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Coventry Transport Museum Teams Up With Motorcycle Live To Showcase The City’s Engineering History

26 October 2012

Coventry Transport Museum are preparing to mount an impressive display of the best of Coventry-built classic motorcycles, at this year’s Motorcycle Live.

Coventry’s involvement in motorcycle manufacturing is about as impressive as it gets. From the first engines attached to bicycle frames in 1896, a host of internationally acclaimed makes evolved, including Coventry-Eagle, Excelsior, Francis-Barnett, Humber, Rover, Rudge, Singer, and of course, Triumph.

For the first time at Motorcycle Live, Coventry Transport Museum are proud to be showcasing a carefully assembled selection of some of the most significant motorcycles to have been engineered in the City.  From machines of trial and innovation to evolved machines of great power and admiration, visitors will be both enthralled and captivated to witness just how important Coventry once was in the manufacture of quality motorcycles.

Gary Hall, Chief Executive of Coventry Transport Museum said:

“I am extremely pleased to be working with the organisers of Motorcycle Live to showcase this incredible collection of machines at the ‘must-visit’ event for the motorcycle world.  We are looking forward to showing off the collection and meeting motorcycle fans from around the world, over the nine days of the show.”

Motorcycle Live takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 24th November to 2nd December 2012.  Tickets are available from


Coventry Transport Museum’s classic motorcycle display at Motorcycle Live will feature machines including:

1903 402cc single-cylinder Riley ‘Motor-Bi’
1914 2 ¼ hp lightweight Coventry Challenge
1916 496cc v-twin Lea-Francis
1920 499cc single-cylinder Rover
1924 350cc single-cylinder Sparkbrook
1924 350cc single-cylinder Rudge ‘Multi’
1926 250cc single-cylinder ohv Rex Acme TT
1936 248cc single-cylinder Coventry Eagle M4
1937 495cc Rudge ‘Sports Special’ with Watsonian sidecar
1938 500cc ohv Triumph ‘Speed Twin’
1953 197cc single-cylinder Francis-Barnett ‘Overseas Falcon 65’
1962 149 single-cylinder Francis Barnett ‘Fulmar’
1962 Triumph ‘Bonneville’
1972 350cc Triumph ‘Bandit’
1977 744cc Triumph ‘Bonneville Jubilee’ T14

Most of the machines that will be on display are from the Museum’s own collection, whilst others have been loaned from private individuals and the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust.

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