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The 1970s Other Motorcycle Manufacturers Channel explores models from lesser-known motorcycle makers. See these classic motorcycles at HowStuffWorks.

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1976 Hercules W2000

The 1976 Hercules W2000 motorcycle was the first production motorcycle with a Wankel rotary engine. The rotary engine was designed to combine greater efficiency and smoother power delivery that a regular engine. See learn about the innovative W2000.


1976 Hercules W2000

 1976 Hercules W2000

The 1976 Hercules W2000 motorcycle was the first production motorcycle with a Wankel rotary engine. See pictures and learn about the innovative W2000. See more »

1974 Laverda SFC

 1974 Laverda SFC

The 1974 Laverda SFC motorcycle was a high-performance machine built by a company that once made tractors. Learn about the 1974 Laverda SFC. See more »

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

The 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport motorcycle from Italy was low slung and sporty. See pictures and learn about the 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport. See more »

1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans

 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans

The 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans motorcycle was a special mix of V-twin power and Italian style. See pictures and learn about the Moto Guzzi LeMans. See more »

1971 Munch TTS

 1971 Munch TTS

The 1971 Munch TTS motorcycle is a rarity. Only 250 Munch bikes were made, and under 50 came to the U.S. See pictures and learn about the Munch TTS. See more »

1974 MZ TS250

 1974 MZ TS250

The 1974 MZ TS250 motorcycle had origins in Communist East Germany and was popular as basic transportation. See pictures and learn about the MZ TS250. See more »

1970 Norton Commando 750S

 1970 Norton Commando 750S

The 1970 Norton Commando 750S motorcycle was sporty, but dogged by Japanese competition. See pictures and learn about the Norton Commando 750S. See more »

1976 Norton Commando

 1976 Norton Commando

The 1976 Norton Commando motorcycle was among the last bikes Norton produced. See pictures and learn more about the classic Norton Commando. See more »

1970 BSA Lightning

 1970 BSA Lightning

The 1970 BSA Lightning motorcycle battled faster, less-expensive Japanese bikes. See pictures and learn how the BSA Lightning dealt with its rivals. See more »