(Exhibition text in English, referring to a QR code in the exhibition)

A Need for Speed

In the late 19th century, the German engineer Gottlieb Daimler attaches an engine to a bicycle – and voilà – the motorcycle is born. At the turn of the 20th century, motorcycles are ‘toys’ for affluent and sporty young men in the cities. During World War I, motorcycles are used by the military.

In the 1920s, motorbikes get throttles, electric lights, and drum brakes on the rear wheel. During this period, they go from being a status symbol for the rich to also offering a means of transportation for those who still cannot afford a car.

A couple of objects

Motorcycle, A.J.S. 1928 model with 500cc side-valve four-stroke engine, 3-speed gearbox, chain drive, front wheel suspension.

New means of transportation led to the emergence of new, practical clothes suitable for travelling by car or motorcycle. Purple leather jacket, lined. Enamelled belt buckle. Probably English manufacture. The motorcycle boots, made in England, belonged to Bengt Bengtsson, Director of Kulturen from 1961 to 1977.

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