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This time; common faults and all-round advice Ian Mitchell was so inspired he bought the scrambler version. And then immediately started modifying it This time; an intro, and engines Skyteam ACE We admit it. When Dave Morris told us he was buying a Chinese classic-a-like, we couldn’t resist a tiny little bit of sneering. So far, however, Dave reckons it’s been not-much-money well spent Yamaha TR1 Keith Bennett was looking for a classic bike which combined Japanese reliability with the personality of an old Brit.

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NVT chairman Dennis Poore. Craig Vetter’s X Hurricane. The experimental team was transferred to Kitts Green, Birmingham, where they continued working on the T and the Norton Wankel engine. TR5MX Avenger, a cc motocross single, is built. Last year for the TR6.

Models On. The engine number is located on the left side of the engine, immediately below the cylinder barrel flange. The number is stamped onto a raised pad.

But Marston was dissatisfied with the pedals on his machines, which he bought in. In , he dispatched his son Charles Marston to the USA on a selling trip but included in his instructions that he must discuss pedal engineering with Pratt and Whitney in Hartford, Connecticut and come back with a high class pedal and the machinery for making it. He was impressed by the production system and the labour saving devices he saw there.

He pointed out that “it was not possible to develop these at Sunbeamland, which had long been working on another plan, but it was possible to start them in a new factory”. Under the direction of Charles, the new company made cycle parts for the Sunbeam cycle. As the factory was producing more parts than Sunbeam required, Villiers also sold components to other manufacturers. Frank Farrer , who was then the manager of Palmer Tyre ‘s Coventry depot, was appointed as sole agent for the sale of the surplus pedals.

Farrer had many connections with the cycle trade, was a good engineer and a great salesman and was to become the driving force in Villiers. So successful was this move that Frank Farrer joined Villiers full-time in ; the factory employed 36 men. Secondly, it developed and patented the cycle free-wheel, which every cycle manufacturer required. The production of free wheels reached its peak just after World War II, as the company produced 80, per week or 4 million per year.

This engine was designated the Mark I and given the code ‘O’.

1901-1953 American made “INDIAN” brand motorcycles

Then to continue the history of the brand, see the page entitled ” era” also of interest to British bike owners as these Indians were built by Royal Enfield, Velocette and Matchless and finally “Recent Indians”. To access the other pages, just click on handlebar image above. To see my styling designs for custom cruisers using classic V twin and other engines e.

They don’t make them like they used to and lovers of classic cars know that well. Dating from the s or earlier, classic cars show the lines, style and features popular in the past and give you a .

Also check out “More Oldies” lots of videos, photos and information on pre Indians just click on handlebar image above. To see my styling designs for custom cruisers using classic V twin and other engines check out my new website Custom Cruiser Concepts This website has many large images up to pixils wide so is best viewed on screens monitors of at least laptop size and not on smaller pads or cell phones.

Copyright except where noted by J. Photos from Canadian Biker, Cycle World, Classic Bike, Iron Horse and other magazines are copyrighted by them and used here with their kind permission. Send to me and if approved for putting on this site you can share photos of your bike and your stories with many thousands of other readers worldwide. By sending in photos and text you agree to release any copyright and grant permission to them appearing on this site for free, no financial consideration to you, Email: Previous high was Nov.

Mostly steady increases since So if you sell classic motorcycles, parts for them, biker clothes, paraphernalia, automotive books or motorcycle magazines, etc. To make it easier for small businesses, rates are cheap, e. In Italy, all motorcycles have names beginning with “moto” e. The earliest Indian models looked like mopeds bicycles with small single cylinder engines and only 3 were made in Indian made motorcycles in Interestingly, Triumph began production in and Harley-Davidson the year after


Confounding the cynics, bikes are now being delivered to customers. Although the engine is very much based on the Dreer which, confusingly, also displaced cc , it has been comprehensively rejigged for UK production by motorsport guru Menard Competition Technologies MCT. Unlike almost every other motorcycle power unit made today, the big twin uses rolling element bearings throughout and dry sump lubrication.

It also has pushrod-operated valves, so in essence shares plenty with the original Commando. No need for arcane kick-starting rituals here:

Norton Commando /Dominator In a bid to become India’s umbrella term for motorcycle exotica, the Kinetic group’s Motoroyale venture has brought Norton Motorcycles to India.

Classic Super Bikes Fleet, Hampshire. Restored and rebuilt by an experienced marque specialist in Sweden and still requiring some running in, it’s excellent in all regards except for the left silencer which has been damaged by a battery acid leak. Still awaiting workshop appraisal here, after which a video will be added, but we are reliably assured it runs faultlessly and the restoration work looks to be of a high standard. Matching numbers machine with all the Swedish documents in order so if it sells in the UK you’ll be the first owner and we’ll help with the process so it’ll be trouble-free.

Recently fettled to perfection and it shows: These are rare models of course and this example is even rarer in that it not only looks good but is a joy to ride. This remarkably original late model S has a lovely history to go with it’s excellent condition inside and out. The document file includes a Silk Motorcycles invoice for the rare Churchgate Mouldings fairing which was factory-fitted from new, along with the engine bars.

We have only seen one other Silk here with this fairing on and it’s recognisable by the bespoke fittings and tidy finish. A collection of old MOTs support the low mileage and the four former keepers are recorded on old V5 and V5C documents. The fuel tank paintwork at the front on top has cracked and been repaired to a poor standard with a S sticker added to hide the imperfection and another sticker has been added to the tail fairing, presumably to hide a mark too.

There is an invoice for a rear rack from Silk so maybe this marked the tail fairing? It’s not fitted now so we’re just guessing.

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Many people remember that smooth scream as the bike rounded the corner, the lovely noise that emitted itself from the twin mufflers. The F1 has a unique exhaust sound that makes it stand out above all the rest. Every sportster bike wanted to be a Norton F1, and every rider wanted to own one. Norton had tried out a few different bikes with rotary-engines throughout the 80s and 90s, but nothing really came to a head.

Even up until today, their best rotary is, of course, the F1 — this bike is legendary after all.

The history of Triumph Motorcycles from to present day, from Coventry to Meriden to Hinckley, plus information on other British motorcycle companies and contemporary motorcycling history Triumph motorcycle timeline, history of Triumph motorcycles from to the present, from Coventry to Meriden to Hinckley.

That was the estimate Bonhams had in mind for this piece of classic bike history when it came up for auction at the firm’s October sale at Stafford. A very respectable 57bhp was claimed with the maximum speed touching mph. But Hobbs was unsatisfied and took the bike to Ted “Barry” Baragwanath pictured left. Baragwanath, a well-known and well-respected Brooklands sidecar racer and tuner who also ran a motor repair business in North London and was noted for wearing a winged collar with his riding gear coaxed the horsepower up to around 65 from This was achieved by increasing the compression ratio to 8.

Moby was now able to hit mph in top gear 3rd , and reach mph in second. Despite all this, Hobbs didn’t fare as well as he’d hoped at Brooklands, but he did better at the Gatwick Speed Trials in both the solo and the sidecar class. By , Moby Dick was sold and passed through the hands of Alfred J Cain and Tom Eccles, the latter of whom kept the bike for 40 years. Bonhams is bound to be disappointed at the result of this sale, and will no doubt be looking anxiously at their next sale at Harrogate to see if this represents a new downward trend see item below.

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This service allows you to search for a frame number in our factory records. Please read the notes below before searching. When entering your frame number, make sure you use the full reference number including any letters before or above the numbers. The location of the frame number is indicated in the diagrams at the bottom of this page. Information available is for: Road Twins and Singles:

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When it was introduced in , the cc Dominator Model 7 was a handsome enough machine. Put the new twin engine in the old single frame. However, the single cylinder bike that Norton borrowed the frame from was the ES2, which was essentially a low-volume, hand-built bike. At least it had long Roadholder telescopic forks with 7-inch brakes.

Interestingly, this stone-age frame survived the introduction of the revolutionary, trend-setting Featherbed frame with swing arm rear suspension on the new Dominator 88 until it was replaced on the Dominator Model 7 line in At the time, it was believed that the Featherbed was unsuitable for sidecar duty, where the old plunger frame was actually preferred. The Featherbed was indeed one of the finest racing chassis in the world at that time, truly in a class to itself. The fact that the legendary Featherbed trickled down directly from racing to the general public is a textbook example of the lexicon: By the relentless quest for more power led to the first step in a litany of boost in displacement.

The Norton Dominator 99 was the cc version of the old Model 7. It was called a , of course. The Norton Dominator really started the Norton twin legacy that ended with the legendary Norton Commando, one of the greatest Classic British Motorcycle ever built, a span of over a quarter of a century.

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