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Ending Soon – 1975 CCM 500MX

In England, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

In 1971, Alan Clews founded CCM (Clews Competition Machines) by taking advantage of BSA’s decision to shut down their competition department. Clews was able to snag the entire inventory of BSA’s works parts and used them to build world-beating MX bikes. As his stock of BSA parts ran out, Alan developed his own. Here’s a restored example of one of …

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1957 BSA Spitfire Scrambler

In England, Off-Road, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

Also known as the Rocket Gold Star Scrambler, the Spitfire Scrambler is one of the rarest variations of BSA’s A10 model line up. It was an export-only bike that was primarily sold in the US and it was designed as an scrambles/desert racer from the factory. It combined a Gold Star Catalina frame (without the passenger footpegs), Road Rocket motor), …

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1967 Royal Enfield Interceptor Mk. 1A

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

It’s an exciting time to be a fan of Royal Enfield, as they’ve just announced three new motorcycles for the US next year. I’m most interested in the 400cc Himalayan adventure bike, but for the first time in decades RE is production a twin cylinder motor. Said motor is an air/oil-cooled 650cc parallel twin and it will power a bigger …

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Ending Soon – 1948 Douglas MK3 Project

In England, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: After 15 bids on eBay, this Douglas sold for $3,700. Douglas’ first new design after World War II, the Mark 3’s motor was an evolution from a generator engine Douglas developed for the military. Just 1,400 were built this year and barely any of them made it to the US – the rarity makes this was worth …

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2015 Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer

In Cafe Racer, England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

It’s been a few years since the new Norton Commando was made available in the US. Known as the 961, it was offered in 4 variants – the SF, Sport, Cafe Racer, and a limited production Special Edition. Here’s one of the first Cafe Racers that made it to the US with just 511 miles. The new bikes are sold …

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Born Free Best British – 1961 Triumph Bonneville by Choppahead Kustoms

In Cruiser, Custom, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: Despite 72(!) bids up to $19,700, this custom Bonnie did not meet reserve. Built by Choppahead Kustoms in East Freetown, Massachusetts, this custom Triumph is called “The Hail Mary” and it recently won Best British at Born Free. In addition, it was shown at the Brooklyn Invitation and it was the cover bike for the August 2017 …

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1966 BSA A65S Spitfire Special MK2

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Spitfire did not meet reserve despite 24 bids up to $4,550. When it was introduced by BSA in 1966, it was the fastest standard motorcycle that Motor Cycle magazine had ever tested with a top speed of 123 miles per hour. The next year, the Spitfire was ridden by the Isle of Man TT marshals when …

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Divisive Classic – 1964 BSA B40

In England, Less than 5k, Standard by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

The BSA B40 is a cool little classic with a deservedly poor reputation, yet that didn’t stop it from being an incredibly popular machine. It served as one of the primary replacements for the post-WW2 BSA M20’s and Matchless GL3’s. The B40 would see ample use by the British Armed Forces who ordered more than 3,000 units, including 141 for …

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BeOn GP Kit – 2007 Aprilia SXV550 Road Racer

In England, Italy, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

10-31-17 Update: Reader Frank S notes that this bike is back up for sale with a $1,500 discount – you can now find it here on Craigslist for $8,000. Based out of Valencia, Spain, BeOn Automotive has developed a “450 GP” kit to turn common 450 MX bikes into road racers. Here’s a kit-equipped Aprilia SXV550 that’s been raced by …

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Inclined Depression-Era Brit – 1931 Triumph WO

In England, Vintage by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

1931 was a pretty significant year for the British motorcycle history. Ariel debuted its legendary Square Four (designed by Edward Turner), Britain issued its first Highway Code laws, and it was an even bigger year for Triumph who introduced an array of new offerings that brought the number of total models offered in the 1931 motorcycle range up to ten. …