Road Test

BSA Spitfire

BSA Spitfire

30 November 2014

Whether the Americans truly desired the specification of machinery that we sent them, or whether it was merely the interpretation of the factory stylists in their smoky offices of the 50s remains arguable. However, one thing is for sure, these days in particular, that era of Trans Atlantic styling is eye-catchingly different...

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Panther-Norton

Panther-Norton

24 November 2014.

When Featherbed based specials are mentioned, several variations of power unit come to mind but hardly ever would P&M’s slogging old sloper feature in the list. Jim Reynolds meets one such man for whom such ‘prejudices’ do not exist and finds that even the most bizarre concoction can produce remarkable results...

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BSA G14

BSA G14

19 November 2014.

The BSA G14 was, by the 1930s, a far-from-advanced piece of kit. But the qualities it possessed were still popular – and indeed still are today. This G14 has been restored by well-known Hertfordshire restorer Robin James and is a super example...

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Triumph Trident T160

Triumph Trident T160

4 November 2014.

Triumph’s three cylinder Trident provided the signature sound for racers in the early Seventies and led to the best of the bunch, the T160, made for just a year from 1975. John Nutting explains...

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Velocette singles

Velocette singles

21 October 2014.

The keys to a successful marriage may be hanging in the garage, judging by the longevity of this Velocette-inspired union between two kindred spirits. Mike Lewis looks at a Velocette 250 MOV (WD) and the more traditional looking 350 MAC...

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Triumph TT Special

16 October 2014.

If Tonka made motorcycles, then one can’t help thinking they’d make something like this chunky and purposeful TT Special. James Robinson reports...

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Ariel Huntmaster outfit

15 October 2014.

The old adage of what looks right is right applies here. Despite this Ariel Huntmaster being the end of the line for Selly Oak, its handsome lines are complemented by an attractive third wheel. Even a reluctant sidecarist is bowled over by this Birmingham-London plot...

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BSA B40

BSA B40

13 October 2014.

As we followed Derek Mann’s neat Beesa B40 down a twisting Yorkshire lane, my wife summed him up: “You can tell he’s spent most of his life on two wheels, he looks part of the bike.” No flash, just smooth progress. A proper motorcyclist...

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Triumph Speed Twin

Triumph Speed Twin

2 October 2014.

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, it’s difficult not to repeat what has gone before too many times. Over to Jim Reynolds...

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BSA Super Rocket

BSA Super Rocket

1 October 2014.

BSA’s well loved pre-unit twins culminated with the Rocket Gold Star, pretty much a hot Super Rocket twin engine in the Gold Star cycle parts. Overshadowed by its Triumph Bonneville counterpart, the Super Rocket was arguably as good a machine. Jim Reynolds takes a ride out on one, which is probably as good as it gets...

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