There’s something distinctly cool about old British motorcycles. From the wire wheels, the minimal bodywork, and the exposed engines which give off a thunderous bark, I’ve always loved looking at old Triumphs, BSAs and the like from the 60s.
I’ve never owned one though. The reason is simple: old British bikes are needy little maintenance machines notorious for the odd oil leak. And while I’m a fan of Triumph’s modern classic line, building an old bike with modern technology is a project I’ve longed to do.
Instead three brothers have beaten me to it. The video below, titled “Old Dogs, New Tricks,” chronicles the journey these three brothers started in 2008 to take a trio of 60s engines, one from a Triumph Bonneville, another from a Trident and the third from a BSA A65, and wrap modern performance around them. “It was undoubtedly conceived over a pint,” they say. “As most of the best ideas are.”
The basic idea for all three bikes is the same. All three have the same chassis, suspension, brakes, wheels, and hubs. The difference comes in the styling of each bike, as each is based on the three models listed earlier. If you ask me, I’d say they most definitely were successful in their quest. To me, these are three new motorcycles with an old soul, and exactly the kind of retro British bike I’d want in my garage. Check out the video below and tell us which bike is your favorite in the comments section below.