despite drizzly weather, more than 600 motorcycles and trikes — from single-cylinder mopeds to flat-six monsters — turned out for the recent annual Simply Bikes event at Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.

Among the vintage machines were a 1943 BMW R75 with sidecar, both in World War II military guise, as well as a 1969 Yamaha YR3 350cc sport bike and a 1975 Honda 750 Four.

Also present were the quirky, including a vintage Mobylette moped with pedal assist for its tiny engine, several trikes with Volkswagen flat-four engines — one retaining the entire rear bodywork of the Beetle, and another trike that mates a motorcycle front fork with the engine and chassis of a Reliant Robin.

In what the museum called “an extra treat for motorcycle fans,” engineers from the museum’s workshop performed a start-up of the recently restored Brough Superior 11.50, the first time this “Rolls-Royce of Motor Cycles” was heard running in public following its restoration.

Photos courtesy National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.