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SEND US YOUR MOTORCYCLE PICTURES
You've surely seen our invitations all over this website to send us Your Motorcycle Pictures. Well, here is just a sampling of the result. We will be continually sprinkling them into the text of the site. Please help us make this the World's Greatest Website about Classic British Motorcycles. Send us pictures of your bike, a recent Motorcycle Show you attended, a ride you went on, or any other event related to Classic British Motorcycles. But, send us your motorcycle pictures!
YOUR MOTORCYCLE PICTURES: 1971 BSA Rocket 3
First year for the 'new styling', which replaced the 'shoebox' gas tank & 'Ray Gun mufflers.
"This A75RV left the factory on the 21st of February in 1971, dispatched to BSA Baltimore USA.
I inherited the BSA from a dear friends estate in 2007. We rode together since 84. He on the Rocket and I on various other machines breaking the ton on more then several occasions.
I believe the R3 was purchased by the 2nd owner from the Hap Jones-Dave Golden dealership in San Francisco mid to late 70's
This is one of the limited factory 5 speeds. I repainted it. Chrome, wheels,gauges,seat,wiring,frame paint etc...are original. TripleTecs freshened the motor, new brakes,tires,shocks,battery and electronic ignition and its a dependable rider. 10 times a month I ride my 50 mile loop here in the Sierra foothills. It rides and handles wonderfully.
I look forward to many more years of riding and showing enjoyment.
I own a couple other bikes. Of my daughter they ask, Which one is his favorite? She chimes....
'The One He's Riding, Silly'"
Submitted by James Quilter, North Fork CA, USA
TWO SWEET 1976 TRIUMPH TWINS
Peter Ivanoff is from my neck of the woods, Palo Alto CA, on the other side of the Bay Area from me. He has several really sweet bikes, but here are two very nice examples from model year 1976. The first one is a '76 T140 Bonneville
, and the other a '76 T100R Daytona 500. First the Bonnie, then the Daytona. Here's what he has to say:
"I haven’t done much to this bike since I’ve owned it, (5 years) except for new tires,
and regular maintenance. I found it in Idaho and it spent most of it’s life in Florida. I switched the handlebars from the American high bars to more traditional British ones. I did keep the originals. Colors; Cherokee red and Silver. Longest ride: Carmel to Paso Robles-Morrow bay and Back down Highway 1, torrential rain, 40MPH crosswinds: The bike was great;
I was soaked as it literally rained on the inside of my helmet."
"I found this bike on craigslist in Ohio. When one could use site smash to get all the nation’s craigslist’s listing with one search. Took a chance and had it shipped to California as it had only 5800 original miles. I restored the top end, seat and had the tank and fenders painted in their original colors; Jacaranda purple and Silver (courtesy of Don Hutchinson) as well as all the black parts, but not the frame as it was in great shape. Also, had the tach and speedo rebuilt and installed exhaust pipes and mufflers."
YOUR MOTORCYCLE PICTURES: 1979 Triumph T140D Bonneville Special
"I'm 52 years old, and I've been riding since I was 16. I bought the Triumph Bonneville Special brand new in 1979 at Brooks Cyclery, in San Jose, CA. It has just a little over 24,000 original miles. It's 99% original. I had to change the fuel petcocks because the originals were made of teflon and the lever was made of brass. It came stock with lester mags."
Submitted by Randal Slater, Sacramento CA, USA.
I rode with Randal on a recent BSA Owners Club
ride through the
in the Sierras. I was also on my '79 T140D Bonneville Special
. But his looked a lot nicer than mine!
YOUR MOTORCYCLE PICTURES: 1962 Triumph 6T Thunderbird
"Hello Andy... fascinating site you have here! Congratulations. I stumbled upon your site through searching for parts, gizmos etc for my 1962 Triumph Thunderbird 6-T.
I am only sending whatever pics I already have, and have just gone through your very elaborate and educative page on how to make a 6 picture set. Great work there! Will work on it soon.
The bike, she was bought in 1991 in New Delhi for about $ 150 and was half under the compound mud against a wall. Missing all but the frame, engine, tanks and rims.
The first picture is of her coming out of my one-man-show bike re-builder, after 18 years of collecting parts and procrastinating!!!
The second is in the open-air parking space of my apartment building in Bombay where I live.
The third, is at the world famous UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE of the Ellora Caves in mid-western India. You can crop this one to show the right side view of my baby. I call her "The Bird" in honor of Charlie "Bird" Parker.
She's 1962 alright but could not find the bath-tubs. The front fender is correct. Oil tank and tool-box are not of the bath-tub model. Someone must have changed them to use without the bath-tubs, as they did in the US. The front hub was later changed in the third photo to '67 or'68 TLS. The mufflers were far too silent so I just fabbed brass pipes as I love polished brass and wanted a touch of it on her. Switch gear is from a '67 Bonneville model I think. The seat I got free from London. It's not correct but, I like the rear shape matching the rear fender! The distributor has been modified by Kirby Rowbotham internally to maintain authenticity and work with the PAZON electronic ignition under the seat.
The engine and frame (Duplex) are correct for 1962 with the "Ramp-cam" cartwheel mark prefixing the Engine No. D18401
Had real bad luck with two new made Amal Monoblocs 376s and finally it's the 1962 original one (that was thrown to junk)that is working and idling nicely now. That after boiling in detergent for 3 days!!!
There is an oil pressure light LED where the kill-button should be. I like my bikes practical and functional rather than show-pieces, as I use them for daily commuting and cross-country trips, four or five times a year. The paint is Shell-Blue which is correct but without the bottom of the tank being black, as I prefer. The parcel grid has an extra rod in the middle which should not be there. A high-output SPARX alternator powers halogen lights and a 14Ah battery.
Am just sending you these pics as you have no picture for the 1962 entry. Or you may use them for wherever else on the site.
Thank you once again for all the effort you have put into your wonderful site.
May British Iron forever live on.
Yazdie. Bombay, India."
YOUR MOTORCYCLE PICTURES: Taken September 1937
"Dear sir, can you please identify the model of this bike for me. I am trying to compile my family history and this picture (not very good i'm afraid) is of my dad on his matchless bike taken in 1937 - the date on the back of the pic. I would be most grateful for your help so I can add a full title to this pic. My aim is to pass the family history on to my grandchildren hoping they will do the same when the time comes.
Thank you in anticipation, Mick Clarke."
YOUR MOTORCYCLE PICTURES: 1971 Triumph T150 Trident
"Sent some pics of my T150. It has an American Bigbore kit, megacycle race cams and some customizing. The bigbore kit is on its second rebore and makes about 880 ccm. It is very fast! Sadly I have a japcrap front end."
Submitted by Einar Odegard of Skarnes.
Looks fine to us. Thanks.
YOUR MOTORCYCLE PICTURES: 1938 ARIEL
"This is an old picture of the bike my dad had when I was a little girl (and I'm 67 today). It was a 250cc single cylinder, 2 valve, double exhaust ports. He bought it from a Col. Shanahan who had brought it back to the states in the rear of a B-17 bomber during WWII. My dad was an aircraft mechanic at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. The exhaust pipes were P-38 gun blast tubes. I thought you might like a vintage pic of this bike.
My dad was Ralph Jones and has been gone since 1992 but I'll always remember his bike."
Submitted by Alison Wagner, Seattle WA, USA.
SWEET NORTON COMMANDO FASTBACK
"It was back in 1978, when my dear friend 'Peter Jolley' asked if I would go pick up a bike with him.
We set off, two-up, on Pete's GS 550 to Buckley, a small town on the Welsh-English Border.
On arrival we walked up the path, and to my surprise! we were greeted by (Mr Scott) my old metalwork tutor from my high school days.
We were lead into the garage were a very tired looking Fastback was resting in the corner, at that time she was in her original red & grey colour scheme and in need of some TLC.
Having never ridden a Brit before (Gear shift/Brake lever opposite to Jap) I opted to ride the GS home, it would appear I made the right choice! Every time we slowed, or stopped, a string of expletives would ring out of Pete’s full-face helmet.
On arrival home we jumped off the bikes, Pete still cursing! It’s a Beast!!
On saying that, I couldn’t wait for him to invite me to take a ride on her; so I jumped straight on and took her for a run.
I took it easy at first so as to get my head around the right foot gear lever; I also had to acclimatise myself to the drum brakes.
Within five minutes I was opening her up, on the winding English country roads. At this point I had fallen in love, all the memories I had, of riding on the back of my brothers A10 Gold Flash just came flooding back. But not that alone filled the heart with joy; moreover, it was the handling, the power and the beautiful notes that projected from this (as I thought) Tired old Lady.
Now came the sad part, I had to hand her back.
Peter spent the next couple of years restoring her, and no expense was spared: Full Engine Rebuild, Stove Enamelled Frame, Borrani Aluminium Valanced Rims, Stainless Spokes…
Peter enjoyed many years of riding his Classic “Beast” until his untimely passing away in 2009.
After Pete’s funeral, I was told that he had left me his entire estate, which included the fastback, just one part of a large bike collection.
Out of all that Peter left me, I will always treasure three things, The Fastback, The Memories, and most of all, Our Friendship."
1963 TRIUMPH TR6
"This is a Dave Wedlake restoration. I've owned it for several years, really looks and runs as a new 1963 TR6.
Submitted by Doug Teeter, Green Valley AZ."
RESTORING MOTORCYCLES...IN MALAYSIA!
Travel with us to the exciting land of Malaysia as we watch Bob struggle to get parts & figure out where everything that he took off goes back on! After all the trials & tribulations, there's happy ending. And now he's tooling all over Malaysia on his cool "Bathtub" Triumph. I liked his story & his spunk so much, I built a page around it.
Check it out: 1964 TRIUMPH 3TA RESTO...IN MALAYSIA!!
For the whole wild story of Bob, the crazy Scotsman living in Malaysia who bought a wretched old '62 3TA sight-unseen on eBay. When it arrived, it was a rusty, incomplete mess. A challenging resto for any of us, right? Now try to do it in Malaysia!!!
MIDWESTERN 1957 ARIEL SQUARE FOUR
Submitted August 2, 2011
Phillip Miller of Marion, Indiana, send photos of his '57 Squariel and writes:
I first saw and heard a Square Four in 1962 at a BSA shop where I hung out. I have owned many, many bikes since then, but always longed for a Square Four. I first learned of this one 7/15/11 while at an AMCA swap meet in Wauseon, Ohio. I told the seller to send me some pictures and if I liked it I would buy it. He sent me the pictures I have sent to you. I then drove to Mid Ohio, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days on 7/22/11, bought it, and brought it home.
It is in my basement and I have already spent many hours admiring it. I have a collection of original paint motorcycles and this one appears to be original but I am not sure. Did they make a red Square Four like this in 1957?
Just to make the story better.....A friend of mine delivered a beautifully restored 1951 Square Four to Wauseon and the buyer backed out. I figured I would never find an un-restored one after watching for so many years, so I bought the '51 and set it out in my vendor spots for display. A guy walks up, looks at the '51 and asks me if I would be interested in buying an un-restored '57, and the rest is history. I now have two Square Fours, a two pipe and a four pipe.
Thanks, Phil. Nice bike, great story.
Submitted August 3, 2011
Garry from Victoria, Australia writes:
"Have just recently completed a restoration on a 1966 BSA A65L. While not a concourse job I am never the less pretty happy with the end result. The bike has clocked up some serious travel,after manufacture it was shipped to Iowa and owned by a doctor. It was then imported into Victoria, Australia and sold to a guy in South Australia. I then brought it back to Victoria. It has matching numbers. Motor has been stripped, new chrome, great paint finish and plenty of parts replaced. Looking forward to now going on some BSA club runs. Lesson learnt, restoring bikes doesn't come cheap."
Tell me about it...
1956 BSA GOLD STAR FLAT TRACKER
Ramon Perez of Mountain View CA writes about his Goldie:
"A 1956 BSA motorcycle in a factory rigid frame. Basically an oval dirt track motorcycle. I raced it on the AHRMA National Race Series from Califoria to New York. It was first raced by AMA #3 Al Gunter on the AMA National race series. Al was a BSA factory motorcycle racer."
...Wow, a bike with some history. Nice. And a great looking classic British motorcycle. Thanks, Ramon
1960 BSA A10 ROAD ROCKET - ORIGINAL OWNER!
Larry Farro of San Jose CA sent in this lone picture of his handsome pre-unit Beezer, that he bought NEW! Would love to see more pictures of it, Larry...and details, we love details. But thanks anyway. Nice bike.
CHECK OUT THIS WILD "BEER KEG CHOPPER"!
Rodney Morgan of Marion NC tells this sad story:
I have a 1967 Triumph TR6 650 SCRAMBLER CUSTOM CHOPPER The motor is fresh one-kicker, clear title . It also comes with the parts to convert to a bobber (front end, seat, wheel w/Avon tire, beehive taillight, 2 sets bars, other new and used parts). All in nice condition. Old school beer keg trunk. $6,000 for all of it. I had surgery on both legs and can't ride anymore. Thank you, Rodney Morgan, 1580 Ashworth Rd., Marion NC 28752; phone (828) 442-2107. Call anytime.
Could be a happy ending though, if you're looking for a totally unique Old School Brit Chopper. Sorry to hear about your troubles, Rodney. Hope is wasn't on a bike. Cool bike. Love that beer keg!! Sounds like it may be time for CBM to start a FREE CLASSIFIED ADS page...
Look for Rodney's cool 'Beer Keg Chopper' in our Choppers & Bobbers Page.
PICKING UP MY BEEZER
If you're a fellow Bike Nut like us...and this next guy...then among the happiest days in your life have been those when you brought a cool new bike home for the first time. Remember how good it felt? All the promise, all the potential, all the good times ahead...of course, this is before the cold nights in the garage, the bruised knuckles & the fried wiring. But, that's all part of the fun, right?
Here we see our proud new owner unload his prize in front of the house...a gleam in his eye.
In his exuberance he writes:
At one time you asked for pictures of our bikes. Here's a picture of me picking up a 69 Thunderbolt. Haven't touched it yet as winters in Wisconsin require a way to pass the time. First I have to get my 77 T140 off the lift. The reason for the picture of the dog was that wife said if I got another bike, she got another dog.
Enjoy your work
Thanks Mike. Great looking bike. Send us some pix when you get it done. The dog is very cute also. Perhaps you should name it something like "Beezer", or "Sloper", or "Lightning", or "Victor", or "Catalina", or "Clubman", or...(I can go on forever).
1979 TRIUMPH T140D BONNEVILLE SPECIAL - BOUGHT NEW 32 YEARS AGO!!
That's right, Jim Lieblang of Roeling NJ bought this baby new off the showroom floor in 1979 & has owned it ever since. He's done a ton of work to it also, with enough modifications to fill 3 or 4 pages. Jim noticed that I too am restoring a '79 T140D,
and so he graciously offered to pass his years of hard-won T140D knowledge & experience on to me. Very nice. Thanks, Jim. And a very nice T140D also.
NORTON COMMANDO CAFE RACER, ODE TO THE MANX
Now we're talkin! George Kraus of Portland Oregon was inspired to build this unique beauty by a bike he saw at the Clubmans All-British Weekend Show
in San Jose CA.
"The Manx Commando concept that my Norton eventually developed into - black primary and brake drums, ace bars, drilled components, Manx number plate/windscreen, solo seat, etc. - came about during an all night drive back from the San Jose BSA Clubman Show, about 1993 or '94 with Kenny Dreer (Norton America). Kenny and I were good friends back then. The sleep deprived drive developed a drug-like effect on us two vintage crazed individuals, all hopped up on the exposure of the show. In our hyperactive minds, we designed the perfect Manx Commando. We had it built in our minds before the sun came up. I don't claim to have any effect on the success of Kenny Dreer. He is an ambitious, work driven perfectionist, and a craftsman. He was a good teacher and I was eager to learn. I later spent about a year in the barrel working for Kenny, building many Norton's, Triumphs, and BSA's from my home shop.
I designed Kenny's original Vintage Rebuilds and Restorations brochure, as a trade for a core bike and all the parts and services at cost. I did all the upgrades Kenny had developed at that time. I don't claim my Norton as a Dreer bike and I wouldn't truthfully call it the prototype, but you get the idea. It's the likeness of an idea. Kenny had no true prototypes. It's a process of evolution. I built my Norton myself in my shop with the tutelage and support of Kenny. I now have over 23,000 flawless miles on this bike.
I restore Norton's and Triumph's in my small shop. www.gekrestorations.com."
Nice job, George. Gorgeous bike. Will we see it at the upcoming Clubmans Show in March?
CHOPPERS AND BOBBERS - 1970 TR6 CHOPPER DONE RIGHT
Owner Brad Prejean of Orange TX writes:
"This is my 1970 Triumph TR6 (650cc) built by TT Cycles in New Jersey. I was fortunate enough to find it for sale on Ebay where I purchased it and had it shipped to Texas. It was a complete ground up build including the engine which starts on the first kick.
The bike sports a stock front loop and rake. The rear is a "TT" six inch stretch. The engine is mainly stock with Hepolite pistons and a single Mikuni VM30 carb. Front suspension is stock sliders with a 21" wheel laced on the original vented hub with an Avon Speedmaster Mark II 300 tire. The rear 16" wheel on factory hub spins a Shinko 510 tire. TR6 brake drums are slowed by Ferodo shoes. The original fuel tank along with frame and 5" ribbed rear fender is sprayed crimson red with hand painted pinstriping and twisted copper leaf accents. Chrome Barnett hand controls and oval billet mirrors are mounted on 28" chrome drag bars. The rider is seated on an Aidan Originals solo leather seat with a "one-off" stainless steel back rest and pivot. TT Cycles forward foot controls complete the stance. The bobber trumpets exhaustive thunder from the custom upswept pipes.
The bike is a blast to ride once I got accustomed to the reversed foot controls (from my HD). It's a hit at the local bars and Wal Mart....although don't plan toting many purchases home on it!"
You can see more of Brad's Triumph Chopper on our CHOPPERS & BOBBERS page
1969 TRIUMPH TR25 CAFE RACER
You don't see many of these. A clean, running TR25 250 Triumph single is rare enough, but turned into a cafe racer? It's got to be the only one in captivity!
Owner Charlie from Ann Arbor, Michigan writes:
"When I was younger I always thought a small frame single cylinder Cafe Racer was my ideal . Now that I am retired after all these years, I FINALLY built one! I ended up buying a TR25 that needed total restoration as the basis for the bike. The underlying concept was keep it British, true to the vintage.
A number of improvements were required with the over-riding intent to keep the bike's function and appearance faithful to its British origins. The bike is not intended to be a 100-point concours machine, but a example using simple and appropriate disciplines applied to retain the period look from the late 1960s and early 70s. The 250 cc Triumph engine was one of great debate as I really wanted a single cylinder but one with greater displacement of around 500cc. The bike was destined for a B44 motor when I was literally given a BSA Victor that had been sitting outside by a woodpile for over 30 years. Purists may question the non-traditional parts such as the use of stainless fasteners, stainless spokes, and Sun (Akront type) rather than Dunlop alloy rims as examples. However I felt that these decisions were no different than the early British bikes that used a combination of home market engines, frames, clip on bars and low seating positions for their Cafe Racers. This bike was meant to be ridden requiring parts to keep it both looking and functionally running well with regular use. There is little on this motorcycle that has not been rebuilt, repolished, or replaced. Details include such things as switches, wiring harness, shocks, tires, forks, brakes, fenders, exhaust system, seat, grips, rubber bits, cables etc. The worldwide web was significant for information gathering and being able to purchase required parts.
The only work outsourced was the $80 cylinder boring and fuel tank painting. The fuel tank was painted by another friend for the price of pizza and beer! The gearbox, engine bottom end and head have been completely rebuilt. A new .060" over bore piston and rings were also used along with a MX cam. Additionally, there are a number of concealed mechanical improvements to help the bike's performance, rideability and dependability. As an example, the electrics are now converted to a 12 volt negative ground system with a Boyer Bransden Power box and electronic ignition. These have been discretely located under the fuel tank to preserve the period appearance of the motorcycle.
The racer Cafe image that I always wanted over 40 years ago has finally been achieved from its low ace bars , to its large fuel tank, swept-back exhaust, rear set footpegs, and a (rocker correct) theme of black/silver. It has the image of simplicity that I always wanted."
Great job, Charlie. I'd say you succeeded on all counts. Congrats on a totally cool bike.
1974 TRIUMPH T140V BONNEVILLE
Owner John Moorman of Kerrville TX writes:
"The 1974 T-120V Triumph Bonneville was built in very low numbers. It was a very odd year in Triumph Bonneville history. Angry workers, hearing of the impending shutdown of the Triumph plant at Meriden, shut it down themselves in October 1973 just as production was being switched from 1973 T-120 models to making 1974 T-120s. This forced Triumph to build a 'hybrid' Bonneville consisting of the T-120 650cc cylinders on top of the T-140 transmission and body. So the 1974V Bonneville is a 650cc with a 5-speed transmission and front disk brake. The paint is Purple over Cold White and the fenders were chromed & only the tank was painted. Very rare !"
He's absolutely right. '74s are extremely rare & '75s are almost non-existent! In fact, if you look at our 1974 Triumph Bonneville page, you will notice that the photos there are of a 1973 Bonneville, as no good photos of '74s were available. We will be adding this bike to that page. Nice bike, thanks for sending it in, John.
ONE GUY: TWO TRIUMPHS
Literally, because this guy's last name is Guy. And Lorin Guy has two very nice Triumphs
, a '76 T140V Bonneville
and a '76 T100 Custom Street Tracker. And he lives in the Bay Area, like me.
SWEET COMMANDO FASTBACK
Del Campo lives in Amsterdam. He just finished restoring both this lovely 1969 Norton Commando
Fastback, and his 1970 Bonneville. The Bonnie is just as nice as this Fastback. Thank you Del Campo, glad to see we have friends across the pond. Keep tuning in...
NEW LIFE FOR THIS BONNEVILLE SPECIAL
Larry D of Old Tappan NJ is justifiably proud of his '79 T140D:
"Mostly original, changed the color because I didn't like the orignial black but kept the tank and side cover design. It's been sitting for 11 years but now that my son's older and busy, I took the cover off and started tinkering around and several weeks later fired it up and runs pretty well now. Hope you like it.
Triumph T140D Bonneville Specials were a 'one-model-year-only' model in 1979 & came in two factory color combos: Black w/Gold stripes, and Blue & Silver. But, the red paintjob on this one looks great just the same.
CLEAN '81 T140 BONNEVILLE CAFE RACER
Gareth from Northants UK got it right with this one:
"Bought recently in england at an bike auto jumble,Fair/good condition, been done in cafe racer style,makes rider(me!)look ready for fast action !straight thru megaphones, makes a superb rumble behind me, great..!
Thanks Gareth. Love the bike. Send more pictures!!
THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT PIX
I love all the wonderful pictures, the incredible motorcycles & the great stories. Keep 'em coming & I'll keep publishing them. Tnanks...
A PAGE ABOUT YOU...
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please let me know.
SOME BOOKS WORTH LOOKING AT:
MOTORCYCLE REPAIR MANUALS
COVENTRY'S MOTORCYCLE HERITAGE