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Other Motorcycle Manufacturers of the 1950s

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

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1951 Whizzer Pacemaker

The 1951 Whizzer Pacemaker was as much bike as motorcycle but played a big role in cycle history. The simple design gave everyone an opportunity to experience motorized transportation. See pictures and learn about the Whizzer Pacemaker.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 »