For over 100 years, British bikes were among the most desirable on
the road. Indeed, for much of the twentieth century, British motorcycles ruled
In this magnificent tribute, we pay homage to the most charismatic
motorcycles, focusing on the road and racing bikes most admired and aspired to,
ranging from high performance singles through parallel twins, vee-twins - and
even a unique square four.
Machines featured include:
Triumph Bonneville - Ultimate version of Edward Turner's famous parallel
twin, plus exclusive footage of the 2001 version.
BSA Gold Star - Winner of prestigious events such as the Isle of Man Clubmans
TT road races, GP motocross and international trials. The greatest
BSA Sports Twins - BSA built rivals to the Triumph Bonneville. From the ISDT
Star Twins to the fabulous Rocket Gold Star.
BSA/Triumph Triples - The BSA Rocket Three and Triumph Trident were a match
for any opposition in the Formula 750 class racing of that era.
Norton Commando - One of the best bikes ever made in England. Superb on the
road and a winner on the racetrack.
Manx Norton - Kept the British presence alive in Grand Prix racing for 40
years, winning many Isle of Man TT races and world championships along the
AJS 7R/Matchless G50 - 350 and 500cc versions of the same single-cylinder
road racer which remained competitive until the lates sixties. The Manx Norton's
Vincent Black Shadow - The high specification of Vincent's legendary machine
ultimately led to the company's downfall as only the most affluent enthusiasts
could afford them.
Velocette Thruxton - The end of a line of strong sporting singles from the
Birmingham company, and a winner in international endurance races.
Ariel Square Four - The only four cylinder machine ever put into volume
production by a British manufacturer. It could go from 10 to 100mph in top