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 1937 Indian ChiefHarley-davidson : Other 1949 Harley-davidson Pan Head Wink Eller Chopper Offered By Gas Monkey GarageHarley-davidson : Sportster 1956 Harley Davidson Kh Sportster, Rebuilt/restored Back To O.e.m.Indian : Chief 1953 Indian Chief "true 5 Digit Matching Numbers"Bmw : R-series 1971 Bmw R 75/5Indian : Chief 1947 Indian Chief Motorcycle 74 Cu InBmw : R-series 1974 Bmw R75/6 Very Nice Original Paint One Owner Bike Krauser Bags Dual PlugHarley-davidson : Other 1931 Harley Vl With SidecarOther Makes : Sunbeam 1951 Sunbeam S8 Vintage Motorcycle Fully Restored, Very Rare Amazing Bike!Indian : Sport Scout 1934 Indian Sport ScoutBmw : R-series 1969 Bmw R69sNorton 1975 Mk3 Norton 850 CommandoNorton 1975 Mk3 Norton 850 Commando Project BikeDucati : Other 1978 Ducati 350 GtvIndian : Chief 1947 Indian ChiefBmw : R-series 1976 Bmw R90/6 Air Head Exceptional Bike With R90/s Factory Faring Runs GreatSuzuki : Other 1971 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach Iii 3 ~rare~ 2 Stroke Triple~ H 1 2 H2 Z1 Z 900 750 KzBmw : R-series 1966 Bmw R69sTriumph : Trident 1975 Triumph T160 Trident Museum Piece! 972 Original Miles Wow!! Rare BikeNorton : Manx 1960 350cc Manx Norton. Matching Engine And Frame NumbersIndian : Chief 1947 Indian Chief Motorcycle Recent Tune Up, Runs Great!!!Bsa : Thunderbolt 1969 Bsa Thunderbolt MotorcycleNorton : 18 1947 Norton M18 Rigid Frame " Nice Project "Moto Guzzi : Eldorado Restored 1974 Moto Guzzi Eldorado Big Bore Police Double Disc W/ Original SirenBmw : R-series 1976 Bmw R60/6 - Low Mileage All Original - With Title, Prev Reg, Manual, EtcHonda : Ct 1970 Honda Ct70 Ct 70 Mini Trail Ko Nice Original!Harley-davidson : Other Brand New 1978 Harley Davidson Mx250 Rare Never Started Amf Motocross Model RareHonda : Other 1970 Sl350 Ko Motosport, Original Unrestored Survivor, Collectable Classic !, AzBsa : Lightning/rocket 1965 Bsa Lightning Rocket 650 Cafe In Clubman TrimBsa Classic 1969 Bsa Lightning 650 Twin Original BikeTriumph : Other 1965 Triumph Bonneville Tt Special T120tt T120cSuzuki : Other 1975 Suzuki Gt750 - Gt 750 Water Buffalo / Kettle - Gt380 Gt550 Gt500 T500Bmw : R-series 1977 Bmw R100rsKawasaki : Other 1978 Kawasaki Kz1000 Ltd, Turbo, Vintage, Custom, 77,78,79,80,81Ducati : Other 1974 Ducati Desmo 450 BevelHonda : Cb 1972 Honda Cb 350 Four Clean 4 Cylinder Rare Bike Clean Title Owned 35 YearsHonda : Cb 1974 Honda Cb 350 F Nice Vintage Sohc Four Cylinder Running Super OriginalHarley-davidson : Touring 1968 Harley Davidson Flh Electric Glide Touring Vintage Low Miles Shovel ClassicHonda : Other 1972 Honda Xl250Moto Guzzi : V50 1978 Moto Guzzi V50Honda : Cb 1977 Honda Cb550 Four- K Mostly Original Low Miles !!!!!!Honda : Cb 1972 Honda Cb350 Super Sport Low Mileage RestoredTriumph : Other 1962 Triumph Trials Cub Motorcycle 200cc. Bsa/norton/trials BikeBmw : R-series 1969 R69/5 R75/motor Conversion. Only 2000 Miles! Runs And Rides Great!Triumph : Trophy 1970 Triumph Trophy 500 (t100c) Classic VintageHarley-davidson : Other 1969 FlhHonda : Cb Honda Cb750 K1 1971 Build Date 8/71Bmw : R-series 1960 Bmw R50Triumph : Bonneville 1965 TriumphBmw : R-series 1969 R60us, Decent Shape, Runs And Rides Great, Matching Numbers.Moto Guzzi : Ambassador 1969 Moto Guzzi Ambassador V750 Early Model Loop Frame Ambo / Police / EldoradoHonda : Other 1964 Honda 305 Dream Vintage Collector Motorcycle Street BikeHonda : Cb 1978 Honda Cb750f Super SportHarley-davidson : Other 1937 Harley Davidson UlhBsa : Lightning 1968 Bsa Lightning, Cover Of Iron & Air, Built By Tim Harney From Cafe Racer TvOther Makes : Sears Allstate Sport 60 1964 Sears Allstate Sport 60 Motorcycle Red See VidHonda : Cb Original 1967 Honda Cb 450 D Motorcycle!Mv Agusta : 125 Turismo Rapido Mv Agusta 1956 Turismo Rapido Tr 125 (also Ducati Giro Benelli Parilla Gilera)Harley-davidson : Other Video Original 57 Flh Panhead Pan Head Fl El Hydra Glide Bobber 1957 Lane BaggerTriumph : Trophy 1967 Triumph Trophy T100r

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McKee's Sky Ranch Hosts Vintage Motorcycle Event
WBOY-TV, July 27th

One local World War II Veteran celebrated his 100th birthday Sunday at the VFW in Terra Alta. One local World War II Veteran celebrated his 100th birthday Sunday at the VFW in Terra Alta. McKee's Sky Ranch Hosts Vintage Motorcycle Event · McKee's Sky ...Read more

How local teens spent part of their summer: Rebuilding a custom vintage ...
West Seattle Blog (blog), July 25th

In the photo is Terry, one of the participants in a SYVPI project that led to the teardown and rebuild of that custom vintage motorcycle over the course of a 10-week after-school (etc.) project. He did it with MISSIONmoto, a nonprofit “motorcycle...Read more

AIMExpo to host Retro Affair vintage motorcycle show
Powersports Business, July 25th

The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) announced today the inaugural Retro Affair, Vintage Motorcycle Show, presented in partnership with the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club (VJMC). This judged motorcycle competition, to be held at ...Read more

Classic motorcycle ride out for good causes
Portsmouth News, July 22nd

It takes place at Horndean Technology College this weekend and is in aid of The Rowans Hospice, the Rosemary Foundation and Hounds for Heroes. There will be live 1950s and 1960s music from the band Forever Young on Saturday night from 7.30pm...Read more

Partners Support AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 17th

Thousands of motorcyclists converged on Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, July 11-13 to enjoy vintage racing, see some amazing classic bikes, learn from motorcycling experts, shop North America's largest motorcycle swap meet, spend time ...Read more

Muskegon Heritage Museum to host classic motorcycle show during Bike Time
The Muskegon Chronicle, July 11th

For the second consecutive year, the museum located in the heart of the Bike Time venue at 561 W. Western Ave. will host a classic motorcycle show throughout the festival. As many as 35 bikes were on display at last year's event, which was a "smashing ...Read more

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days: Bikes have Mid-Ohio covered
Bucyrus Telegraph Forum, July 9th

The AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days are a behemoth. “If you talk to operations people, they'll tell you it's the hardest because there is so much going on,” Rust said. “You've got to set up the race tracks and there's a lot of manual labor...Read more

Four Classic Clubs Showcase Variety At AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days (blog), July 8th

From custom café racers to beautifully restored Bridgestone motorcycles, a full range of motorcycling interests will be represented at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Indian Motorcycle, July 11-13 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in ...Read more