british motorcycles

Continental GT 650

Continental GT 650 – A 60’s Café Racer Throwback

Royal Enfield hit it out of the park when they released the Continental GT 650, it is the ultimate value café racer that I am completely in love with.  Sure…

are triumphs reliable?

Are Triumph Motorcycles Reliable?

Modern Triumph’s are known to be great bikes. They’re rock solid, reliable, durable and will serve their owners for many miles and riding years.   Like many British motorcycle brands, Triumph…

2022 BSA Gold Star 650

2022 BSA Gold Star – Return of the Legendary Brit Bike

With the announcement of BSA returning, motorcycle stores, bike nights, coffee shops, and the internet have been awash with opinions, rumors and general gossip about an all new for 2022…

2022 BSA Gold Star

Matchless Motorcycles – An Overlooked British Classic

Matchless Motorcycles are one of the oldest British motorcycle companies and up until the collapse of parent company AMC in 1966 they produced some pretty special motorcycles. We largely look…

Triumph Rocket 3 – Ultimate Muscle Bike

The Triumph Rocket 3 is one of the most exciting muscle roadsters that the world has ever seen. It is certainly the most exciting bike to come out of the…

Norton Classic Rotary P43

Norton Classic Rotary P43

The Norton Classic Rotary is likely the rarest Norton ever to have existed, and certainly the rarest to find today for collectors. The bike is highly coveted for motorcycle historians…

Norton Classic Rotary

BSA Gold Star – All You Need To Know About The Big Single

Ask any motorcycle enthusiast about BSA and their immediate response would be along the lines of “You mean the Gold Star?” The BSA Gold Star was not only the most…

Norton Commando 750

The Norton Commando 750 was a breakthrough in British motorcycling history. Despite being released during the UJM takeover, half a million were sold during the decade it was in production….

AJS Motorcycles – 8 Classic Bikes

AJS Motorcycles is one of the longest surviving British motorcycle companies to date. Founded in Wolverhampton, the Stevens brothers, Harry, Joe Junior, George and the company’s namesake Albert John (or…

Ariel Square Four

Ariel Square Four Classic Motorcycle

The Ariel Square Four was a completely new design and had a spectacular impact on the motorcycle design industry in the 1930’s and then beyond.  It was a tough, endurance…

Ariel Square Four

Triumph Bonneville Scrambler

Triumph Bonneville Scrambler 2006 – 2019

The modern Triumph Bonneville Scrambler appeared back in 2006. An off-road styled version of the Triumph Bonneville, it also took many visual cues from the iconic TR6 Trophy, a bike…

Triumph Bonneville Scrambler

1938 Triumph 5T Speed Twin 500

The 1938 Triumph 5T Speed Twin 500 was a revolutionary motorcycle, it was the birth of the parallel twin. Most, if not all British twins that followed owed a debt…

MK1 Triumph Speed Triple

Triumph Speed Triple – The First Production Streetfighter

The Triumph Speed Triple has been a cult icon all its life.  Just the name brings about visions of big twin headlights, sleek single-sided swingarms, a wide motocross handlebar, and…

Where are Triumph's built?

Where Are Triumph Motorcycles Made?

Update as of March 2022. Since I wrote this article Triumph have opened a new assembly facility at their Hinckley headquarters that will build all bikes for the UK and…

Are Triumphs really expensive?

Why Are Triumphs So Expensive?

Some people consider Triumph to be expensive, others believe they offer value for money. Here’s what I found after doing some price comparisons…. Why are Triumphs so expensive? When compared…

Are Triumphs really expensive?

Triumph street twin side view

Why The Triumph Street Twin is Good for Beginners

The Triumph Street Twin has a lot going for it. Apart from its fantastic retro styling and excellent value for money, the Street Twin is a great all rounder and…

Triumph street twin side view

which was the worlds first superbike?

Worlds First Superbike – 4 Contenders For The Title

The term superbike was first used by the motorcycling press in October 1968 after the unveiling of the Honda CB750 at the Tokyo bike show. It’s not a given though…

1920’s Motorcycles – 13 Vintage Classics Of The Roaring Twenties

In the 1920’s motorcycles came of age and the decade was a boom time for the industry. In truth, it was a boom time for most industries. The war to…

Norton Atlas Ranger

Norton Motorcycles – The Story From First To Last

With the sad news of the administrators being called in to Norton Motorcycles, I thought that now would be a good time to reflect on what could have (should have?)…

Norton Atlas Ranger

Vincent motorcycle

The Vincent Rapide – Fulfilling a Lifetimes Ambition

Anyone who knows me will happily confirm that for most of my adult life I have wanted to own a Vincent motorcycle. I’ve come close at least twice but the…

Vincent motorcycle

norvin parked outside the ace cafe

The Legendary Norvin Motorcycle

Norvin. A name that was long forgotten in my mind, and truth be told, of course I knew the name but it never really registered as to just exactly what…

norvin parked outside the ace cafe