Thursday, June 2, 2016
WHEN BRITISH MOTORCYCLES RULED THE WORLD
Today's modern high-performance motorcycles owe a great deal to Classic British Motorcycles. The first true Sport Bikes were 1950s British Motorcycles like the Triumph Tiger T110 and the BSA Gold Star. They also dominated off-road competition for two decades. The first true Super Bikes were the Norton Commando and the Triumph Trident, the Trident Triple being the first modern multi-cylinder motorcycle, beating the Honda 750 Four to market by several months. Cafe Racers were invented in England on the frame rails of Triumphs, BSAs, Nortons, Enfields and the rest, and Cafe Racers formed the basic pattern for every sport bike to follow, right up into modern times: big power, low weight, good brakes, excellent handling, and that wonderful 'laid-down' look. In the 1960's, the 'British Invasion' wasn't just about Rock & Roll, it was about great British Motorcycles.