Motorcycles have figured prominently in just about every aspect of 20th-century life. Classic and vintage motorcycles have become highly collectible, especially among baby boomers.

The first motorcycles were produced in the late 19th century, on both sides of the Atlantic. Some of the earliest efforts were simply small motors attached to a bicycle. In the 20th century, hundreds of makers produced motorcycles of all varieties, including Indian, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Crocker, BMW, Triumph, Honda and more.

Two American companies, Indian and Harley-Davidson, dominated the market in the U.S. until the waves of British and Japanese imports in the 1950s and 1960s respectively. While Indian ultimately failed, Harley-Davidson made a comeback in the 1980s, and its vintage 'hogs' are now a favorite of riders and collectors.

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Tickets on sale Feb. 2 for Mid-Ohio's 54th season of racing
Morrow County Sentinel, January 30th

Two-wheelers will take over Mid-Ohio for a celebration of vintage motorcycles with AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, taking place July 10-12. The weekend will feature North America's largest motorcycle swap meet and will pay homage to classic motorcycles of ...Read more

STM: Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum, January 30th

Our Memorable Motorcycles expert, Frank Melling also is the organizer of the British vintage motorcycle extravaganza known as Thundersprint. Melling began riding five decades ago and remains as much in love with motorcycles as when he drove his first ...Read more

Speed and Strength Spring 2015 Collection, January 29th

Band of Brothers™ has Speed and Strength® continuing it's push into the V-Twin market with a combined leather and textile jacket that mixes classic motorcycle style with modern fit and function. Speed and Strength® also introduces the new SS1200 full...Read more

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Flying Tiger Motorcycles Two-Stroke Smoke Candle
Cycleworld, January 29th

Flying Tiger Motorcycles is a St. Louis-area shop and Royal Enfield dealership run by Eric Bess, who, one fine day some years ago at Mid-Ohio's Vintage Motorcycle Days, caught a whiff of some two-stroke racers during practice and became inspired to ...Read more

American Iron Magazine's 2015 Motorcycle Kickstart Classic Rides
American Iron Magazine, January 28th

The first vintage motorcycle ride, the end of May 2015, will be a two day event in and around the area of Maggie Valley, NC, and based at the Wheels Through Time museum. And the details for the second one, to be held later in the year – possibly in the...Read more

Thunderfest Joins with Welsh Classic MC Festival, January 23rd

The Thunderfest Classic Time Trials, where riders have to battle to keep to their declared average speed, have provided some of the best challenges in classic motorcycle sport, as well as superb spectator entertainment, for the last seven years. Now...Read more

Americans Abroad: 2015 Troy Bayliss Classic, January 15th

Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it's chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to 'Merican, he rides 'em all. Thursday...Read more

AMA: 2015 Vintage Motorcycle Days Dates Announced
Cycleworld, December 17th

All proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The mission of the Hall of Fame, located on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio, is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling's legends and heroes...Read more