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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Polaris: 2014 is looking better than ever
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, October 22nd

Polaris Industries Inc. revived a vintage motorcycle and two-tone paint jobs for the 2015 Indian Motorcycle line. The 2015 Indian Roadmaster is available in a two-tone Motorcycle Red/Ivory Cream Related Slideshow Polaris adds Indian Roadmaster, new ...Read more

Trophy Motorcycles
San Diego CityBEAT, October 21st

In 2009, Heinrich and his business partner, Tim Johnson, opened the vintage motorcycle repair shop at 4952 El Cajon Blvd. The two friends had looked for a location for their business all around the city, but when they landed a spot in a former...Read more

Beginner's Guide to Classic Motorcycle Restoration | Rider's Library
Ultimate MotorCycling | News and Reviews, October 9th

I will admit to having rushed to obtain a copy of Ricky Burns' book, “The Beginner's Guide to Classic Motorcycle Restoration,” from Veloce Publishing for two reasons. First, I am a beginner in the area of classic motorcycle restoration and, second the...Read more

Rev your engines! The Sixth Annual Central Coast Classic Motorcycle Show ...
New Times SLO, October 8th

SLO's Mountainbrook Community Church, where dozens and dozens of classic motorcycles will be on display, many to be judged by this year's Grand Marshall Virgil Elings, owner of the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum. Elings' story is one for the ages...Read more

Quick thinking Gateshead pub staff help save vintage motorcycle from scrapyard ...
ChronicleLive, October 3rd

A veteran biker has praised quick-thinking pub staff after his bike burst into flames while he was riding it. Paul Stewart was riding his vintage Royal Enfield Interceptor on Bensham Road, Gateshead - but when he stopped at traffic lights, a motorist...Read more

Vintage motorcycle enthusiasts share love of the open road
Capecodonline, September 29th

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, 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