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Ballymoney Motorcycle Pioneers

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Today, Ballymoney is known across the world for the outstanding success of its motorcyclists. However, generations before the Dunlop brothers, Adrian Archibald and Paul Robinson, the engine roar of a Triumph, Enfield, BSA, Zenith or Velocette motorcycle could often be heard around the roads of Ballymoney.

Unlike today, motorcycles were very privileged possessions in the early twentieth century. Very few people owned any form of motor vehicle and it was a memorable occasion to see a car or motorcycle. But by the 1920s, motorcycles were rapidly increasing in popularity and young men, and women, enjoyed nothing better than racing each other (at the then unbelievable speeds of 50 or 60mph) on the open public roads.

 

Click below to discover more about the history of racing on two wheels in the local area.