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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Oscar Plummer built this Kansas City motorcycle in 1898
Kansas City Star, February 27th

What is believed to be Kansas City's first motorcycle, built by Oscar J. Plummer, was displayed on Feb. 1 in Lawrence at the sixth annual vintage motorcycle show sponsored by the Santa Fe Trail chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club. It is owned by the ...Read more

Somerset Classic Motorcycle Club defy wet weather for Lambs Lair trial near ...
Central Somerset Gazette, February 26th

Rain set in early on at Somerton Classic MCC's first event of the year but that could not prevent some good performances. Clerk of the course Brian Ayres eased some of the ten sections to suit the conditions at Lambs Lair, near West Harptree, and races...Read more

2015 Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award Nominees Announced
PR Web (press release), February 26th

In 1971, McQueen's production company co-produced the classic motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday. He was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1978. McQueen died of cancer in 1980 at age 50. Ricky Johnson – Whether racing on ...Read more

World's Coolest Land-Speed Indian Chief Vintage? The many faces of an Indian ...
Cycleworld, February 23rd

Cycle World readers may recall Elnora, the “dual-sport” Indian Chief Vintage bravely ridden cross-country by Robert Pandya in last year's Cannon Ball Project (read “Cannon Ball's Trail”). Long story short, Pandya, Indian's PR rep, keeps coming up with...Read more

Bilingual singer at Gigante; Brookfield dancer returns; vintage motorcycle show
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 19th

Swiss singer-songwriter Christine Zufferey visits the Theatre Gigante studio, 706 S. 5th St., for concerts with guitarist Catherine Capozzi at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21. Zufferey sings in French and English, both originals and the music of Edith Piaf...Read more

Classic Motorcycle Show back with a bang at the Bath and West Showground
Shepton Mallet Journal, February 13th

THOUSANDS of motorcycle enthusiasts enjoyed two days of bikes, bargains and a brand new classic auction at Shepton Mallet's Royal Bath & West Showground last weekend. The Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show, which was hampered by ...Read more

Ewan McGregor looks tough in leather on his classic motorcycle
Daily Mail, February 11th

The actor's helmet was a white, eggshell-shaped piece of protection, complete with black-framed goggles to keep out any dust. While the Star Wars alum wore sunglasses instead of the goggles to deal with the not-so-dusty roads of Southern California...Read more

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

The American Motorcyclist Association has announced that next year's premier celebration of vintage motorcycling, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, will be July 10-12, 2015, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. “AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days has ...Read more