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Ride with Motorcycle Classics at Barber 2016

Alabama Run

The 12th Annual Barber Vintage Festival happens this weekend! Make plans to be there and to join Motorcycle Classics on Saturday for our 12th Annual Barber Vintage Bike Show featuring Ducati and special guests Vee Two Australia with their Ducati special powered by Vee Two’s Ritorno Twin. Attend one of our five technical seminars and don’t miss the Motorcycle Classics Ride ‘Em, Don’t Hide ‘Em Alabama Run, a quick and fun run to Alabama’s “Mini-Dragon” and back.

The ride happens Sunday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m., starting and ending at the Motorcycle Classics tent in the Fan Zone. The ride is a short 32.5 miles, but you’ll be well-rewarded for a run down what some call Alabama’s “Mini-Dragon,” an obvious reference to the famous – or is that infamous? – Tail of the Dragon in North Carolina. We’ll have route sheets at the tent, and you can preview the route here on an interactive page (make sure to go to full screen) that takes you around the route from start to finish. Short and sweet, and really, really fun?

The appearance of the Vee Two Ducati special will be highlighted by regular starts of the Vee Two’s Ritorno Twin, a modern recreation of the iconic Ducati bevel-drive desmo V-twin and now in production Australia-based Vee Two. Vee Two’s own Andrew Cathcart, son of motoscribe and regular Motorcycle Classics contributor Alan Cathcart, will set the bike up in front of the Motorcycle Classics tent, firing it up for onlookers at regular intervals. Andrew will also present two seminars at our tent, one at 1 p.m. on Friday and another at 2 p.m. on Sunday, on bevel engine design, lending his insight gleaned from years of gearing up to make the Ritorno Twin. Presentations from Randall Washington of Randakk's Cycle Shakk (2 p.m. Friday), Spectro Oils (10 a.m. Saturday) and Race Tech Suspension (noon on Saturday) round out our seminar schedule.

The Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show happens Saturday, Oct. 8, with registration starting at 9 a.m., judging at 1:30 p.m. and awards at 3 p.m. Guest judges will include Barber Museum’s Brian Slark, Alan Cathcart and Andrew Cathcart, and Brian Slark has arranged for event special guest and World Superbike Champion Colin Edwards to award trophies at our show! Don’t miss it! MC

Randakk’s Cycle Shakk at Barber

Randall Washington 

Honda Gold Wing expert Randall Washington of Randakk’s Cycle Shakk will join the Motorcycle Classics tent at the 12th Annual Barber Vintage Festival at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, to give a special tech seminar, “Vintage Motorcycle Carb Floats 101.” Working from his years of experience repairing and rebuilding vintage carburetors – he literally wrote the book on rebuilding GL1000/1100 carbs – Randall will share tips and tricks he’s learned including how to fix broken float posts.

The Randakk’s Cycle Shakk seminar will be just one of three held at the Motorcycle Classics tent over the three-day festival, which runs Oct. 7-9, 2016. First up at 1 p.m. on October 7 is Andrew Cathcart of Vee Two Australia, with a seminar on bevel drive engine design as used in the iconic Ducati V-twin. Cathcart, son of famed motojournalist Alan Cathcart, has extensive knowledge of the Ducati engine thanks to his efforts with Vee Two Australia, which has recently launched the Vee Two Ritorno Twin, an uprated and improved version of the final iteration of the famous Ducati bevel-drive V-twin.

Lubrication specialists Spectro Oils will hold a seminar at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, Understanding Motorcycle Oil for Vintage Motorcycles, sharing their extensive knowledge on engine oils with vintage motorcycle owners looking to understand what works in older bike engines and why. The subject goes beyond engine oil, including transmission lubricants and specialty 2-stroke oils.

At noon on Saturday vintage suspension specialist Matt Wiley of Race Tech Suspension will hold a seminar explaining the ins and outs of vintage suspension systems, Understanding and Improving Vintage Motorcycle Suspensions. Wiley has become something of the guru of vintage suspensions, lending his extensive knowledge and hands-on experience to helping racers and road riders alike get the best possible performance from their vintage bikes. MC

The Modern Classics Ride-In is This Saturday!

Sept. 17, 2016, at Martin Moto
567 Route 100 N, Boyertown, Pennsylvania 19512
NO ENTRY FEE - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Martin Moto

More than 100 classic motorcycles will fill the Martin Moto Grounds with sound and fury!

“Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em”: That's the mantra espoused by our friends at Motorcycle Classics magazine. It’s an ethos we fully subscribe to with the announcement of this year’s Modern Classics Ride-In!

Perfect early autumn riding weather, delicious food from Skippack’s Italian Deli, and high-energy music attracts throngs of old bike fans. Oh yeah, did we mention that there are typically over a hundred bikes — all ridden in from as far away as Pittsburgh and North Jersey? No trailer queens here! This event attracts European bikes, Japanese bikes, bikes from the ’50s through today, customs, choppers, cafes and more. It would be pretty hard to describe in words the energy and enthusiasm in our parking area but maybe this selection of pictures can help. If you missed past years, you missed a lot!

VJMC to Host Ride In to Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum


VJMC will host a "ride in" to the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum on Saturday, Sept. 3. It will be an all-day affair with door prizes, an opportunity to visit the Barber Museum and share the camaraderie for which VJMC is known. RSVP to Tom Kolenko at

There will be water, soda and a hot dog for each member attending. Don't forget to bring your friends. Special prize for the member that brings the most new members who sign up that Saturday.

Also, we suggest you bring a chair — otherwise there is no seating available.


Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum
Barber Motorsports Park
6040 Barber Motorsports Parkway
Leeds, AL 35094

J. Wood & Company Harper Moto Guzzi Auction

J. Woods

The J.Wood & Company Mike Harper auction includes rarities like this mid-1950s Moto Guzzi scooter. All photos courtesy J.Wood & Company

J. Wood & Company will hold what’s looking to be the auction of the year when it auctions off the personal collection of vintage motorcycles belonging to Mike Harper, founder of legendary Harper’s Moto Guzzi in Greenwood, Missouri, 25 miles southeast of Kansas City. This is not an estate auction: Mike Harper is alive and kicking and doing fine, but he and his wife, Alice, decided it was time to retire, so his incredible collection of 325-plus motorcycles, parts and memorabilia will be sold in a no-reserve auction at Harper’s Sept. 8-9, 2016.

J. Woods

Intriguing bikes in the collection include this fantastic 500cc Moto Guzzi Ercole three-wheeled dump truck.

J. Wood

This 1947 Gilera Saturno Sport is sure to garner attention.

This is not your average collection, containing as it does an amazing variety of machines. While you’d expect the collection to be heavy on Italian bikes – it is – it also had more than a few surprises, including motor-wheels from both BSA and Honda. We had no idea Honda ever made a motor wheel, but Mike has one. The collection also includes many collectible British bikes, ranging from a 1941 Matchless 350 to a 1975 Triumph T160 triple. Japanese classics are well represented, including collectibles like a 1965 Marusho 500 twin and a sizable lot of Honda 305s and many others. On the Italian side, interesting standouts include a number of Moto Guzzi three-wheeled trucks – one with a dump bed – and a 1947 Gilera Saturno Sport. The collection is huge and the selection of bikes simply astounding: Click here to see the full list posted on the J.Wood & Company website. Having visited with Mike Harper in the past and viewed his collection, we tell you from experience that this will be an amazing experience and an auction that’s sure to have something for just about anyone. Can’t make it? Look for auction results here at the auction’s conclusion.

J. Woods

A 1975 Triumph T160 in the Mike Harper collection.

J. Woods

A Honda motor wheel in the Mike Harper collection.

Motorcycle Classics at the 12th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

Barber Vintage Festival 

Norton was our Featured Marque at last year’s Barber Vintage Festival; this year it’s Ducati. Photo by the Motorcycle Classics staff

Barber Vintage Festival

The almost-finished 86,000-square-foot addition will house the Barber museum’s restoration shop, library and more motorcycles. Photo courtesy the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Every Barber Festival is special, but this year’s 12th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, Oct. 7-9, is sure to blow the top off the Motorcycle Classics tent with a special appearance from Ducati specialists Vee Two Australia, who will join us to show off a just-completed Ducati special powered by the incredible Vee Two Ritorno Twin.

A modern re-creation of what many consider to be the ultimate bevel-drive Ducati desmo V-twin engine, the NCR race engine used by Mike Hailwood to win the 1978 Isle of Man TT, the Vee Two Ritorno is being manufactured for sale using the original Ducati drawings, supplied with the approval of the Ducati factory.

In celebration of the Ritorno’s U.S. unveiling, we’ve chosen Ducati as the Featured Marque for the annual Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show at Barber, so grab that Ducati and head to Barber! Enter your bike in our show, and look for your favorite vintage Ducs in front of the Motorcycle Classics tent, with Vee Two general manager Andrew Cathcart — son of motojournalist and regular contributor Alan Cathcart — regularly firing up the custom-built Vee Two Ritorno-powered special.

We’ll judge bikes in five classes — with both Cathcarts on hand as guest judges — plus hand out our annual Editor’s Choice award. We’ll also hold vintage bike seminars Friday and Saturday, with planned seminars from vintage suspension specialists Matt Wiley of Race Tech Suspension and an educational discussion on lubricants for vintage bikes from the oil specialists at Spectro Oils, along with a special seminar by Andrew Cathcart on bevel-drive engine design and the development of the Vee Two Ritorno Twin.

This year’s festival will also introduce the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum’s 86,000-square-foot addition, currently under construction on the southwest side of the museum and close to completion. It’s unclear whether the new five-story addition will be open for the festival, but once done it will house the Barber restoration shop (currently in the basement of the main museum), the machine shop (also currently in the basement) and the library (currently on the main floor). That move will clear out room for the museum’s collection of vintage Lotus race cars, another focus of museum founder George Barber, and gives the museum freedom to create more displays and events.

As ever, look for everything else that makes the Barber Vintage Festival the biggest weekend on the vintage calendar — the museum says just over 69,000 people attended last year’s event and 2016 pre-event ticket sales are already outpacing 2015! You’ll find one of the best vintage swap meets of the year, and this year’s festival hosts rounds 19 and 20 of the 2016 AHRMA/CPL Systems Historic Cup Roadrace Series on Barber’s 2.38-mile track, plus the Speed & Sport National Trials Series, the Penton Products National Cross Country Series and the Northwest Maico & CZ National Vintage Motocross Series will run in the park’s offroad racing area.

The Ace Corner hosted by Dime City Cycles and Ace Cafe Orlando returns to its now regular place inside Turns 14-17, and the AMCA and VJMC will set up their shows on the perimeter road. Look for the annual Lap of the Century featuring motorcycles 100 years old or older, plus stunt riding inside the American Motor Drome’s Wall of Death and the Globe of Death. It’s an incredible event, and if you haven’t been you have no idea what you’re missing. Go. It all happens Oct. 7-9, 2016. More on the web at MC

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: September/October 2016

Barber Vintage Festival

Reader Dave Swigler took home our Editors' Choice trophy at the 2015 Motorcycle Classics show at the Barber Vintage Festival. Join us this year Oct. 7-9. Photo by the Motorcycle Classics staff

Featured events

Sept. 2

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Bonneville Vintage GP at the Utah Motorsports Campus (formerly the Miller Motorsports Park) in Tooele, Utah. Saturday will feature the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show, with Triumph as the featured marque. On Sunday, check out the Suicide Land Cycles Custom Bike Show. Enjoy AHRMA racing and the CB160 races with LeMans starts Saturday and Sunday.

Sept. 3

Visit the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, Maine, for the Vintage Motorcycle Meet, Sept. 3-4. Owners of pre-1996 motorcycles are encouraged to exhibit and will be admitted free of charge. More than 300 bikes are expected, along with antique planes, Model T rides and more.

Sept. 11

Head to Camp Dearborn in Milford, Michigan, home of the 34th Annual Battle of the Brits Motorcycle and Car Show and Swap Meet. This event regularly draws more than 200 bikes and 300 cars. Classic British, European and pre-1984 American bikes are invited to be a part of the show. Food and beverages will be available, along with on-site camping.

Sept. 17

Join all the good folks and classic bikes at the Modern Classics Ride-In on Saturday, Sept. 17. Look forward to perfect autumn riding weather. More than 100 vintage and custom bikes are expected. No judging, no classes and no awards, just a fun day of checking out vintage bikes with friends, food and more.

Sept. 18

Head to Sturbridge, Massachusetts, for the 2016 Italian Motorcycle Owners Club 33rd Annual Italian Motorcycle Meet. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Italian bikes and scooters are invited, and the show benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Oct. 6

The 8th Annual SLO Classic Motorcycle Rally begins on Thursday, Oct. 6, with Farmer’s Market Bike Night from 6-9 p.m. in San Luis Obispo, California. On Friday there will be an organized scenic ride up the coast that leaves at 10 a.m., then a 5:30 p.m. gathering. Saturday’s feature event is the Classic Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet, with  vendors/retailers, motorcycle awards and more.

Oct. 7

Join us for the 12th Annual Barber Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Alabama, presented by the Triumph Dealers of North America. The show runs through the 9th and will feature AHRMA road racing, the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, the swap meet and more. Our Motorcycle Classics bike show will feature more than a dozen awards, with Ducati as our featured marque.

Oct. 21

Join the fun in Luckenbach, Texas, at the 14th Annual Harvest Classic European & Vintage Motorcycle Rally. Registration starts Friday afternoon, and you can camp at the location Friday and Saturday night. Friday afternoon the 100cc Fun Run will take place. Saturday is the big day, with the bike show, vintage trials, a home-cooked barbecue, raffles, a live auction and an outdoor motorcycle movie on the big screen that night.

More events

Sept. 9-11
20th Annual Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance
Malvern, Pennsylvania

Sept. 9-11
Thunder in the Smokies Rally

Maggie Valley, North Carolina

Sept. 9-11
AHRMA Roadracing at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway

Munford, Alabama

Sept. 10-11
27th Annual Classic British Motorcycle Club of Cincinnati Bike Show

Hebron, Kentucky

Sept. 11
Rice-O-Rama Vintage and Custom Japanese Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet

Spencer, Massachusetts

Sept. 17
5th Annual Capital City Bikefest

Tallahassee, Florida

Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Antique Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet (White Rose Motorcycle Club)

Spring Grove, Pennsylvania

Oct. 6-9
AHRMA Road Racing at Barber Motorsports Park

Birmingham, Alabama

Oct. 13-16
Retro Affair Vintage Motorcycle Show at AIMExpo

Orlando, Florida

Nov. 5
37th Annual Hansen Dam All Brit Ride

Near Glendale, California