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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Kickstart Ep.1: Buying a 1967 BSA Thunderbolt [Video], October 3rd

Welcome to a new video series, entitled Kickstart, where we buy, ride and sell a classic motorcycle in 36 hours. In Episode #1, Roman has his sights set on a 1967 BSA Thunderbolt that was built in Small Heath, Birmingham. This British motorcycle is...Read more

Making vintage motorcycle style easy
Clutch and Chrome, October 2nd

Though some may say nostalgia is a thing of the past, the latest motorcycle trends are looking back to some classic riding times and vintage styles. Not only are motorcycle manufacturers taking notice, but so are bike builders and customizers. A great...Read more

Dairy Dairies: A California Bike, Wine, and Dine Adventure
LA Magazine (blog), October 2nd

For something completely different, go to the larger Talbott Vineyards, where you can view owner and clothier Robert Talbott's vintage motorcycle and pedal car collection in the tasting room, while sipping on the wineries well-received chardonnays and...Read more

The 2015 Cranberry Fest will be held on Sunday only, Saturday date cancelled ..., October 2nd

Vintage rides are also a highlight of the festival with the Quentin Hausser Memorial Car Show on Saturday and the Isaac Dripps Classic Motorcycle Show on Sunday. Free parking is available with shuttle buses from three locations - Bordentown's Elks...Read more

REV'IT! Joins Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival as Exclusive Apparel Sponsor
PR Newswire (press release), September 30th

NEW YORK and BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- REV'IT!, one of the world's leading brands of motorcycle gear, has signed on as the exclusive apparel sponsor of the 11th annual Barber Vintage Festival. The event, which features road ...Read more

Vintage Motorcycle Museum – Chehalis, Museum
SFGate (blog), September 28th

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Tails RV Resort in Chehalis, Washington. I've been here several times in the past. My planned departure date is October 7th. I'm expecting to arrive at Mary's home in central California, October 15th and depart ...Read more

Borders Classic Motorcycle Show in Cleobury Mortimer
Ludlow Advertiser, September 19th

Borders Classic Motorcycle Show in Cleobury Mortimer. The Borders Classic Bike Show held at Cleobury Mortimer. Event organiser Jim Reynolds with a vintage Isle of Man TT trophy and 1934 motorcycle. (38603227). The Borders Classic Bike Show held at ...Read more

Loaves and Fishes gets funding boost from NZ Classic Motorcycle Museum
The Nelson Mail, September 16th

NZ Classic Motorcycles has donated $5000 to Loaves & Fishes, the Nelson soup kitchen. Loaves and Fishes co-ordinator Alison Mountfort, left, NZ Classic Motorcycles marketing and promotions manager Ingrid Penfold and operations manager John Shand ...Read more