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Herb Harris vividly recalls days from his youth when he would watch, awestruck, as motorcyclists took to the open roads around his junior high school in Midland, Texas. “They were like gods swooping in from the heavens,” he says. Harris’s father did not share his son’s adoration for motorcycles, but he recognized a good bonding […]
1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster. Shortly before the end of World War II, Standard Motor Co. acquired the Triumph brand in an attempt to compete with Jaguar, which had been purchasing engines from Standard before the war. The first Standard-built Triumphs, the 1800-series sedan and roadster, debuted in 1946. The roadster featured a curvaceous, 1930s-style aluminum […]
A street-only adventure motorcycle, the $11,000 Triumph Tiger 1050 is an intoxicating blend of tourer and street fighter. Not coincidentally, the Tiger shares its spectacular triple-cylinder motor—precisely retuned for its torque-demanding application—with the Triumph Sprint ST sport-touring bike and Speed Triple back-alley brawler. The Tiger’s tall perch presents to the rider a panoramic view of […]
Big Dog, another company in America’s heartland—Wichita, Kan., in this case—also straddles the fence between pure custom and mass production. Within its dramatic, 9-foot-long profile, the Big Dog K-9 (www.bigdogmotorcycles.com) fits a 117 cu in, 45-degree V-twin motor, along with a mold-breaking Baker 6-speed transmission with a right-side final belt drive. The transmission’s configuration helps […]
The Bonneville stands as a symbol of the greatness that would have been lost if Triumph Motorcycles had succumbed forever to the debacle it suffered in the 1970s. A brand-new “Bonnie” is a sleek machine that is modern in every respect except appearance. The bike still bears a resemblance to the original Bonneville of 1959. […]
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