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Yamaha's XT and SR500 - a singular sort-out

Yamaha's XT and SR500 - a singular sort-out

7 June 2016

Eyebrows were raised when Yamaha entered the ‘big single’ market in the 1970s – but it had done its homework thoroughly to put some tired old bogeys to rest, writes Steve Cooper.  

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Square Four evolution

Square Four evolution

7 June 2016.

While little cannot already have been written about the Ariel Square Four, it takes only a brief look through the Mortons Archive to reignite the intrigue this distinguished British design has always generated, writes Pete Kelly

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Racing Rudges

Racing Rudges

6 June 2016.

This 1933 TT Replica Rudge is a real rarity, taking nearly three decades to piece together. 

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The Jubilee Races

The Jubilee Races

6 June 2016.

The appeal of the 1953 ACU Jubilee Races, which took place in late August, suffered a major blow when many of the big stars were eliminated from the running owing to injury, illness or schedule conflicts. The event went on regardless, and it was those spectators who decided not to attend that missed out on some great racing. 

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Time machine

Time machine

6 June 2016.

This staggering motorcycle, built in 1935, is based on a Henderson Four. It takes its styling cues from the art deco period from whence it came – and it couldn’t have come from any other era.  

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Commuting with style

Commuting with style

6 June 2016.

In Germany in the 1950s and 60s, Zundapp was one of several companies to manufacture high-class ‘commuter’ machines.  

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Beautiful baby

Beautiful baby

6 June 2016.

The 680 ohv Brough Superior was launched as smaller version of the iconic SS100 – and it certainly looked the part. But, for better or worse, does it share its bigger brother’s characteristics?  

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Crash, bang, wallop…

Crash, bang, wallop…

6 June 2016.

A tangle of Nortons at Brooklands in 1927.  

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Manx Classic Trial

Manx Classic Trial

3 June 2016.

One of the most popular events on the trials calendar is the Manx International Classic Trial. A two-day affair, held latterly on September 5-6, it took riders all round the Isle of Man and provided a variety of terrain to test the skills of all entrants.  

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Martin Lampkin: 1951-2016

Martin Lampkin: 1951-2016

3 June 2016.

Having achieved so much in motorcycling, Harold Martin Lampkin – ‘Mart’, ‘Big Mart’ or ‘H’ depending on who you talk to – is the subject of many images in our archive. We hope this small selection of pictures goes some way to show the impact that this true legend – who died earlier this spring – had on motorcycle sport from his very first trial in January 1967. 

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