- Velocette KSS
348cc, OHC air cooled single
Four speed chain final drive
Girder front rigid rear
53.75 inches (136.5 cm)
28 inches (71 cm)
265 pounds (120 kg) (dry)
The Velocette KSS was a British motorcycle made by Velocette. The final development of the K series (the K rather curiously stood for Camshaft and the SS for Super Sports) The KSS remained in production in various forms until 1948.
A production roadster motorcycle, the KSS was modified with a racing clutch and tuned to achieve 90mph around the Isle of Man TT course, largely due to the excellent handling. Important improvements included the positive-stop foot operated gear change from the Velocette KTT production racing version.
In 1939 Velocette developed the KSS Mk II which had a [[Velocette [read more...]
- BSA A65 Star
The BSA A65 Star was a Birmingham Small Arms Company (BSA) motorcycle aimed at the US market for unit construction twins. As well as giving a clean look to the engine, with the pushrod passages part of the cylinder block casting, unit construction reduced the number of places oil could leak from. A range of A65 Star twins was produced between 1962 and 1972.
Bob Fearon, managing director and general manager of BSA recognised the need for a new look that built on the best features of the A10s but would succeed in the potentially lucrative, but competitive, US market. Working with chief development engineer Bert Perrigo they developed the unit construction Star twins.
A range of these 650 cc (40 cu in) Star twins were produced between 1962 and 1972 but they were really developments of the old model range with less weight. Not enough time was spent on testing and development as BSA were struggling to remain competitive with Triumph models and the emerging Japanese [read more...]
- Ducati Mach 1
1965 Mach 1 (Concept version)
Ducati Elite 200cc
4-stroke single-cylinder, 248.5 cc, 10:1 compression, 74 mm x 57.8 mm, contact breaker igntion with a single Dell'Orto SS29 carburettor.
24 hp (18 kW) @ 8500 rpm
5 speed, wet clutch type.
Single, open cradle frame in tubular steel
Front: Telescopic forks, rear: Swinging arm rear suspension with twin, 3-way adjustable shocks.
Front: 180 mm (7.1 in) drum type, rear: 160 mm (6.3 in) drum type
Front: 2.50 x 18”; Rear: 2.75 x 18”
1350 mm (53.15")
L 2000 mm (78.75")
W 590 mm (23.25")
760 mm (29.9")
116 kg (255.2 lbs) (dry)
The Ducati Mach 1 motorcycle was a milestone in Ducati's history. The Mach 1, with its 250cc single cylinder engine, was the fastest 250 road bike at the time. It was capable of just over 100 mph (160 [read more...]
- Honda Dream CB250
1968–1973 (K0 to K4)
Honda Superhawk CB72
Sport bike or standard
249 cc (15.2 cu in) OHC 4 stroke air cooled vertical parallel twin
160 km/h (99 mph)
5-speed, chain drive
Front: Telescopic fork
Front and rear drum
L 82.3 in (2,090 mm)
W 30.5 in (770 mm)
31.3 in (800 mm)
160 kg (350 lb) (dry)
The Dream CB250 was a standard motorcycle made by Honda from 1968 to 1973. It had a 249 cc (15.2 cu in) air cooled parallel twin OHC four stroke engine with 30 horsepower (22 kW) at 10,500 rpm. It was Honda's first 250 cc capacity motorcycle with vertical cylinders and a 5 speed transmission.
The CB250 was created in 1968 to replace the Superhawk CB72. In Japan it was named Honda Dream CB250 and the export version known as CB250 Super Sport.
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- Honda CBF125
Stunner, CBF125M9 JC40
Air-cooled 4-stroke 2-valve 124.7 cc SOHC single
Computer controlled fully transistorised with electronic advance
30mm telescopic fork, 115mm axle travel
L 1955 mm
W 760 mm
H 1110 mm
129.9 kg (dry)
139 kg (wet)
13 L (2.9 imp gal; 3.4 US gal)
The CBF125 is a learner motorcycle made by Honda's Indian subsidiary HMSI, and is the fuel-injected European version of the Indian 'Stunner'. It went on sale in early December 2008 in the UK. The CBF125 replaced the CG125, a model which had been in production for more than thirty years.
- Triumph Legend 741cc
Triumph Legend 741cc
741 cc triple
The Triumph Legend 741cc was a British motorcycle developed by Len Williams, the former Triumph racing manager. The 'Legend' models were specials, each made after the demise of Triumph at Meriden from parts to specific customer requirements and based on the T160V Triumph Trident three cylinder engine. Also included were the five speed gearbox, electric start and Spanish made alloy wheels. Braking was a Lockheed hydraulic system with twin discs at the front and single rear.
Many were carefully tuned for maximum performance and between 1975 and 1992, a total of 60 Triumph Legends were built - although Len Williams received hundreds of orders, including from the Saudi Arabian Police who wanted to use them as patrol bikes.
The Triumph Legend name was later resurrected by the Hinckley Triumph factory for a version of the three cylinder 900 cc.
Norton Villiers Triumph
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