2016 Pioneer Run from London to Brighton
Sunday was the annual Pioneer Run for pre WWI motorcycles. It continues to be the world’s largest event for bikes of the era, with about 300 machines participating each year. Click here to see photos from previous years. The run is hosted by the Sunbeam Motorcycle Club, which is open to all old bikes, not just Sunbeams.
I’ve attended the last two runs, but stayed home this year. Fortunately Nick Smith sent in these great pics that illustrate just some of the variety of machines that participated, in no particular order.
Here is a nice Ariel. Armstrong 3 speed hub and with the White and Poppe motor that featured the very widely-spaced sidevalves. This one also features some racy handlebars.
This other (very simliar!) Ariel has the same specification, but also has the springs and linkage under the seat for a smooth ride.
The 1902 Clyde was also on the Anglo Dutch tour last summer. A fine early machine with a Simms motor and a Simms low-tension magneto. The mighty Bosch high-tension mag was still a few years away.
What is that? An early Triumph, but with the top frame tube cut down and modified. When the style for lower frames came in c1913ish older bikes were modified by owners or even by the factories.
The famous James with the Pineapple fins on the cylinders. Single cylinders are more common, but here is a Vtwin version.
Some neat frame tubes on the Arno!
Another Arno with neat frame tubing.
This old 1913 Excelsior looks good in red.
There are a surprising number of American-made machines on the run, including Merkels, X’s and HD’s like this one.
A Triumph I think, but the paint is deceiving.
Early AJS with a real gearbox, plus enclosed chains.
This green Centaur looks much like the other 500 single cylinder bikes, but that rear hub is different. A close look shows the live axle, clutch and the drum brake on the other side.
Here is a neat thing, the Stuart Stellar. Two cylinders in line, two stroke, water cooled and made before the War. The small bike on the right is a Dayton, also made in the same factory.