Other Motorcycle Manufacturers

See photos and read histories about the Reading Standard, Vespa Allstate Cruisaire and Bimota Tesi motorcycles in this channel.


The 1951 Vincent HRD Series B Rapide motorcycle was in its day among the world's fastest. A unique feature of this motorcycle is that the components were bolted to each other instead of the frame. See pictures and learn about the Vincent HRD Series.

The British-built 1961 Velocette Venom motorcycle was a 100-mph single-cylinder bike. The motorcycle was capable of reaching such high speeds because of the large 500-cc cylinder displacement. See pictures and learn about the Velocette Venom.

Though a beautiful machine, the 1915 Iver Johnson motorcycle lacked horsepower. The motorcycle used a V-twin that displaced 1020 cc, which was far less than the other V-twins of the era. Find more information and view pictures of the 1915 Iver Johnson.

The 1964 Vespa Allstate Cruisaire was a U.S. version of the iconic Italian scooter. The frameless chassis housed a two-stroke engine that was efficient and perfect for city use. See pictures and learn about the Vespa Allstate Cruisaire.

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.

The 1997 Ural motorcycle was essentially a reproduction based on parts from different BMW models. The styling if the Ural is crude but the motorcycle and sidecar could be purchased for a cheap price. See pictures and learn about the Ural motorcycle.

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.

The 1914 Thor motorcycle was from a company noted mostly for building motorcycle engines. The 1914 Thor is the perfect example of what early motorcycle design looked like. See pictures and learn more about the 1914 Thor motorcycle.

The 1996 Aprilia RS250 motorcycle put its new Italian maker in the classic motorcycle big leagues. Powered by a highly tuned version of a Suzuki two-stroke V-twin it was essentially a road racer for the street. See pictures and learn about the Aprilia RS250.

The 1974 Laverda SFC motorcycle was a high-performance machine built by a company that once made tractors. It had an engine that produced 70 horsepower which made the SFC a sreet-legal racing motorcycle. Learn about the 1974 Laverda SFC.

The 1988 Laverda SFC 1000 motorcycle featured Laverda's trademark three-cylinder engine. This particular model was not intended for export sales so this motorcycle is very rare in the U.S. See pictures and learn more about the Laverda SFC 1000.

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.

The 1904 Marsh motorcycle used parts made by the Marsh brothers themselves. It had a single cylinder engine that had an intake valve that opened on the cylinder's down stroke. See pictures and learn about the 1904 Marsh, a pioneering motorbike.

The 1961 Matchless G-12 motorcycle was one of the last models offered bearing the Matchless name. The 1961 model performed poorly which caused low sales against other British competitors Triumph and BSA. See pictures and learn about the Matchless G-12.

The 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport motorcycle from Italy was low slung and sporty. The engine used shaft drive instead of a chain and had a front-mounted alternator which lowered the seat position. See pictures and learn about the 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport.

The 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans motorcycle was a special mix of V-twin power and Italian style. It had a unique braking system where the foot pedal controlled the front and rear brakes along with the hand brake. See pictures and learn about the Moto Guzzi LeMans.

The 1971 Munch TTS motorcycle is a rarity. Only 250 Munch bikes were made and under 50 came to the U.S. Built from a low-production company, it is often said that no two Munchs are exactly alike. See pictures and learn about the Munch TTS.

The 1974 MZ TS250 motorcycle had origins in Communist East Germany and was popular as basic transportation. It was powered by a 250-cc two-stroke single cylinder engine that was built for economy rather than speed. See pictures and learn about the MZ TS250.

The 1937 Nimbus Luxus motorcycle was produced in Denmark and had many unusual features. This motorcycle featured many unusual design elements such as a channel-steel frame and odd gear lever placement. See detailed pictures and learn about the 1937 Nimbus Luxus.

The 1970 Norton Commando 750S motorcycle was sporty but dogged by Japanese competition. The most interesting design element of this motorcycle is the high-set exhaust pipes with heat shields. See pictures and learn about the Norton Commando 750S.

The 1976 Norton Commando motorcycle was among the last bikes Norton produced. Outdated design elements caused Norton to slip in sales when compared to its Japanese competitors. See pictures and learn more about the classic Norton Commando.

The 1910 Pierce motorcycle was America's first four-cylinder motorcycle. The bike consisted of a heavy tubular frame that doubled as storage for fuel and oil. See pictures and learn more about the innovative 1910 Pierce motorcycle.

The 1918 Pope L-18 motorcycle boasted innovation and quality engineering but was Pope's last motorcycle. It had a 61-cubic-inch V-twin engine with overhead valves which were innovative for the time. See pictures and learn about the Pope L-18.

The 1913 Reading Standard motorcycle was a great example of an early American motorcycle. Reading Standards is best known as the first American motorcycle company to offer a flathead engine. See pictures and learn about the Reading Standard.

The 1914 Sears Deluxe motorcycle was offered for sale in the Sears and Roebuck catalog. The motorcycle featured a 35-cubic-inch Deluxe ''Big Five'' engine and sold for 197 dollars. See pictures and learn more about the Sears Deluxe.

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