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Vintage Sunbeam motorcycle

Some motorcycles age better than others. Like fine wine, they seem to improve with age, and gain more admirers as the years pass by. The Sunbeam S7 and S8 are two such machines: originally built between 1946 and 1956, they did not sell in huge numbers but today have a growing base of admirers.

Sunbeam S7

By guest writer Diesel of Visual Gratification. Erling Poppe designed the beautiful Sunbeam S7 based on the BMW R75 of the late 40s. While the R75 had a horizontally-opposed boxer twin, the S7 engine was an inline 500cc twin shaft-driven to the rear wheel. It was a technology marvel with an overhead-camshaft engine, shaft drive…