Welcome to Rocker’s Bike Ads


(The Motor Cycle July 12th 1945)

About Rocker’s Bike Ads:

Q: Why do you call the site Rocker’s Bike Ads?
A: It seemed like a good idea at the time!

The website was actually created over 10 years ago but never developed due to priority being given to my Aviation Ancestry database of aviation adverts. Developing both at the same time proved to be way too ambitious and the aircraft won principally due to the available source material at the time. Rocker’s Bike Ads is a non-profit resource for Motor Cycle enthusiasts and you’re welcome to request free high res copies of the images by using the send ads link at the foot of each image.

Put simply this is a searchable database of (primarily) pre-1970 British Motor Cycle Industry advertisements classified by Manufacturer, Year and Product type. All material is sourced form original literature in my personal collection. Years may be extended in due course.

Schedule of Work:
Preparing and loading new entries for the database – this is a time consuming business and the target is to update the database weekly. At the time of writing (3/04/2021) work is underway on processing material for years 1946-1960. Realistically it will be some time before ‘nothing found’ searches aren’t the norm. Dates of latest updates will be posted on the homepage.

How to Search
The search function isn’t smart so keep search terms simple e.g. BSA or BSA Bantam – avoid punctuation marks. Where spelling or phrasing is optional or variable I’ll try to stick to a regular pattern – e.g. Motor Cycle rather than Motorcycle – Three Wheeler rather than 3 Wheeler. In practice you’ll work it out quickly, and once the database is better established I’ll create a classified directory with ready made links.