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Graph of the Week - 10 Most Popular British Bikes


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Classic British motorcycles and their enduring popularity have a similar story to British sports cars. The United Kingdom lived by the “Export or Die” mantra during the immediate postwar years, and Britain’s industries ramped up production for sale abroad, particularly across the pond in the U.S. Motorcycles actually made up one of Britain’s largest industries behind automobiles for much of the postwar period, and almost everyone who was buying a large bike that wasn’t a Harley was buying something made in the British Isles. The period from the end of World War II until the Japanese invasion of the 1970s was a golden age for British bikes.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2015/11/06/graph-of-the-week-top-10-classic-british-motorcycles