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1955 Ariel Model 4G



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Declared manufactured 1955 this MK2 Square Four had a gearbox rebuild in 2012 by the previous owner, parts supplied by Dragonfly Motorcycles ( Invoices on file ). In excellent running order the bikes overall cosmetic condition is also very good, finished in black the body work paint is good no dents or scratches in the tank, the frame and forks are also in fine condition with no signs of corrosion. All the bright work / chrome is also in generally good.
Having been laid up for a while the bike has had a recent complete check over and is ready for the road, supplied with the current UK V5C logbook.


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1916 Excelsior Super X

Excelsior Big Valve Board Track Racer


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This 1916 "Big Valve" Excelsior Model 16-SC Board Track Racer is an ultra rare factory short coupled racer sporting it's original paint and very rare big valve 1000cc v-twin motor. The motor was given it's name because of the very large valves that were engineered in to the motor design (2.5 inch intake and 2.25 inch exhaust) The Excelsior Big Valve was first produced in 1915 and could be purchased back in the day from the factory for $250.00. They Big Valves were credited for a number of wins and could do speeds in an excess of 100 miles per hour. This motorcycle sports motor number A301 and originally had a price tag of $250.00 This very significant motorcycle has been on static display in a private collection for decades and would be an excellent addition to any collection or museum.




You had better post some pics then michel -_- Mate had a 47 2 piper years ago it used to pull like a train.

What a Beauty ,Those  early track weapons are rare thing today:o:) 

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Oh... Lots of Hondas ... He have a 400/4??? Sweaty palms  - earlier this year at the museum ( Canberra) there were approx 400 early Japanese bikes on display - pics to follow



OK Ariel F3 car (masochist). Air cooled but radiator cap visible. Hmm.


Showroom Custom 3

Cool as.1972 Honda CB100 CR (Cafe Racer)

love those tiddlers 


Ariel (500cc) is tuned for methanol - as for what goes in that cap...ain't water 

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Cool old 750 had 1 the same colour:

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1974 Honda Motorcycles CB 750 Four


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The CB750 was the first modern four-cylinder machine from a mainstream manufacturer, and the term superbike was coined to describe it.

This remarkable example has spent much of its life stored in a collection in the USA and is in excellent condition throughout. Imported to the UK in 2009 the bike has less than 10,000 miles recorded.

A lovely example of a highly collectable bike.


Norton Manx 500 
This has been no 1 on my wish list






Make Model.

Norton Manx




Single cylinder, DOHC, fully enclosed rockerbox


498.3 cc / 30.4 in
Bore x Stroke86.1 x 85.6 mm
Cooling SystemAir cooled


AMAL Concenrtic 932 R300


Lucas magdyno, 6V

Max Power

38 kW / 51 hp @ 7200 rpm


4-Speed, AMC
Final DriveChain
FrameNorton Featherbed, double cradle

Front Suspension

Ceriani telescopic fork

Rear Suspension

Swingarm, twin shocks

Front Brakes

Drum, 4 leading shoe

Rear Brakes

Drum, single leading shoe
Front Rim19" rim
Rear Rim19" rim

Front Tyre

Avon Roadrunner 90/90 19 52H

Rear Tyre

Avon roadrunner 19
Top Speed225 km/h / 140 mph

1961 NORTON "MANX". Although eleven years separated the 1961 model "Manx" Norton from the first "Featherbed" type made in 1950, the basic design was almost unchanged except in detail. Instead of being bolted on, the rear sub-frame was welded to the main frame, a modification introduced in 1952, and the fancy tail fairing used in 1950 lasted only a year. But the basic frame pattern was unchanged. It is interesting to note that in this period the entire range of Norton roadster models of over 350 c.c. had been redesigned to incorporate the all-welded racing-style frame, an excellent example of racing improving the breed. The frame was probably cheaper to make than the old lug-and-tube type.

In the intervening period the engine, which had been restyled in 1950 to be slim enough to fit the frame, underwent several major changes, the most noticeable being a much bigger bore, and consequently shorter stroke, which enabled high revs to be maintained without undue stress.

The Norton factory was absorbed into the A.M.C. group in the mid-fifties and a change of gearbox was made on the "Manx" to utilize the same internals as the racers from Woolwich, so standardizing production and spares.
Only detail changes were announced to the design for the 1961 season. Main external alteration was a new oil tank which pivoted and was held against a rubber mat by twin rubber bands. As some trouble had been experienced with megaphones fracturing, for 1961 this highly stressed component was held in a "muff"-type clip. The G.P. Amal carburetter was replaced by the bigger-type G.P.2, of iJJ in. bore.


When it comes to vintage racing, few bikes are more iconic than the Manx Norton.

The quintessential British-built road-racers of the 1950s, the bikes started life as Norton Internationals, but were re-tuned from the factory for the singular purpose of racing on the Isle of Man in the Manx TT, the most prestigious race of its time. 

The 495cc single-cylinder motor was designed for longevity—the Manx TT was, after all, a 264-mile race. But the motorcycles were equally well-known for their chassis, which were all-welded duplex frames with pivoting rear forks and suspension. Designed by Rex McCandless in 1950, the frame provided the high-speed stability so important to the TT.

So impressed was Norton's Harold Daniels that he described the chassis as offering a "featherbed ride," and the Norton Featherbed frame was born. From the start, the bikes built a reputation for speed and handling that was unmatched in Europe, and Manxes were raced by legendary riders, including Geoff Duke and John Surtees, through the 1950s.


Norton Manx Story

The Norton company has always applied the term "Manx" to the racing motorcycles that it produces in limited quantity for the open market. The name refers to the Isle of Man, where the Tourist Trophy is run. This annual race attracts the finest British racers, who compete on racing motorcycles that have been derived from production models are are available on the open market. Norton built its first Manx (although it was called an International at the time) in 1932. Derived from the Grand Prix, the motorcycle was the work of Arthur Carrol and Joe Craig. The tuning and modification of the Internationals was left to the customers, who proved to be up to the job.

Meanwhile the racing department of the company continued to modernize the official models, which were transformed rapidly in those years to meet the tough competition provided by the motorcycles and racers of Rudge, Velocette, and Sunbeam in Britain, and Bianchi, Guzzi, and Moto-sacoche on the Continent.

Between 1936 and 1938 the bore and stroke of the Grand Prix 500 were changed twice and a double overhead camshaft distribution was installed for the first time. Before racing was halted by World War II, the official Norton 500 boasted a power of 50 h.p. No other single-cylinder engine of that class could generate more horsepower, but its power was not enough to discourage the Italian and German makers of multi-cylinder models. Norton managed to hold its own, especially on mixed circuits, where its weight-power ratio helped racers.

The Norton company was fortunate to have such fine racers as Jimmy Guthrie and Harold Daniell, two of the greatest champions of the time, and new racers were continually appearing on the scene.

The first Norton motorcycles to reappear in racing in 1946 were old models that had been jealously guarded by their owners. Throughout Europe most of the racers who won improvised races had old SOHC Nortons, and the official Norton team reappeared with prewar DOHC motorcycles. Indeed, with the prohibition of superchargers it almost looked as if the single-cylinder might rule the roost, or at least have a temporary advantage over the four-cylinder Gilera, the two-cylinder BMW, and the two-stroke DKW. In reality, after losing the 1949 world championship to the two-cylinder AJS Porcupine in the 500 class and to the single-cylinder Velocette in the 350 class, Norton had to struggle in the following years to defend the slight margin that its racers had succeeded in winning for it.

From 1951 on, the chief factor in Norton wins was its innovative Featherbed chassis, which was designed for Norton by the McCandless brothers. With this chassis Norton could outrace any motorcycle of equal power, especially on difficult tracks.

The Norton Grand Prix won the world championship in 1950 (500 class), 1951 (350 and 500), and 1952 (350). These were not easy wins, and much credit was due to the fantastic skill of Geoffrey Duke, for whom the single-cylinder was perfectly suited.

In 1949 the Norton International had become the Manx. That was the year the old SOHC system was replaced by a DOHC one. In 1952 the Manx was given a squared-off engine.

In 1954, after Italian multi-cylinder motorcycles had outraced the Norton (despite the valiant efforts of Ray Amm), the company decided that as of 1955 only Manx models would be entered in races. Beginning in 1955 private racers throughout the world also defended Norton's colors with honor.

Tuned by specialists, the final version of the Norton Manx 500 was considerably more powerful than the Grand Prix model from which it had been derived. And for some time to come it was a real threat to the most advanced motorcycles that entered the Tourist Trophy.



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#1 Bimota Tes1 3D(or a 1D). I think the 1D looks better but 3D has to be better sorted



#2 Cagiva Mito 125



#3 Kawasaki GPZ500s (had this one as my last ever bike, 11 months in a wheel chair means no more 2 wheels for this little balck duck but if we are dreaming I'd have to have this baby back)



#4 Ducati 400 Monster (minus paniers/tank bag of course)




#5 Honda NR750 (oval pistoned goodness)



#6 Yamaha RD350LC Full Fairing



The list could go on...

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Oh, RD LC's, introduced me to tank slappers!


As an incentive to lose weight, I'm buying one of these when I get to 85kgs:


the only more uncomfortably bike I have ever ridden is a MV F4 1000.But then I am a big fat bastard

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