Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.

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8/19/2015

1975 Morbidelli 125 Grand Prix

Country: Italy
Engine: Water-cooled, twin-cylinder 2-stroke
Ignition: Battery-powered Krober ignition (CDI)
Power rating: 42bhp @ 14,200rpm
Displacement: 124.77cc, rotary inlet
Fuel system: Twin Mikuni 28mm carburetors
Transmission: 6-speed
Suspension: Front Marzocchi 32mm telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front twin Brembo discs, rear single Brembo disc
Weight: 165lbs
Top speed: 145mph

1975 Morbidelli 125 Grand Prix

Morbidelli caused a sensation in 1975, winning the 125cc World Championship with a new machine designed by brilliant Dutch engineer Jorg Moller, previously with Van Veen. Such was the demand for a fast, reliable machine that Morbidelli entered in an agreement with Benelli to produce replicas, and a new factory was built in Pesaro expressly for constructing batches of the 125 water-cooled disc-valve twins to sell worldwide to wealthy customers. Horsepower was 36.5 on the customer bikes that were sold as MBAs (Morbidelli Benelli Armi).

1975 Morbidelli 125 Grand Prix

1975 Morbidelli 125 Grand Prix



8/5/2015

1961 Triton

Country: Great Britain
Engine: Air-cooled, vertical twin, 4-stroke
Ignition: Lucas magneto
Power Rating: 45bhp @ 7,000rpm
Displacement: 649cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel System: Twin Amal Concentric carburetors
Transmission: Triumph 4-speed
Suspension: Front Norton Roadholder telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front, four shoe Fontana drum, rear Triumph drum
Weight: 360lbs
Top speed: 125mph

1961 Triton

A Triton is a Triumph power unit installed in a Norton Featherbed frame, a combination of the best engine in the best frame at the time. No two Tritons are alike but an expression of the special builder's art. This example was built by Jerry Cartwright in a small village in North Wales, U.K. The Triton was the most popular sport bike favored by the Rockers in the 1960s.

1961 Triton

1961 Triton

1961 Triton

1961 Triton



7/22/2015

1913 Henderson Model B

1913 Henderson Model B

Country: U.S.A.
Engine: Air-cooled inline four-cylinder four-stroke
Ignition: Bosch magneto with distributor
Power Rating: 7hp rated
Displacement: 57ci (965cc)
Valves: Overhead inlet, side exhaust
Fuel System: Single Schebler carburetor
Transmission: Single speed
Suspension: Front-leading link forks, rigid rear
Brakes: Rear drum
Weight: 310lb
Top Speed: 55mph
Price new: $325

1913 Henderson Model B

With the popularity of the innovative Belgian F.N. four-cylinder machine, it was inevitable that American manufacturers would build something similar. Henderson was one of the earliest to jump on the bandwagon with a 57-cubic-inch four. This was the largest and fastest machine at the time, setting many records, including being the first motorcycle to circle the world, and was the favored bike by many police departments. Henderson sold out to Schwinn of bicycle fame in 1917, and the machines were now marketed under the Excelsior brand.

1913 Henderson Model B

1913 Henderson Model B



7/8/2015

1932 Harley-Davidson RL Sport Solo

1932 Harley-Davidson RL Sport Solo

Country: U.S.A.
Engine: Air-cooled 45 degree V-twin four-stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power rating: 19bhp @ 3,800rpm
Bore x stroke: 2-3/4in x 3-13/15in
Displacement: 45ci (747cc)
Valves: Side
Fuel system: Linkert M11 1-inch bore carburetor
Transmission: 3-speed
Suspension: Front-leading link girder fork, rigid rear
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 390lb
Top speed: 70-75mph

1932 Harley-Davidson RL Sport Solo

Newly introduced in 1932, the “R” series superseded the “D.” Available in three versions, R, RL, and RLD, the differences being in compression ratios and carburetor size, resulted in maximum speed variations of 5-10 miles per hour. Lubrication was still by total loss. This machine is in original condition, stored in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area for many years.

1932 Harley-Davidson RL Sport Solo

1932 Harley-Davidson RL Sport Solo

1932 Harley-Davidson RL Sport Solo



6/24/2015

1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R

1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R — Eddie Lawson Replica

Country: Japan
Engine: Air-cooled, in-line four-cylinder four-stroke
Ignition: Electronic
Power rating: 79bhp @ 8,500rpm
Bore x stroke: 69.4mm x 66mm
Displacement: 998cc
Valves: Double overhead cams, chain-driven
Fuel system: Four Mikuni 34mm CV carburetors
Transmission: 5-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front twin disc, rear single disc
Weight: 543lbs
Top speed: 135mph

1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R

Limited production replica of the championship-winning Superbike ridden by Eddie Lawson. Special equipment includes gold-painted alloy wheels, Kerker exhaust, reservoir shocks, cut down seat, air adjustable forks, oil cooler and drilled disc brakes. The ELR (Eddie Lawson Replica) is a very desirable model, sought after by collectors. This machine is in original condition.

1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R

1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R



2/25/2015

1955 Horex Resident Model 8

1955 Horex Resident Model 8

Country: Germany
Engine: Air-cooled, single cylinder four stroke
Ignition: Magneto
Power rating: 24bhp @ 6,500rpm
Bore x stroke: 77mm x 75mm
Displacement: 349cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel system: Single Bing carburetor
Transmission: Four speed
Suspension: Front leading link forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 345lbs
Top speed: 80mph

Friedrich Kleeman started building motorcycles in 1923, originally selling them under the Gnom brand. The name was soon changed to Horex, “Ho” for the location, Homburg, and “Rex” the family business. They gained an enviable reputation for their quality, and also produced some innovative race bikes in the 1950’s. With a decline in sales, motorcycle production came to an end in 1956. Horex concentrated on producing parts for Mercedes-Benz, and finally sold out to M.B. in 1960.

1955 Horex Resident Model 8

1955 Horex Resident Model 8



12/4/2014

1956 Maico Taifun on Display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

1956 Maico Taifun on Display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

1956 Maico Taifun

Country: Germany
Engine: Air-cooled, twin cylinder two stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power rating: 22.5 bhp @ 5,100rpm
Bore x stroke: 65mm x 60mm
Displacement: 395cc
Valves: None
Fuel systems: Single 26mm Bing carburetor
Transmission: Four speed
Suspension: Front Earles type leading link forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 396lbs
Top speed: 80mph

The Taifun, Typhoon in English, was an incredibly advanced design, both in styling and technical innovation. Performance was better than many machines of larger capacity, and features such as the totally enclosed rear drive chain running in oil are not common today. The "flip out" passenger pegs are another ingenious feature. A motorcycle built with the elegance of an expensive automobile.

1956 Maico Taifun on Display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum



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