Bikes & Badges: Motorcycles of the Police and Military
On exhibit through February 17, 2002
Motorcycles made for law enforcement and for the military
are featured in "Bikes & Badges." The motorcycles,
manufactured from the 1920s until the present, have been
borrowed from private collections throughout Southern
California by M. F. Egan. Egan is the owner of M.F. Egan
Vintage Motorcycles in Santa Paula.
Visitors to the exhibit will see vintage World War II
Harleys fully outfitted for duty, and others retooled for
after-war use. One of the olive drab Harleys sports a
front-wheel mounted machine gun and another has an original
sidecar rig. Two other 1941 Harleys on display were
"civilianized" after the war. Brilliant custom paint,
valenced touring fenders and lots of custom chrome have been
added to the motorcycles.
A rare Simplex Servi-Cycle, light weight enough to be
dropped by parachute behind enemy lines, shows another
development in military motorcycles. A 1980 Armstrong MT500
motorcycle, designed by off-road riding specialists, shows
the contemporary direction of military motorcycle design.
Hard-working police motorcycles are also featured in "Bikes
& Badges." The oldest is a 1928 Harley, complete with its
original tool box, first aid kit and "receive-only," luggage
rack-mounted radio. Other Harley police mounts include a
1937 UL-74 and a 1954 FL-74. The 1954 motorcycle was
manufactured during Harley's 50th anniversary year and
sports a fender medallion noting the fact. A 1969 Honda
CB750 completes the display.
Military and police gear, badges, vintage motorcycle
photographs, motorcycle memorabilia, and the Santa Paula
Police Department's original neon sign complete the exhibit.