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Classic British Motorcycles

Classic Abingdon King Dick Motorcycles

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1912 Abingdon King Dick

Abingdon King Dick Claimed power: 3.5hpTop speed: 35mphEngine: 477cc side valveFuel capacity: 3galMPG: 50 Unless you’re a student of early motorcycle technology, it’s doubtful you’ve ever seen anything quite like the sliding spring fork on the Abingdon King Dick. A uniquely odd classic British motorcycle, it might just be the motorcycling ...

Richard Backus

Classic AJS Motorcycles

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1965 AJS 350cc Model 16

Engine: 350cc air-cooled OHV 4-stroke single, 72mm x 85.5mm, 9:1 compression ratio, 18hp @ 5,750rpm Top speed: 78mph (claimed) Carburetion: Single Amal Monobloc 389 1-1/8in Transmission: Chain primary, wet multiplate clutch, 4-speed AMC gearbox Ignition: 12v (6v stock), coil and breaker points Frame/wheelbase: Duplex full cradle frame/56in (1,422mm) Suspension: ...

Robert Smith

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Classic Ariel Motorcycles

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1955 Ariel Single Hunter Scrambler

Engine: 499cc air-cooled 4-stroke single, 81.8mm x 95mm bore/stroke, 9.1:1 compression ratio, 34hp @ 6,000rpm Carburetion: 1-3/16in Amal Monobloc Transmission: 4-speed, oil bath clutch, chain primary Electrics: Magneto ignition/no generator or battery Frame/wheelbase: Tubular steel frame, 56in (1,422mm) Suspension: Hydraulic telescopic front fork, swingarm rear Brakes: 7in ...

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Classic BSA Motorcycles

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1960 BSA Super Rocket vs. 1957 Triumph Tiger 110

Familiarity breeds contempt goes the saying. And a forced marriage offers plenty of unwelcome familiarity. No surprise, then, that in the 1950s, relations between the two senior stepsiblings of the BSA Group — BSA and Triumph — were distant, competitive and sometimes downright hostile. By 1957, Triumph had been part of the BSA Group for six years. Yet, while Triumph’s ...

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Classic Douglas Motorcycles

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Sterling Autocycle: Going Back in Time

Further proof of growing interest in so-called “retro classics” comes with news that Black Douglas Motorcycle Co. will produce the Sterling Autocycle in the U.S. Created by motorcycle enthusiast Fabio Cardoni, Brugarolo, Italy, the Sterling has garnered praise in Europe, where demand has kept ahead of supply. The company says it’s been getting requests ...

Motorcycle Classics Staff

Classic Egli-Vincent Motorcycles

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Egli-Vincent: the Café Racer built by Godet

Engine: 1,330cc air-cooled OHV V-twin, 92mm x 100mm bore and stroke, 8.3:1 compression ratio, 100hp @ 6,000rpm Top speed (approx.): 138mph Carburetion: Dual Mikuni Concentric 36mm Transmission: 5-speed, chain final drive Electrics: 12v Alton alternator, electronic ignition Frame/wheelbase: Egli-style tubular steel w/engine as stressed member/56.5in (1,435mm) ...

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Classic Mcintyre Motorcycles

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1961 McIntyre Special Replica

1961 McIntyre Special ReplicaClaimed power: 54hp @ 7,600rpmTop speed: 135mph (est.)Engine: 496cc Matchless SOHC air-cooled singleWeight (w/oil): 271lb (123kg) Fuel capacity: 3.7gal (14ltr)In 1961, Scotland’s Bob McIntyre and ace welder and mechanic Alex Crummie created an all-new chassis to house an AJS 7R 348cc race engine. Lower, lighter and stiffer than any factory frame, the ...

Alan Cathcart

Classic Metisse Motorcycles

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1962 Rickman Metisse Scrambler

1962 Rickman MetisseEngine: 497cc air-cooled OHV single, 86mm x 85.5mm bore and stroke, 9.5:1 compression ratio, 35hp (est.)Weight (dry): 300lb (136kg)Fuel capacity: 2 gal (7.5ltr)Remember the one that got away? That one tired old motorcycle that you had to sell because there wasn’t enough time or money to see it through?There are probably more than a few of you reading ...

Greg Williams

Classic Matchless Motorcycles

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Sight Unseen: 1966 Matchless G80CS

1966 Matchless G80CS Engine: 497cc air-cooled OHV 4-stroke single, 86mm x 85.5mm bore and stroke, 8.7:1 compression ratio, 30hp (est.) Top speed: 90mph (period test) Carburetion: Single 3/16in Amal Concentric Transmission: 4-speed, right foot shift, chain final drive Electrics: 6v, Lucas NC1 “wader” magneto Frame/wheelbase: Dual downtube cradle frame/55in ...

Margie Siegal | Photos Nick Cedar

Classic Norton Motorcycles

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1974 Norton Commando 850

Dan Bockmier had a clear vision when he started working on this Norton. “The concept for the bike occurred to me while pondering how conservative Norton was in terms of paint and style. They’re so unlike Triumph, for instance, who had different super sexy two-tone paint schemes every year. Norton was always about engineering and very little sizzle.” A Norton Commando, ...

Margie Siegal

Classic Royal Enfield Motorcycles

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Riding the Royal Enfield INT650 and Continental GT

Royal Enfield INT650/Continental GT650 Engine: 648cc air/oil-cooled SOHC parallel twin, 78mm x 67.8mm bore and stroke, 9.5:1 compression ratio, 47hp @ 7,250rpm (at crankshaft) Top speed: NA Fueling: Bosch multipoint sequential fuel injection Transmission: 6-speed, chain final drive Electrics: 12v, digital electronic ignition Frame/wheelbase: Dual downtube steel cradle ...

Landon Hall and Keith Fellenstein

Classic Silk Motorcycles

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1977 Silk 700S Sabre MK 2

1977 Silk 700S Sabre MK2Engine: 653cc 2-stroke water-cooled parallel twinTop speed: 110mphTransmission: 4-speed, enclosed chain final driveWeight (dry): 310lb (141kg)Fuel capacity: 3.6gal (13.6ltr)Price then/now: £2,482 ($5,262 at $2.12 per £1, 1979 avg. exchange rate)/$2,000-$7,000As far as Brit George Silk was concerned, the fun of riding a motorcycle in the ...

Phillip Tooth

Classic Triumph Motorcycles

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1960 BSA Super Rocket vs. 1957 Triumph Tiger 110

Familiarity breeds contempt goes the saying. And a forced marriage offers plenty of unwelcome familiarity. No surprise, then, that in the 1950s, relations between the two senior stepsiblings of the BSA Group — BSA and Triumph — were distant, competitive and sometimes downright hostile. By 1957, Triumph had been part of the BSA Group for six years. Yet, while Triumph’s ...

Staff

Classic Velocette Motorcycles

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The Birmingham Blower: 1939 Velocette Roarer Replica

1939 Velocette Roarer ReplicaEngine: 498cc air-cooled supercharged SOHC parallel twin w/two counter-rotating crankshafts, 68mm x 68.25mm bore and stroke, 7.5:1 compression ratio, 54hp @ 4psi boost (est.)Top speed: 140mph (est.)Carburetion: Single Amal 10TT9 w/Shorrock-type superchargerTransmission: 4-speed, shaft final driveElectrics: Lucas AC2 magnetoFrame/wheelbase: Steel tube ...

Robert Smith

Classic Vincent Motorcycles

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The Rare Vincati

The 1970's bred a worldwide generation of "shadetree machanics." These were people with the self-taught skills of certified mechanics and engineers who undertook hobby projects in their basic backyard workshops. Some of their often crazy ideas worked: fitting a Volkswagen engine into a motorcycle frame; slotting a 427 Cobra Jet V8 engine into a 1955 Ford Ranch Wagon to make the ...

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