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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Steel Stampede rides on into its 2nd decade
Bend Bulletin, May 2nd

Dust shuddered off the canyon flanking the Crooked River on Sunday as herds of vintage motorcycles curved up and down a hill below the rimrock. This weekend was the 10th annual Steel Stampede, a contest that drew crowds of dust-caked riders and ...Read more

This Vintage Motorcycle is Actually an e-Bike
Yahoo News, April 22nd

In recent years the e-bike market has absolutely exploded in popularity. Whereas once you could only find barebones electric-assist bikes, now there are retro-styled cruisers, big-wheeled off-roaders, 30 mph commuter bikes, and even discrete bikes you...Read more

Classic motorcycle director disqualified
Insider Media, April 22nd

A dealer of classic motorcycles has been disqualified from acting as a director for nine years after an investigation found he had sold customers' vehicles without passing on the proceeds and took deposits for goods that were never supplied. Paul...Read more

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to Host Vintage Motorcycle Classic May 15
American Iron Magazine, April 21st

The inaugural Thompson Vintage Motorcycle Classic, presented by Indian Motorcycle of Springfield, is quickly approaching! The event, to be held on Sun., May 15, 2016, will feature a field of historic and antique motorcycles in a Classic Motorcycle Show...Read more

Classic motorcycle dream day
Suffolk Free Press, April 16th

Organiser John Walker from the Monks Eleigh Bygone Collectors Club said the ninth annual classic motorcycle event topped all previous years in terms of numbers. The Suffolk Classic Motorcycle Show Pictured: Richard Andrews and his 1951 600 Panther ...Read more

The Inaugural Vintage and Classic Motorcycle and Scooter show
Kern Golden Empire, April 9th

Motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts are showing off their love of 60s British culture at the Inaugural Vintage and Classic Motorcycle and Scooter Show. Participants left this morning for an 80 mile ride and are now celebrating with music, food and a car...Read more

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Hackaday, April 7th

The Ner-a-Car. By Museumsfotografierer (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The Ner-a-Car represents one of those eccentric dead-ends in automotive history. Designed in 1918 by an American, [Carl Neracher], its name is a play on both its ...Read more

Racing schedule announced for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days
Cycle News, April 6th

“Club members love going to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days every year. The bikes, people and atmosphere are like nothing else,” said OMRL President Kent Klawon. “In addition to those of us who already compete on full-sized bikes on the main road course, ...Read more