1935 Simplex Servi-Cycle Motorbike

Beginning in 1935, the Simplex Manufacturing Corporation of New Orleans made motorbikes, which were smaller and lighter than motorcycles. Their simple designs made personal transportation accessible to young people and adults. Owners found many uses for Servi-Cycles, including errands, pleasure rides, and package delivery using a three-wheeled model. Top speed was 40 miles per hour, and average cruising speed was 30 miles per hour. Postwar sales were strong, but Servi-Cycle sales declined in the 1950s because of the growing popularity of imported motor scooters. Simplex ended motorbike production in 1960 but made motor scooters until 1972, when the company went out of business.
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Object Name
date made
Simplex Manufacturing Company
Physical Description
steel (body material)
rubber (tires material)
overall: 36 in x 27 in x 74 in; 91.44 cm x 68.58 cm x 187.96 cm
place made
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Industry & Manufacturing
Road Transportation
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


"Loved motorcycles all my life, and the Simplex is the reason why....friend used to ride me on his when I was 8 or 9.....loved the simplicity of that bike.....remember everything about it.....own a Harley now....but wish I had that little motorbike out in my garage right now...."

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