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1938 Norton 16H

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Between 1911 and 1954, Norton produced a series of bikes all around a 490cc side-valve engine. These bikes were referred to as the 16H – H stood for Home, as in a domestic model. The 16C (Colonial) was introduced in ’21, and had more ground clearance for roads in poor condition.

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1925 Indian Scout

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Post Sale Update: After 39 bids on eBay, this Scout sold for $27,600. In 1920, Indian introduced the Scout alongside the Powerplus to offer a smaller bike in its lineup. For nearly 30 years, the Scout continued on as one of Indian’s most celebrated bikes – some loyalists still think the 101 Scout of the late 20s was the best …

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1936 Velocette GTP

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Post Listing Update: This GTP did not meet reserve despite 22 bids up to $6,526 on eBay. Velocette started out building motorcycles with two-stroke engines. The culmination of their two-stroker line was the Velocette GTP, a lightweight bike that was produced for 16 years.

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1929 BMW R63

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10-20 Update: This BMW R63 is now up for sale on eBay, where bidding is up to $18,100 with the reserve not yet met. Find it here on eBay. The BMW R63 was one of the German firm’s first 750cc bikes – the R63 was the sport model compared to the touring R62. It introduced the concept of electric lighting …

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1939 BMW R12

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You guys seemed to enjoy the R35 from two days ago, so let’s go with another classic BMW – the R12, an incredibly popular bike in its day. In fact, almost 30,000 were made, 2/3 of which were civilian models (the rest built for the Wehrmacht), making this the most successful BMW until the R75/5 came along.

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1948 BMW R35

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By the time production had ended, the BMW R35 was the German firm’s most successful motorcycle in history. It was introduced in 1937 and was capable of about 100km/h (60mph).

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1936 Zenith C5 Special

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Not many people know about the old British motorcycle manufacturer, but let me pass along a story about their first motorcycle. Instead of a normal gearbox-based transmission, Zenith developed something called the “Gradua”, a variable pulley that could change the length of the drive belt. Competitors complained, so several racing clubs banned the bike. Zenith responded by including “BARRED” in …

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1927 Rudge-Whitworth Four Special

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Founded in 1894 through the merger of two bicycle makers, Rudge-Whitworth moved into motorcycle production in 1911. They made a name for themselves with some technological innovations (such as the Multi gear system which allowed for 21 speeds) and some racing success. After starting with a 499cc single, their new model in 1924 was called the Four. But the name …