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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Motorcycles as visual art at Tryon Rolling Art show, Nov. 8
Tryon Daily Bulletin, October 31st

Several local riders also compete in vintage motorcycle racing and against the clock at road racing courses throughout the southeast. Champion vintage motorcycle racer from Greenville, SC, Brad Phillips's competition motorcycles have been highlights of...Read more

2015 World GP Bike Legends Celebrates Classic Motorcycle Racing
UltimateMotorcycling.com (blog), October 31st

The annual Regent Street Motor Show in London is one of the world's largest free motor shows, which attracted 400,000 visitors in 2013. The event on Saturday, November 1, will be the site for the announcement of the 2015 World GP Bike Legends event to ...Read more

Harley-Davidson Pledges to Plant 50 Million Trees
Gas 2.0, October 30th

Considering the stereotypes surrounding the “typical” Harley-Davidson rider (that is to say, “conservative, 50+ accountants and dentists trying to look like 1960s-era bada**es”), it might surprise you that this American classic motorcycle company is...Read more

Focus on Paris: Arlington's return to glory
Paris Star, October 30th

That successful opening weekend, which saw the hotel almost entirely booked, was thanks to the famous motorcycle ride to Port Dover that draws thousands even in bad weather, as well as a national rally of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group at the ...Read more

Looking For Classic Motorcycle Cut-Downs, Bobbers & Choppers
American Iron Magazine, October 29th

The long history of choppers and custom motorcycle is a uniquely American story, akin to Rock 'n Roll in its cultural impact and global influence. The National Motorcycle Museum is assembling the first-ever exhibit comprehensively documenting the...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