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The founder of this company disliked motorcycles and never rode one in his life. But that didn't stop him from starting a motorcycle manufacturing company.

What was the year and make of this motorcycle?
 

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Hi houstonredrider,

You are correct about the year of manufacture. However it is the wrong company.

Here is another hint, it was not a French company.

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Hi Andy,
Thanks for keeping up the forum while I wasn't posting :)
Just came back from holidays and gong for a short trip tomorrow until the end of the week when holiday time is over.
The bike looks British, but I would need more research time to find out what it is.

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Hi Aris,

You are correct. The web site you referenced is very interesting isn't it.

The picture I found was at this web site.

http://users.skynet.be/bk323303/oldtimersweb/moto/deel1overzicht/image56.htm

I hope you had a nice vacation. I also just came back from vacation two weeks ago. I was in Switzerland for three weeks. What a beautiful county. They sure do have some nice roads there to ride motorcycles on. Too bad I didn't have one. I rented a scooter for one day to get a partial fix.

Besides looking at the scenery (the Alps) and eating at fine restaurants, I enjoyed visiting motorcycle dealerships. It is so much fun to dream about one day purchasing a motorcycle over there and riding the twisties for several months.

Besides Switzerland we took a train to Paris and stayed there for a few days. It was fun showing my 9 year old daughter Eifel tower and the other amazing places there. Also fantactic food there as well.

Those Parisian motorcycle and scooter drivers are crazy fast. I love watching them lane split.

I'm sure greece is very similar. One of these days I'll make there too.

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Hi Andy,

I'm glad you had a nice holiday. You should make it to Greece sometime, we couild meet and I could give you some useful tips. If you ever visit Athens make sure you let me know in advance!
BTW, the French are really good in lane splitting, the Italians are better, the Greek are more lane pushing-fighting than splitting!

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As you can see some of the Sunbeams were hot trotters for racing.
Still the later model Sunbeam (built by BSA) was the last that came out called an A8. Believe that was in '47 or '48. A true in-line ("in-line" of those days meant IN LINE with the frame & bike & not a 'cross line' as we see on present day fours) shaft driven & all. Probably the second quitest m/c we ever saw --- considering it was a 500cc OHV & air cooled.
Still in '46-'47 they came out with the same machine called A7 but with FAT tyres & most North Americans drooled over it (thinking that fat tyres as on HD & Indian were a must), only it did not handle as well so slimmer tyres on the A8 showen.
I know where there is an A8 & it is in the hands of the original owner's son well into his 50s knowing it to be a vintage bike.
 

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Hi Smitty,
You re right about the Sunbeam built by BSA, but I would like to correct you in the name. It was the S7 and S8 annd not. The A7 was a true BSA parallel twin. The S7-8 with the tandem engine had briliant handling, but were breaking down quite a lot.
We had the S7 in a previous trivia as well!

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