From the pre-war years of the 1930s to the arrival of the superbike in the 1970s and 80s, every motorcycle enthusiast has their favourite vintage bike from the last century. We’ve been treated to some wonderful two-wheeled machines over the years, and each generation has brought something new and exciting to the table.
But which classic motorbike should you be riding? Find out in our classic motorbike quiz, where we’ll assign you a vintage bike based on your personality – whether it’s a Vincent Black Shadow, Honda Super Cub or Harley Davidson XR750.
Take our fun quiz below to find out which classic motorbike you are.
Our Top 5 Classic Motorcycles
By Mick from Northamptonshire, England – Honda Superhawk 305cc CB77 1965 CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18297416
The Honda CB77 heralded Japan’s arrival in mainstream motorcycling in the Western World. Known as the SuperHawk, this 305cc standard cruiser pushed riders up to 100mph, and was renowned for its light, flickable steering. Interestingly enough, the CB77 was the bike of preference for Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
1937 Triumph Speed Twin
By London Motorcycle Museum, Greenford London, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4548144
Considered one of the most influential motorbikes ever built, the Triumph Speed Twin was designed by Edward Turner in the mid-1930s, making its debut in 1937. The bike had a 500cc parallel-twin engine, which made it hugely quick for the time, while the placement of the fuel tank at the upper front of the frame is a format still seen on bikes today.
By Kawasaki, CC SA 3.0 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_Z1#/media/File:KAWASAKI_Z1.jpg
The result of a ‘power war’ with close rivals Honda, the Kawasaki Z1 was the most powerful bike to come out of Japan at the time. Launched in 1973 it sank demand for Honda’s lesser CB750. This incredible motorcycle was capable of speeds in excess of 130mph, and it claimed Motorcycle News’ Machine of the Year award four years running for its advanced technology and all-out performance.
By Jamescowdery – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50836134
Developed in conjunction with iconic British carmakers, Rolls-Royce, the Norton Commando is a legendary sports bike built from 1967 to 1977. On the track, the bike earned its team the nickname ‘unapproachable Norton’, thanks to its ability to leave other bikes for dust.
Royal Enfield Bullet
By Samihasib CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34846912
The Royal Enfield Bullet has the longest production run of any motorcycle, having been built for 83 years from 1931 to 2014. Used throughout WWII, the Bullet became a national treasure, and was beloved in the subsequent decades for its reliability, performance and excellent slogan: “Made like a gun, goes like a bullet”.