AJS 7R

The AJS 7R was one of the best choices for the amateur motorcycle racer of the fifties and sixties. It remains today one of the best choices for someone wanting to enter vintage motorcycle racing events. The 7R earned itself the nick-name of "The boy racer" early on in its career which began in 1948 ...

Zündapp K800

Zündapp  were formed in 1917 by the joining together of Friedrich Krupp AG, who had made much of the artillery used during the First World War, with machine tool manufacturer Thiel, and a man named Fritz Neumeyer. The company was called "Zünder- und Apparatebau G.m.b.H." In German "Zünder" means "igniter" or "detonator" whilst "Apparatebau" translates ...

Ariel 499cc Model SF31 ‘Sloper’

The Ariel SF31 was introduced in 1931 as Ariel's offering in the then popular 500cc class of motorcycle. The engine was quite different to the other Ariel offerings being an OHV single with the cylinder laid at an angle with the cylinder head pointing into the air flow. This both provided improved cooling and made ...

Brough Superior OHV 680 Black Alpine

George Brough was a motorcycle enthusiast, racer, entrepreneur and salesman. All the qualities needed to succeed in the business of motorcycle manufacture. Brough began his business in 1919 and since his father was already making motorcycles under the Brough name young George decided to call his motorcycles "Brough Superior". We catch a glimpse of George's ...

FN 8hp 750 T Four

Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Belgium have a long history as firearms makers and also have a long association with John Moses Browning. In fact Browning now own FN and Winchester and the current model Winchester Model 70 rifles are all made by Browning Arms Company (BACO). But Fabrique Nationale have also in the past been ...

Douglas 596cc Aero

Those who are aficionados of the BMW R Series motorcycles may not realize that the horizontally opposed Boxer engine of the R Series was first created when a BMW engineer named Max Fritz reverse engineered a British Douglas motorcycle that belonged to his works foreman Martin Stolle in 1919 just after the First World War. In fact ...

1912 Henderson Four

Back when he was a sixteen year old just leaving school to join his family's business Winton Motors young William Henderson would have had no idea that he was on a path that would make his name near legendary in the history of American motorcycles. In life, everybody starts out as a beginner, and William ...

Vincent Series D Black Prince

The Vincent Black Prince is a motorcycle that, if you see one in your rear view mirror, you are likely to think "its a cop" and slow down and drive nicely. Phil Vincent described it as "The Bentley of motorcycles" and because James Bond drives a Bentley in Ian Fleming's novels the Vincent Black Prince ...

Welbike Paratrooper Motorcycle

The Welbike began life as a creation of the boffins of  Britain's Special Operation Executive's (SOE) secret special equipment facility "Station IX" at Welwyn in Hertfordshire and found a surprising range of uses during the Second World War and in the immediate post war era. The original idea of the Welbike was to create a ...