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1935 Simplex Servi-Cycle Motorbike

1935 Simplex Servi-Cycle Motorbike

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
motorbike
date made
1935
maker
Simplex Manufacturing Company
place made
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
Physical Description
steel (body material)
rubber (tires material)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 27 in x 74 in; 91.44 cm x 68.58 cm x 187.96 cm
overall: 38 in x 27 in x 73 1/2 in; 96.52 cm x 68.58 cm x 186.69 cm
ID Number
TR.317365
accession number
230387
catalog number
317365
Credit Line
Gift of Paul Treen
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America on the Move
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Data Source
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Comments

Got my first one at Christmas 1956 and acquired six or seven of the Servi-Cycles. With springer front ends, automatic, and belt drive, this was way ahead of the times. I still own three, one restored, and two in the works. They made my youth a lot of fun.
"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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