Indian-Vincent Factory Prototype

In the post Second World War era both the Indian motorcycle company of the United States and Vincent HRD in Britain were struggling financially. Indian were struggling because of a series of poor management decisions in their history especially with regard to their having starved their dealerships of motorcycles during the US involvement in the ...

The Black Douglas Motorcycle Company

Despite their name The Black Douglas Motorcycle Company are not Scottish, nor even English, they are in fact Italian and based in the heart of Italian fashion, Milan. Recognizing that there are many motorcycle enthusiasts who would much prefer to ride a vintage style motorcycle but neither want the problems associated with keeping a genuine ...

Douglas Mark V

The Douglas manufacturing company was founded in 1882 as a family business which branched out into motorcycle manufacturing in 1907. Douglas venture into motorcycle making began when one of their customers,  Joseph F. Barter's Light Motors Ltd. Joseph F. Barter's Light Motors Ltd. designed their "Fée" (i.e. Fairy) system for mounting an engine in a ...

BMW R16

BMW's first venture into motorcycle manufacture was with their tube framed R32, R42, and R52 series (See our Revivaler post on these bikes here). Tube frames proved to be fine for motorcycle construction but BMW had entered into motor car manufacturing with their acquisition of Automobilewerk Eisenach who were making British Austin Seven based automobiles ...

BMW R52

BMW began in 1916 when the aircraft engine manufacturer Rapp Motorenwerke was reorganized to become BMW. This was done at a time when the First World War was at its height. At the end of the war the Treaty of Versailles banned the German Air Force and the German aircraft manufacturing industry. Thus it was ...

New Hudson 500cc Model 3

You've no doubt heard of the Girling brake manufacturing company. Before they were called Girling the company was called New Hudson, and before they became a brake manufacturing specialist they began as a bicycle maker and then a motorcycle maker. This 1931 New Hudson has the 496cc twin cylinder overhead valve engine which makes it ...

Triumph Thunderbird Custom Bobber

The Triumph Thunderbird went into production soon after the end of the Second World War in 1950. Rationing was still very much in place in Britain and British manufacturers were left in no doubt by the British government that they had to "export, or perish". Europe was still reeling from the effects of the war ...

Custom Harley-Davidson FXS Shovelhead

The seventies was a troubled time for Harley-Davidson. The company had been purchased by American Machine and Foundry (AMF) who wanted to streamline production to reduce costs and increase profits. As tends to happen when the focus goes off making creative quality products and onto making money at all costs the quality of Harley-Davidson motorcycles ...

BMW R 75

In November of 1937 in a Germany where universal conscription had been introduced two years earlier and the creation of Biker Private Troops had been agreed to the German Oberkommando Heer (OKH) became engaged in discussions with Germany's two main motorcycle makers, BMW and Zündapp, with a view to creating a purpose built military motorcycle. ...