Stories of 750 owners being traumatised by a well-ridden Yamaha 350 are not the stuff of legend, rather, a very well documented fact. It’s realistically now very difficult to convey just what a complete package the Yamaha 350 was. Ostensibly a 350 in a 250 frame, the model was a performance ground breaker...
Two rotary-engined bikes but they’re as different as chalk and cheese. Bob Berry is surprised to discover that it was the troubled Norton factory that got it right while Suzuki went high tech and high cost and must have lost a packet...
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will take place in California on Saturday August 18th as Mecum Auctions puts private collector Gary Kohs' 71-bike MV Agusta collection under the hammer. But the collection's being sold as one lot, so deep pockets are needed...
It was a simple premise – build a upmarket commuter motorcycle for Everyman, one that would appeal to everyone and be capable of doing all things for all men. And it succeeded when others fell by the roadside. So why was Velocette's flawed LE so special?
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…
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
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
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’
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...
• Joan Westbrook interview
• Jerry Thurston column
• Archive photograph
• Which model? (Norton 500cc twins)
• BSA M20 super profile
• Moto Guzzi Bicilindrica – history and test
• Reader’s restoration – Triumph Tiger 100
• Straight from the plate – 1963 Thruxton 500 miler
• Ted Mellors’ reflections
• Bantam engine build
• Restoration guide - Triumph 3T
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