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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Indian Chief Classic motorcycle: Know more about this American cruiser
Economic Times, April 15th

The Indian Chief Classic motorcycle may be a familiar name with bikers, but if you want to know more about this American cruiser, here's a ride report. ET SPECIAL: Save precious time tracking your investments. By: Abhinav Mishra The Indian Chief...Read more

Rev's good word about Easter Rod Shakedown
Goulburn Post, April 15th

He's a member of the Ulysses and Goulburn Classic Motorcycle Clubs and enjoys nothing more than a ride around the countryside. But this weekend he'll be lining up his brother Mark's '32 Chev for the Goulburn Easter Rod Shakedown. The bright yellow ...Read more

Wheels are Turning in AMA Go Ride! Month
Insurance News Net (press release), April 15th

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, the Hall of Fame's biggest annual fundraiser, is held each July at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio . Tens of thousands of motorcyclists attend, and proceeds benefit the Hall of Fame, located on the AMA ...Read more

Society to mark 125 years
Isle of Man Today, April 15th

team will play an all–island team. The upper sixth leavers will field teams and the 2004-05 year group will take on an all-comers team. Displays of vintage cars and motorcycles will be provided by The Classic Car Club and Vintage Motorcycle Club...Read more Returns As Title Sponsor Of 2014 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days (blog), April 8th will once again be the title sponsor for this year's AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. The 2014 event features Indian Motorcycle as marque of the year, and is scheduled for July 11-13 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio...Read more

Mountain Motorsports to hold vintage motorcycle show on April 12
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, March 26th

Mountain Motorsports will have a Vintage Motorcycle Show on April 12. It is open to any motorcycles 25 years and older. Sign ups start at 8:30 and with winners announced about noon. There will be 4 to 5 classes, and the winners will receive gift cards...Read more

Vintage Motorcycle Restoration, Custom Paint, Engine Rebuilding by Linear ..., March 24th

and being featured on popular magazine covers, it made sense to share that expertise with other motorcycle enthusiasts." Anyone who has been thinking about restoring an old classic motorcycle should visit Before getting...Read more

Chasin' History on the 2014 Indian Chief Classic, March 19th

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. Wednesday, March...Read more