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1955 Vincent Black Knight

In England, Touring by AbhiLeave a Comment

Designer Phil Vincent called this “a two-wheeled Bentley“, but when Shane A submitted this to me just now he said that “it’s kinda like if Darth Vader had a head-on with a 50’s motorcycle.” That’s an amusing summation of the Vincent Black Knight, which was built to be the ultimate sports tourer – a Black Rapide with ample bodywork to …

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1964 Triumph T100SC Jack Pine

In Dual-Sport, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

While desert racers of the 60s flocked to Triumph’s 650 twins, enduro riders were typically found on the British firm’s nimbler 500s. The T100SC was a popular mount for competitors and Triumph embraced that, even referring it to the “Jack Pine” model in brochures – the Jack Pine was a well-known enduro in the forests of Michigan where the T100 …

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Needs Some Work – 1935 Triumph Model 3

In England, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

After a “nut and bolt” restoration in 2012, this bike has been sitting – the seller uses my favorite phrase, “ran great when parked” and notes that it will now need the “usual recommissioning and put oil, gas, battery, test the brakes, adjust the primary, adjust the clutch, etc.” But in this case, it should be worth it!

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1951 Norton ES2

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This ES2 sold for $10,200 after 24 bids on eBay in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The ES2 was introduced in 1927 and was originally sold as a sports bike, though by the time production stopped in 1964, it wasn’t particularly competitive in the world of fast motorcycles. Still, an almost 40 year long production run is damned impressive, and …

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1972 Saracen Trials 125

In England, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Saracen bikes were built from ’67 to ’75 – the latter years were under the care of David Brand, who bought the brand and attempted to put bigger engines in the frames (though these ended up being less useful for trials competition).

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Rare Project – 1977 Greeves Griffon 250 MX

In England, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Griffon sold for the opening bid of $2,500 in Missoula, Montana. Greeves introduced the Griffon MX bike in 1971…and it was greeted with a lot of excellent competition from excellent bikes like the Yamaha DT1, Bultaco Pursang, and Husky 250CR. Two years later, Honda would release the 250 Elsinore and blow everyone else away. But the …

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1954 Vincent Rapide Series C

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The baby brother to the legendary Black Shadow, the Vincent Rapide was sold from 1936-55 in 3 distinct ‘Series’. The final run was the Series C, which commenced in 1949. It offered the Rapide as a base model and the Black Shadow as the higher state of tune. The Rapide’s 998cc V-twin was good for 45 horsepower – the Black …