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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Coys readies London's first big vintage motorcycle auction
Classic Car News, February 3rd

The London Motorcycle Show will include what Coys says will be the city's first international motorcycle auction. Further, Coys announced that it plans to stage the sale on an annual basis. Coys plans to offer more than 110 classic motorcycles on...Read more

Support The Troops With This Jack Daniel's Indian Chief Vintage Motorcycle
Maxim, February 1st

Not everyone may love the vintage styling of the Indian Chief, though the classic bike built by America's first motorcycle company was ridden by Steve McQueen, among other cool cats. But no one can argue the merits of the brand's new partnership with ...Read more

Jack Daniel's creates branded vintage motorcycle
The Spirits Business, January 29th

Jack Daniel's creates branded vintage motorcycle. 29th January, 2016 by Amy Hopkins. Jack Daniel's has teamed up with Indian Motorcycle to create a limited edition motorbike as part of the whiskey brand's 150th anniversary celebrations. Jack-Daniel's- ...Read more

Indian Motorcycle unveils Jack Daniel's motorcycle (Photos)
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, January 27th

Indian Motorcycle has unveiled a Jack Daniel's limited edition Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle. Indian, owned by Medina-based Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), said it plans to build 150 bikes to commemorate the Jack Daniel Distillery's 150th...Read more

LIFESTYLE: Cornwall Vintage Motorcycle Club riding high
West Briton, January 23rd

LIFESTYLE: Cornwall Vintage Motorcycle Club riding high. By WBGayle | Posted: January 24, 2016. John Glossop and his dad Mick with their bikes at the Cornwall branch of the Vintage Motorcycle Club meet up at Chiverton Cross. VIEW GALLERY...Read more

Police issue appeal in search for stolen vintage motorcycle
Leicester Mercury, January 21st

Burglars have stolen a vintage motorcycle which its owner had painstakingly restored to its former glory. The bike – a 1955 James Comet – was taken from a locked shed in the garden at the owner's home in the Charnwood Avenue area of Asfordby, near ...Read more

Is the American Classic Motorcycle Museum motoring to Mecklenburg?
Asheboro Courier Tribune, January 20th

MISSING — The prominent sign with the life-size motorcycle that used to direct people to the American Classic Motorcycle Museum is gone due to road improvements on U.S. 64 West. So is, says owner Ed Rich, much of his tourist traffic. (Paul Church...Read more

Vintage motorcycle buffs living high on the hog
Sun Sentinel, January 15th

Vintage motorcycle buffs through and through, these adrenalin junkies spend a small fortune competing in shows, hunting down parts and playing mechanic on their off time. They don't mind if you ogle the chrome and size up the steel, but no touching...Read more