Leader Think 100WHT it is the sporty one the Arrow - http://www.realclassic.co.uk/arrow06061200.html
100 WHT was a 64 plate ..... NHT was mid 61.
CB77 I presume Ou une CB72. La 72 (250cc) et la 77 (305) sont visuellement identiques. Probably a CB72 as more popular in UK. Reg no. 299CHW That's what I thought. In the US and Canada, the CB77 was (I'm 90% sure) the only model offered. No size limit for anyone, even for first-time riders, no mandatory riding course, no displacement-related taxes, no... well, you get the picture! Personally, at 16, I bought and registered and, yes, rode my first bike without even having a driver's (rider's?) license! As the 250 would have cost only a few dollars less, nobody in their right mind, especially the young, would have bought a CB72 instead of a CB77. I know that in the UK, things were (very) different for anybody wanting to buy a "big" bike. I understand it made more sense to buy the 250. P.S.: were both models available in the UK? In 1960 all UK learner riders were restricted to 250cc or less bikes. So 250cc CB72 popular but the CB77 was also sold. This still meant at 16 you could buy a 80mph 250cc bike and ride straight on to the road with no training whatsoever , sadly more than one rider died on the way home from the bike shop with his new machine. In 1969, I was a teenager (seems so long ago!). One of my buddies who had "borrowed" money from his parents bought a Kawasaki H1 when it came out. It was his first bike! He scared himself silly and traded in the Kawasaki just two weeks after having bought it. He considered himself lucky to be alive and got a Honda CB350 instead. Even that one was a bit much for him but, he's still alive today and still talks about the H1 (not the 350!). One easy way (the only easy way?) to know if it's a CB72 or CB77 is to look at the tank badges: But, on some of the bikes, the badges only said "Honda" below the wing so, it's not a foolproof method.
Mid 58 plate
Obviously a real bikers hang out in Bristol , the guy on this shiny blue Norton goes round and round behind the camera , pulling faces at one point Atlas? That what I was thinking ,if so must be one of the very first . Reg no. 895DHU Atlas rare in Britain in 1962 so fairly sure its a Norton Dominator SS like this 1962 model - Only difference polished engine cases , an extra maybe ? Which Dominator model? 88 (500cc) or 99 (600cc)?
End 58 plate.
Monitor sports G2S if 250 Mercury sports G3S if 350 the new models for 1962 season
Reg.no TAE558 may still exist as comes up on car check sites but not DVLA. Strangely the similar black BSA next to it is TAE559 , both Bristol numbers.
XDG819 650 model 31 De-Luxe Closer view- Strange (and ugly) fairing. It seems to have been designed, on purpose, to direct as much air as possible directly onto the rider's face! I agree it looks like an 'old mans ' bike and not the best vehicle casting for a young man about town. Looking at it again, that windscreen, so close to the rider's head, could have become an excellent guillotine in case of a sudden stop. "Off with their heads" would have been a nifty catch phrase for this fairing manufacturer's advertising material!
Soit une Viper (350cc) ou une Venom (500cc). http://www.vintagebike.co.uk/pictures/velocette-viper-1955/ (Viper) http://auto.howstuffworks.com/1961-velocette-venom.htm (Venom) Si vous voyez la différence, vous êtes (bien) meilleur que moi! Est-ce un cas semblable à celui de la Honda CB72/77? La couleur rouge du réservoir d'essence ne fait pas très « Velocette ». Repeinturée? Bit of a lie that all older British motorcycles were black ! This Velocette reg 302BTX has that horrible fibreglass covering engine , yuk . Another pic with that rare Panther 2 stroke - From Wikipedia: "the Viper had a lot of chrome plating and was offered in a choice of black or "willow green" paintwork" "the Venom had high quality chrome plating and was finished in black paintwork with gold pinstriping" Having looked at many photographs, I've seen both the Viper and the Venom sporting the same chrome and paint tank (it seems much smaller than the fully painted one and has a different shape), It's the tank on the subject bike. As for the red colour, I haven't found any data as to what was really availble. Since these bikes were hand-built (and in low numbers), I suppose many possibilities existed to purchase a "one of a kind" model, Also, BOTH models appear to have been offered with the ugly fibreglass enclosure. I think one has to be a serious Velo afficionado (being British is also a plus) to be able to fully understand the idiosyncrasies of each model and of the marque in general. Same for practically all of the other brands of British bikes of the period. I believe Brit bikes were aimed at the connaisseur while the Japanese knew they had to appeal to the masses to succeed ("you meet the nicest people on a Honda"). So, since I'm not British and/or a connaisseur, I'm not able to diferentiate between the various incarnations of both models and thus, am unable to identify the subject bike... I'll leave that to the "experts"!
This is red with gold pinstripes ?