CC’s Motorcycle Archives Updated, And A Little Two-Wheeled Eye Candy

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Understandably, motorcycles have played a bit of an outsider’s role here at CC. My own bike ownership and experience was rather limited, and that probably explains why, at least in part. But I love to look at them anyway, especially the sexy ones, and this “Triton” is about as irresistible as it gets. I saw it the other day in Eugene’s Sports Car Shop. More on that after the jump.

But I do want to let those interested in bikes know that we’ve had some fine historical articles here at CC, including one specifically on the topic of how these Triton (and Vincent-powered Norvin) bikes came to be.  Working with author Lee Wilcox on them was a re-immersion in motorcycle history, and a thoroughly enjoyable one; almost as good as getting back on a bike. I’ve just finished creating a section for them all in the Automotive History Portal. If you’d like to take any of them out for a spin, I’ve also got them all lined up for you below.

Sunday Salon Motorcycle History Series: By Lee Wilcox and Edited by Paul Niedermeyer

1969 Honda CB750: The First Modern Superbike

1965 Honda CB450: The Black Bomber

Honda 350 Family: The Most Popular Bikes Ever

The Kawasaki Two-Stroke Triples 

Suzuki T500: The Best Bike Almost Nobody Remembers

Yamaha 350: The Giant Killer

Yamaha SX650: Originality Is Overrated

Yamaha 250 DT-1 

Harley Davidson Sprint: Spaghetti Hoglet

Norton Manx And The Isle of Wight

Harley 750: King of the Track Part 1   Part 2      The KR750 Riders

Home Made Bikes; Some On Steroids

Cooper and Norton: How the Triton and Norvin Bikes Came To Be

Mike Hailwood: The Natural

Cal Rayborn: The Life And Death Of An Icon

What The Heck Is A Speedway

Other Motorcycle Articles:

BSA 441 Victor  Paul Niedermeyer

Harley Davidson Hummer  Paul Niedermeyer

Vintage bikes from America’s Miracle Museum  Paul Niedermeyer


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Back to the Triton, for a moment, anyway. Yes, it says Norton on the tank, and the frame is the legendary Norton “Featherbed”. But many of them were converted to Triumph power, because the original Norton Manx 500cc engines were being plucked out of their beds to be used in Cooper Formula 3 racing cars. Triumph engines were plentiful, so the found a comfortable new bed in which to cavort.