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Universal motorcycles were made in Switzerland by the same factory that had previously marketed its products under the ‘Helvetia’ brand name. Established in 1928, Universal at first used proprietary engines supplied by JAP, Rudge (Python), Anzani and Ilo before getting around to making its own. At the top of the range in the 1930s were large sports models, powered by overhead-valve JAP v-twin engines, which looked every bit as handsome as their British counterparts. Universal began… Antique Motorcycles, Sports Models, Bikes For Sale, Python, 1930s, Switzerland, Twin, British, Handsome

Universal 2B Meteor 1953 580cc 2 cyl ohv

Universal motorcycles were made in Switzerland by the same factory that had previously marketed its products under the ‘Helvetia’ brand name. Established in 1928, Universal at first used proprietary engines supplied by JAP, Rudge (Python), Anzani and Ilo before getting around to making its own. At the top of the range in the 1930s were large sports models, powered by overhead-valve JAP v-twin engines, which looked every bit as handsome as their British counterparts. Universal began…

Developed from the single-cylinder R20 of 1937/38, itself a development of BMW's best-selling R2, the R23 was produced between 1938 and 1940, 8,021 examples being sold. Powered by an overhead-valve engine producing 10 ps, the R23 came with a four-speed gearbox and featured shaft drive like the larger models. Weight with a full tank of fuel was 297lbs and the top speed around 100 km/h. This R23 was completed on 22nd December 1939 and delivered to Nibbrig & Greeve in the Net...... Antique Motorcycles, Bikes For Sale, Ps, Larger, Engine, December, Models, Antiques, Classic

BMW R23 1939 250cc 1 cyl ohv

Developed from the single-cylinder R20 of 1937/38, itself a development of BMW's best-selling R2, the R23 was produced between 1938 and 1940, 8,021 examples being sold. Powered by an overhead-valve engine producing 10 ps, the R23 came with a four-speed gearbox and featured shaft drive like the larger models. Weight with a full tank of fuel was 297lbs and the top speed around 100 km/h. This R23 was completed on 22nd December 1939 and delivered to Nibbrig & Greeve in the Net......

Built to the same exemplary standards as the Bavarian company'’ famous flat-twins, the single-cylinder BMW first appeared in pre-war days. Indeed, BMW’s first new post-war model was a single-cylinder design - the 250cc R24 - which arrived in 1948. By 1956, BMW’s quarter-liter luxury lightweight had evolved into the R26 that boasted a more powerful (15ps) engine, Earles-type leading-link front fork and a larger fuel tank among numerous improvements. Considerably more ........... Antique Motorcycles, Bmw S, Bikes For Sale, Fork, Larger, Engine, Twins, Type, Luxury

BMW R26 1956 250cc 1 cyl ohv

Built to the same exemplary standards as the Bavarian company'’ famous flat-twins, the single-cylinder BMW first appeared in pre-war days. Indeed, BMW’s first new post-war model was a single-cylinder design - the 250cc R24 - which arrived in 1948. By 1956, BMW’s quarter-liter luxury lightweight had evolved into the R26 that boasted a more powerful (15ps) engine, Earles-type leading-link front fork and a larger fuel tank among numerous improvements. Considerably more ...........

The 1901 Werner is generally acknowledged as the first powered two-wheeler to carry its engine in the frame where the bicycle’s bottom bracket and pedalling gear had been located, and thus is credited as the progenitor of the modern motorcycle. In actual fact, Gottlieb Daimler’s Einspur prototype of 1884 had mounted its engine in the same position, as had various other manufacturers prior to Werner. The latter though, was the only firm with the foresight to patent the idea. Paris-based..... Gottlieb Daimler, Antique Motorcycles, Bikes For Sale, Bottom Bracket, Vienna, Engine, Bicycle, Paris, Classic

Werner Model Course Paris-Vienna 1903 344cc 1 cyl aiv

The 1901 Werner is generally acknowledged as the first powered two-wheeler to carry its engine in the frame where the bicycle’s bottom bracket and pedalling gear had been located, and thus is credited as the progenitor of the modern motorcycle. In actual fact, Gottlieb Daimler’s Einspur prototype of 1884 had mounted its engine in the same position, as had various other manufacturers prior to Werner. The latter though, was the only firm with the foresight to patent the idea. Paris-based.....

Founded at the height of WWI to manufacture armaments, Zündapp found a new role post-war as a producer of motorcycles under the direction of new owner, Dr Fritz Neumeyer, building its first machine, a Levis-powered two-stroke, in 1921. The firm began making its own engines in 1924, selling more than 10,000 machines that year, and at the Berlin Motor Show in 1933 introduced the first of the horizontally opposed, four-stroke twins that...... Antique Motorcycles, Bikes For Sale, Wwi, Levis, In The Heights, Berlin, Building, Classic, Vintage

Zündapp KS600 1939 600cc 2 cyl ohv

Founded at the height of WWI to manufacture armaments, Zündapp found a new role post-war as a producer of motorcycles under the direction of new owner, Dr Fritz Neumeyer, building its first machine, a Levis-powered two-stroke, in 1921. The firm began making its own engines in 1924, selling more than 10,000 machines that year, and at the Berlin Motor Show in 1933 introduced the first of the horizontally opposed, four-stroke twins that......

Following the collapse of its aero engine business after WWI, BMW turned to other areas of manufacture, motorcycles among them. BMW's first model, a two-stroke ultra-lightweight marketed as the Flink, was a failure but its next venture was more successful. BMW's General Director Franz Josef Popp had asked designer Martin Stolle to come up with a proprietary power unit and the result was the M2B15, a engine that would be supplied to other manufacturers, such as Victoria, as well as being… Antique Motorcycles, Power Unit, Bmw, Bikes For Sale, Engine, Victoria, The Unit, Antiques, Business

BMW R12 1939 750cc 2 cyl sv

Following the collapse of its aero engine business after WWI, BMW turned to other areas of manufacture, motorcycles among them. BMW's first model, a two-stroke ultra-lightweight marketed as the Flink, was a failure but its next venture was more successful. BMW's General Director Franz Josef Popp had asked designer Martin Stolle to come up with a proprietary power unit and the result was the M2B15, a engine that would be supplied to other manufacturers, such as Victoria, as well as being…

Yet another motorcycle manufacturer with its roots in the bicycle industry, NSU built its first powered two-wheeler in 1900. Proprietary engines were used initially, but within a few years NSU was making its own power units and was one of the first manufacturers to fit two-speed transmission. The marque established a strong presence in the UK market, ranking second only to Indian among imported makes prior to WWI. NSU recommenced motorcycle manufacture at the end of The Great War and… Antique Motorcycles, Motorcycle Manufacturers, Power Unit, Bikes For Sale, Wwi, About Uk, Roots, Bicycle, Strong

NSU 351 OSL 1938 350cc 1 cyl ohv

Yet another motorcycle manufacturer with its roots in the bicycle industry, NSU built its first powered two-wheeler in 1900. Proprietary engines were used initially, but within a few years NSU was making its own power units and was one of the first manufacturers to fit two-speed transmission. The marque established a strong presence in the UK market, ranking second only to Indian among imported makes prior to WWI. NSU recommenced motorcycle manufacture at the end of The Great War and…

From 1889 Johann Puch (1862–1914) worked as an agent for Humber vehicles and manufacturer of Styria safety bicycles in a small workshop in Graz and in 1890 he founded his first company, Johann Puch & Comp., employing 34 workers. Cyclists like Josef Fischer, winning the first edition of Paris–Roubaix in 1896, popularized Styria bicycles which were even exported to England and France. By 1895, Puch already employed more than 300 workers producing about 6000 bikes a year. In 1897 Puch left the… Antique Motorcycles, Paris Roubaix, Bikes For Sale, Cyclists, Bicycles, Safety, Workshop, England, France

Puch 250 TF 1952 250cc 2 cyl ts

From 1889 Johann Puch (1862–1914) worked as an agent for Humber vehicles and manufacturer of Styria safety bicycles in a small workshop in Graz and in 1890 he founded his first company, Johann Puch & Comp., employing 34 workers. Cyclists like Josef Fischer, winning the first edition of Paris–Roubaix in 1896, popularized Styria bicycles which were even exported to England and France. By 1895, Puch already employed more than 300 workers producing about 6000 bikes a year. In 1897 Puch left the…

Launched in 1923, the first motorcycle to be sold as a BMW - the R32 - featured a 494cc, twin-cylinder, sidevalve engine having horizontally opposed cylinders, and this 'flat-twin' layout would forever be associated with the marque. The marque's first sports machine, the R37, appeared in 1924. The R37 boasted an overhead-valve engine producing almost double the R32's power output - 16hp, good enough for a top speed of more than 110kmh - but was produced for little more than a year (only… Antique Motorcycles, Bikes For Sale, Motorbikes, Bmw, Engine, Twin, Layout, Flat, Sports

BMW R47 1928 500cc 2 cyl ohv

Launched in 1923, the first motorcycle to be sold as a BMW - the R32 - featured a 494cc, twin-cylinder, sidevalve engine having horizontally opposed cylinders, and this 'flat-twin' layout would forever be associated with the marque. The marque's first sports machine, the R37, appeared in 1924. The R37 boasted an overhead-valve engine producing almost double the R32's power output - 16hp, good enough for a top speed of more than 110kmh - but was produced for little more than a year (only…

Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre, S.A., of Herstal, Belgium, had a long history with military organisations as suppliers of arms, notably guns, and only later did they achieve similar renown as manufacturers of military motorcycles. This example, believed to be the Model 13, which was introduced in 1947, is powered by a 448cc, side-valve engine which developed 11hp and drove through a four-speed, unit construction, foot-change gearbox. The distinctive rubber band… Antique Motorcycles, Bikes For Sale, Belgium, Engine, Arms, Construction, Military, The Unit, Change

FN Model 13 1953 450cc 1 cyl sv

Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre, S.A., of Herstal, Belgium, had a long history with military organisations as suppliers of arms, notably guns, and only later did they achieve similar renown as manufacturers of military motorcycles. This example, believed to be the Model 13, which was introduced in 1947, is powered by a 448cc, side-valve engine which developed 11hp and drove through a four-speed, unit construction, foot-change gearbox. The distinctive rubber band…

The firm was established by Joseph Saroléa in 1850 at Herstal (Liege) as an arms factory, and bicycle production began in 1892. Two years later Joseph died and his widow and sons assumed management. The firm thrived and early in the early 20th century (probably 1900) the first Sarolea motorised bicycles appeared, with engines designed by chief engineer Martin Fagard. Saroléa was soon well established in the market and by 1907 the firm employed around 200 staff working in a factory… Antique Motorcycles, Motorized Bicycle, Bikes For Sale, Engineer, Bicycles, Joseph, Sons, Management, Antiques

Sarolea S6 Grand Tourisme 1954 589cc 1 cyl ohv

The firm was established by Joseph Saroléa in 1850 at Herstal (Liege) as an arms factory, and bicycle production began in 1892. Two years later Joseph died and his widow and sons assumed management. The firm thrived and early in the early 20th century (probably 1900) the first Sarolea motorised bicycles appeared, with engines designed by chief engineer Martin Fagard. Saroléa was soon well established in the market and by 1907 the firm employed around 200 staff working in a factory…

Fr. Becker's Imperia factory at Cologne, Kölner Motorrad und Maschinenbau (K.M.B.), initially built 247cc and 347cc ohv Blackburne-engined machines and also versions with the 490cc single-cylinder ohv JAP, but most had Swiss MAG power units of 346cc, 496cc, 596cc, 746cc and 996cc. With the exception of the smallest, all were ioe or ohv V-twins. Becker....... Antique Motorcycles, Power Unit, Bikes For Sale, Cologne, Twins, The Unit, Antiques, Classic, Model

Imperia Model 350 H 1931 350cc 1 cyl ohv MAG

Fr. Becker's Imperia factory at Cologne, Kölner Motorrad und Maschinenbau (K.M.B.), initially built 247cc and 347cc ohv Blackburne-engined machines and also versions with the 490cc single-cylinder ohv JAP, but most had Swiss MAG power units of 346cc, 496cc, 596cc, 746cc and 996cc. With the exception of the smallest, all were ioe or ohv V-twins. Becker.......

Replacing the much loved Cb92 in 1964 the CB93 was a most worthy replacement, sharing a similar chassis and braking system to the exotic Honda CR93 race machine, this 15ps bike could top 128mph and looked simply superb, and incidentally sharing many components with the CB96 or CB160 as it was more commonly referred to. In 1966 the CB93 suffix was dropped and the model became just a CB125, sharing much in common with the outgoing model, mainly the centre cam.... Antique Motorcycles, Bikes For Sale, Honda Cb, Centre, Exotic, Racing, Antiques, Classic, Model

Honda CB 125 1971 125cc 2 cyl ohc - Vintage Motorcycle

Replacing the much loved Cb92 in 1964 the CB93 was a most worthy replacement, sharing a similar chassis and braking system to the exotic Honda CR93 race machine, this 15ps bike could top 128mph and looked simply superb, and incidentally sharing many components with the CB96 or CB160 as it was more commonly referred to. In 1966 the CB93 suffix was dropped and the model became just a CB125, sharing much in common with the outgoing model, mainly the centre cam....

The Bristol-based Douglas Foundry took up motorcycle production in 1907 with a machine powered by a horizontally-opposed twin, and the company would keep faith with this engine layout until it ceased motorcycle production in 1957. Fore-and-aft installation made for a slim machine with a low centre of gravity, and the design's virtues were soon demonstrated in competition, Douglas machines taking first, second, and fourth places in the 1912 Junior TT in the Isle of Man. Douglas were quick.... Vintage Motorcycles For Sale, Antique Motorcycles, Bikes For Sale, Bicycle, Antiques, Bristol, Classic, Vehicles, Engine

Douglas Model CW 1925 350cc 2 cyl sv - Vintage Motorcycle

The Bristol-based Douglas Foundry took up motorcycle production in 1907 with a machine powered by a horizontally-opposed twin, and the company would keep faith with this engine layout until it ceased motorcycle production in 1957. Fore-and-aft installation made for a slim machine with a low centre of gravity, and the design's virtues were soon demonstrated in competition, Douglas machines taking first, second, and fourth places in the 1912 Junior TT in the Isle of Man. Douglas were quick....

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Sunbeam S8 1952 500cc 2 cyl ohc - vintage motorcycle

The Sunbeam inline twin was introduced in 1947. A luxury tourer inspired by the pre-war BMW, it was of advanced specification with overhead-camshaft engine, shaft drive, plunger rear suspension, and balloon tyres. A deliberately more conventional, and also lighter and cheaper, S8 version was introduced in 1949. The S8's front fork and 7" brake were now standard BSA components, and there were numerous other changes made in the interests of rationalisation. Never as popular as BSA's more ...

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Honda CB 125 1969 125cc 2 cyl ohc - vintage motorcycle

Replacing the much loved Cb92 in 1964 the CB93 was a most worthy replacement, sharing a similar chassis and braking system to the exotic Honda CR93 race machine, this 15ps bike could top 128mph and looked simply superb, and incidentally sharing many components with the CB96 or CB160 as it was more commonly referred to. In 1966 the CB93 suffix was dropped and the model became just a CB125, sharing much in common with the outgoing model, mainly the centre cam drive engine. In 1967, the ....