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Motorcycle Poll: Which British Twin Would You Buy?

by Richard Backus

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Which British Twin would you buy?

When Triumph introduced the Bonneville 650 back in 1959, it set a new standard for a sporting British Twin and for the next 12 years was the symbol of British motorcycle might. BSA followed suit in 1962 when it introduced the unit construction A65 650 Star twin, the forerunner of BSA’s go-faster Rocket, Lightning, Hornet and others. Not to be outdone, Norton introduced the 750 Atlas the same year, hoping to trump its rivals in cubic capacity. The Atlas ultimately led to the iconic Commando of 1969-1975. All three spawned a generation of great British sport bikes. So the question is, if you could buy just one, which would it be?