Pre-war British

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1932 Ariel VH32 Red Hunter classic British motorcycle

Ariel VH32 Red Hunter

This four-valve sporting Ariel single was only catalogued for the single season, though its name lived on...
Rudge Special 1939 classic motorcycle

Rudge Special

One man’s lifelong love affair with his Rudge has resulted in ...
1937 Series A HRD Vincent Comet

Vincent Comet Series A

Series A Vincent-HRD singles were the model which set the Steven...
Bradbury Speed model

Bradbury 'Speed' Model

The Bradbury 3½hp single was unusual for having its engine case...

SOS motorcycles: which to choose?

The SOS was a remarkable motorcycle, in that it was the product ...

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1929 side sprung Druids from a Norton 16H

Girder forks

Feared by some, girder front forks were a light, reasonably strong early solution to steering and front suspension. Today, most are at least 50 years old, so need regular checks and maintenance to make sure they remain safe to use...
Motorcycle gaskets come in all shapes and sizes

Gasket teach in

Engines, gearboxes, carburettors and some electrical components ...
JAP classic motorcycle speedway engine

Speedway JAP

Considering it was almost never made, the competition single had...
Pre-war motorcycle clutches

Clutch - a history

Pioneer riders, on direct drive motorcycles, struggled on steep ...
Alfred Angus Scott British classic motorcycle maker profile

Alfred Angas Scott profile

In the history of the British motorcycling movement the name of ...

Latest Archive Feature

The London to Edinburgh Run, 1914

The London to Edinburgh Reliability Trial was celebrated in the June 11, 1914 issue of The Motor Cycle with a report ‘from a competitor’s point of view’...

Bikes you should ride... but probably can't

Raking around in the archive at Old Bike Mart is an illuminating...

The London Ladies Club, March 1936

From 1936, this picture shows members of the London Ladies Club ...

Straight from the plate: Testing times

The ACU’s Six Days Stock Machine Trial provided a tough test f...

Miniatures on ACU test

In 1923 the ACU organised a special test of smaller capacity bik...

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The Grigg side-valve V-twin - August 1923

The August 16, 1923 issue of The Motor Cycle announced that the Grigg Motor & Engineering Company in Winchester Road, Twickenham would be marketing a range of single-cylinder and V-twin engines under the patents of Messrs Bacher and Hellow, who were responsible for B and H engines...
1947 Matchless classic British motorcycle

When was it that? Matchless

AMC's tele-fork Matchless made the headlines? When World War II ...
3.4hp OCS Sports Humber

When was it that? Humber

When was it that Humber last built motorbikes?
Now when was it that? Book 3

When was it that? Book 3

Another diverse selection of motorcycle trivia. Part three of ou...
Velocette advertisement

When was it that? Velocette GTP

When was it that Velocette introduced the GTP?

Latest Road Test

1931 AJS Model S3 classic motorcycle

AJS Model S3

The AJS S3 was a bright and bold new design from AJ Stevens of Woverhampton. Unfortunately, its release couldn’t have come at a worse moment...
1929 Neander V-twin

Neander V-twin

Visually striking and rarer than hen's teeth, the Neander certai...
BSA G13/33 classic sidevalve v-twin motorcycle from BSA

BSA G13/33 World Tour

Eighty years ago, The Motor Cycle took BSA’s Model G on a worl...
1938 Rudge Ulster

Rudge Ulster

Retired design and technology teacher John Crispin gives full ma...
Rudge Whitworth Ulster classic motorcycle

Rudge Ulster

Jim Reynolds tests a very special, fully restored Graham Walker ...