Inside older machines line the walls. That grey boxy bike near the camera is a Velocette with a small engine that
ran like a sewing machine. They were used by police patrols with chunky radio telephones mounted in the hatch between the fuel cap and the handlebars.
During the 1960s the first wave of Japanese
bikes came to Britain and some examples survive here. These reliable and cheap imports spelt the end of the fine engineering of British bikes. Soon to go were marques including AJS, Ariel, Matchless,
Triumph, BSA, Norton, James, Velocette, Royal Enfield, and Frances Barnet.
Below is a 1950s Velocette, quite the luxury with its variable swinging arm and flexible engine. Speed was the object of
the 1970s Triumph Bonneville still giving Stirling service today.