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In Italy – 1954 Norvin

In Custom, England, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

10-16-17 Update: A month later, this Norvin is back up for sale. I try to let more time pass when a bike doesn’t sell but it’s just so fantastic that I have to share it in case someone missed it the first time. With that said – take special note of the seller’s feedback rating! Find it with bidding up …

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2003 CCM 604 Supermoto

In England, Less than 5k, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Based out of the UK, Clews Competition Motorcycles is a niche manufacturer that owes its start to the failure of BSA’s racing division – Alan Clews was looking to build a better motocross bike and he snapped up anything he could from BSA after they shut down the competition department. A tumultuous history ensued – Clews sold the company in …

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2012 Martin Conquest 1200 Wheelchair Trike

In 3 Wheels, America, England by Tim Huber0 Comments

Trikes have the unique ability of empowering and enabling people to ride who otherwise couldn’t due to age, injury, handicap, or plenty of other reasons. Enter Martin Conquest, a UK-based moco who wanted to give the gift of riding to those bound to wheelchairs, creating the world’s first – as the creators call it – “Wheelchair Motorcycle” that can be …

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Early Carbon Fiber Bikes – Silverstone Armstrong Racers

In England, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

I loves me some carbon fiber. For roughly the last three decades, this precious material has been helping to shave off weight while simultaneously looking pretty trick in the process. The high tensile strength, low weight, temperature tolerance, and stiffness have made it a go to choice for many components of all types. Though it has technically been in use …

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Pristine “Britmota” – 1966 Rickman Matchless G50

In England, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Matchless G50 is a fairly iconic purpose-built British racer developed in the late 1950’s. The G50 was modeled after the AMC AJS 7R racer, only with its displacement bumped up to 500cc from 350cc. Production began on the G50 in ’58 and would continue into the mid-1960’s – less than 200 models were built, making these legendary British racers …

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Call It The Sabre – 1977 Silk 700S Mk2

In England, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

When I visited the Sammy Miller Motorcycle museum this summer, one of the more interesting individuals I learned about was George Silk – a passionate fan of The Scott Motorcycle Company who thought that it would be a great idea to take the Scott motor (decades old at the time) and stuff it into a modern frame. If I’m being …

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British Chassis Legend – Pair of Seeley Racers in Europe

In England, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Colin Seeley built some of the most legendary British motorcycle racing frames of all time. The chassis expert grew up a stone’s throw from Brands Hatch Circuit where a young Seeley would be drawn to the world of two-wheeled competition. He enjoyed a decently successful racing career, starting as a solo rider before becoming increasingly involved in sidecar competition where …

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Matching Numbers – 1972 Triumph TR6R

In England, Less than 5k, Standard by Tim Huber0 Comments

The early 1970’s saw an innovative period of motorcycle development. It was an era of evolution, with engineers building on previously proven models and increasingly refining each manufacturer’s respective two-wheeled offerings. Triumph’s TR6 shares its lineage with the majority of its vertical-twin powered machines, tracing back to the ’38 500cc cast iron Speed Twin. After things calmed down a bit …

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Blast From The (Not-So) Distant Past – 2004 Triumph Daytona 600

In England, Less than 5k, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

In the early 2000’s, when Triumph was being referred to as an “upstart moco”, the iconic revived British manufacturer surprised the world by entering the wildly competitive and state-of-the-art supersport 600 market. Japan was dominating in this class and with sales booming the technological arms race was at full steam, so it was seemingly a questionable – or bold, depending …

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Frame #1 – 1975 Sparton 500

In England, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

In the latter-half of the 1970’s, manufacturers were pouring massive amounts of funds into the R&D of race machines. Yet for a time, the most powerful racer was a machine built in a chapel’s workshop in Caernarvonshire in the UK. Sparton Motorcycles was a collaborative effort between Spondon Engineering and Barton Motors. From 1974 to 1982, the engineering companies joined …