British Motorcycles in America

March 15 – October 17, 2013

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BritInvasionA retrospective of the classic British motorcycles imported to America from 1940 through the 1970s, when the power, performance, chrome and color of the great English machines dominated American racetracks and streets!Welcome Invasion: British Motorcycles in America, 1940-1980. focuses on the motorcycle as aesthetic object and material culture, and addresses the innovations, successes, and eventual implosion of the British motorcycle industry.

The exhibit, informally called British Invasion, will highlight how North American riders, many having learned to ride on Harley-Davidsons and Indians, took to and purchased the powerful English brands. Racers in particular valued the small size, technical innovations, and excellent power output of now-classic competition motorcycles by AJS, Triumph, BSA, Matchless, Norton, and Royal Enfield. The British marques were accepted as “real” motorcycles by American riders, and even today are respected by even the most ardent proponents of American motorcycles.

 

British Motorcycles in America, 1940-1970
List of Display Motorcycles

  • 1923 Norton 16H
  • 1952 Ariel Red Hunter VHA
  • 1953 Vincent Black Shadow
  • 1954 BSA B33
  • 1955 Ariel Square Four
  • 1957 Douglas Dragonfly
  • 1957 Royal Enfield Apache
  • 1957 BSA Gold Star
  • 1958 Enfield-Indian Woodsman
  • 1959 Triumph 650 “Bobber” custom
  • 1961 BSA A10
  • 1966 Triumph Cub
  • 1965 Triumph T120 Bonneville
  • 1967 BSA 650 Hornet
  • 1967 Velocette Thruxton
  • 1968 Triumph T100 Daytona
  • 1969 Triumph T120R Bonneville
  • 1969 BSA Rocket III
  • 1970 BSA 441Victor Special
  • 1970 BSA B50MX
  • 1970 Cheney-Victor Mk3
  • 1971 Rickman-Hodaka
  • 1972 AJS 250 Stormer
  • 1974 Triumph X75 Hurricane custom
  • 1974 Triumph T150V Trident
  • 1974 Norton 850 Commando

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