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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Memorable Motorcycle: BSA Rocket Gold Star, November 27th

If there was an award for the most widely faked classic motorcycle in the world then BSA's Rocket Gold Star would be a strong contender. BSA only made this beautiful sporting twin in 1962 and 1963, and produced a mere 1584 examples of the model...Read more

Black Sunday Vintage Motorcycle Swap Is Like Black Friday's Cool Older Brother
Miami New Times, November 26th

Nicky Bowe got his first motorcycle at the age of 14 in Waterford, Ireland. “It was completely illegal,” he recalls in his Irish brogue, “but I still had one.” Racing bikes was popular where he grew up. Specifically, it was the Waterford Freewheelers...Read more

Knox Armor Track Vest Review, November 26th

Contributing Editor |Articles | Our Memorable Motorcycles expert, Frank Melling also is the organizer of the British vintage motorcycle extravaganza known as Thundersprint. Melling began riding five decades ago and remains as much in love with...Read more

Suede booties for all budgets
WKBW-TV, November 23rd

Pair with skinny jeans or leather pants, they're tough like classic motorcycle boots. Need something softer? They also work great in place of fancy heels with a flared skirt or cocktail dress. Not only do they look great, but the ankle height and...Read more

Weekend Guide: Beading at Haskell; TJ5K and Family Fun Run; Vintage Motorcycle ...
Lawrence Journal World, November 19th

On the roster this weekend: beading workshops, a charity run, a car show and, for those experiencing the pre-Thanksgiving jitters, plenty of comic relief with a holiday bent. Beading presentations and workshops. Various times Friday and Saturday...Read more

Shout Out: Rebecca Berneck, business leader, motorcycle racer
Chicago Tribune, November 19th

Whether the subject is entrepreneurship — or vintage motorcycle racing, for that matter — Rebecca Berneck is someone you want to know. Berneck, CEO of Officeheads, Inc., and former president of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, was scheduled to ...Read more

Big Budah checks out a vintage motorcycle exhibit, November 5th

SPRINGVILLE, Utah - Rare, vintage motorcycles are on display at a new facility in Utah County. Owner Rick Salisbury says he opened Legends Vintage Motorcycles at 1715 W. 500 South, Springville to feature his collection of bikes and artwork that he's...Read more

Vintage Motorcycle Festival showcases classic bikes paired with classic tales, August 22nd

gorgeous 1964 Ducati to show off at a vintage motorcycle festival Saturday, but it wasn't his bike that stoked jealousy among the people who dropped by to meet him. What made them envious was the story of how Secrist came to own the classic motorcycle...Read more