Motorcycles featured in the 2022 edition include:
• Matchless G15
In the 1950s the Berliner Motor Corp. began importing European motorcycles to America. among their suppliers was associated Motorcycle (AMC) of England, the parent company of Matchless and Norton bikes, among others. Berliner persuaded AMC to build the Matchless G15 for import to the U.S. in 1967. The G15 combined a lightweight Matchless frame and power train with a Norton 750cc twin-cylinder opposed engine. This off-road rocket is now a very rare beast, indeed!
• Zündapp K800, 1938 —
Technical and design tour de force for the era, the Zündapp was powered by a 22hp air-cooled, transverse opposed four-cylinder engine connected to a drive shaft. The styling was very clean and elegant. The sprung seat and shock-sprung girder front end delivered a very smooth ride on the not always smooth German roads of the 1930s. Its top speed was 70 mph.
• Triumph TR6c Trophy, 1970
The Trophy was Triumph’s idea of a scrambler, equipped with high pipes and trail tires. Powered by Triumph’s legendary vertical twin engine, it was a favorite among desert racers and, notably, with movie legend Steve McQueen.
• 1974 BMW R90S
BMW shook up the motorcycling world with the release of the R90S in 1974. This was not your father’s BMW. With its distinctive two-toned paintwork and pin striping, low bars, bikini faring, and 898cc engine putting out 67
horsepower, BMW invented the contemporary sport-touring bike.
• Harley Davidson WLA
Starting in 1940, Harley Davidson began producing model WLA for the U.S. Army. The W indicated the 45-cubic-inch flathead engine; L meant high compression; and a indicated the design for an army, either American or Canadian. Eventually more than 90,000 copies of the motorcycle would find their way around the world. after World War II, many WLAs were sold as surplus and became the first choppers.
• Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000
Named for the endurance race won by the company’s cycles in 1984 and ’85, Moto Guzzi introduced the prototype Daytona in 1989 and finally began production in 1991. The bike’s air-cooled, transverse V-Twin engine employed electronic fuel injection and a four-valve, high-cam system to produce 95 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and a top speed of 145 m.p.h.
• Moto Morini 3ó Sport
Just before World War I, Alfonso Morini opened his first motorcycle shop, but the business didn’t really get under way until 1937 when he began building 3-wheelers in Bologne, Italy. In the early 1970s the factory
introduced its first V-Twin engine cycles displacing 344cc’s and generating 37 hp at 8,500 rpm.
• Harley Davidson Speedway Racer
This very rare Speedway racer dates to 1934 when Harley Davidson built the bikes for anyone who wanted a factory-ready performer to race on the local short dirt oval tracks of the time. The bike boasts a single-cylinder, 500cc displacement engine with an astounding 16.5 to 1 compression ratio that redlined at 6,000 rpm.
• 1984 Harley Davidson XR-1000
The XR-1000 was sold as a street version of the highly successful XR-750 Harley flat-track race bike. Based on a XLX Sportster, but with modified cylinder heads and dual carburetors, the XR-1000 had
about 70 horsepower, more than any street-going Harley at the time.
• BMW R27
BMW has always built motorcycles on their own terms. This model R27 is a good example. Built between 1960 and 1966, its single-cylinder 250cc engine delivers just 18 hp via the enclosed shaft drive that makes a straight connection to the engine’s drive shaft, eliminating right-angle gears. The bike also uses a triangulated Earles front fork to give it both a front and a rear swingarm that
eliminates brake dive.
• Norton Commando
The Norton Commando was the performance bike of choice for many riders in the 1960s and early 1970s. In production from 1967 through 1977, the Commando offered an engine displacement of 745cc that was increased to 828cc in 1973. Norton designed the bike with what it called “Isolastic” engine mounts. The system smoothed out the vibrations of the 58hp vertical twin.
• Hercules W2000
In the 1970s you could find engines of nearly every type: two strokes or four strokes, and cylinder arrangements from singles to twins, triples to fours. No rotary, you ask? The Germans answered with the W2000. ZF Sachs licensed a Wankel rotary: the 294cc engine delivered 23hp and in 1974 Hercules became the world’s first rotary-powered motorcycle. Output was eventually boosted to 32hp and the bike stayed in production until 1978.