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1935 Ariel VG 500 Deluxe

In England, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

11-27 Update: Well, that was quick. Just a few hours after we posted this Ariel VG 500, it sold for an unknown best offer on eBay. Ariel was a British manufacturer that was well known for innovation, especially due to the Square Four. The company had an interesting history – after producing its first bike in 1902, it closed for …

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1971 BSA Rocket 3

In England by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: After 11 bids on eBay, this BSA Rocket 3 did not meet reserve at $16,600. Sharing its roots with the Triumph Trident, the BSA Rocket 3 was a 750cc triple that was designed to extend the model line beyond 650 twins. It was specifically built for the US market, which wanted larger displacements and less vibrations. BSA’s financials …

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1968 Seeley 7R

In England, Race by Abhi1 Comment

Post-Listing Update: This Seeley 7R Racer was pulled off of eBay, final sales price unknown. Colin Seeley is a former sidecar racer who became famous as a motorcycle designer. Some of his most notable work came right after he retired from sidecar racing competition, where he built frames for racing motorcycles utilizing Matchless and AJS engines. At the time, AJS …

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What a Story – 197x Tony Foale Honda CB750

In England, Japan, Race by Abhi1 Comment

6-28 Update: Year of bike in title changed to reflect Tony’s comment. Post-Listing Update: Unfortunately, this bike only got one bid and did not meet reserve at the opening bid of $10,000. I can’t believe there wasn’t more action on this bike. We love listings like this – a rare bike, an interesting back story, and great pictures. Just sit …

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1972 BSA Thunderbolt

In England, Touring by Abhi4 Comments

BSA is probably best known for their Lightning, but they also had a touring complement known as the BSA Thunderbolt. Produced from 1964-1972, the bike had two major updates through its’ life. In our eyes, the designs got uglier over time – culminating in the bike we feature today.

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34th Annual Hansen Dam All British Ride

In 3 Wheels, Cruiser, England, Off-Road, Race, Small Displacement, Sport, Standard, Touring, Vintage by Abhi2 Comments

Every year, the Southern California Norton Owner’s Club hosts a wonderful get together at Hansen Dam. The combined show and ride features decades of classic British iron – and you’re bound to see great bikes from other marques, new and old. We got an invite from a local BMW mechanic friend and couldn’t say no. As you’ve come to expect …

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1974 John Player Norton Commando 850

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: After 8 bids on eBay, this John Player Norton Commando 850 sold for $12,625.53. The Norton Commando was a bike that spawned many variants just based on cosmetic differences. The most collectible of these models was the John Player Norton Commando, a distinctive endurance-inspired Norton with unique bodywork surrounding a completely stock Mark 2A Commando. We’ve never thought …

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1974 Rickman Zundapp 125 ISDT

In England, Germany, Off-Road by Abhi2 Comments

Established in 1960, Rickman motorcycles initially supplied frame kits built for many British bikes, as companies would not sell engines to them.  At the start of the 70s, Rickman got access to engines from all around the world, and started exporting several small-displacement motocross bikes, many to the United States.  Ranging from 100cc to 250cc in displacement, today we look …

1974 Norton 850 Commando

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Norton 850 Commando was one of the most popular motorcycles ever made. For 5 straight years it was “Machine of the Year” in the UK, and even Norton themselves were surprised as the success as the engine was a pre-unit design. This was because money was very tight at the time for Norton, so they instead focused on chassis …

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1968 Cheney Triumph 500

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

Post-Sale Update: After being relisted, this Cheney Triumph 500 sold for $6,500 on eBay. One of the most challenging races in any discipline was the International Six Days Trial (ISDT – now known as the ISDE). An annual test of rider, machine, and durability, the ISDT is also known as the “Olympics of Motorcycling.” In 1968, ISDT changed up the …

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1913 Rex Brooklands

In England, Race, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Listing Update: After 31 bids, this Rex Brooklands did not meet reserve at $22,322 on eBay. Rex was a British motorcycle company founded in 1900. It survived 2 mergers and 33 years of existence before closing up shop, and in its prime was considered one of the best marques in British motorcycling. One of their partnerships was with JA Prestwich …

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2009 Triumph Bonneville 50th Anniversary

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: After 15 bids on eBay, this Triumph Bonneville 50th Anniversary sold for $7,151. The Bonneville is one of the classic nameplates in motorcycling history. Inspired by the Bonneville Salt Flats where many a motorcyclist has aspired for top speed records, Triumph has produced three different runs of the Bonnie since 1959. As you’d expect form a bike that’s been …

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Baby Blue Brit – 1996 Royal Enfield Bullet 500

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: Huh.  Despite 29 bids, this Royal Enfield Bullet 500 did not meet reserve as bidding only got up to $2,550.  We expected it would get higher, but that’s why we don’t claim to be psychics! The Royal Enfield Bullet is a classic British single that has the longest continuous production run of any bike ever – it’s been around …

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1962 Matchless G80

In England, Standard by Abhi1 Comment

Post Sale Update: After 21 bids on eBay, this Matchless G80 did not meet reserve at $6,850. Built for nearly 20 years, the Matchless G80 was a big, beautiful 500 single that it’s a great choice for riders who do their own work. Parts were designed to be rebuilt instead of replaced, and of the classic singles, this bike is probably the …