Brough Superior SS100
12/10/2015 12:30 AM
A collector's Brough Superior SS100 in original condition was once also owned by one of our writers and by George Brough himself.

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1927 Scott Flying Squirrel
Making a 1927 Scott Flying Squirrel really fly!

1961 Triton
The 1961 Triton was one of hundreds of classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

1911 Humber
Racer, and motorcycle dealer, Percy J. Evans, won the first-ever Isle of Man Junior TT in 1911 with his 2-3/4hp Humber TT racer.

Scott Three
Alan Cathcart rides the 1936 Scott three, a 986cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke inline triple.

Hesketh 24
Another vintage motorcycling marque returns with the Hesketh 24.

Alan Cathcart with Mark Upham and Same Lovegrove at Bonneville
Breaking records at the Bonneville Speed Trials with Brough Superior.

Brough Superior
Brough Superior builds a race bike, the Moto2 Grand Prix Racer.

1957 Douglas Dragonfly
A 1957 Douglas Dragonfly on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

This 1924 Beardmore-Precision Type F is one of four known survivors, and it’s the only one in the U.S.

1933 Sunbeam Model 90
A 1933 Sunbeam Model 90 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1937 Brough Superior SS80
A 1937 Brough Superior SS80 on display with other classic motorcycles at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

1951 Sunbeam S7
A 1951 Sunbeam S7 on display with other classic motorcycles at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

1982 Hesketh V 1000
A 1982 Hesketh V 1000 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Motorcycle Classics tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves an oil pressure problem on a 1977 Triumph T140 Bonneville.

1926 A.B.C. Motorcycle
A 1926 A.B.C. out of Great Britain on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1923 Scott Sprint Special
A 1923 Scott Sprint Special on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1929 Grindlay-Peerless 500
An extremely rare racing motorcycle from the 1920s that lapped the famous Brooklands race circuit at over 100mph in 1937 is expected to generate intense competition among bidders at the Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. Presale estimate is $80,000-$110,000.

1922 Brough Superior Old Bill
The Brough Superior known as “Old Bill” – featured in just about every book ever written about the incomparable Brough marque, will be sold by H&H at auction as part of the Roger Allen Collection at the company’s sale on October 4, 2012, at Duxford, U.K. “Old Bill” carries an estimated value of $390,000-420,000, and H&H currently holds the world record for the sale of a motorcycle at auction – the Brough Superior SS100 that fetched $470,000 in 2010.

The 1963 Norton Electra 400ES was the first electric-starting Norton

Hydraulic Clutch
New stuff for old bikes: Triumph hydraulic clutch actuating system from Flatland Custom Cycles

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein helps set the timing gears on a Triumph 650 engine build.

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves the problem of replacing fork gaiters on a Triumph Bonneville without removing the fork.

Sport Rack
New stuff for old bikes: Venture Motorcycle Accessories’ luggage rack for Norton Commandos.

1959 Triumph Thunderbird
This 1959 Triumph Thunderbird was on loan to the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves a lost idle issue on a 1978 Triumph Bonneville.

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein answers an inquiry about which different Triumph heads can be used on a Triumph Bonneville 650.

Steve McQueen Bonneville
Triumph celebrates 110th birthday with Triumph Live event

R.E. Geeson's 250cc motorcycle parked by brick building
R.E. "Bob" Geeson created a world-beating 250cc motorcycle with his own hands and his own resources. Originally published as "Circa-1960 REG 250" in the September/October 2011 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

New Hudson Model 88 ee 2
A 1928 New Hudson Model 88 ee at the National Motorcycle museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

John Surtees and Ferrari 158 F1 at Barber, 2006
The only man ever to win World Championships on two wheels and four, John Surtees is without question one of the great figures in motorsports. A gifted rider who worked as an apprentice for Vincent in his early years, Surtees went on to win seven World Championships riding for MV Agusta before moving to Formula One in the early 1960s. Now, a group of enthusiasts and supporters are pressing a petition drive to put the “Sir” in Surtees with an official knighthood.

Shooting Star Cover
Some of the leading manufacturers in the early history of the British motorcycle industry were Norton, Velocette and BSA. Discover how some companies flourished while others failed in Shooting Star: The Rise and Fall of the British Motorcycle Industry (ECW Press, 2009).

Motorcycle Classics tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves ignition trouble on a Triumph T120.

1939 Ariel 250 Red Hunter
1939 Ariel 250 Red Hunter at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

New Brough Superior
New Brough Superior motorcycles are made-to-order and will be available soon.

Brough Superior SS100
Fast and elegant, the Brough Superior SS100 was considered the Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles

Fonzie's 1949 Triumph 500 Scrambler
Okay, so most of us remember “The Fonz” from Happy Days, and that he rode a Triumph whenever he jumped on two wheels. But did you know the late great Bud Ekins supplied the Triumph Henry Winkler rode in Happy Days? The 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler ridden by The Fonz will be one of the highlights at Bonhams’ upcoming Classic California Sale in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.

Davida Jet: Classic British Attitude
The Davida Jet is celebrating its 10th anniversary of classic British attitude made in England.

Brough Superior at Bonneville 2011
The specially constructed 1,100cc SS model Brough Superior completed two opposite-direction runs through the measured mile at Bonneville Salt Flats on September 1, 2011, at a mean average speed of 124.98 mph, breaking the AMA 1350-A-VG Speed Record established by a 1350cc Indian in 2005 at 114 mph!

shooting star
Engaging and well-researched, Shooting Star: The Rise and Fall of the British Motorcycle Industry by Abe Aamidor tells the story of the British motorcycle industry’s fall in a way even the non-historian will enjoy.  

cutaway thruxton 1
Herb Harris' magnificent collection of cutaway classic motorcycle engines.

Bonneville Build Sweeps
Hot on the heels of Project Café, the 1973 Honda CB500 we transformed from a tired salvage yard reject to a beautiful café for the street, we’re gearing up for our next project, a customized and upgraded 2010 Triumph Bonneville. Dairyland Cycle Insurance is helping us make it happen, and when we're done, you could win it!

1927 Scott Flying Squirrel
Ever wonder what it’s like to ride a truly vintage motorcycle? How about an 82-year-old water-cooled 2-stroke twin? It’s amazing enough to discover anyone even built such a bike back in the 1920s, more amazing is riding one and discovering that except for the expected deficiencies in braking, it’s a remarkably user-friendly machine.

British motorcyle history - cover of Shooting Star
"Shooting Star" belongs on the short shelf of books about British motorcycle history that provide a concise account of the industry's rise and fall.

sing 2
A motorcycle trip through Texas on British singles.

At Daytona in 1952 a team from Janesville, Wis., consisted of (left to right) R.L. Patterson, crew chief, John Haskell riding a BSA Gold Star, “Bud” Harder the local BSA and Triumph dealer and sponsor of the duo, and Fran Shackleford on a Triumph.

Ariel Pixie-JPG
There’s still plenty of time to plan a visit to the 22nd Annual Clubman’s All-British Motorcycle Weekend at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose, Calif., March 28, 2009. Saturday’s show will feature more than 100 British bikes, with Ariel as the featured marque. The show and swap meet runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and $1 raffle tickets for a 1973 Norton 850 Commando Roadster will be for sale. There will also be a “Morning After” ride on Sunday organized by the Ariel Owners Club. Better still, you could attend for free if you win our drawing for tickets!

McQueen Metisse Replica
Almost 30 years since he died and 46 years since his epic jump in The Great Escape, Steve McQueen still holds us under his spell. But if you think about it a moment, just why is a bit of a mystery. For one thing, McQueen didn’t even make the jump; that duty fell to offroad racer and stuntman Bud Ekins, a close friend of McQueen’s. Insurers for the film wouldn’t let McQueen expose himself to that kind of danger, so Ekins made the famous jump that’s been tied to McQueen ever since. Yet motorcyclists never tire of talking about that jump, which was recently recreated with help from Gerry Lisi at Metisse Motorcycles, who just launched a limited run of 300 Steve McQueen Metisse Desert Racers.

Back in 1951, young men with gasoline in their veins wanted nothing more than a fast British twin (well, nothing we’re going to talk about here anyway).

bmw's at the museum
From the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum comes info on yet another fun event at the museum, the third annual British & European Motorcycle Saturday. The press release reads "Motorcycle owners are invited to the AMA's Motorcycle Hall of

DKW a Scott inspired car
The Scott Three engine inspired cars from DKW to Wartburg.

group of three men at Battle of the Brits admiring a Triumph motorcycle
If you own and/or love a Triumph, Norton, Vincent or any other classic British motorcycle, Battle of the Brits in the Detroit, MI area is the place to be this September.

Building a Dresda Triton from a rusty Featherbed frame and a few fertilizer sacks full of parts.

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