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A dozen mostly vintage motorcycles from former Top Gear hosts James May and Richard Hammond are crossing the auction block in the UK on April 26. The auction includes a 1970 Triton cafe racer from Hammond and a 1980 Ossa trials bike from May.

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It has been a few weeks since we've seen a motorcycle featured in Jay Leno's Garage, but he has returned with a real classic – a 1962 Norton 650SS. While Norton may not be as well known today as fellow Brit Triumph, it built some of the top English sport bikes of its day and this was one of the fastest motorcycles you could buy.

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Looks like 3rd of June will be a red-letter day for electric motorcycles. Not only are we to have our hearts unbroken by Mission Motors, but it is also the exact same day that another of our two-wheeled favorites will ride into the spotlight. Moto Electra Racing has announced it will begin a journey from coast to coast with its Norton-styled retro-electro machine in a bid to make the record books for the quickest continental crossing by an electric vehicle.

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Norton Motorcycles has issued a press release noting another milestone in effort to return to the States: it has successfully completed durability and emissions testing for its Commando 961 Cafe Racer (pictured), 961 Sport and 961 SE bikes. Now the niche English motorcycle firm needs to submit and receive approvals for safety and compliance documentation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as complete other paperwork protocols for the Environmental Protection Agency

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When Formula One admitted four new teams a couple of years ago (and subsequently eliminated one before the season even started) it was a revolutionary expansion. Now its two-wheeled equivalent is looking to follow a similar path.

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Norton 961 Commando SE – Click above to watch video after the jump

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Falcon Motorcycles Kestrel – Click above to watch the video after the break

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Vintage British motorcycles at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Motorcycles at Concours d'Elegance - Click above for high-res image gallery

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For the first time in its nearly 60-year history, this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will feature classic motorcycles alongside the drool-worthy classic cars on display at the hallowed 18th hole fairway. Kicking off what is expected to be an annual focus on different countries and eras, this year's display will highlight classic British bikes built until 1959.

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Norton NRV588 rotary-powered motorcycle - Click above to watch the video

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