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Never Titled – 1973 BSA B50MX

In England, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

BSA made 3 different versions of the B50 – you can probably guess what the B50MX was for. It was offered starting in 1971 for off-road competition, but within a couple of years BSA was dead and some remaining stock was sold off as the Triumph TR5MX. Expect 34 horsepower out of the out of the 499cc single, to motivate …

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No Reserve – 1973 Triumph Hurricane X-75 Project

In Cruiser, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Hurricane project sold for $16,600 after 69 bids on eBay in Tampa, Florida. Considered by some to be the world’s first “factory custom”, the Triumph Hurricane was the brainchild of Craig Vetter (well known as a motorcycle designer and manufacturer of custom motorcycle fairings) and Don Brown (General Manager of BSA). Brown wanted a better looking …

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Race History – 1966 BSA A50 Wasp

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

Post Listing Update: Bidding got up to $6,001.98 before this Wasp was pulled off of eBay. Previously raced by Bobby Winters, this is a BSA Wasp drivetrain in a Ken Swanson dirt track frame. It has since been ‘completely rebuilt using NOS parts’ and is in display mode – if you want to ride it again, you’ll be breaking in …

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Ending Soon – 1975 Triumph Trident T160

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Post Sale Update: This Trident sold for $8,000 after 7 bids on eBay in Shingle Springs, California. The Trident T160 is one of motorcycling’s great “what ifs”. Its T150 predecessor debuted as a 1969 model to lots of excitement from Triumph fans who wanted to see how the British firm would fight back against Honda’s CB750. It did not go …

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72 Motorcycles Build – 2016 Norton MM

In Custom, England, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

In 2015, Norton CEO Stuart Garner was approached by Jamie Ireson of Brighton, England-based customs outfit 72 Motorcycles with the idea for a limited run of bikes paying homage to Ron Wood’s 1970s Norton flat track racers. Ron Wood famously teamed up with tuning legend CR Axtell to create a handful of Norton-based dirt track racers that were surprisingly successful …

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November Customs – 1991 Kawasaki Zephyr 750 Custom

In Custom, England, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Last month we featured an ’83 K100-based R80GS tribute project from the UK’s November Customs, and while I was a fan of their Bavarian build, it’s got nothing on their more recent 1991 Kawasaki Zephyr custom. Inspired by endurance racers, the Japanese four-banger features modern top-shelf components including inverted (Showa) Ducati 848 forks and triples, and Triumph Thruxton 1200 wheels …

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Vintage Racer – 1963 Norton ES2

In England, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This ES2 did not meet reserve despite 16 bids up to $7,600 in Redwood City, California. The seller of this bike became interested in old British bikes because of his father – as noted in an interview on the Mot’Art Journal, “he has an old Triumph 750cc Bonneville, and the smells and sounds that came from that …

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2020 Triumph Thruxton 1200 TFC

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Triumph is getting into the factory custom game, and their first effort is with the Thruxton. They call it the TFC (Triumph Factory Custom), and the British firm is producing just 750 examples. You’ll probably need to be good friends with your local Triumph dealer to get your hands on, though Motorcycles of Dulles has put their allocated bike on …

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Original Owner – 2008 Triumph Scrambler 900

In Dual-Sport, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

Launched in 2006, the Triumph Scrambler 900 was the last bike designed by John Mockett, responsible for most of Triumph’s bikes starting all the way back in 1989. Mockett liked modular design plans, which is why the Scrambler is basically a Bonneville with a few off-road tweaks. The original owner of this Scrambler notes that he’s “spent more time and …

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1960 Royal Enfield Super Meteor

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Lots of people are excited about the new parallel-twin-powered bikes from Royal Enfield, but back in the company’s heyday the p-twin of record was the Super Meteor. It was introduced in the early 50s because the US market wanted bigger engines – RE responded with a 692cc OHV twin that was basically two Bullet 350 pistons in a stretched 500cc …

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1964 Scott Flying Squirrel

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

“As lively as a Squirrel and never sheds a nut.” The Scott Flying Squirrel debuted all the way back in 1921, which is why the period slogan sounds a bit…dated. But the bike lived on for an impressively long time, surviving multiple closures of its parent company. By 1954, Scott Motorcycles had been moved to Birmingham, and a new series …

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1948 Panther Model 60

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Post Sale Update: This Panther sold for $3,839 after 27 bids on eBay in San Clemente, California. The story of Panther originates with Phelon & Moore, a motorcycle manufacturer out of Yorkshire, England. Founded in 1904 (and eventually acquired in 1967), P&M launched the Panther brand in 1924 and stopped putting their own name on bikes at the end of …