Posts Tagged ‘military motorcycle’

WOW..… I would have never seen that coming.  A Top 10 Vintage Motorcycle Blog award? I do not think of the blog as about vintage motorcycles.  I don’t intentionally post about vintage motorcycles or the old school bike life but looking  though the blog I do so more than I thought.   Here are a few:

2016 Cannonball Run                                                                                      Cool Old New Honda

Classic British Motorcycle Days

Board Track Racing                                                                                   Military Dispatch Riders

And I do post more than a few old school photos on our IJustWant2Ride Facebook and Twitter accounts.  So, not sure how I qualified for the awarded but COOL!

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Motorcycle dispatch riders have been around nearly from the start of the motorcycle era. They came into their own during the two World Wars carrying messages to and fro across the battlefield.

They rode a variety of bikes. Americans typically on Harleys and Indians, Brits on Triumphs and Enfield’s. Other bikes were used as well, Douglas, Matchless, FN, Mausers, BSA and BMW for example.

Wikipedia has a brief entry on Dispatch Riders but that article does not cover the training of those riders. The videos below show us some of the training that the riders underwent during the Second World War by US, British and Canadian soldiers. Well worth your viewing time if you are interested in this type of motorcycle history.

Motorcycle Dispatch Riders – ‘Texas Daredevils’ (1914-1918)

British Made – Testing Army Motorcycles (1915)

Military Police Motorcycle Training (1940)

U.S. Army motorcycle dispatch riders pass road test WWII

U.S. Army Trains Dispatch Riders 1943

1938 British Army Motorcycle Trials

American Motorcycle Corps Training

Canadian Army Newsreel – Dispatch Riders Train For Action

Canadian Army Motorcycle Training

U.S. WWII Motorcycle Troops Train at Fort Olgethorpe, GA

Lots of Photo of Motorcycle at War (all sides of WWII)