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#20 of 50 in England – 2015 Norton Domiracer

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

In 2015, the reborn Norton introduced a new model (even if it looks very similar to the 961). Called the Domiracer, it was a modern homage to the factory race bikes of the same name from the 60s, when Norton converted some Dominators into racers. The Domiracer had some tweaks to the motor which led to an additional 3 horsepower …

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1952 Vincent Comet Series C

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

In 1934, Phil Vincent debuted a new OHV motor that would go on to power multiple models built by the famous brand that bore his name. At first, the 499cc single was utilized in the Meteor and the Comet. Over the years the company would focus on the famous Rapide and its V-Twin motor to the point that when they …

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1970 Triumph T100C Bobber

In Custom, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

Offered by a Bike-urious reader, this Triumph was acquired as a chopper build that had been sitting in a woodshed for 32 years. He rescued it with a “frame-up restoration” 3 years ago, and in the process he turned it into a bobber.

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1955 BSA B33

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Introduced in 1947, the B33 gets very little glory compared to BSA’s performance bikes like the Gold Star, but this is what got many Brits around for many years – production ended in 1960. The B33 was a sales success because it was reliable, and they’re still relatively easy to take care of now with decent parts availability. This example …

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American Style in Britain – 1971 Norton Commando Hi-Rider

In Cruiser, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

When “Easy Rider” exponentially increased the popularity of choppers around the world, it was inevitable that certain businesses would try to ride the way. What was surprising was that one of those companies was Norton, who created the “Hi-Rider” variant of the Commando to counteract the popularity of big Japanese motorcycles like the Honda CB750. It looked silly – in …

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Brit Speedway Racer – 1928 Douglas SW5

In England, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Douglas Motorcycles was a British marque founded in 1907 by brothers William and Edwin Douglas. The Bristol-based outfit was probably best known for its horizontally opposed twins, though it also had a reputation for producing some solid race machines and even dabbled in automobile manufacturing for a decade or so, resulting in the “Cyclecar”. Eventually a myriad of factors would …

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1963 Norley

In America, Custom, England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: After 11 bids on eBay, this “Norley” sold for $5,300. Combine a HD 1200 Sportster motor and a Norton Featherbed replica frame and you get a Harton. Wait, I got that backwards – it’s apparently actually called the Norley (or the Project Manxster, as it was dubbed in the pages of Cafe Racer magazine). This bike was …

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Ending Soon – 1960s Ariel Leader

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Leader sold for $4,676 after just 3 bids on eBay. For good or bad, the Ariel Leader was appropriately named – it may have even been too far ahead of its time. It was never officially sold in the US, but a few examples from the 1958-1965 production run have made it across the ocean.

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Classic Trials – 1954 Matchless G3L

In England, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Matchless did not meet reserve with 4 bids up to $3,350. Originally developed for the British military, the “L” version of Matchless’ G3 (L stood for Lightweight) ended up becoming one of the most popular motorcycles of the time because the Teledraulic forks were a significant improvement over the usual girder units. This example truly benefits …

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1961 Panther M100 Deluxe

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Panther sold for $10,000 after 33 bids on eBay. Introduced way back in 1932, the Panther Model 100 kept evolving until 1963, by which point the Model 120 had taken over. Both models featured the distinctive “Sloper” motor, named for the angle that is so evident at a side view. The 598cc single produced 23 horsepower, …