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1965 BSA Bantam

In England, Small Displacement by Tom Wacker0 Comments

It’s a well known story. The BSA Bantam, the Harley Davidson Hummer, the Russian Moskva and the Yamaha YA 1 were all copies of the German DKW given out as war reparations. I would really like to know how Japan (Yamaha) qualified for reparation from Germany, but that is a question for another time.

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1956 Norton Manx 350

In England, Race by Abhi0 Comments

To say that Norton dominated the 350 and 500 class at Isle of Man TT for the 10 years immediately following WWII would be putting it mildly. Norton Manx singles had their way with the field time after time.

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1969 Velocette Venom Clubman

In England, Sport by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Introduced in 1955, the Venom set itself up to be an alternative to the British sporting twins that were starting to dominate the market. The Venom really came of age when a factory prepped bike became the first ever motorcycle to average 100 MPH over the course of 24 hours at a track in France. In production from 1955 to …

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10 Boy Racers in Germany – Collection of AJS 7Rs

In England, Race by Abhi0 Comments

At this year’s Retromobile show in Paris, an incredible collection of 10 AJS 7R race bikes stood out among a sea of beautiful automobiles. Said collection spanned from 1949 to 1962, and it was part of the collection of Bernard Guérin, a post-WWII racer who somehow kept his old race bikes as he acquired new ones.

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1951 Indian Brave

In America, England, Standard by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Did you know that you have 11 choices to describe your personal relationship on Facebook? And that one of them is “It’s complicated”? I’d really like to give you a background and lineage on this Indian Brave but, well, it’s complicated. If anybody has a definitive history of the Indian Brave, I’d love to know. I’ll tell you what I …

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Last Iron Barrel – 2008 Royal Enfield Bullet 500

In England, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Classic Motorworks is moving to Fort Worth, Texas, and it looks like the owner is using the move as an opportunity to sell some stuff. One of the things he’s getting rid of is the last 500cc iron barrel Bullet ever built. According to the seller, Classic Motorworks was the exclusive importer and distributor for Royal Enfield in the USA …

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1946 Ariel Red Hunter 350

In England, Standard, Vintage by Ted Clough0 Comments

We recently featured one of these in December, so it is a little unusual to see another pop up on Craigslist. Maybe the owner got motivated after the recent auctions, as some of the older, collectible bikes were fetching serious money, especially the pre-war American twins. Alas, this is neither pre-war, a twin, or American, but that makes it more …

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1971 Triumph T25

In Dual-Sport, England by Abhi0 Comments

I find Triumph’s “Blazer” series of the T25 a tad confusing, as there’s a few versions with minor differences. Because this example does not have a handlebar brace, my guess would be that it’s the T25SS, or the regular Street Scrambler. It’s missing the distinctive original exhaust but this bike is being sold by a friend of mine that I …

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1938 Velocette MSS

In England, Sport, Vintage by Tom Wacker0 Comments

The 1930s were the absolutely the heyday of British singles. BSA, Triumph, Norton, Velocette, Sunbeam, Rudge, New Hudson, Excelsior, HRD, New Imperial and Royal Enfield all made 500 CC singles during the 1930s. No doubt one of the best of the lot was the Velocette MSS. Introduced in 1935 the MSS continued in the Velocette catalog until 1968 (None made …

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1968 Triumph TR6C

In England, Off-Road by Tom Wacker0 Comments

The Triumph TR6 was introduced as a 1956 model 650 CC twin aimed squarely at the US market. Bud Ekins said he basically taught Steve McQueen to ride the fire roads of So Cal on a TR6, and there is no doubt that McQueen loved the bike. He owned several over the years. By 1968 the TR6 was unit construction …

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1967 Royal Enfield Interceptor Mk. 1A 750

In England, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Post Listing Update: This Interceptor did not meet reserve with 8 bids up to $10,100 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. About a week ago, I featured an custom Royal Enfield Interceptor and I noted that it was rare to see a custom Interceptor because they were rare enough that owners usually restored them to like new instead of modifying them. Well, here’s …

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1953 BSA BB32 Gold Star

In England, Sport by Tom Wacker0 Comments

The BSA Gold Star famously took it’s name from a race at Brooklands in 1937 when Wal Handley came out of retirement to ride a three lap race for BSA. It was BSA’s first factory competition since 1921, and not only did Handley win the event he had a lap over 100 MPH (107.5 MPH) for which he was awarded …

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Something for Everybody

In England by Tom Wacker0 Comments

I have a really hard time imagining that this sort of ‘bulk mail’ marketing, but this guy is selling a whole collection of European motorcycles with parts. Problem being that the collection is in bits and pieces and may not have a running motorcycle in the whole batch.