We all love the designs of years gone by, whether it is for nostalgia or because older models are genuinely better, we will always seek out classic designs and with motorbikes, this is no different. To some, there is no better site than a a bike such as the Softail Springer Classic Harley Davidson riding down an open road or a Bradbury motorcycle weaving through the traffic. With a look and a sound that goes unrivalled, classic bikes come in all shapes and sizes.
There are various manufacturers and companies that have produced bikes over the years and their models can still be seen either from those who collect bikes or prefer to feel of a classic bike.
One was the Birmingham Small Arms, or BSA as they were known. At their peak they were the biggest manufacturer of motorcycles in Great Britain. They had their origins in fire arms (as the name suggests) in 1861 and made the step into motorbikes in 1910. They produced bikes for the army in both of the world wars and then created great machines used in racing, eventually finishing in the 1970s.
Perhaps one of the most well known manufacturer of motorcycles is the Harley Davidson Motor Company who have been making models for many years and has produced bikes that have still been used after many years, including the Softail Springer Classic, a design that was recently used in the latest Indiana Jones movie, bringing it to the attention of people all over the world.
But there are also other models of classic bikes including Norton who started manufacturing bikes in 1902 or AJS who began in 1909. Then there are companies likes Matchless who took over AJS in 1931 before the AMC (Associated Motorcycles) was founded in 1938 which encompassed Norton, AJS and Matchless as well as James and Francis Barnett.
But it doesn’t end there. There are many other types of bikes, from the Bradbury to the Triumph, which both have developed and interesting histories. It means that by owning a classic bike you are not just owning a unique and glorious design, you are also inheriting something with an in depth history.