British Iron Association Of Massachusetts 2016 Motorcycle Show

The motorcycle club to which I belong , the British Iron Association of Massachusetts, held its annual motorcycle show yesterday at the Singletary Rod & Gun Club in Oxford, Massachusetts.  There were a number of interesting motorcycles on display which made for a great show.  I have picked out just of few of the motorcycles that I found particularly interesting and presented some photos of them.  I may focus of a few of these motorcycles in further posts.

The day was overcast, but no rain was felt.  It was a little cool while riding to the show in an open motorcycle, but frankly it was nice after a couple of days of very high heat.  I did not get out to the show as early as I wanted to in the morning as I was taking in the Monaco Grand Prix on television.

One of the first motorcycles that I noticed at a the show was an iconic British motorcycle, a 1966 Triumph T100SC.  The classic design of the vertical V-twin Triumph motorcycle is one of the reasons why I bought one of the newer Triumph Bonneville motorcycles for my own motorcycle.


1966 Triumph T100SC

One trials bike that stood out was a 1969 Cotton competition motorcycle.  Cotton was an English motorcycle builder who focused on competition motorcyles.  Cotton used engines built by others.  This motorcycle had a two-stroke Villiers engine.


1969 Cotton Trials Bike

There were a couple of Douglas motorcycles at the show.  Douglas had a very complicated history during its life from 1907 to 1957.  The Douglas Dragon Fly had a 350cc boxer style engine.


1949 Douglas Dragon Fly

An older Douglas , one built in 1924, had an unusual fore & aft oriented twin cylinder boxer-style engine.


1924 Douglas

There were two very similar motorcycles at the show that had different names.  One was a HRD and the other was a Vincent.  These two motorcycles were built by the same company.  The original company was known as HRD, which was named after the initials of the original owner, Howard R. Davies.. The original company began making motorcycles in 1924, but it was purchased in 1927 by Philip Vincent.  The company continued to build motorcycles up to 1955.  The best known Vincent is the 1000cc Vincent Black Shadow.

The company was formally known as Vincent-HRD, but in the USA, I believe that the “HRD” portion of the name was dropped, as many Americans were confusing “HRD” with the initials of the well-known Harley Davidson.  I have included photos of what I believe is the same motorcycle design, but one is labeled as a HRD and the other as a Vincent.  I did not have the opportunity to discuss these motorcycles with their owners, but I suspect that the motorcycle marked as the Vincent is a newer version of the same HRD motorcycle, made specifically for the American market.


HRD Black Shadow


Vincent Black Shadow

There was also an interesting Moto-Guzzi military motorcycle that had done service in the Italian army during World War II.  This Moto-Guzzi was from the days when they were building horizontal oriented single-cylinder engines.  Notice the rear seat on this motorcycle.  It has its own set of handlebars for the rear seat occupant to hang onto.


A 1940 Italian Army Moto-Guzzi

The Indian Motocycle Company is well loved in Massachusetts, as these motorcycles were built in Springfield, Massachusetts.  This was a very impressive motorcycle.


A Four-Cylinder Indian With A Side-Car

Most people associate BMW motorcycles with the boxer style opposed twin cylinder engine design.  However some of the smaller-engined BMW motorcycles used vertical single-cylinder engines such as the 250cc BMW shown below.


A 250cc BMW

No gathering of British motorcycles would be complete without some Norton motorcycles.  The Norton motorcycle shown below is an excellent example of the Norton twin-cylinder motorcycles from the 1960s.


A V-Twin Norton

The show was a great success.  If you are interested in British motorcycles and live in the northeast USA, then I would recommend attending the annual motorcycle show hosted by the British Iron Association of Massachusetts.  You can check out their website at:

If you have any comments or questions about this post, then leave a comment below or send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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2 Responses to British Iron Association Of Massachusetts 2016 Motorcycle Show

  1. Greg g says:

    No BSA,’s, not a fan or none there? Back in 71 or so a friend got hold of a surplus M 21, still in the crate with RCAF markings on it. He had us up to his place near Derby, Ct to uncrate, clean, and get it running. If I remember it was a 500 cc single. Three of us nearly nearly broke or legs trying to get it running, then somebody noticed something about a compression release in the operators pamphlet. He used it as a daily ride for a good number of years. Probably stuffed away in a shed somewhere in Vt, which is were he was last time I heard of him.

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