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People send me old photos of bikes all the time. Sometimes just to share them, and sometimes trying to figure out what kind of bike it was. Now I'm sharing them with you. And unless I tell you what kind of bike it is, it's open for your input.
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VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES:
FIRST WOMAN IN ENGLAND TO RIDE MOTORCYCLES
Submitted by Ron Glenister of Australia:
ABOVE: Hilda Pollitt. The first women motorcyclist in the North of England shown here sitting astride her Douglas twin in 1906. Credit Joan Cope.
BELOW: Here is a postcard/photo of Hilda in her Morgan 3-wheeler taken on the road to Blackpool (she lived in St. Helens). Hilda writes on the back:
"On the Blackpool Road the week war was declared – notice the large flag – heard you met Walter last week –
Ina informed me in the car last night Bob and Willie are in the trenches at present –
but haven't lost many of their men yet. About five as far as we know.
Yours as usual Hilda.”
(She flew a large Union Jack on the passenger side)
What an independent Woman.
Thanks Ron, what a treasure!
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES:
1961 TRIUMPH CHOPPER
John A writes: "Built this 1961 TR650 custom during the winter of 1970. Obtained the bike as a frame and a couple boxes of parts. Sold this bike decades ago, however, the build was very fun and riding this guy with no rake and a 16” springer was a challenge to say the least. This is the first time I’ve ever sent this pic out to a Triumph site. Wish I still had it!"
Brings back memories of those crazy chopper days of the early 70s. Even looks like my living room! Thanks for sharing this with us, John. Cool bike.
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #118
Jane Concha writes: "Hi, I’m trying to identify this man in a family photo. It’s been said it’s an uncle in Queensland, Australia who died in 1909. I’m hesitant to agree as I see the AJS motor was only invented in 1909 and bikes first appeared in 1910/11. Is is possible this is just an engine of AJS or is this bike possibly from a later date? Any info would be helpful."
So help us out, here. Can you identify this early AJS? Make sure to reference Vintage Motorcycle Pictures #118 so we know which bike you're talking about.
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #117
Blake Clark of Ontario, Canada writes: "I have this picture of my grandparents on my grandfathers motorcycle. This is the only picture I personally have of the two of them.
Are you able to help me to figure out what BSA motorcycle this is? I’ve tried but can’t figure it out....I’m a motorcycle rider myself and would love your help to learn more about this picture. My grandpa was dead long before I was born. The war was tough on my ancestors."
So, Blake needs our help in ID-ing this pre-war BSA. Do you know the year and/or model? If so, email me here
and make sure to reference Vintage Motorcycle Pictures #117, so I know which bike you're talking about. Put on your thinking caps, lads.
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #116
Can you identify the year & model of this AJS V-twin? Luca Rotta Loria sent this amazing picture, and writes:
"It is of my father and grandfather on an AJS motorcycle I am guessing the date to be around 1928/29, my dad was born in 1909 and he looks like a very young man in the picture. I am curious to know more about that motorcycle. I am a motorcyclist myself, I own a 1975 Moto Guzzi 750S3, and a newer 2012 Moto Guzzi Griso, I live in Canada."
Thank you for that, Luca. Let's see if our readers can ID the bike. When you do, please reference #116, so I'll know which photo you're talking about. Let's help Luca out.
Posted January 30, 2019
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES:
1948-ish ROYAL ENFIELD FLYING FLEA
Of course the Flying Flea was designed as a lightweight 2-stroke patrol bike that British troops could parachute in behind enemy lines, during World War II. After the war, they became cheap bikes for the transportation-starved British public.
Here we have a lovely post-war civilian version of the Flying Flea, being piloted by a young Eugene Nevin, probably taken somewhere in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Born in 1924, he would have been around 24 in 1948. He became a bus conductor for Ulster Bus & eventually went on to become a bus inspector. Thank you to Carmen Nevin for sharing this wonderful photo.
Posted January 11, 2019
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #115
Can you help ID this bike? Francisco Castelo writes: "As I am the manager of the Municipal Photo Library of Lagos, Algarve, Portugal, I try to date and add data to the old photographs that are part of our collection. We know the owner of the motorcycle, we assume that the photograph was recorded in the late 1920s, but we do not know anything else. Thank you for your attention"
... So, any help out there? Make sure and accompany your guess with the Vintage Motorcycle Picture #115, so we can tell which one you're referring to. Good luck.
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #114
Rachel Penaluna sent this picture of her Grandmother riding this pre-war bike. She thought it was a Velocette, but I don't think so. Look at that tank logo. Is it an Ariel? You tell me. Send us your best guess to the email address above and don't forget to include the number of this picture, which is #114.
Rachel says that her Grandma raised a full family of riders, including Rachel's father and brothers. They lived in the Aldershot area of England at the time. Rachel, her family and her parents now live in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Rachel just bought her first motorcycle, a 2010 Royal Enfield Bullet, so she is carrying on her family tradition. Thanks for the wonderful photo, Rachel. Enjoy the ride...
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES
No mystery here. These are pre-unit Triumph 6T Thunderbirds, at least one of which is a 1958 model. The above photo was taken in Youngstown OH in the late 50s. The handsome fellow on our left is Bob Marsch. Bob is about to turn 80, and his son Fred, pictured as a baby below, wants to find a '58 T-Bird to buy his dad for his birthday. Anyone have any leads on one? If so, email me with it
and I'll pass it along to Fred. Oh, BTW, the fellow on our right, above, was Bob's friend and riding companion Duke Snyder.
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #113
This should be an easy one. Obviously its an AJS single. It has a rigid frame and telescopic forks, which puts it at 1946-1953 (unless I'm mistaken, which has happened once before LOL). What year is it exactly? Which model, 350 or 500? Any guesses would be much appreciated by Andrew of South Africa. He writes: "Photo attached of what I think may be a Model 18 - maybe late 1940's. Not certain if it is a 350 or 500. Belonged to a friends father (Raymond Clews). Looks to be in nice condition! I tried to find the registration number in the DVLA website. No result - so looks like it hasn't survived - or perhaps needs further enquiry. Any help would be appreciated to ID the model in detail."
So, help us out.
ABOVE: The full shot looked so cool, I had to include it. BELOW: A closeup.
BELOW: As an added treat, Andrew sent this picture of himself at age 4 perched on the back of an ancient Triumph single. He says he still has the bug, the motorcycle bug that is, and he says there is no known cure.
VINTAGE MOTOCYCLE PICTURES #112
Karen Wand submitted these wonderful old pictures, about which she writes:
"Recently a relative shared some old photos of my grandparents and these interesting bike pics turned up. That's my grandmother in the first and second photos, and I'm curious if she may have been a despatch rider during the WW I years. The bottom photo is of the gentleman appears to be visiting my grandparents, around 1918, but have no idea who he is. I'd be interested in what the licence # on the bike means.AB 4704 or 6. The baby in the sidecar was born Feb 9, 1918, and they lived in Christchurch.'
So now the ball's in your court. Can you ID any of these bikes? If so, reference the Vintage Motorcycle Pictures #112 in your guess.
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #111
Please help us identify this cool old bike. Edward Das writes, "The bike is an Ariel as you can make out the name on the gas tank. It belonged to my grandfather, Wessel Dallinga who lived in Groningen, Holland where this picture would have been taken. He got married in 1938 and did not have the bike when he married so it was a pre-1938 bike. Not sure if it was colorized- my brother had it repaired though."
So, it looks like we've ID'd the make (Ariel), help us with the year and model.
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES: 2 GUYS ON A TRIUMPH
This wonderful photo was sent in by Greg from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He writes: "I have attached a picture of my father on his bike post-war, likely in Ipswich or nearby. Can you tell me what year, make, model and anything interesting about it? Who knows, I might get one! Thanks in advance."
. Check out that Medieval church in the background. I've identified the basics, which any of your astute Brit bike nuts have probably already done yourself. But, to make it easier, let's look at a blow-up of the bike.
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #110
So, let's look for some clues in this photo. First off, the distinctive shape of the Triumph
logo is clearly visible on the tank. The telescopic front forks mean it's a post-war bike (1946-or-later), and the rigid frame means it's a 1952. Since there is no headlight nacelle, it's not a Speed Twin or Thunderbird. It has down-pipes, so it's a roadster, not a scrambler. So, what do you think it is? Send in your conclusions, or even your guess.
VINTAGE 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.
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #109
Taken September 1937. Our viewer writes:
"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."
Let's see if we can help him out. Can you identify the bike?
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES: BSA GOLDEN FLASH
Way back in around 1950, Archie Horne bought this BSA Golden Flash in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia for 272 pounds. It was a brand new release at the time and only the second one to come to the city, according to Archie. This photograph was taken near the old Ipswich Showground. Archie is now 83 years young and fondly looking back at the good old days. He can't recall if this is a 1950 or a 1951 model Golden Flash. Thank you, Archie for sharing your memories with us.
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #108
. WOW! Talk about cool! Tina Breeden of Florida was nice enough to share this incredible picture, and some fond memories. Tina writes: "Here is a picture of my mom and dad on a Triumph.
Picture of: Bill and Bernice Jones in Love. And before they knew it their six girls came - Tammy, Kim, Kathy, Tina, Kandi and Tarisa Jones!"
. The bike is a mid-50's Triumph twin, probably a 500, maybe a TR5. Care to take a guess? Just reference the VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #108
so we know which picture you're talking about. Keep 'em comin', folks. I'm lovin' this!
Marc Bertrand of Quebec, Canada submitted these next two vintage motorcycle pictures. I will share with you Marc's own words in describing them:
ABOVE: "The little boy sitting behind the driver is my grandfather, and by the license plate says 1926"
Any guesses on the bike? If so email us with your guess
, and make sure to include the code VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #107
in your email so we know which bike you're identifying.
BELOW: "The three policemen were in Montreal in the mid 50’s. It was taken in front of a church that doesn’t exist anymore during the wedding of Yvon Robert a real rock star in his time. The bikes, Springer Indians, were called 'killer bikes' because you had to leave the handlerbars to shift. The man in the middle is my grand father."
Great pictures, Marc, thanks for sharing some of your family history with us. Bikes were in your grandfather's blood, it seems. I looked up Yvon Robert online and he was a professional wrestler in Canada.
ABOVE: The Stan Marks Ariel showroom in England from the 1950s.
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES COME WITH STORIES...
As you can well imagine, I get a lot of email from British bike enthusiasts of all ages, and from all over the world. I've heard some pretty amazing things and gotten some great pictures. I recently got a story so full of heart, and history, and motorcycles, that I was immediately captivated by it. There were supposed to be pictures with it, but technical glitches delayed their receipt by several days. All the while my anticipation was building, after having read his story, I couldn't wait to see those pictures. When they finally arrived, they were even better than I was hoping for. But, I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start with his original letter to me, below, Anthony Marks.
BELOW: A hill climb event in NW England c.1930. That's white limestone on the road, not snow.
Anthony Marks writes:
"My father was Stan Marks of Preston, Lancashire (England) who started a motorcycle business in 1918 after serving in WW1 as a mechanic working on lorries fitted out as workshops for repairing Motorbikes. His business grew to become one of the leading Motor Cycle dealers in the NW. He had the Agencies for BSA, AJS/Matchless, Vincent, Ariel, Panther, Scott,(water-cooled engine,much favoured by older customers for its incredible reliability..our mechanics used to say they hardly ever had them back in the workshop) Among his customers was George Formby who because of petrol rationing traded in his Buick car for a motorbike.In the late 40s and early 50s all new bikes for the home market were in black enamel. Coloured bikes went for export. We also sold Swallow sidecars of Blackpool (later to become Standard Swallow Jaguar..S S Jaguar then simply Jaguar, a car which my father favoured for many years). During the war my father was asked to establish a workshop to repair and rebuild damaged bikes from the Front. Hundreds went through his workshop in Aqueduct Street Preston with a staff of over 50.after the war he bought lots of these bikes at Ministry auction sales. He rebuilt them at the same workshop and sold the all over the N.Northwest. They were especially popular among farmers! Hope these will be of interest to you. I left the business in 1950 to go to university and then ordination in the Church of England. Next year I shall be 90 so I wanted my memories to be passed on.
Well said, and we'll certainly do our part to keep these memories alive.
BELOW: Another off-road race and judging by the bike, maybe circa 1920s. Check out the cigarette hanging out of the riders mouth...in a race! You've gotta love those Brits.
ABOVE: A late-50s Ariel
twin, likely a 500cc KH, on a rotating dais.
BELOW: An AJS display, likely at a trade show of some sort.
ABOVE: Talk about vintage motorcycle pictures, Matchless
built tons of bikes for His Majesty's Army during WWII, and they were very proud of that. This is a postcard that was sent to all Matchless dealers just after D-Day in 1941.
BELOW: A proper English motorcycle dealership in the 1930s. The signs say they sell Royal Enfields
, and Ariels
, yet out of the seven 2-wheelers parked out front, five are bicycles, only two are motorcycles. The window sign in the far right says "1933 Models".
ABOVE: AH HA!!! This is the MYSTERY BIKE!
And your big chance to prove your depth of knowledge. Can you identify the make, model and/or year of this interesting old V-twin? If so SEND IN YOUR GUESS HERE
.VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #106
ANSWER: Submitted Dec 14, 2017 by Simon Robinson of Suffolk, England . Simon says it's a Montgomery Anzani twin. He guided me to Google where I found this vintage Montgomery Anzai advertisement. According to Simon, Montgomery an early British motorcycle manufacturer, was the first to invent the sidecar, and was based out of Suffolk, just like him.
BELOW: The hero of our story, Stan Marks on an ancient Douglas, during his time as a motorcycle mechanic during World War I. Any guesses on the model & year?
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #105
ABOVE: Our hero wins a combination (sidecar) race in the freezing snow, with his wife Doris in the sidecar. She looks cold!
BELOW: Anthony Marks, the author of the above letter, the custodian of these historic photos, proud son, and, as it turns out, a Reverend. What a guy. Thank you for sharing it your memories with us, and these wonderful vintage motorcycle pictures.
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #104
ABOVE: Stephen Peretti sent us this incredible photo. Can you help ID the bike?
Stephen writes: "Attached is a picture of my late grandfather, Emil Peretti (on left) and his friend, Zep next to his wonderful old motorcycle. I love the riding gear of the day, specifically the rolled up pants, socks and backwards caps. My grandfather was from Switzerland and moved to the US in 1930, so I’m not sure what year or country the photo was taken. The licenses plates both match and I’m sure someone knowledgeable in motorcycle registration could establish if these were European or US plates. I’d really love to know what year, make and model my grandfather rode. I never knew of this photo and motorcycle when my grandfather was alive, but I have a deep connection to my Grandpa as I share the joy seen in his smile that conveys a timeless biker axiom, "four wheels moves your body, but two wheels moves your soul”. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Regards, Stephen Peretti"
Wow, Stephen thanks. I think I know what it is, but I don't want to spoil it. Send me your best guess (or maybe you know) via the link at the top of this page. And don't forget to include the BIKE PIC #, so we know which bike you're referring to. Good luck, and thanks for the help. I'm sure Stephen will appreciate it also.
September 25, 2017
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #102 (below) & #103 (above)
ABOVE & BELOW: Lee Barnard sent us this amazing pictures with the following description:
"All I can tell you about these photos is that the Norton was taken on Boxing Day 1920 outside the Kursaal Amusement Park in Southend on Sea; and the group shot was taken on January 6th 1921 outside The Minerva Public house that was next door to the Kursaal. I have been told that the Norton was no more than a few weeks old, according to the license plate."
August 27, 2017
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #102
ABOVE & BELOW: Richard Schofield sent this photo. It was taken in Derby, Derbyshire England, I'm guessing early 1960s. He wanted me to ID the bike. It's a "Bathtub Triumph" (1958-1966), either a 350cc 3TA Twenty-One
or a 500cc 5TA Speed Twin
. That's a BMC Mini in the far right, and I don't know much about busses. I zoomed in on the bike, below to show a little more detail.
August 28, 2017
VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PICTURES #101
CAN YOU IDENTIFY THIS BIKE?
Owner Adrian Barnes from Australia explains:
"Way back when I was a teenager I had the bike in the photo. (this was about 1953). I have no idea what it was. I have searched the internet for various photos but nothing comes up as a likeness.
Volunteers at the local motor museum have suggested –
1 it probably had a Villiers motor
2 it may be a James
3 it may be a Sun
4 don’t know
I apologize for the lack of detail – both info and photographic quality.
Any suggestions you can offer will be greatly appreciated."
So, email us via the link at the top or bottom of this page if you think you can ID this bike. Use its BIKE PIC # above, as reference for your answer.
August 29, 2017
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