The Birmingham Small Arms (BSA) motorcycle was used extensively by the Military Police during the Second World War and beyond.
This particular motorbike was a donation from BSA and is the last one they ever made, coming straight from the production line into the Royal Military Police Museum in 1964. As a result of this the motorcycle is still in pristine condition with only one mile on the clock.
Throughout the Second World War the Military Police were tasked with numerous dangerous and daring jobs which required them to speed ahead of the front line to map convoy routes, escort VIPs, carry vital messages between headquarters and reach all manner of other troubles quickly.
All of these jobs were happening all the time on all fronts during the war. This meant that the small number Military Police Officers often needed to be able to get to locations as quickly as possible, something that the M20 motorcycle allowed them to do.
Such was the success and reliability of the M20 that the vehicle remained in service with the British Army until the 1960s.
To gain confidence in riding the BSA M20, military police riders would have to ride the motorcycle standing with one leg on the seat and the other stretched out behind them, all without falling off!
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