Other Motorcycle Manufacturers

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

The 1956 Simplex Automatic motorcycle was a lightweight machine that could return 100 mpg. The main reasons for the high fuel economy were the overall light weight and efficient design of the bike. See pictures and learn about the Simplex Automatic.

The 1926 Cleveland motorcycle was the company's answer to buyers yearning for four-strokes. The result was a four-cylinder model that was not the most impressive performer. Find out why the Cleveland fizzled in this profile and see pictures.

The 1940 Crocker motorcycle outperformed better-known bikes of its era. Manufactured in Los Angeles, California, from 1936 to 1940, only 61 Crocker V-twins were built. See pictures and find out what made the brawny 1940 Crocker so special.

The 1958 Cushman Eagle and Cushman Pacemaker motorcycles were great starter bikes for new motorcyclists. Cushman was also one of the few manufacturers of motorized vehicles permitted to continue civilian production during World War II. Learn about these scooters.

The 1936 DKW SB 500 A motorcycle was a stout bike that looked back to racing success and ahead to battle duty. Fed by a Bing carburetor, the two-stroke engine produced 15 horsepower. Learn more about the DKW SB 500 A.

The 1965 DKW Hummel 155 motorcycle featured styling unlike any bike of its day. When the 1965 DKW Hummel 155 motorcycle was introduced to the public the European motoring press dubbed it the "Tin Banana." See what made it so unique in this article.

No question about it the 1996 Boss Hoss motorcycle is the biggest baddest bike to ever roam the streets. It defines 'bigger is better' by packing a Chevy V-8 engine. See pictures and learn about the outrageous Boss Hoss.

The 1967 Bridgestone 350 GTO motorcycle was one of a few bikes created by the tire company in the 1960s. Bridgestone was synonymous with "performance" in motorcycle circles -- though that really wasn't the company's original aim. Learn about the Bridgestone 350 GTO.

The 1938 Brough Superior SS 100 was "the Rolls-Royce of motorcycles." Brough motorcycles were expensive, well-finished machines compiled largely from proprietary components. Learn more about this classic and see pictures of the Brough Superior SS 100.

The 1994 Buell S2 Thunderbolt motorcycle was backed by Harley-Davidson as a contender in the sportbike market. Powering the S2 Thunderbolt was a modified 1203-cc V-twin from the Harley-Davidson Sportster. Learn about this important motorcycle.

The 1957 Ariel Mk II motorcycle was developed by one of the British motorcycle industry's more adventurous manufacturers. It featured a four-pipe exhaust and a plunger rear suspension. See pictures and learn more about this unique classic motorcycle.

The 1959 Ariel Leader offered several new technologies and unique styling. An interesting aspect of the Leader was the long list of options available. As a result, few of the 22,000 produced were exactly the same. Learn more about the 1959 Ariel Leader.

Bimota got its start in the early 1970s by wedding Honda or Kawasaki four-cylinder power with its own exotic chassis and bodywork. The 1992 Bimota Tesi motorcycle was exciting and exotic but it wasn't the star Bimota hoped for. Find out why and see pictures.

The 1992 Bimota SB6 R motorcycle was a higher-tech version of the strong-selling SB6. It weighs about 20-30 pounds less than a comparable Suzuki -- and costs well over twice as much. See pictures and learn about the Bimota SB6 R.

The 1910 Emblem was a popular and affordable motorcycle, but the Emblem brand wasn't destined to last. Claiming "Class Power Speed & Satisfaction," Emblem had high hopes of achieving success in a crowded market. See pictures and learn about the 1910 Emblem.

The 1915 Emblem Twin motorcycle's 76.6-cubic-inch engine was unusually large for its day. It was a bold offering from a company struggling to remain afloat amongst fierce competition and the ravages of an economic recession. Learn more about the 1915 Emblem Twin.

The 1911 Excelsior motorcycle was a product of Schwinn better known for bicycles. As was common for the era, the single was driven by a wide leather belt with progress slowed by a rear coaster brake. Learn about the 1911 Excelsior motorcycle.

The 1913 Excelsior 7-C motorcycle was designed by the Schwinn Bicycle Company, which built motorcycles until 1931. Despite the added speed potential, the Excelsior still relied on a simple rear coaster brake. Check out pictures and a profile.

The 1911 Flying Merkel was considered one of the premier motorcycles of its day. But despite innovative models such as this one, the Merkel company would be out of business by 1916. Learn about the 1911 Flying Merkel.

The 1920 Ace motorcycle had a short life, but it was a powerful and durable bike. Production ceased in 1922 due to financial setbacks and the death of its creator in a motorcycle accident. Learn about the 1920 Ace.

The 1954 AJS motorcycle was a near-duplicate of a bike sold under the Matchless brand. Its mechanical roots dated back to the models of 1935, though improvements had been implemented in the intervening years. Learn about the British-built 1954 AJS motorcycle.

The 1970 BSA Lightning motorcycle battled faster less-expensive Japanese bikes. BSA didn't survive long afterward as the competition from Japan proved too much. See pictures and learn how the BSA Lightning dealt with its rivals.