I have made no effort to be exhaustive in my descriptions, or to duplicate the work of the authors listed below.
I recommend you go to these sources for more detailled information and pictures.

  • A-Z of Motorcycles, by Roland Brown. Anness Publishing, London, UK, 1997.
  • The World of Motorcycles, 22 volume set (vol. 16 for Triumph), Columbia House, New York, 1979.
  • An Illustrated History of Motorcycles, by Roy Bacon. Promotional Reprint Co., London, UK, 1995.
  • Triumph The Illustrated Motorcycle Legends, by Roy Bacon. Sunburst Books, London, UK, 1993.
  • Motorcycle Pioneers, by Michael Partridge. Arco Publishing, New York, USA, 1977.
  • National Motorcycle Museum Guide, by Ivor Davies. Jarrold Colour Publications, Norwich, UK, 1985.
  • Classic Motorcycles Triumph, by Don Morley, Osprey Automotive, London, UK, 1990.
  • Guide to Pre-War British Motorcycles, by C.J. Ayton, Temple Press, Middlesex, UK, 1985.
  • Pictorial History of Triumph Motorcycles, by Ivor Davies, Temple Press, Middlesex, UK, 1985.
  • Historic Motor Cycles, by David Burgess Wise, Hamlyn, New York, USA, 1973
  • Triumph The Return of the Legend, by David Minton, Chartwell Books, New Jersey, USA, 1995.
  • The Ultimate Motorcycle Book, by Hugo Wilson, Harper Collins, Toronto, Canada, 1993.
  • Tales of Triumph Motorcycles & the Meriden Factory, by Hughie Hancock, Veloce Publishing PLC, Dorset, UK. 1996.
  • Motocycles Whirling Wire Wheels, by Edward Radlauer, Abelard-Schuman, New York, 1969.
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw, Propsero Books,1999
  • The Complete British Motorcycle - The Classics from 1907 to the Present, by John Carroll, MBI Publishing, WI, 2001
  • The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of  Motorcycles, edited by Erwin Tragatsch, revided and updated by Kevin Ash, Select Editions, Vancouver, 2000
  • Classic British Motorcycle: The Cutting edge: Fast Road Bikes 1950-1975, by Steve Wilson, Greenwich Editions, UK, 1998
  • Triumph The Complete Story, by Ivor Davies, Crowood Press, Wiltshire, UK, 1991.
  • Triumph Motorcycles in America, by Lindsay Brooke and David Gaylin, Motorbooks, Wisconsin, USA, 1993.
  • Motorcycle Mania The Biker Book, Guggenheim Museum, Universe Press, 1998
  • Classic British Bikes, by Mac McDiarmid, Paragon, Bristol, UK, 1997
  • Videos 99.99 Triumph, Classic Motorcycles, The British Motorcycle, Assen Centennial Classic, Best of British: BSA, Best of British: Norton, Best of British: Triumph, Isle of Man TT 1950, Motorcycle Sport 1950, History of the Tourist Trophy, Machines of Iron, Castrol History of Motorcycle Racing,   and From the Jaws of Victory. All from Duke Video (UK). Available in Canada and the United States through Halmar Video (see links page).
  • A-Z of British Motorcycles, Roy Bacon, Promotional Reprint Co., England, 1996
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Hugo Wilson, Dorling Kindersley, UK, 1995.
  • The Handbook of Classic British Bikes, Abbeydale Press, 1999.
  • 100 Motorcycles, 100 Years by Fred Winkowski and Frank Sullivan, Smithmark, 1999.
  • Handbook Guide to Motorcycles 1885-1940 by Juraj Porazik, Galley Press, 1983.
  • Various issues of Classic Motorcycle, British Bike, Old Bike Journal, Classic Bike Guide and Classic Bike, and Torque magazines, plus SuperBike, Canadian Biker, Rider, Motorcyclist, Cycle Canada and Bike. Great reading, fun and informative. Especially the Brit 'zines.
  • Whatever Happened to the British Motorcycle Industry?, by Bert Hopwood (reprint, Haynes 1999). A rambling tale of hopes, success, shenanigans and failures, written from the inside, by a veteran designer at Triumph and BSA. Highly recommended.
  • The World's Motorcycles 1894-1963 by Erwin Tragatsch, Temple Press Books, London, 1964
  • See also separate my list of  sources for Triumph motorcycles at
Note: There is often discrepancy in the years indicated for many manufacturers and models, depending on the source. Some of these are noted by including alternate dates in parentheses with a question mark. Dates can be confusing: some machines are dated from production, others may be dated from announcements of upcoming models. Models may cease production, but continue to be sold until stock is exhausted. Early companies changed names and owners frequently, sometimes the same names were used by different companies at different times, and production was often interrupted, so it is difficult to date many machines with absolute certainty. Some models were released under their own marque rather than a parent company's marque, others were simply rebadged variations of existing models.
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