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. ...

Sunbeam 4¼hp Model 7

Back in the days before he married my mother in law my father in law used to own a Sunbeam motorcycle of twenties vintage. He really enjoyed that old bike back in the days when young guys could usually not afford a motor car. As young single men do my father in law wanted to ...

Healey 1000/4

Have you ever noticed that it is often some of the best motorcycles (and cars) that are made in limited production small numbers for short periods of time. The Healey 1000/4 is one of these. When created in 1971 this 1000cc motorcycle tipped the scales at 355lb and so was lighter than the Honda 250cc ...

Henderson KJ Four

William G. Henderson and his brother Tom W. Henderson went into the motorcycle design and manufacturing business in 1911. William was the designer and Tom's role was primarily in sales and management. From the start the Hendersons only made in-line four cylinder motorcycles and this became their trademark style of motorcycle that would endure in ...

Ace 1,220cc Four

Tom and William Henderson formed their Henderson Motorcycle Company in Detroit in 1912 and created one of the most exciting motorcycles the world had seen up to that time. The Henderson featured an in-line F head (inlet over exhaust) air cooled engine and quickly gained a reputation for itself for speed and agility. The company ...

Indian Type 440

With their purchase of Ace Motorcycles in 1927 Indian Motocycle acquired the William Henderson designed Ace in-line F head four cylinder motorcycle engine and Indian were not slow to put their own name on it and create the Indian four cylinder motorcycle in 1928. Indian's four cylinder motorcycle was pretty much a badge engineered Ace ...