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So what are the pros and cons of owning classic bikes?  And what do you need to watch out for when buying your future pride and joy? Or maybe you're still deciding which one is the one?

Either way, we ain't promising to give you all the answers, but dip into these FREE classic motorcycle guides and you just might find exactly what you need to know.

Note, to give you a better chance of finding what you want, we've included some more general news items and shorter reviews. And we're slowly updating the list to include what we think are, or will be, modern classics. So come and take a look. And if we've got it wrong somewhere, or somehow, help set us right...

 
AJS
Aprilia
Ariel
Ascot Pullin
BMW
Brough Superior
BSA
Confederate

Crocker
Ducati
Harley-Davidson
Hesketh
Honda
Indian
Kawasaki
Maico
Matchless

Morgan
Moto Guzzi
Norton
OK-Supreme
Panther

Pannonia
Pierce
Royal Enfield
Sterling Autocycle
Sunbeam
Triumph
Velocette

Victory
Vincent

Voxan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AJS

 

AJS Model 18

The quintessential English post-war heavyweight single. Matchless G80 owners and fans can check this guide too.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Aprilia

 

Aprilia Dorsoduro

Is this 900cc supermoto a series challenge to Ducati's Hypermotard?

 

Aprilia Shiver 900

Middleweight roadster returns to production with a power hike from 750cc to 900cc

 


 

Ariel

 

Ariel Ace

Ariel by name, but Honda by nature. Here's the story...

 

Ariel Arrow

The Rocker's other bike...

 

Ariel Leader

Ultra stylish British two stroke

 

Ariel Square Four

Selly Oak's flagship superbike

 


 

Ascot Pullin

 

Ascot Pullin Sports Utility

The new wonder motorcycle? We think so, but check our guide and make up your own mind...

 


 

BMW

 

R nineT Scrambler

Like the standard, road-oriented R nineT, this is an instant modern classic. Straddle our review and see what the big deal is.

 

R1200GS Adventure

There are reasons why this motorcycle has for years been the leader in its class. We think we've found most of those reasons. But did we miss some? Better check...

 

BMW RnineT Pure

Back-to-basics roadster for the more esoterically minded?

 

BMW RnineT Racer

Simplified, no frills cafe racer straight from the box

 


 

Brough Superior

 

Brough Superior SS100

The future is here: The new 2013

Brough is unveiled

 


 

BSA

 

BSA A7 Star Twin

Easyriding Beeza - quick guide

 

BSA A10 Golden Flash

One minute pros & cons guide to one of the most successful models ever devised by the Birmingham Small Arms Company Ltd.

 

BSA A70L Lightning

BSA's biggest capacity twin. There ain't too many around, and most went west to the USA. But a few have come home to Blighty, and if you hunt around, you just might catch a glimpse of one in the wild. Come and see what they're all about...

 

BSA A10 Spitfire Scrambler

Yankee Beeza - quick guide

 

BSA B33 & B31

It's a plodder, not a rodder. But it will plod on for the longest time...

 

BSA B50

Punchy middleweight. Point and squirt riding, but they're not for the faint hearted.

 

BSA Bantam

Well-loved classic perennial. Many of us started out riding these, and a few of us end up downsizing to one. But for a lot of guys and girls, it's never been anything but the humble BSA Bantam, come rain, come shine, come whatever.

 

BSA D1 Bantam

The first of the many

 

BSA Gold Star DBD34

Money in the bank

 

BSA Golden Flash

Solid, surefooted twin - full guide

 

BSA M20 & M21

Britain's favourite sidevalves. We own one and ride one and love every minute. There's something special about a flathead

 


 

Confederate

 

Hellcat Speedster X132

News item on the Confederate Hellcat

 

P51 Combat Fighter

News item on the Confederate P51 Fighter

 


 

 

Crocker

 

1938 Small Tank

Any Crocker is beautiful. But there's something
very special about these Small Tank models.

 

Three Crockers headed for Stafford

News item on a trio of Albert Crocker's

finest visiting the UK

 


 

Ducati

 

Ducati Monster 1200S

News item on Ducati's monster Monster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Harley-Davidson

 

 

 

Harley-Davidson KR

This 750cc flathead factory racer was launched in 1952, and it's still a formidable force on the classic racing circuit. Think Model K with attitude...

 

Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy

The Fathead has been around for almost a quarter of a century, and it's still in production. It bigger than ever, it's badder than ever, and Harley is knocking 'em out faster than you can lay your money down.

Come and and see what makes fat so beautiful.

 

Harley-Davidson FLSTFB
Fat Boy Lo - 2014 Model

Quick guide to Milwaukee's twin cam, 103 cubic inch rolling monument to two-wheeled excess.

 

Harley-Davidson FL Panhead

The 74-inch successor to the 1936 Knucklehead further refines a solid and generally dependable H-D platform. Check out this guide and see if you're tempted to try one.

 

Harley-Davidson Sportster

The first-of-type Evos are top value Hogs and, arguably, are a credible rival for any BSA, Triumph or even Norton. But check our buyers guide for the devil that's always down there in the detail...

 

Harley-Davidson Street 750

News report on MoCo's new Revolution X entry-level platform.

 

Harley-Davidson VRSC V-Rod

When you absolutely have to have a two-wheeled state-of-the-art hot rod with a Harley-Davidson badge on the tank, there's only one place to go, and that's the divisive V-Rod. We love it. We hate it. And we love it all over again.

 

Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle

If it ain't broke, why fix it? To make it even less broke, of course. That's always been Harley's philosophy. For 2014, the factory did a little cutting, did a little smoothing, and put a different shine on what has become a very successful Hog. They call it the muscle. We call it another result.

 

Harley-Davidson XLCR Cafe Racer

A factory built cafe racer straight from Milwaukee. It sounded like a plan, but it didn't go according to plan at all...

 

Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron
- 2014 model

The same old story? Or a new twist on a satisfying motorcycling tale? Our quick guide to the Sportster Iron will help separate the facts from the fiction.

 


 

Hesketh

 

Hesketh 24

Paul Sleeman's new aristocrat takes shape

 

Hesketh 24

News item on the continuing saga

 


 

Honda

 

Honda Benly

A few words on the CB92. It's not a feature
or a news item. But it will give you some
background on these great little bikes.

 

Honda Fireblade for 2017

The Blade is a quarter of a century old. Three new models are on the way to mark the occasion

 

Honda CB1100EX

Muscle-bound retro gets a facelift, a nip
and a tuck for 2017. But it it headed for classicdom?

 


 

Indian

 

Brockhouse Indian Brave

News item on the British built 250cc sidevalve

 

Indian Model 442

A little history on the Indian Fours generally, and the Model 442 specifically

 


 

Kawasaki

 

Kawasaki W800

Classic Brit-style clone updated for the 21st century.
Check our review on what makes this bike interesting

 

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Practical all-weather transport that's small on capacity, but big on presence.

 

Kawasaki Z650 and Z900 for 2017

Sugomi-themed concepts pick up the hallowed "Z" torch and run with it

 


 

Maico

 

Maico Mobil

... a few words on Germany's uber cool
two-stroke scooter

 

 

 


 

Matchless

 

Matchless G80

1946-1965. 498cc OHV air-cooled heavyweight single

(Quick Guide)

 

AJS Model 18 & Matchless G80

They're the same, but different; separated
at birth, yet ever joined at the hip. Puzzled? Read our buyers guide and find out what's going on.

 

Matchless G9 bobber

Foundry Motorcycle has its own idea of how a Matchless G9 should look. Take a peek...

 


 

Morgan

 

Morgan EV3

We know it's not a bike. But it's a kind of honorary bike. And this one's electric ...

 


 

Moto Guzzi

 

Moto Guzzi Le Mans

This 850cc V-twin shaftie helped put Moto Guzzi back on the motorcycle map and gave Ducati and Laverda something else to worry about. Read our buyers guide to the Mk1 and get yourself up to speed.

 

Moto Guzzi MGX-21

A news introduction to the MGX-21 bagger. It's clearly gunning for Harley-Davidson, but does it have the right ammunition?

 

Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon

"Darker" and "meaner" cruiser with scratching pretensions

 


 

Norton

 

Norton Commando 750/850

Ride it, love it.

 

Norton Commando 961

News item on the "Mick Grant Replica."

It's real, but is it true?

 

Norton P11A Ranger

A few words on the short-lived desert racing hybrid

 

 


 

OK-Supreme

 

Small news item

Rare Flying Cloud model at Beaulieu

 

 

 


 

Csepel Pannonia badge

Pannonia

Pannonia T5

Rare Hungarian two-stroke and Duna sidecar

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Panther

 

Panther M100 & M120

Phelon & Moore's tour de force

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Pierce

 

Pierce 1912 3.5hp single

News item on this rare sidevalve single

 


 

Royal Enfield

 

Royal Enfield Bullet (UK)

Classic survivor

 

 


 

Sterling Autocycle

 

Sterling Autocycle flat tanker

News item on the Black Douglas Motorcycle Company

 

 

 


 

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Sunbeam S7 & S8

Gentlemen only ...

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Triumph

 

 

Triumph Bonneville T140

"The legend"

 

Triumph Bonneville

Hinckley, not Meriden

 

Triumph Hurricane X-75

 

Triumph Speed Triple R

Top British street muscle bike

 

Triumph Speed Triple model/timeline

Check here for the speedster back story

 

Triumph Speed Triple

Review, road test and specifications

 

Triumph Speed Twin
& Tiger 100

Turners seminal twins

 

Triumph Street Twin

A 900cc street bike purpose built for urbanites. Check the specifications...

 

Triumph Street Cup

Silly name, but a very cool pair of wheels.

900cc. ABS. Traction control. Hinckley Triumph has spoiled us rotten.

 

Triumph T25SS

A couple of words on an auction example...

 

 

Triumph Tiger Cub T20

Pricey and pretty

 

Triumph Tiger  800

Check out this cool cat. It roars...

 

Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200

Stunning globetrotting adventurer

 

Triumph Trident T150

Meriden's hot rod

 

 

Triumph TR7T Tiger Trail

On-roader with off-road pretensions

 

Triumph TRW

Cool & unstressed sidevalve twin

 

Triumph T140W TSS

 

Triumph TSX

 


 

Velocette

 

Velocette Thruxton

Pedigree performer. We'll guide you through the pros and cons

 

McDeeb Velofield

It looks like a Velocette, but the power is by Royal Enfield. Velo purists look away now...

 

 


 

Victory

 

Victory Ignition

It's a concept bike. So how seriously should
we take this? Confusion is the watchword...

 

Victory Octane

News story on the launch of Polaris Industries' new cruiser for 2016

 

Victory Vegas, Hammer, Cross Country and Magnum X-1

Numerous models are being axed for 2017. Here's the story

 


 

Vincent

 

Vincent Comet Series C

Even half a Vincent twin is double the class you get with many other 500cc Brit singles.

 

Vincent world record set

Check here for 10 Vincent V-twins at auction

 

Vincent Uniflow engine

Rare two-engine designed for RAF rescue launches

 

Maughan Vincent

Need a Vincent engineering expert? Try here...

 

Herb Harris Vincents

Texan Vincent aficionado disposes of collection

 

Vincent Series A Rapide project

See here for details of this highly desirable 270,300 V-twin

 


 

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The Wattman

French "200hp" electric gave us
a shock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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