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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McKee's Sky Ranch Hosts Vintage Motorcycle Event
WBOY-TV, July 27th

One local World War II Veteran celebrated his 100th birthday Sunday at the VFW in Terra Alta. One local World War II Veteran celebrated his 100th birthday Sunday at the VFW in Terra Alta. McKee's Sky Ranch Hosts Vintage Motorcycle Event · McKee's Sky ...Read more

How local teens spent part of their summer: Rebuilding a custom vintage ...
West Seattle Blog (blog), July 25th

In the photo is Terry, one of the participants in a SYVPI project that led to the teardown and rebuild of that custom vintage motorcycle over the course of a 10-week after-school (etc.) project. He did it with MISSIONmoto, a nonprofit “motorcycle...Read more

AIMExpo to host Retro Affair vintage motorcycle show
Powersports Business, July 25th

The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) announced today the inaugural Retro Affair, Vintage Motorcycle Show, presented in partnership with the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club (VJMC). This judged motorcycle competition, to be held at ...Read more

Classic motorcycle ride out for good causes
Portsmouth News, July 22nd

It takes place at Horndean Technology College this weekend and is in aid of The Rowans Hospice, the Rosemary Foundation and Hounds for Heroes. There will be live 1950s and 1960s music from the band Forever Young on Saturday night from 7.30pm...Read more

Partners Support AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 17th

Thousands of motorcyclists converged on Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, July 11-13 to enjoy vintage racing, see some amazing classic bikes, learn from motorcycling experts, shop North America's largest motorcycle swap meet, spend time ...Read more

Muskegon Heritage Museum to host classic motorcycle show during Bike Time
The Muskegon Chronicle, July 11th

For the second consecutive year, the museum located in the heart of the Bike Time venue at 561 W. Western Ave. will host a classic motorcycle show throughout the festival. As many as 35 bikes were on display at last year's event, which was a "smashing ...Read more

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days: Bikes have Mid-Ohio covered
Bucyrus Telegraph Forum, July 9th

The AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days are a behemoth. “If you talk to operations people, they'll tell you it's the hardest because there is so much going on,” Rust said. “You've got to set up the race tracks and there's a lot of manual labor...Read more

Four Classic Clubs Showcase Variety At AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days (blog), July 8th

From custom café racers to beautifully restored Bridgestone motorcycles, a full range of motorcycling interests will be represented at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Indian Motorcycle, July 11-13 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in ...Read more