The legendary British motorcycle designer and racer Colin Seeley died after a serious illness on January 7, 2020, at the age of 84. He was just a brilliant engineer who defined his calling at an early age thanks to endless curiosity combined with a passionate love for motorcycles. The world of motorcycles has become better with him and would not be what he is today without his contribution.
Colin participated in all kinds of races from 1954 to 1967, but made a name for himself in motorcycle racing with a sidecar. Having completed this stage of his career, he settled in his workshop, from where his most legendary creations came out, and in particular – motorcycle frames for Nortons and other British motorcycles of that time.
Also noteworthy are the frames that he ultimately made for Japanese 70s motorcycles such as this 1973 luxury Seeley-Kawasaki H2A. At this point, Kawasaki’s mastery of the engine structure of the rigidity of the frames available, but Colin’s excellent design and execution easily solved this problem.
Insert these powerful engines into a frame that can properly direct all this power, and you’re in! Racers also loved Sealy’s frames, and his products were successful on both road and “combat” motorcycles.
Even now, in the first quarter of the 21st century, vintage racers still win motorcycle racing competitions with a Sealy frame, including twelve wins at the Mank Grand Prix. At a later age, Seeley devoted his time to charity, setting up the Joan Seeley Memorial Fund in 1979 in honor of his late first wife.
Sealy’s contribution to the world of motorcycles will always be remembered forever.