By Joe Appleton
The 1950s was an interesting decade for the motorcycle industry. As countries began to show signs of economic improvement after the devastation of World War II, motorcycle manufacturers could begin to innovate in new directions. While affordable mobility was still an important part of a motorcycle’s design, the humble motorcycle was slowly being replaced by cheaper and more attractive cars as a means of transportation. Sidecars were on the way out, and the rise of the automobile was in full swing.
That’s not to say that motorcycles were declining in popularity. In fact, they were more popular than ever. The post-war surplus had made two-wheeled transit an attractive option for thrill-seeking youths, giving birth to famous motorcycling sub-cultures, such as the American chopper scene, or the European café-racer craze. Throw in some powerful engines and the best rock and roll music ever written, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an iconic and influential decade.
The 50s spawned some of the most exciting and innovative motorcycles ever made, and there’s no way to boil the best models down into a short top list. But we’ve done our best. There are plenty that haven’t made the cut, and there are probably a few on the list that you’ll disagree with, but without any further ado: let’s take a look at some of the best motorcycles of the 1950s.
Triumph Tiger 110
Produced between 1953 and 1961 at Triumph’s Coventry factory, the Tiger 110 is one of the most iconic motorcycles of the decade. While it might not be as fondly remembered as the Thunderbird, Bonneville, or other Tiger machines of the era, the Tiger 110 is a true testament to Triumph’s engineering prowess, and a shining example of a motorcycle produced during Britain’s motorcycling golden age, before the Japanese came …read more
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