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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

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

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 …

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1974 Norton Commando Hi-Rider

In Cruiser, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

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 …