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...
There are almost as many Honda RC181 four race replicas around these days as Honda have built road bikes. And they range from fantastic, like the RC181 featured here, down to ‘really shouldn’t have bothered’. Malc Wheeler takes up the story
The old adage of what looks right is right applies here. Despite this Huntmaster being the end of the line for Selly Oak, its handsome lines are complemented by an attractive third wheel. Even a reluctant sidecarist is bowled over by this Birmingham-London plot…
• Ariel Huntmaster superprofile
• BSA Gold Star
• Triumph Speed Twins
• AJS R7 Brooklands racer
• Ted Mellors’ reflections
• Closer Look – 1952 Sidecar GP season
• Jerry Thurston column
• Marque of distinction – Velocettes
• Restoration Guide – JAP engines
• Technical feature – New Imp rebuild, part IV
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