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Colin Seeley was the British Sidecar Champion in the early 1960s. He produced motorcycles from 1966 to 1979
In 1966 Seeley purchased the AMC
race shop, including the rights. He sold the Norton
side to John Tickle in order to concentrate on the AMC
models he already had experience of. His first special was built early
in the year and this was soon followed by others - firstly in a duplex
frame and then in a tubular spine type.
1971 The SeeleyCondor road version appeared. This was a
true cafe-racer, a road racer with lights. His Mark 3 frame
had nickel plating finish with the engine hung from it. It was an extremely attractive machien.
1973 The days of the big single were over (for the time being),
so Seeley concentrated on the Yamsel. He used his own frame
and fitted it with 250cc and 350cc racing Yamaha
engines. These were very successful and many were constructed. There were
also many specials and limited editions using engines and components from Japan Italy.
1975 Seeley transplanted Honda's 70bhp CB750 F2 engine into
his own British-built cafe-racer chassis. He wanted to make a motorcycle
which was lighter, better handling and better looking than the standard
750 Four. As a bonus, the Seeley machines were also easier to work
on and offered a lower seat height than Honda's original. The kits cost
£1295 in 1977, and suited the F1, F2 or K-series CB750 models
of the era. Despite the expense, it was an attractive proposition for sports
riders of the day.
This continued throughout the 1970s, until Seeley turned his attention
to other fields.
Note:Seeley returned to motorcycling in 1993 as manager
of the successful Norton Rotary racing team.