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?
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...
Originally conceived as that elusive ‘everyman’ machine, Veloce Ltd hoped the new model 'Little Engine' LE would lead to a bright and shiny future for the Birmingham-based concern...
In a world of uniform single and parallel twin cylinder machinery, the Ariel Square Four was wilfully different, a machine which refused to conform to the norms of accepted, standardised design practice for nearly 30 years
A tribute collection of images and magazine covers from 1952, the year Queen Elizabeth came to the throne. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002
Outrageous jet-powered motorcycle, based on a 1929 Harley-Davidson. This was a US ebay auction lot last year. As unpractical as projects go, but likely to earn its keep in show attendances. And if not, you could fly to the moon...
• Cotton centenary
• Norton Model 50 Super Profile
• Itom 50 Sports
• BSA B44 model
• Douglas Endeavour
• Straight from the plate
• Spotlight – Brough Superior SS80
• Motorcycling in the First World War
• Marque of distinction – Vintage AJS
• Classic components – Amal TT and GP
• Restoration guide – AMC Francis-Barnetts
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