British Bike enthusiasts were willing Lord Hesketh to fulfill his dream of building a competitive all-British superbike, but it was not to be. The bikes were badly received and suffered from noisy transmissions and production faults, forcing the company into receivership during the summer of 1982...
By the early 60s, Norton was beginning to make engines which were capable of exploiting the performance of its world-renowned frames, and the 650cc Dominator was one such bike...
Once the country’s most popular commuter, these days BSA Bantams – especially the early, prettier but slower 123cc engined-ones – are more likely to be seen at static displays. Roy Poynting talks describes the different versions and focuses on a special D1...
When Matchless bought AJS in 1931, it moved AJS production away from the Midlands, settling it in Plumstead alongside Matchless. Gradually, the products became virtually indistinguishable, although each name had its fans – but the owner of this pair shows no such favouritism
The Goodman family – manufacturers of Velocette – stopped making motorcycles circa 1970, right? Well, not quite. In 1998, Simon Goodman, the great grandson of the firm’s founder, made one last machine, and thanks to Neil Redley – marque enthusiast extraordinaire – we’ve scooped a test on this unique machine...
This Velocette special takes the engine from the LE and slots it into the rolling chassis of the Valiant, creating a tidy little lightweight...
The road-going Featherbed framed Norton twins; should it be they that are considered the ‘quintessential’ British twin, rather than the ubiquitous Triumph Bonnie and BSA A10s which generally spring most readily to mind?
Mike Dixon's rare, tuned example of the BSA B30-4, denoted by a small star red star stamped onto the crankcase, was described to him as being similar to the machine campaigned in competitive trials by Marjorie Cottle during 1930...
It’s fifty-five years since the first practical Wankel rotary engine was built by NSU in Germany. John Nutting was one of the first journalists to ride a rotary-engined motorcycle when Norton-Villiers-Triumph revealed its ultra-smooth prototype in the 70s...
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