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The 1950s Other Motorcycle Manufacturers Channel explores early models from lesser-known motorcycle makers. See these vintage motorcycles at HowStuffWorks.

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1959 Lilac

The 1959 Lilac was one of the first upscale Japanese motorcycles to be sold in the United States. The powertrain layout and other features resembled that of other big European models for sale in the U.S. See pictures and learn about the 1959 Lilac.


1951 Vincent HRD Series B Rapide

1951 Vincent HRD Series B Rapide

The 1951 Vincent HRD Series B Rapide motorcycle was in its day among the world's fastest. See pictures and learn about the Vincent HRD Series. See more »

1951 Whizzer Pacemaker

1951 Whizzer Pacemaker

The 1951 Whizzer Pacemaker was as much bike as motorcycle, but played a big role in cycle history. See pictures and learn about the Whizzer Pacemaker. See more »

1959 Lilac

1959 Lilac

The 1959 Lilac was one of the first upscale Japanese motorcycles to be sold in the United States. See pictures and learn about the 1959 Lilac. See more »

1956 Simplex Automatic

1956 Simplex Automatic

The 1956 Simplex Automatic motorcycle was a lightweight machine that could return 100 mpg. See pictures and learn about the Simplex Automatic. See more »

1958 Cushman Eagle and Pacemaker

1958 Cushman Eagle and Pacemaker

The 1958 Cushman Eagle and Cushman Pacemaker motorcycles were great starter bikes for new motorcyclists. Learn about the virtues of these scooters. See more »

1957 Ariel 4G Mk II

1957 Ariel 4G Mk II

The 1957 Ariel 4G Mk II had a four-pipe exhaust and a plunger rear suspension. See pictures and learn more about this unique classic motorcycle. See more »

1959 Ariel Leader

1959 Ariel Leader

The 1959 Ariel Leader offered several new technologies and unique styling. See pictures and learn more about the 1959 Ariel Leader in this article. See more »

1954 AJS

1954 AJS

The 1954 AJS motorcycle was a near-duplicate of a bike sold under the Matchless brand. Learn about the British-built 1954 AJS motorcycle. See more »