Tuesday, November 8, 2011

the Brits lead the way in the Dirt, too


Via the Great : Classic British Motorcycles

1960 BSA A10 Spitfire Scrambler.

Triumph Flat Tracker

Immediately after World War II, as civilian production ramped up & the British economy got going again, the popularity of motorsports, racing of all kinds, was exploding. Auto races captured much of the limelight, but motorcycle racing was enjoying a boom in growth in all directions. While Road Racing had always been popular in Europe & England, it was fairly expensive for the 'Average Joe' & so many young men returning from the War turned to dirt bikes, in one form or another. They were fun, cheap, often nothing more than their commuter bike with the lights removed, and they could be ridden anywhere, out in the boonies. Off-road racing events of all kinds began springing up all over Europe & England and the British motorcycle industry was not long to catch on.


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