Post-war British

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1950 Triumph TR5 Trophy classic British motorcycle

Triumph TR5 Trophy

Though functional-looking, the Triumph TR5 is also arguably one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever made – and this one’s a real stunner...
1953 Ariel KHA

Ariel four-stroke twins: which to choose?

After the end of the Second World War, all the major manufacture...
BSA's classic CB34 classic motorcycle

BSA CB34

BSA's Clubman Gold Star is one of the most iconic and revered Br...
1956 Panther Model 100

Panther Model 100

There’s much can be said about Yorkshire folk, but one thing i...
1953 Norton Dominator 88

Norton Featherbed twins: which to choose?

The road-going Featherbed framed Norton twins; should it be they...

Latest General Feature

DMW P200 De Luxe and proud owner

DMW P200 De Luxe

Not every concours champion needs to be a mutli-cylindered superbike. Mick Knowles took top honours with his Villiers-powered DMW a little while ago...
Early Golden Flashes being used by the Police

I had one of those: BSA A10

Given a handful of more powerful, more modern models in the gara...
Rotary valve Norton

Iconic engines: Rotary valve Norton

Though often accused of sticking with the ohc concept, Norton di...

Velocette MAC

Old Bike Mart reader Ron Pratt fondly remembered a Velocette MAC...
Quadrent never made it to production

Triumph Quadrent

With a triple being developed in the wings Triumph was embracing...

Latest Archive Feature

World's fastest Triumph

Fastest machine on earth

In a projectile measuring 17ft from nose to tail you would imagine there would be plenty of room for the rider. But that's not so with Joe Dudek's red and white Triumph-powered streamliner. Vic Willoughby explains...

Million-mile test: Ariel Leader

Yes, it's here at last - Britain's biggest do-it-yourself road t...
BSA B31 350cc single

BSA B31

Bob Currie looks at the most immaculate BSA B31 in Warwickshire....

Ending a 12 year hurt

Peter Williams, Norton factory rider and designer of the team’...
Bikers arrive at the ball

Caff de Dorchester

It’s early May, 1963 and a bunch of bikers are arriving at the...

Latest Reference

Commander lightweight commuter motorcycle

When was it that? Commander

The revolutionary Commander stole the Earls Court Motorcycle Show? With very few exceptions, lightweight two-stroke manufacturers had little incentive to produce stylish new designs that broke with tradition, mainly because the machines they produced were destined to perform a basic, utilitarian role...
Life at the Meriden Triumph motorcycle factory (pdf)

A Triumphant tale

Triumph specialist Hughie Hancox spent many happy years at Merid...
Now when was it that historical motorcycle booklet

When was it that? Book 2

Welcome to the second online serialisation of the book Now when ...
AJS and Matchless twin - iconic engines

AJS and Matchless twin: iconic engines

When AMC introduced its parallel twin engine to an eager public ...
Ariel's pressed frame was ahead of its time

Ariel pressed steel frame

Innovative motorcycle manufacturer Ariel was arguably ahead of i...

Latest Road Test

Triumph Tiger T110

Triumph Tiger T110

With the Goodwood Revival deciding on introducing a set of rules encouraging the use of early to mid-1950s type ‘club’ racers, Triumph pre-unit specialists Ace Classics and fellow London shop, the Baron Speed Shop, decided to join forces and get involved...
1958 Ariel Huntmaster and Garrard Grand Prix child/adult sidecar

Ariel Huntmaster outfit

The old adage of what looks right is right applies here. Despite...
Harris Matchless G80

Harris Matchless G80

It’s a conundrum many marque enthusiasts have found themselves...
Norton Dominator Model 88, classic British motorcycle

Norton Dominator Model 88

In 1953, a Featherbed-framed Norton Dominator would have been an...
Norton ES2

Norton ES2

From early sporting leanings in the roaring 20s, Norton’s immo...

Latest Workshop

Velocette 250 and 350 motorcycle service notes (pdf)

Velocette 250 and 350

Velocette 250 and 350 ‘iron engine’ service notes. Models covered are MOV, MAC and MAF. Consistent design methods employed by Veloce Ltd over the years make the remainder of the work simple...
Norton gearbox overhaul

Norton gearbox overhaul

We reveal the basic dismantling, repair and assembly procedure t...
Motorcycle wheel building

Wheel building

Egged on by editorial pressure, editor Rod Gibson explores the a...
BSA A7/A10 service notes

BSA pre-unit service notes

'Polly' Palmer, chairman of the BSA Owners Club goes through the...
Triumph Trident T150V engine overhaul

Triumph Trident T150V: 1

A box of engine parts arrives in Rod Gibson’s workshop masquer...