A (very) Brief History of the MotorCycle
The start of what we now call classic or vintage motorcycles does not really have an exact start date or even country. The idea of a motorised bicycle seems to have occurred to numerous people more-or-less around the mid 1880's.
There were over 80 different makes of motorcycle available in Britain in the 1930s, from the familiar marques like Norton, Triumph and AJS to the completely obscure, with names like New Gerrard, NUT, SOS, Chell and Whitwood.
The BSA Group purchased Triumph Motorcycles in 1951 to become the largest producer of motorcycles in the world claiming "one in four". The German NSU was the largest manufacturer from 1955 until the 1970's when Honda became the largest manufacturer. But British manufacturers Triumph, BSA, and Norton retained a dominant position in some markets until the rise of the Japanese manufacturers (led by Honda) in the late 1960's and early 1970's.
I hope you will enjoy this collection of adverts for vintage bicycles and vintage motorcycles.
The collection is at present very small and therefore only occupies this one page, but I hope to increase the content, with your help and my hard work.
Just click on any of the images to view a larger image and more information on these vintage and classic motorcycles.