Producing just 28 horsepower, the Model 18 was never designed to be quick, but it was easy to ride, comfortable up to about 60 miles per hour, and returned excellent gas mileage. Here’s one that sacrifices a little bit of comfort for a whole lot of style.
The model was introduced in 1945 and the original motors had an incredibly low compression ratio (5.9:1) because fuel available immediately after WWII in Britain was quite crude. The first significant update came after this bike was released (in 1949) when a rear suspension was made available – that model was called the 18S. For more information, check out this profile on Real Classic.
This example features a ’57 motor which has been bored out and uses a new JP piston with a 8:1 compression ratio. Other components include an Amal monobloc carb, 12V Alton alternator to replace the DC Lucas 6V generator, Sun Rims, Shinko tires, as well as the custom fabricated front fender and tail light. The seller states that “everything has been gone through mechanically and is well sorted.”
Find this Model 18 for sale in Calgary, Alberta for $13,000 Canadian ($10,231 USD) here on Robin’s Classic Motorcycles.