The History of Motorcycles in the Korean War

While the motorcycle is a natural vehicle on the road, these are

Days, its role as a war vehicle is often overlooked. in the

This article examines the role of the motorcycle

Korean War and the important role he played in it


Motorcycle manufacturers have a long tradition of development

Plate and deliver when their country is in need. During World War I and

WWII, manufacturers like Indian, Harley Davidson and Triumph

provided the military with machines fitted out exactly to Pentagon specifications. in the

In fact, Harley Davidson produced over 90,000 machines for the USA

Military alone during WWII!

At the beginning of the Korean War (August 1950) there were at least 45 motorcycles

destroyed in a failed retreat attempt. No, this one

weren’t Harleys that were captured – they were

North Korean

Motorcycles captured by the US 25th Division, 3rd Battalion, 5th

marines. In fact, the newly formed North Korean army is being (supported and trained

by the Soviets and Chinese) had a whole among its 90,000 men

Motorcycle Reconnaissance Regiment. On this particular day, however

The bikes met their counterpart in the Corsairs that swooped down on them

them with their 20mm cannons and rocket attacks.

On the North Korean side, the North Korean Army (NKA) used motorcycles

equipped with saddlebags []

detailed. When the NKA took over Seoul on July 12, 1950

The motorcycle regiment secured the key crossing at Ch’ungju

helped secure the central region and allowed the NKA to capture the city.

On the Allied side, the 17th Motorcycle Regiment helped with routing

the NKA a short time later from Seoul.

The main shift that took place during the Korean War was that

Replacement of the motorcycle by the jeep in the US Army. That

Motorcycle had apparently been replaced as the preferred vehicle for

difficult terrain. The introduction of the Jeep was part of a

Comprehensive program implemented by the US to replace aging vehicles

from the First World War (including the motorcycle and sidecar). While new

Motorcycles were certainly used during the Korean War (as mentioned above),

The jeep replaced it in numerous areas where it was formerly known


Perhaps the true story of the Korean War and the motorcycle is one

that you don’t find by leafing through the history books or looking up

dry numbers, how many motorcycles were used in this or that

Raid for this or that purpose. The real story – the human

History can be summed up in the story of Mark Nozzolillo and his Honda

The shade. This is a picture of Mark’s father Vince.

Vince is a Korean War veteran who lost a friend

Battlefield August 1950. So shocked to see his mate’s


During the performance, the young man (20 years old at the time) turned to his

First Sergeant, sobbing and clinging to him in an almost fetal position

uncontrolled. Nozzolillo himself said he “just left


when he saw the sight. His son took the old photo (first published

in 1955) and sprayed it on the petrol tank of his Honda.

The story here is one of the tragedies of war that we all need to know

Think of it, and the tribute a father paid his son. That this tribute

Paid on airbrush motorcycle is all motorcycle

Enthusiasts can be proud. It’s a memory that Mark will keep

to have

every time he rides his bike.

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