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Rob North Frame – 1971 BSA Rocket 3 Racer

In England, Race by Abhi0 Comments

Rob North isn’t as well known as he probably should be, but aficionados of Brit bikes know him as the fabrication guru who Triumph went to for frames in the early 70s. Rob apparently lives in California now but his frames live on as rights to his frame designs were sold off a couple of times and now reside with …

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1968 BSA B25 Starfire

In England, Standard by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Introduced in 1968, the BSA B25/Triumph TR25 was another ‘badge engineered’ entry from the brain trust at BSA/Triumph. The two models were mechanically the same with only trim and badging to differentiate between the two. The B25 Starfire was essentially a C15 wrapped in handsome new trim. Somewhat underpowered, somewhat ‘fiddly’ it was the quintessential English 250 CC single. Very …

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1969 Triumph Trident

In England, Sport by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Post Sale Update: This Trident sold for $12,000 after 28 bids on eBay. I wrote up a Trident earlier this month, and under ordinary circumstances wouldn’t even consider doing another so soon. The compelling reasons for doing this one are: 1: It is the very rare early 1969 model, one of the first 200. 2: I know the collection this …

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1955 AJS Model 20

In England, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

When Triumph announced the ‘Speed Twin’ in 1938 AMC (Associated Motor Cycles) knew they needed a twin for their AJS and Matchless lines. Though development started almost immediately, WWII pushed the introduction to 1948 for the AJS Model 20 and the Matchless G9. AMC improved on the Triumph design in several ways, not the least of which was a third …

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1951 TWN Triumph BDG 250

In England, Germany, Standard by Tom Wacker0 Comments

In 1886 Siegfried Bettmann founded Triumph Bicycle factory in Coventry, England. They would go on to make more than a few motorcycles, part of the fabric of motorcycle history. In 1896 Herr Bettmann founded another bicycle factory in his native Nuerenberg, Germany and it was also Triumph Bicycle. By 1902 Triumph (England) started making motorcycles and Triumph (Germany) started in …

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1971 Norton Hi Rider

In Cruiser, England by Tom Wacker0 Comments

I’m going way out on a limb here by calling this one of the weirdest looking motorcycles ever produced for sale to the general public. What makes this one especially bad is the fact that there is a venerable Norton Commando hiding under all that. What were they thinking?

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A Rare Bird – 1974 John Player Norton

In England, Sport by Tom Wacker0 Comments

The 1974 John Player Norton is among the most widely recognized collector bikes since WWII. A one year only (1974) model the fairing and trim are settled on an a stock Norton 850 Commando. Only around 200 were made, and 120 of those came to the US. Understand, the John Player Norton is NOT a race bike. I simply looks …

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The Worst Bonneville? 1971 Triumph T120R

In England, Sport by Tom Wacker0 Comments

1971 was not a premium year for the Triumph Bonneville. It started with great promise, with the biggest redesign since the motor and transmission were made into one unit. The really large news was the new frame which carried the motors oil. Problems started almost immediately for the ‘71. A brand new computer system led to parts shortages and very …

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1966 BSA 441 Victor

In England by Tom Wacker0 Comments

BSA poured a lot of money and time and talent into the 500 CC class motocross program in the early 1960s that paid off in spades. The B 40 (introduced in 1962) sported a 343 CC single that competed and sold well. It was the English Army’s standard motorcycle until 1970.

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Restored – 1951 Vincent Black Shadow Series C

In England, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

The Black Shadow might just be the most famous motorcycle ever built, with an iconic history thanks to moments like Rollie Free’s bathing suit speed run on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Black Shadows were handmade, and less than 1,700 were built in total. In the words of Hunter S. Thompson, “If you rode the Black Shadow at top speed for …

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Custom Paint – 1973 Norton Commando 750

In England, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

After the debacle of the Combat engine, Norton was glad to move on into the MkV forms of the Roadster, Interstate, and Hi-Rider. In the process, they got rid of the Fastback. Commando fans will note that this paint livery is similar to what was on the 850 bikes – that’s because this roadster was recently repainted with the iconic …

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1973 Triumph Trident T150V

In England, Sport by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Introduced in 1968 as a ‘69 model the BSA Rocket 3/Triumph Trident brought an entirely new concept to market with a three cylinder motor that was smooth and fast. The model was ‘badge engineered’ to allow both marquees to sell bikes to their loyal customers. Overall sales were good, not great with 27,480 produced in the seven year run.