WE'RE ALL ABOUT CLASSIC BRITISH MOTORCYCLES
is your ONLINE INDEX organized by
Make, Model & Year
This site was built by enthusiasts for enthusiasts…that is, anyone as crazy about old British bikes as we are. We will explore, study and appreciate all the beautiful motorcycles from Triumph
, Royal Enfield
. You may also see some of the more obscure marques like Brough Superior, a few Choppers
and some Cafe Racers
for good measure.
AN ONLINE INDEX OF BRITISH BIKES
These wonderful bikes are presented MAKE-BY-MAKE, MODEL-BY-MODEL, YEAR-BY-YEAR, with eye-popping full color PHOTOS, SPECS, HISTORY, details and stories. We’ll look in-depth into the back stories of fabled models like the Triumph Bonneville
and the Norton Manx
. We will visit CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE AUCTIONS
and other Motorcycle Events, we'll go on RIDES
and much more.
WHEN BRITISH MOTORCYCLES RULED THE WORLD
Today's modern high-performance motorcycles owe a great deal to Classic British Motorcycles. The first true Sport Bikes were 1950s British Motorcycles like the Triumph Tiger T110
and the BSA Gold Star
. They also dominated off-road competition for two decades. The first true Super Bikes were the Norton Commando
and the Triumph Trident,
the Trident Triple being the first modern multi-cylinder motorcycle, beating the Honda 750 Four to market by several months. Cafe Racers
were invented in England on the frame rails of Triumphs, BSAs, Nortons,Enfields
and the rest, and Cafe Racers formed the basic pattern for every sport bike to follow, right up into modern times: big power, low weight, good brakes, excellent handling, and that wonderful 'laid-down' look. In the 1960's, the 'British Invasion' wasn't just about Rock & Roll, it was about great British Motorcycles.
EYE-POPPING PHOTOS & GREAT INFORMATION
Classic British Motorcycles are under-appreciated and under-valued today and we hope to help remedy this by providing excellent, accurate information in a pleasing , easy-to-use format. Count on us to deliver dynamite full-color photos of awesome, gorgeous Classic British Motorcycles. We will do our best to deliver clear, concise, accurate information that is also fun to read. While the bikes are our focus, people are part of the story and the fun, and we'll introduce you to some of the true luminaries in the field. We've tried to organize it all as logically as we could, by make, then model, then year.
LIFE AFTER DEATH
Despite a brilliant history, the British Motorcycle Industry self-destructed in the 1970s and 80s. But interest in them has been greatly renewed of late, so much so that New Motorcycles are being produced today by several legendary British marques like Triumph, Norton,
and Royal Enfield.
And a whole new generation of Brit Bike Nuts is emerging. Hot rods came and went. Classic cars are are too expensive for most people today. Choppers
and Cafe Racers
have become commonplace. The future is bright for Classic British Motorcycles and the people who love them…glad you found us.
HOW TO USE THIS SITE
It's difficult to arrange the sheer amount of information in a logical format that everyone will find easy to use. As you can imagine, there are literally thousands of individual years, makes and models of Classic British Motorcycles. What we have come up with is as simple as we can make it. First, click on your favorite marque (ie: Triumph, BSA, Norton,
etc.), then click on your favorite model within that marque (ie: Triumph Bonneville, TR6, Trident,
etc.), then its broken down by year. In some cases, it was necessary to break it up still further to keep the pages short (faster loading and easier to find your place), so we broke it up still further along logical lines. For instance, Triumph Bonnevilles
are broken up into 3 sub-categories: 1.) Pre-Unit Construction
construction (1959-62); 2.) Unit-Construction
(1963-70); and 3.) Oil-in-Frame
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