Classic American Motorcycles

Against All Odds: 1971-1972 Yankee 500Z

Comparing the Yankee 500Z and its main competitors, the Husqvarna Baja Invader 500 and the BSA B50SS Gold Star.

1955 Simplex

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

Almost Famous: The 1958 Ariel Cyclone

Garth Clare’s 1958 Ariel Cyclone restoration and the story of Ariel’s brush with fame with Buddy Holly.

Two-Wheeled Duesenberg: 1926 Ace Four

American inline fours were some of the first classics to become collectible, the 1926 Ace Four is no exception.

Zero XU Electric Motorcycle Review and Test Drive (Video)

Richard Backus, editor-in-chief of Motorcycle Classics, gives us his thoughts as he test drives the Zero XU all-electric motorcycle.

Wheelies, Willies and Mustang Motorcycles

A wheelie on a Mustang motorcycle?

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.

Bigger and Better: 1986 Harley-Davidson XLH1100 Evo Sportster

Best bets on tomorrow’s classics: 1986-1987 Harley-Davidson XLH1100 Evo Sportster.

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.

Bonhams Motoring Department Continues to Expand

Tim Parker joins the US Motorcycle team.

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.  

Mustang Reborn: California Scooter Company

Steve Seidner is hard at work making the motorcycles he believes Mustang would build today.

Bonhams to Offer the Incredibly Rare 1905 Leo Motorcycle at Vegas Auction

Following the recent news of Bonhams’ consignment of the remarkably original 1902 Rambler Model B from the Indian Motorcycle Museum, Bonhams is pleased to once again announce another headlining addition to their third annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction.

The Magnificent Mustang Motorcycles

Uniquely American, Mustang motorcycles were the little small motorcycles that could — and still do.

1911 Flying Merkel Board Track Racer

A 1911 Flying Merkel on display in the new board track racer display at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

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.

Steve McQueen's 1947 Indian Chief Chopper

Steve McQueen's 1947 Indian Chief Chopper on display at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

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. 

California Cool: The Derringer Cycle

Adrian Van Anz’ Derringer Cycle is a classic low cost, low speed, gas-powered and classically styled California bicycle.

1913 Thor Motorcycle

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