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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Vintage motorcycle enthusiasts share love of the open road
Capecodonline, September 28th

Cliff Sampson, of Plymouth, left, chats with Rick Milmore, of Plymouth, and Patrick Casserly, of Kingston, at the inaugural Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce Vintage Motorcycle Show in Barnstable Village on Sunday. Sampson owns the 1970 and 1974 ...Read more

Vintage Motorcycle Show rides into Scottsdale Saturday
YourWestValley.com, September 23rd

A hundred years of history will be on display Saturday at a vintage motorcycle show presented by Go AZ Motorcycles and Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale. The event benefits Child Crisis Center and New Pathways for Youth. Bikes representing more than 10 of ...Read more

Help classic motorcycle club find priceless bikes stolen from Tacoma hotel ...
Q13 FOX, September 23rd

TACOMA — It's a Harley-heist right out of the movies. Five antique motorcycles hailing from the 1920's and 30's were stolen without a trace from a Tacoma hotel parking lot. The bikers had just finished a cross-country race but now they are out nearly...Read more

Pod Rods - Amelia Island Concours news, a winning classic motorcycle and a ...
Florida Times-Union, September 19th

But part of HMS Team 23's Thursday stop in Elko Nevada was interrupted by a huge thunderstorm that didn't damage the vintage motorcycle. In fact, Norm reported he rode the day without worry. “The run was 257 miles, and Schatzi II motored on without ...Read more

Vintage motorcycle riders participate in cross county race
Elko Daily Free Press, September 17th

ELKO — With revving engines and rumbling mufflers, a group of riders rolled into town Wednesday on vintage choppers. The Motorcycle Cannonball is a coast to coast endurance run. This year, more than 100 motorcyclists from 14 countries are participating...Read more

Jacksonville's entry in cross-country vintage motorcycle run in second place
Florida Times-Union, September 17th

And other than routine maintenance, the classic motorcycle's only recent malady was a cracked center stand, which was welded up with the help of Carson Classic Motor's mobile machine shop. As Stage 11 ended on Tuesday, the team was in second place, ...Read more

Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club Rally 2014
MotorcycleUSA.com, September 16th

Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club Rally 2014 Photo Gallery. Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club Rally 2014 · Spirit Lake Cycles won 'Best of Show' at the 2014 Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club Rally for its '76 R90 with a CB350 fuel tank. The seat, fenders...Read more

Jacksonville-area team heads west on vintage motorcycle endurance run
Florida Times-Union, September 4th

A former military and airline pilot, amateur vintage motorcycle race champion and endurance rider, Nelson has done 450 miles of testing on the new/old bike and is ready for thousands more. “Some people think I am crazy, but I love it,” Nelson said. “...Read more