1955 Simplex

This 1955 Simplex was one of hundreds of classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

1988 Gurney Alligator A3

A 1988 Gurney Alligator A3 on display with a wide array of other classic motorcycles at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1948 Marmon-Schwinn

A 1948 Marmon-Schwinn on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1947 Saginaw Powerbike

1947 Saginaw Powerbike on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1913 Yale 7hp Bike and Sidecar

A 1913 Yale motorcycle and sidecar on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum.

Get ready for Road America 2013!

Join Motorcycle Classics at the 4th Annual Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic, June 7-9, 2013, at Road America race track in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Nicknamed “America’s National Park of Speed,” Road America has legendary status in the American racing scene, the four-mile road circuit drawing world-class racing since it was built in 1955.

1922 Reading Standard

A 1922 Reading Standard on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

1962 Mustang Bronco

A 1962 Mustang Bronco on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1913 Flying Merkel Model 71

A 1913 Flying Merkel Model 71 on display with other classic motorcycles at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1912 Pierce Four

A 1912 Pierce Four on display with other classic motorcycles at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

2012 Zero XU: Ride Report

Although the focus of Motorcycle Classics is yesterday’s motorcycles, every so often we like to dip a toe in the present. Witness our coverage of bikes in the retro classics category, which includes machines like the iconic Royal Enfield Bullet, the revived Triumph Bonneville range and Moto Guzzi’s tres cool V7 models. Thanks to a long heritage, we think the retro classics fit in naturally with our focus. So how do we end up testing a 2012 Zero XU all-electric motorcycle? That takes a bit more explaining.  

1906 Curtiss V-twin

A 1906 Curtiss V-twin on display with other classic motorcycles at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

1916 Thor Motorcycle

A 1916 Thor motorcyle, on display with other classic motorcycles at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

1920 Militor Army Motorcycle

A 1920 Militor designed for the US Army on display with other vintage and antique motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1915 Iver Johnson

An American-made 1915 Iver Johnson motorcycle displayed with other classic bikes at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Hodaka Clutch Plates: Order while you can!

Strictly Hodaka, the #1 supplier of new and used Hodaka parts in the world, sent us the following appeal to Hodaka owners to pre-order clutch plates so they can meet their order minimum. Seems like a good opportunity for Hodaka owners to ensure they can keep their – and other Hodaka owners’ – bikes on the road. Read on:

Vintage Racing Motorcycles Stolen

Los Angeles ABC affiliate KABC-TV reports that a vintage motorcycle collector was robbed of his 1914 overhead cam Cyclone and a Honda CR110 racer when a pair of intruders broke into the man’s house, tied him up and made off with the two race bikes, which are valued at approximately $1 million and $60,000, respectively.

1909 Shaw

1909 Shaw on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Auctions America Predicts Record Price for 1894 Roper

A historic 1894 Roper Steam Motorcycle is expected to establish a new world record for a motorcycle sold at auction when it crosses the podium at Auctions America by RM’s debut Las Vegas sale, January 12 – 14, 2012.  The multi-day auction will feature an impressive docket of over 400 collector motorcycles. 

1913 Thor Motorcycle

1913 Thor motorcycle on display at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.