Post-war British

Latest Buying Guide

Velocette LE

Velocette LE 1948 - 1971

Velocette's LE had a long production life, which indicated success, but it also absorbed a colossal post-war investment from the company, which in hindsight arguably did irreparable damage to the manufacturer...
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...
1947 AJS Model 18

AJS Model 18

This 1947 AJS Model 18 has been owned long-term and, though orig...
1961 BSA A7 classic British motorcycle

BSA A7 Shooting Star (1961)

Roger Steele's 500cc pre-unit BSA Shooting Star came to him as a...

Latest General Feature

Norton Commando S Type

Norton Commando: iconic engine

'Versatility' and 'expediency' were two buzz words in the British motorcycle industry. Versatility for the amount of uses an engine is put to and expediency for the reuse of components from earlier engines. Tim Britton traces the roots of the Norton Commando engine...
Vincent classic British motorcycle logo

Magnificent Vincents

A stint at the NEC in November 2002 convinces James Robinson tha...
Rotary valve Norton

Iconic engines: Rotary valve Norton

Though often accused of sticking with the ohc concept, Norton di...
Triumph classic 500cc group test (pdf)

Triumph 500 group test

Three's a crowd! Rigid, sprung hub and swinging arm versions of ...
DMW P200 De Luxe and proud owner

DMW P200 De Luxe

Not every concours champion needs to be a mutli-cylindered super...

Latest Archive Feature

Middle Eastern adventure, 1956

If you are going to embark on an 8000 mile motorcycle holiday to see the ruins of some ancient Middle Eastern empires, you’re going to need a pretty special motorcycle. Enter BSA's Golden Flash...

The Velocette ‘four’ that might have been

Fondly remembering his working days on Motor Cycle with Vic Will...
World's fastest Triumph

Fastest machine on earth

In a projectile measuring 17ft from nose to tail you would imagi...

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....

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 Speed Twin 1952  classic British motorcycle

Triumph Speed Twin

Writing about a 1952 Triumph Speed Twin, arguably the most handsome and sleek member of a line that began in 1937 and set a fashion that the major, it’s difficult not to repeat what has gone before too many times. Over to Jim Reynolds...
BSA Spitfire Scrambler

BSA Spitfire

Whether the Americans truly desired the specification of machine...
Matchless G3 Mercury and Norton ES2

Norton ES2 and Matchless G3

By the mid-1960s the once-great independent Matchless and Norton...
Harris Matchless G80

Harris Matchless G80

It’s a conundrum many marque enthusiasts have found themselves...
Matchless 250 G2CSR

Matchless 250 G2CSR

Jim Reynolds learns that a relaxed attitude to all motorcycles c...

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...