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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Biz Buzz: DM, Muscatine projects wait on board decision, March 2nd

A factory in northern Iowa that helped bring back a classic motorcycle has added another one to its lineup. Polaris Industries' plant in Spirit Lake has started making the Indian Chief Dark Horse, another model under the iconic Indian Motorcycles brand...Read more

Everything you need to know about the new South Congress Hotel opening this ...
CultureMap Austin, March 2nd

South Congress Hotel is slated to open this summer, and along with 71 rooms and 12 suites, the space will bring a bar, restaurants, retail (including a custom and vintage motorcycle shop), and a swanky rooftop pool to the Travis Heights neighborhood...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

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

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