Category: Motorcycle Photo of the Day

When Detroit Was Great – The End of American Henderson Motorcycles

In 1911 a pair of audacious brothers formed the American Henderson Motorcycle Co, 268 Jefferson Ave., Detroit, Michigan. William G. Henderson and his brother, Tom W. Henderson, began a partnership which would lead the...

The Killer – Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis, the greatest singer and piano player in the history of hillbilly music, has been married seven times – and he’s still very much alive.

Give that a second or two to sink in. Seven times. Still alive.

1963 Honda CB77 305 Superhawk

The CB77 had, at only 305cc, a relatively big engine in comparison to most other Japanese bikes of the period. It did boast performance to rival much larger motorcycles. It also developed a reputation for reliability and was equipped with an electric starter.

A product of the experience Honda gained in Grand Prix racing, the CB77 featured a steel-tube frame (rather than the pressed frame construction of earlier Hondas) and a telescopic front fork. It’s parallel twin engine (the biggest then available in a Honda) was a structural element of the bike and it provided stiffness in a frame which lacked a downtube. Capable of 9,000 rpm, the bike was capable of reaching 100 mph, and it’s now regarded as ‘the first modern Japanese motorcycle.’

It served as the motorcycle paradigm Honda adheres to today.

1960 Norton Dominator 88

The Dominator line are twin cylinder motorcycles developed by Norton to compete against the Triumph Speed Twin, and the original Dominator was designed in 1947 and 1948 by Bert Hopwood, who had been on the Speed Twin design team at Triumph. This bike and itsdesign set the template for Norton twins for the next 30 years. The Model 88 with its eatherbed frame was designed for Norton by the McCandless brothers and made by the Reynolds company. It was a lack of welding capacity which led Norton works to farm out the manufacture of the bike. The Featherbed frame led to the Model 88 Dominator, also called the Dominator De Luxe, and the 497 cc engine and was developed in 1951. The 88 suffered from oil leaks from the primary chain case and some 200 Model 88’s were produced each week.