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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Classic Car News, February 3rd

The London Motorcycle Show will include what Coys says will be the city's first international motorcycle auction. Further, Coys announced that it plans to stage the sale on an annual basis. Coys plans to offer more than 110 classic motorcycles on...Read more

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Maxim, February 1st

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Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, January 27th

Indian Motorcycle has unveiled a Jack Daniel's limited edition Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle. Indian, owned by Medina-based Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), said it plans to build 150 bikes to commemorate the Jack Daniel Distillery's 150th...Read more

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Police issue appeal in search for stolen vintage motorcycle
Leicester Mercury, January 21st

Burglars have stolen a vintage motorcycle which its owner had painstakingly restored to its former glory. The bike – a 1955 James Comet – was taken from a locked shed in the garden at the owner's home in the Charnwood Avenue area of Asfordby, near ...Read more

Is the American Classic Motorcycle Museum motoring to Mecklenburg?
Asheboro Courier Tribune, January 20th

MISSING — The prominent sign with the life-size motorcycle that used to direct people to the American Classic Motorcycle Museum is gone due to road improvements on U.S. 64 West. So is, says owner Ed Rich, much of his tourist traffic. (Paul Church...Read more

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