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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

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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

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“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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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 the 20s. They’re best known for the Model 100 and 120, but there was also a series …

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1974 Norton Commando Hi-Rider

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When “Easy Rider” exponentially increased the popularity of choppers around the world, it was inevitable that certain businesses would try to ride the wave. What was surprising was that one of those companies was Norton, who created the “Hi-Rider” variant of the Commando to counteract the popularity of big Japanese motorcycles like the Honda CB750. It looked silly – in …

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1969 Triumph Trident T150

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Post Sale Update: this Trident sold for $8,500 after 13 bids on eBay in Pleasanton, California. In 1963, a development engineer at Triumph named Doug Hele suggested that the British firm build a flagship motor which would utilize three cylinders, but it took until 1968 and the looming 750cc Honda inline four before US riders got to ride the Trident …

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Never Run – 1970 Sprite 405 Talon

In England, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Founded by Frank Hipkin in the mid ’60s, Sprite Motor Cycles (later known as Sprite Developments) as a small British off-road motorcycle company that built trials bikes and scramblers, usually as a kit. One of their bigger efforts was the 405 Talon, and it was exported to several countries under different names: the BVM 405 in Belgium, Alron 405 in …

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Restored – 1967 BSA Thunderbolt

In England, Sport by Jeffrey PamerLeave a Comment

In this country, when we think of a motorcycle company’s war effort we often think of G.I.s riding on the battlefields of WWII on Harley-Davidsons. The company had an immeasurable effect on the battlefields in Europe. In England, another motorcycle company had arguably an even more significant impact in military conflicts, but in a very different way. BSA didn’t start …

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No Reserve – 1971 AJS Stormer Y4 250

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Post Sale Update: This AJS sold for $2,648 after 7 bids on eBay. The AJS Stormer was a bit of a flop, as it was a last ditch effort by Norton-Villiers to dump excess inventory of Starmaker engines. However, it was the first MX bike to feature shocks that had been moved up as well as leading axle forks, so …