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Bonneville T120 by Triumph

1966 Bonneville T120 by Triumph

What was once the world's fastest production motorcycle is still an icon, due in no small part to the enduring love affair between Hollywood and Triumph. While Mr Steve McQueen famously tried to jump his way to Switzerland astride a trophy TR6 in The Great Escape and Mr Marlon Brando brooded on his Thunderbird in The Wild One, it was the slow-mo footage of Mr Evel Knievel being mauled by his T120 during his infamous leap at Caesars Palace that still gives this model its dangerous allure. Watch it here

1965 GS 160 by Vespa

1965 GS 160 by Vespa

Initially conceived as an affordable method of transport in post-war Italy, the Vespa quickly evolved into the most stylish way to navigate Europe's narrow city streets. Whipping between lines of traffic and arriving at your destination with the smell of two-stroke in your hair, it's hard not to be seduced by the Vespa's distinctive charms. Think more Mr Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday, less Sting in Quadrophenia...

1959 750 Parallel Twin by Triton

1959 750 Parallel Twin by Triton

Head down behind the clocks; chin pressed to the tank with your eyes streaming, vision blurring, elbows tucked in, the deafening roar of the wind and the open exhausts in your ears as you chase that magical ton. This is the Triton, the original racer on the road. Even today in the world of fly-by-wire missiles there is something visceral about the Triton. Effectively a special, built from only the best components of the day and utilising the sublime Norton featherbed frame as well as the most powerful engine available, the Triton was the definitive café racer. Park it up outside London's Ace Cafe, a cold drink in your hand and listen to the tinkling of the engine as it cools. Timeless.

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