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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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Flying Tiger Motorcycles Two-Stroke Smoke Candle
Cycleworld, January 29th

Flying Tiger Motorcycles is a St. Louis-area shop and Royal Enfield dealership run by Eric Bess, who, one fine day some years ago at Mid-Ohio's Vintage Motorcycle Days, caught a whiff of some two-stroke racers during practice and became inspired to ...Read more

Vincent Black Shadow under the hammer at Charterhouse auction
Shepton Mallet Journal, January 28th

A 1950 Vincent Black Shadow is up for grabs near Shepton Mallet next week - but it won't come cheap. The motorcycle will be on sale at the Charterhouse auction on Sunday February 8 estimated at £60,000-70,000. In the classic motorcycle world the Balck ...Read more

American Iron Magazine's 2015 Motorcycle Kickstart Classic Rides
American Iron Magazine, January 28th

The first vintage motorcycle ride, the end of May 2015, will be a two day event in and around the area of Maggie Valley, NC, and based at the Wheels Through Time museum. And the details for the second one, to be held later in the year – possibly in the...Read more

Thunderfest with Welsh Classic MC Festival, January 23rd

The Thunderfest Classic Time Trials, where riders have to battle to keep to their declared average speed, have provided some of the best challenges in classic motorcycle sport, as well as superb spectator entertainment, for the last seven years. Now...Read more

Highlands man customizes Japanese motorcycles
The Courier-Journal, January 22nd

When he bought it, the bike was already in good shape as a classic motorcycle. When Halbleib told his ... Halbleib also founded the Kentucky Kickdown -- a vintage motorcycle show on Barret Avenue in September -- with Scott Shuffitt. Ideas for design...Read more

Americans Abroad: 2015 Troy Bayliss Classic, January 15th

Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it's chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to 'Merican, he rides 'em all. Thursday...Read more

Best Cruiser 2014: Indian Chief Classic, December 30th

Indian's return to production has been a constant headline stealer in the cruiser world. Under the capable hands of Polaris Industries, the 2014 lineup included three head-turning models, including its first-ever bagger. Indian built a monster...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