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...
Taking a humble 250cc unit four-stroke and turning it into a successful trials machine takes a bit of knowledge and ability. Classic Dirtbike compares two different specialist approaches to the same end - a BSA C15T and Royal Enfield Crusader...
Teenagers understand just one style of motorcycle riding – throttle to the stop. The Jawa 90 was designed with such discerning youthful riders in mind. Luckily a few survived this full-on abuse including this plucky example, now semi-retired in the Isle of Man...
This 250cc Aermacchi Ala Verde provides plenty of smiles, with a lively engine allied to a superb chassis, making it well-suited for the motorcycling many classic riders do. It’s a small price to pay for the lack of comfort…
• Norton Dominator Super Profile
• BSA V-twin
• Beardmore Precision
• Straight from the plate – Thruxton, 1951
• Reader’s restoration – Rudge Multi
• Touring in France
• Closer Look – BSA’s sidecar stars
• Men who mattered – Georg Meier
• Marque of distinction – Sunbeams
• Restoration Guide – Gilera lightweights
• Technical feature – Ignition
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