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When British bikes were the best - and we rode them

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 21, 2014

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IN my recent letter in The Bugle (May 15 edition) entitled Memories of a young Rocker in the 1960s I boasted that 'we were the absolute masters of the highways'.

Well, just to prove it any interested parties may enjoy this Tester's Road Report

"Apart from showing a terminal speed of just over the ton we may be forgiven for thinking that this chart belongs to a modern gas-guzzling very expensive supercar, with acceleration from 0 – 62 mph in 5 seconds.

"In fact it belongs to the ''mere half-litre' 1957 Triumph Tiger 100, which retailed at the time for £255 8s.10d. inc. Purchase Tax, and had an all-round fuel consumption of 80 mpg!

British production bikes then were the best in the world, and what's more most of them such as Ariel, BSA, Norton and Triumph were all made in the Midlands.

Best of all, we were the generation who rode them. Best regards.

Phil Lawton,



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