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    Britain's largest and most successful motorcycle manufacturer was BSA (Birmingham Small Arms Company).
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    Like many of the Coventry makes, Triumph had their roots in the bicycle industry, beginning motorcycle production in 1902.
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    The greatest name in British motorcycles dates from 1901, when James Lansdowne Norton began building motorcycles with French and Swiss engines.
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    Douglas was founded in 1910 by William and Edward Douglas, two former blacksmiths, in Bristol. After a successful endurance test from John P'Groats to Land's End the Douglas achieved almost instant popularity. Douglas flourished in the 1920-30s and was a great favourite with speedway riders, they survived until 1956.
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    Howard R Davies founded Vincent in 1924 and won the 1924 Senior Isle of Man TT on his own-make bike but his firm failed in 1927. In 1928 Philip Vincent, a wealthy undergraduate, bought the HRD name and designed a new motorcycle with his own spring frame and marketed it as Vincent HRD, with a choice of mostly JAP or Rudge engines.
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    This famous company was founded in 1899 by H H Collier and had its works at Woolwich in London. The first TT race in 1907 was won by Collier's son Charles on a 432cc Matchless, the first of many triumphs in the Isle of Man. After the First World War race machines were based on production models but were still successful. In 1931 Matchless merged with AJS and gradually the two marques lost their separate identities. Matchless went into decline in the 1950s.
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    Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:11 pm
  • No new posts Ariel
    The name Ariel was used by Shakespeare in his play "The Tempest". He used the name to describe his airy spirit, loosely based upon the Roman messenger of the Gods, Mercury. Just why the Ariel concern should come to adopt the name of a Shakespeare character, is a complex story.
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  • No new posts Royal Enfield
    Royal Enfield began by building three-wheelers but soon turned to small motorcycles with engines mounted over the front wheel. The Redditch factory began producing more convential motorcycles before the First World War and the success of these continued after 1918. In the 1920s and 1930s Royal Enfield continued as a leading manufacturer and even after the Second World War their range embraced motorcycles from 123cc to the 736cc vertical twin superbikes.
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  • No new posts Sunbeam
    The best years of Sunbeam were in their early years. They built up a tremendous reputation for quality and finish and this eventually led to the downfall of the firm. By 1928 Sunbeam had become part of the ICI combine but did not add very much to group profits so in came the accountants and much of the tradition had to go. More parts were bought in and slowly some of the quality began to evaporate. However, the Model 90 of 493cc was still based on the 1929 TT winning machine and had an enthusiastic following and was superseded in 1933 by the model 95.
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  • No new posts Velocette
    Velocette broke records at Brooklands and won two TT races as well as developing features like spring frames and foot gear changes. The last racing motorcycles appeared in the early 1950s when the most popular Velocettes were small motorcycles with very quiet shaft drives.
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    Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:43 am
  • No new posts AJS
    One of the most prestigious of all British marques, AJS began in 1897 when Joe Stevens started to build engines at his screw factory at Wolverhampton. His four sons began to produce motorcycles in 1909, using their own engines of various sizes. In the 1920s AJS were consistently successful in motorsport and development work culminated in the awesomely fast mahines that were winning races just before the outbreak of war in 1939. The famous 'Porcupines' carried the AJS banner after the war but the firm declined once they gave up racing in 1954.
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