World's fastest Triumph

In a projectile measuring 17ft from nose to tail you would imagine there would be plenty of room for the rider. But that's not so with Joe Dudek's red and white Triumph-powered streamliner. Vic Willoughby explains...

1962 Velocette LE Vogue

Originally conceived as that elusive ‘everyman’ machine, Veloce Ltd hoped the new model 'Little Engine' LE Velocette would lead to a bright and shiny future for the Birmingham-based concern...

Norton ES2

Norton’s immortal 490cc pushrod engine was developed into a delightful lusty slogger, fondly remembered by many. The ES2 or ‘Easy’ 2 to give it its nickname was a mainstay of the Norton range for over three decades, and had a devoted following...

1949 Triumph Thunderbird classic British motorcycle

When Triumph launched its Thunderbird in 1949, little could it have realised that over 60 years later, a company named ‘Triumph’ would still be making a motorcycle called a ‘Thunderbird'...

BSA C15 Star

BSA’s unit singles were, for many years not in vogue, available for rock bottom prices which reflected their reputation. ‘Hand grenades’ and such terms were attached to them; full of energy, they were supposedly liable to explode…

BSA Bantam D10 Sports

One of the most famous motorcycles ever to be produced by the British industry as a collective, the story of the Bantam and its creation, with the designs received as war repatriations from the Germans, is well known...

1948 Panther Model 60

Panther had a long and proud history of making big, long-stroke ‘lazy’ singles – though the Yorkshire firm also made a range of quality 250 and 350cc models too. But it was for its ‘big ones’ which Panther has enjoyed an enduring fascination...

250cc Honda four racer

Honda's slightly 'oversquare' 250 four is conventionally designed, aside from the four valves per cylinder, contributing to a healthy 45bhp output

1949 Norton 'Garden Gate'

Few motorcycles look better than an overhead camshaft Norton single; it’s the truth. Whether a vintage CS1 or a late Manx, each and every one is a stunner. And of course they have the performance to back up the pizazz...

1968 Norton Fastback Commando

When Norton unveiled its Commando at the end of 1967 the firm took a brave and bold step; it dropped the world famous Featherbed frame, which for more than a decade and a half kept Norton apart from the ‘opposition’...

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