The Rising Stars - Classic British Motorcycles That Are Quickly Gaining Popularity

The Rising Stars - Classic British Motorcycles That Are Quickly Gaining Popularity

When you think of Classic British motorcycles, what comes to mind?

Do you think of the iconic Triumph Bonneville? Or how about the powerful and fast Norton commando?

Everyone that rides or has been around classic motorcycles is probably familiar with some of the names mentioned above, but today I wanted to discuss some of the “rising stars” that are quickly gaining popularity in the vintage British motorcycle scene

Let’s face it, models like the Triumph Bonneville or Norton Commando will one day be too expensive for the average “Joe” to purchase or maintain, so what’s the alternative for new folks getting into the hobby?

Bikes and parts that are easy to obtain and affordable!

Today I will go over our "3 picks"; popular British motorcycles that I believe in the near future will be popular and valuable to own

I’ll also go into detail and explain what makes them popular, and why you might build, ride, and also want to invest in one..

Let’s dive in and uncover the 3 models that we like to call, “The Rising Stars”


#3 - Triumph 350 / 500

Triumph T100R Advertisement


The Triumph 350 and 500 unit twins are very underrated small capacity motorcycles

They where produced from 1957-1974 with many changes and improvements made throughout the 12 year span

Some models produced are extremely rare such the T100SC, TR5A/C or TR5A/R, however other models are like the 3TA, 5TA, T100R or T100C are readily available on the market today 

Parts can be easily found on eBay for cheap, and most (not all) new parts can be found new, especially for the later and more common models such as the Daytona (T100R) & Trophy (T100C) models 

If you can’t find or afford a “true” Bonneville, you can build a “baby Bonnie” that won’t hurt the bank 


Benefits of owning a unit 350 / 500 twin:

  • Projects easily found
  • Affordable parts
  • Good resale valve
  • Very attractive machines
  • Moderate mechanical skill level


#2 - Triumph / BSA unit singles 1966-1970

Triumph TR25W Original Advertisement

Triumph and BSA unit singles made from 1966-1970 are very attractive motorcycles which can be found for pretty cheap, especially in project form condition bikes

It’s not uncommon to find an original and complete unit single project for as low $500

All the unit singles produced from 1966-1970 (except the Cub) where fitted with an alloy barrel and cylinder head, unit singles are one of the only later models that featured an all alloy engine

Not to mention that through studs from the crankcase to the rocker box make the unit singles a very modern design

If your new to vintage British bikes, or your first motorcycle was as single-cylinder model, get them while you can before the prices start to rise

We have noticed a big increase in parts demand for TR25W, B25, and B44 parts in 2020 and we forecast the demand will rise over the next few years


Benefits of owning a unit single (1966-1970):

  • Abundance of used parts
  • Large selection of project bikes
  • Easy to work on / maintain
  • Entry level motorcycle


#1 - Triumph cub

Triumph Cub Advertisement

Triumph Cubs over the past few years have doubled in popularity and value

Some models are priced equal to or often times more valuable than a restored Triumph 650 twin, especially the rarer Triumph Cub models..

From our perspective, the cub models are the most ideal choice for those looking for a classic motorcycle project that will increase in value more rapidly as compared to #3 the 350 / 500 unit twin or #2, the unit singles

Although cub projects are quickly getting “picked” through, those that do come across a good project should hold onto them and consider a restoration

There is still a good source of used and NOS parts on the market, luckily, many of the Cub parts are interchangeable


Benefits of owning a Triumph Cub:

  • Abundance of used parts
  • Decent selection of project bikes
  • Easy to work on / maintain
  • Entry level motorcycle
  • Best investment 


Final thoughts 

Just remember when choosing a new project to start, there is more on the market than your average 650 or 750 twin 

British motorcycle company’s made such great motorbikes, however not all where “popular”

When selecting a project, find a motorcycle that works for your budget, skill level and time frame you are working with 

Be bold and be different, try something new on your next classic motorcycle purchase! 


Thanks for reading

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Ride safe! 


  • Geoff Ahrens

    One of the vintage bikes that we sold in Nov. was a 69 T-100R. I had a single carb head on it holding a 30mm Kuni R/S, BB EI, Podronics Reg/Rect. Bike easy to start ran great & reliable as a cannon ball!
    Thanks for your support and the Blog & Tech info

  • TR

    No! Nothing to see here. Triumph 500 twins are super boring. Move along. Nothing to see here.

    ….Watch parts prices go up and availability plummet. I have a nearly complete TR5T and another frame I’m trying to build up and it’s already almost impossible to find or afford certain parts. Plus there is a parts dealer (not CBS!) that has been buying up complete and sometimes functional TR5T’s, stripping them, and selling the parts for crazy money. They part out TR5T’s with matching numbers, which effectively destroys them. It drives me crazy to see this. Nobody can afford reassemble any of them parted out in this manner. Please stop doing this, you mach who you four. If you find one of these with matching numbers keep it in one piece! Or sell it to me.

  • Ian Poole

    I live in Perth Western Australia and have a 72 Triumph 500 Adventurer, this bike is great fun to scoot around the local suburbs (too low geared for long distance) much like throwing a pushbike around but with that lovely 500 motor! there certainly are not many of these around and is I believe the only triumph ever made with an alloy tank as standard.

  • James Davis III

    I have a 68 BSA ShootingStar basket case. Been sitting for years might be time to put it together.

  • Charles N Terry

    I’m surprised that the BSA A50/A65 models didn’t make the top 3. There seem to be plenty available and they are still inexpensive compared to Triumphs and Nortons or even B50’s.

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