Sunday, 19 February 2012


Royal Mail  released the stamp set devoted to the classic motorcycles on July 19, 2005. The stamp set features Norton F1-1991, BSA Rocket 3-1969,  Vincent Black Shadow 1949, Triump Speed Twin 1938, Brough Superior SS100-1930, Royal Enfield T140-1914.
Norton F1 – 1991
The F1 is a road-going sports model that Norton based on its RCW588 racing motorcycle. The F1 was offered in only one livery: black with gold decals and grey and gold stripes, to reflect John Player's sponsorship of Norton's race team. It was distinctive for using a 588 cc liquid-cooled twin-rotor Wankel engine. This unit was developed from the motor in the Norton Commander.

BSA Rocket 3 – 1969
The BSA Rocket Three / Triumph Trident was the first true modern superbike and the last major motorcycle developed by Triumph Engineering at Meriden.
It was badge-engineered to be sold under both the Triumph and BSA marques. The Rocket3 / Trident was part of Triumph's plan to extend the model range beyond their 650 cc parallel twins.  BSA fell into serious financial troubles, but during the seven-year production run 27,480 Rocket3 / Trident models were produced.

Vincent Black Shadow 1949
The Vincent Black Shadow was a hand-built motorcycle produced by Vincent HRD from 1948. The series "C", which was introduced in 1949, had a 998 cc  50 degree OHV V-twin engine.
Due to demand for a more "sports oriented model", the Black Shadow was introduced. The Black Shadow traced its roots to an early-model Rapide that had been specially tuned by factory tester and racer George Brown, his brother Cliff and legendary Vincent designer Phil Irving.
The reason for its name "Black" Shadow was that the entire bike (including the engine) was coloured black including baked enamel on crank-case and covers. The reason for the black on the crankcases is still disputed to this day.

Triumph Speed Twin 1938
The Speed Twin 5T is a motorcycle that was made by Triumph at their Coventry factory.

Edward Turner, Triumph’s Chief Designer and Managing Director, launched the Triumph Speed Twin at the 1937 National Motorcycle Show.
It was a 500 cc OHV vertical twin in a lightweight frame and the first truly successful British twin, setting the standard for many twins to follow.

Brough Superior SS100 - 1930
The Brough Superior SS 100 was designed and built by George Brough in Nottingham, England in 1924. Sixty-nine SS100s were produced in 1925 and at £170 were advertised by Brough (without permission) as the "Rolls Royce of Motorcycles". All bikes had a guarantee that they were capable of 100 mph (160 km/h). The SS100 (Super Sports) was the first custom motorcycle with components chosen from many different suppliers.

Royal Enfield T140 – 1914
In 1893, the Enfield Manufacturing Company Ltd was registered to manufacture bicycles.

In 1911, prior to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Enfield added the word "Royal" to its name. They supplied large numbers of motorcycles to the British War Department and also won a motorcycle contract for the Imperial Russian Government. Enfield used its own 225 cc two-stroke single and 425 cc V-twin engines.

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