If Tonka made motorcycles, then one can’t help thinking they’d make something like this chunky and purposeful TT Special. James Robinson reports...
Though the Speed Twin came first (in 1938) and was immediately well-loved (a position it retained), the Tiger 100 – launched for 1939 – was a different animal...
'The modern motorcycle', so proclaimed Ariel advertising slogans. And when the Leader was introduced, the firm could really be considered the makers of such a thing...
Nowadays, Royal Enfield is known for its solid, dependable, four-stroke Bullet singles. But it is easy to forget the company made other machines too – while the parallel twins are still widely recognised and enthused over, there were others as well…
Though it was called a ‘Special’ the so-named model was actually the cooking 500cc single in the Rudge range - much to the embarrassment of one concours judge who awarded it first prize in the Specials' Class at a classic show, much to the derision from Triton builders...
The 1953 Land’s End Trial welcomed an entry of 260 motorcycles, including 31 sidecar outfits and three-wheelers, in addition to the 166 car competitors...
• Royal Enfield Constellation
• NUT V-twin
• Norton Navigator
• Reynolds Runabout
• MV Modello Sport
• Marque of distinction – Panthers
• Restoration Guide – Sunbeam Model 9
• Classic components – Binks track carbs
• Technical feature – Two-stroke cooling
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