Classic British Motorcycles

Win a Royal Enfield

Join the classic crew or add to your collection when you win a choice of Royal Enfield INT650 or Continental GT motorcycle!

Plucky Brit: 1969 Scott Flying Squirrel

Read this profile on the classic British motorcyle, the 1969 Scott Flying Squirrel!

1922 Brough Superior Mk1

Pre-World War II motorcycles dominate the high-end collectable market, and Brough Superiors sit at the pinnacle

Cream Machine: 1930 “Ivory” Calthorpe

Clive Curry needed a motorcycle built before 1936 for a regularity run. He found one in a 1930 Ivory Calthorpe.

Devil in Disguise: 1948 EMC 350 Grand Prix Racer

The EMC 350 Grand Prix racer lives on as a testament to its designer’s inventiveness and as another step toward a better 2-stroke.

100 Years of Brough Superior

The Rolls-Royce of motorcycles celebrates the company’s 100th birthday with a new anniversary version of the Brough Superior SS100.

Well-Heeled: 2018 Brough Superior Pendine Sand Racer

The Brough Superior Pendine Sand Racer, the second model from the revived marque, is a high-piped roadster for the wealthy few.

Triton with a Twist: Williams Triton 804

Dave Williams built the custom Triton he always wanted, complete with a host of hidden details.

His Lordship’s Motorcycle: 1984 Hesketh Vampire

With a few custom tweaks, a rare Hesketh Vampire becomes a killer naked bike for the street.

Name Games: 1967 Norton/Matchless N15CS

Consolidation in the British motorcycle industry led to the N15CS, a Norton with a Matchless frame.

Best Kept Secret: 1950 Zenith Big Twin

This rare Zenith uses a 1930s 750cc JAP twin, which sat on a shelf through World War II.

Selly Oak Sophisticate: 1960 Ariel Arrow 250

Arrow owner Joe Li wanted a 2-stroke, but he didn’t want something Japanese. Enter the Ariel Arrow.

Big Cat: Panther Model 100

The Panther Model 100's big sloping cylinder makes it one of the most iconic British motorcycles of all time.

Legendary: 2012 Dresda Triton

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

Past Perfect: The 1937 Brough Superior SS100

A collector's Brough Superior SS100 in original condition was once also owned by one of our writers and by George Brough himself.

Going for the Ton in Texas

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.

TT Mountain Bike: 1911 Humber 2-3/4hp TT Racer

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: A Vintage Triple Threat

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

Hesketh 24: The Comeback Bike

Another vintage motorcycling marque returns with the Hesketh 24.

Brough Superior Sets New Records

Breaking records at the Bonneville Speed Trials with Brough Superior.

Brough Superior: Back to the Track

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.

1924 Beardmore-Precision

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 V1000

A 1982 Hesketh V1000 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1977 Triumph T140 Bonneville Oil Pressure Problem

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

1926 ABC Motorcycle

A 1926 ABC 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.

Rare 1929 Grindlay-Peerless Racer to be Auctioned at Bonhams’ Stafford Sale

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.

Fabled Brough Superior to Be Sold at Auction

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.

1963 Norton Electra 400ES

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

Triumph Hydraulic Clutch

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

Triumph 650 Engine Build

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

Triumph Bonneville Fork Gaiters Need Replacement

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

Norton Commando Luggage 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.

Triumph Bonneville Idle Jets

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

Triumph Bonneville 650 Heads

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

Triumph Live Event Celebrates 110th Birthday

Triumph celebrates 110th birthday with Triumph Live event

REG 250: The First Multi-cylinder 250cc Motorcycle

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.

1928 New Hudson Model 88 ee

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

John Surtees Petition Drive for Knighthood

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.

Triumph T120 Ignition Trouble

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.

Back in the Saddle: The 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 Triumph from Happy Days to be auctioned

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 Made in England

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

Brough Breaks Bonneville Record

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!

Book Review: Shooting Star by Abe Aamidor

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 Classic Motorcycle Engines

Herb Harris' magnificent collection of cutaway classic motorcycle engines.

Quick Ride: 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.

Shooting Star — a Look at British Motorcycle History

"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.

Riding Texas on British Singles

A motorcycle trip through Texas on British singles.

Daytona 200, Circa 1952

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.

Win tickets to the Clubman’s All-British Motorcycle Weekend!

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!

Steve McQueen's Jump Revisited

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.

When Britbikes ruled the world

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).

British & European Motorcycle Saturday at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame 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

The sound and the fury: celebrate the machines that changed the world!

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