1928 AJS 632 Four. By the 1920s, AJS had established a reputation for solid, dependable motorcycles, primarily robust 350cc singles and larger V-twins for pulling sidecars. The idea of AJS building a 4-cylinder seemed unlikely, yet if it hadn’t been for the Great Depression, the firm might have done just that. (Story by Alan Cathcart, photos by Kyoichi Nakamura. Motorcycle Classics, July/August 2012)
Norton International Model 30 | Norton #Motorcycles is an iconic British motorcycle manufacturer, dating back as far as 1898. Founded by James Lansdowne Norton of Birmingham, the company first started as a manufacturer of fittings and parts for the two-wheel industry.
1939 Vincent Series A Rapide. Because of its profusion of external oil pipes, tubes and hoses, the Vincent Series A Rapide did indeed earn the epithet “Plumber’s Nightmare.” That’s just one of the many legends surrounding Vincent motorcycles, its founder, Philip C. Vincent, and its long-time chief engineer, Philip Irving. The strange part is, just about all of the legends are true. (Story and photos by Robert Smith. Motorcycle Classics, September/October 2012)