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Apparently, Sirius Black's enchanted motorbike was exceptionally large:

A low rumbling sound had broken the silence around them. It grew steadily louder as they looked up and down the street for some sign of a headlight; it swelled to a roar as they both looked up at the sky – and a huge motorbike fell out of the air and landed on the road in front of them.

Philosopher's Stone - page 16 - Bloomsbury - chapter one, The Boy Who Lived

Sirius Black isn't described as a particularly large or burly guy, but I'm sure any Muggle motorbike might have been hard for Sirius to come by, based on his staunchly anti-Muggle-leaning parents. What kind of Muggle motorbike would be considered "huge", especially huge enough to hold Hagrid in Philosopher's Stone and Deathly Hallows? It would also have to be able to accommodate a sidecar, as we know from Deathly Hallows in the chapter The Seven Potters.

What brand/model was Sirius Black's Muggle motorbike?

I'm not referring to the Harry Potter movies; I'd like to know about the books, i.e. canon.

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    I'd totally answer this, but I'm afraid I might spoil something if you haven't read all the books. ; ) – Meat Trademark Jun 7 '14 at 5:39
  • @MeatTrademark - I actually have read all the books! You can always use the spoiler tag if you'd like. I'd be interested in what you have to say. :) – Slytherincess Jun 8 '14 at 6:12
  • It was a joke. You're well-known to probably be the foremost expert on the subject here. :P – Meat Trademark Jun 8 '14 at 6:38
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    @MeatTrademark - I got the joke even if she didn't... – Valorum Jun 8 '14 at 6:55
  • For the record, the films are canon. – Valorum Jun 8 '14 at 7:19
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Per the Harry Potter Wikia;

  • The motorcycle used in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was a white 1959 Triumph 650 T 120 Bonneville.

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Early Concept Art
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  • The 1959 Triumph 650 T 120 Bonneville is also used to represent the motorcycle in the film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows but this time it has a blue side car attached.

  • The Triumph Bonneville was not used in the motorcycle escape scene in Deathly Hallows part one. It was a light blue Royal Enfield.

The brand isn't mentioned in the book series itself, but this image from one of the licensed jigsaws (which pre-dates the film by about three years) appears to be some kind of chopper

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    The Triumph Bonneville enjoys legendary status amongst motorcyclists too young (or just too fortunate) to have ever ridden one :-) – John Rennie Jun 7 '14 at 7:59
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    that looks like the front of a jigsaw puzzle box, not a book cover? – The Giant of Lannister Jun 7 '14 at 16:45
  • @TheGiantofLannister - I think you may be right. – Valorum Jun 7 '14 at 17:02
  • Not a big fan of the HP Wikia. Their information is so often incorrect. I should have clarified that I wasn't referring to the movies, so will edit that. – Slytherincess Jun 8 '14 at 6:08
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    Triumph press page confirming the Bonneville: triumphmotorcycles.com/triumph-world/press Press release that mentions the Royal Enfield: livemint.com/Companies/Dt2jA34Gsdum7hR5OP6HzN/… – alexwlchan Jun 8 '14 at 6:29

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