Vintage Motorcycles By Jeff Clew Shire
Vintage Motorcycles (Shire Library) by Jeff Clew
In the years that followed the First World War, Britain was proud to produce the finest motorcycles in the world. Names like Triumph, Norton and Sunbeam dominated international competition, and the native industry pioneered a host of innovations that saw the motorcycle evolve from the slow belt-driven bike of the Edwardian era to the sophisticated machine that would make the 1930s a golden age. More than ever the motorcycle was a viable proposition for personal transport and for many even quite privileged families from the 1920s a motorcycle and sidecar would be their only vehicle. This illustrated review of the motorcycles made in the vintage period between 1919 and 1930 shows how the British manufacturers led the way, with the overhead valve, then the overhead camshaft engine, better brakes, lighting and tyres. All the most important manufacturers and models are represented, including the Brough Superior and the ground-breaking Ariel Square Four. Involved with motorcycles since the 1940s, Jeff Clew was an experienced competitor and rode in most types of competitive event, including ten years of road racing. A former Executive Editorial Director for Haynes, he also authored numerous books on motorcycles and motorcycling.