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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MotorcycleUSA.com, March 26th

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

Awesome new electric motorcycle looks like something out of “Akira”'s Neo Tokyo
RocketNews24, March 26th

One of only a handful of electric motorcycles that break from classic motorcycle design, the zecOO's aesthetic is pretty clearly inspired – at least in part – by Japan's future-fantasy pop cultural works. It sits low to the ground and features a...Read more

Motorcycle collides with deer
Coweta American (subscription), March 26th

A Wagoner man is in stable condition at a Tulsa hospital after he was involved in an overnight accident with a deer. The wreck occurred just before 11 p.m. Sunday on 289th E. Ave., just three-tenths of a mile north of Broken Arrow in Wagoner County...Read more

Idaho vintage motorcycle club shows off rare bikes
KIVI-TV, March 22nd

Motorcycles packed the showroom floor at the O'Connor Field house in Caldwell. The 39th annual vintage motorcycle show drew bike enthusiasts from all over to show off their stuff. What was once a show of just a few guys in a park showing off vintage...Read more

BSA Vintage Motorcycle event set for Wrenbury
Nantwich News, March 22nd

More than 30 vintage motorcycles are likely to attend the annual event the Cotton Arms, near Nantwich, May 8-10. Organiser Dominic Johnston said: “We expect over 30 vintage motorcycles to be there and plan to hold a small autojumble. “The weekend also ...Read more

Haywards plays to classic motorcycle strengths
Cambridge News, March 21st

The classic and custom made motorcycle market is thriving this spring, according to Haywards, the Girton-based independent motorcycle retailer. "There's a huge trend towards going to the classics and for the custom scene," says general manager Andrew ...Read more

2015 ACM Vintage Motorcycle Show Date Announced
Cycleworld, March 11th

Vintage motorcycles will roar back onto the Haub Family Field for the fourth annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival: The MEET at America's Car Museum on August 22. The Vintage Motorcycle Festival is one of five annual ACM signature events and features ...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