J. Wood & Company Harper Moto Guzzi Auction

Join J.Wood & Company as it sells Mike Harper's incredible collection of 325-plus motorcycles, parts and memorabilia in a no-reserve auction at Harper’s on Sept. 8-9, 2016.

The Race of Gentlemen 2016

In its fifth year, the Race of Gentlemen delivered pre-war bikes on the beach of New Jersey.

Motorcycle History Class

Join motorcycle historian Mark Bayer for "A Brief History of Motorcycles" on July 26, 2016.

Rockerbox Motofest 2016

A spectacular weekend of vintage and custom bikes in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, at Rockerbox Motofest.

Las Vegas Auctions 2016

Bonhams and Mecum pull in record crowds, and Vincent command top prices at the Las Vegas auctions.

The Lost Brough Superiors of Bodmin Moor

A collection of Brough Superiors, one of the greatest motorcycle discoveries in recent memory, will be auctioned off by Bonhams on April 24, 2016.

Parilla Days USA 2015

A look back at this summer’s gathering of the Parilla faithful just north of Denver, Colorado, at Parilla Days USA.

2015 NYC Motorcycle Show

There will be no Philadelphia or Washington D.C. shows this year so don't miss the NYC Motorcycle Show!

Harley Hoard up for Auction

J. Wood & Company is auctioning off Harleys, including a 1948 Panhead, and parts from an old Harley-Davidson dealership.

Ozarks Vintage Motorcycle Show

Calling all vintage bike owners to the Second Annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ/Ozark Vintage Motorcycle Association Vintage Motorcycle Show!

Riding Into History: A Show Apart

Despite the similarity in name, the Riding Into History Concours d’Elegance is no Pebble Beach. And that’s not a bad thing.

Rockerbox Motofest 2015

Head to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on June 5 for Rockerbox Motofest 2015 and a weekend of vintage motorcycle racing, live music and more.

Retromobile Paris 2015

Retromobile Paris offered a taste of the French motorcycle scene and opportunities for some rare finds.

2nd Annual Revival Rally Raffle Bike

December 6, 2014 marks the date of the second annual Revival Rally sponsored by the Cafe-Moto-Club, which is building a bike to raise money for charity.

Amelia Island 2014 Concours d’Elegance

This year’s theme at Amelia was “Orphan American Motorcycles,” homage to the numerous small American companies that were around before World War I.

'On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter'

Four decades after the release of its predecessor, "On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter" shows that the passion for riding motorcycles is as strong as ever.

Barber Vintage Festival Sets Attendance Record

The 10th annual Barber Vintage Festival presented by Triumph Dealers of North America finished up Sunday, October 12, at Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Alabama, setting an event attendance record of 65,365 for the three-day weekend.

9th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP

Announcement for the 9th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP and rounds 15 and 16 of the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association CPL Systems National Historic Cup Roadrace Series, August 29-31, 2014.

Road America Sweepstakes Winner

Robert “Terry” Richardson joins the ranks of winners in the annual Motorcycle Classics/Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic Sweepstakes.

Vintage Motocross Racing

John Stein buys a 1974 Yamaha MX125 and a 1971 Ossa Stiletto 250TT and goes vintage motocross racing.

2014 Sacramento Mile Canceled

Unfortunately, and due to unforeseen circumstances, the Sacramento Mile, an AMA Pro Flat Track event originally scheduled to take place on July 26, 2014 at the Cal Expo in Sacramento, CA, has been canceled.

National Motorcycle Museum Vintage Rally 2014

The Allstate Motorcycle Dirt Track Heroes, a bike show and an expanded Indian exhibit take center stage at Vintage Rally 2014 as the National Motorcycle Museum celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

Riding Demo Kicks off 30th Annual Capital City Motorcycle Show

Chris Bortz, Traffic Safety Manager at the Kansas Department of Transportation, reminded motorcycle riders that with the arrival of spring weather, the best way to “Share the Road” with other drivers is to be properly licensed and trained.

Race to Rebuild 1983 Honda CB1100F Winner Announced!

The winning name in the Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Race to Rebuild Sweepstakes has been drawn, pulled from a list of almost 20,000 entries – the largest ever for any of our builds – in our giveaway of the 1983 Honda CB1100F we had Herm Narciso and Jason Paul Michaels at Dime City Cycles customize in a resto-mod vein.

The Dodge City 300 Returns!

The Dodge City 300 Centennial celebrates one of the most significant and historic motorcycle events in America. On July 4, 1914, Dodge City, Kansas, hosted a major international motorcycle race.

2014 Motorcycle Cannonball: Team American Iron

Buzz Kanter, the publisher of American Iron Magazine, the best-selling Harley magazine in the world, today announced the formation of Team American Iron for the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball vintage motorcycle endurance ride.

Thundersprint to be Held at the Darley Moor Circuit

Spectator tickets for next year’s Thundersprint, which will be held at the Darley Moor Circuit on May 10th and 11th next year, have gone on sale – and at ground breaking prices; £5.00 ($8.03) for the whole weekend!

The Ace: Dime City Cycles Builds a Modern Triton

The latest build from Dime City Cycles, The "Ace," built to commemorate 75 years of history of the Ace Café London and inaugurate the opening of the Ace Cafe’s first U.S. location.

Record Crowds at 9th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

The Barber Vintage Festival has grown faster than anyone could have predicted, from an estimated crowd of 5,000-plus in 2005 to a record tally of 61,437 for the Oct. 11-13, 2013, 9th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, making it the largest vintage motorcycle event in the country.

The Meet at ACM

The LeMay — America’s Car Museum, celebrates 90 years of BMW motorcycles with its The Meet at ACM.

Ton Up! Café Racers at Sturgis?

“Ton Up!” is the work of 12 artists and photographers, along with 35 cafe racers, on display in Sturgis, S.D.

Track Days

Appreciating the fun of AHRMA track days.

Arai Racer Autograph Signings

A group of select Arai AMA road racers will make personal appearances at two Philadelphia area dealerships in advance of the racing weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ on September 13-15.

42nd Annual Griffith Park Sidecar Rally

Whether you know it or not, you want a sidecar. Really, do you. Okay, so maybe you can’t get one, but you know you want to hang out with a bunch of sidecar nuts. Really, you do. We’ll here’s your chance because the 42nd Annual Griffith Park Sidecar Rally happens September 15, 2013, in – where else? – Griffith Park in Glendale, Calif., just north of Los Angeles on I-5 and easily accessible by – what else? – sidecar!

MidAmerica's Inaugural Motorcycle Auction

MidAmerica's Inaugural Motorcycle Auction will be held September 13-14, 2013, at the Del Mar Concours Celebration of the Motorcycle in Del Mar, California.  

Peter Starr and the Grand Riders Ride Again!

Film maker and motorcycle enthusiast Peter Starr will lead 20 riders 62 years old or older on a tour of Taiwan in Grand Riders 2013, September 25-October 7, 2013, his second Grand Riders tour. Starr led the first tour in 2012 after meeting 11 of the original 17 Grand Riders, a group of geriatric motorcycle enthusiasts made famous in a 3-minute Internet video that went viral upon its release in 2007.  

Brooks Motor Works at the LeMay Meet

The Meet at the LeMay museum in Tacoma, Wash., is coming up fast. The 2013 LeMay Vintage Festival celebrates 90 years of BMW motorcycles, and Motorcycle Classics will be there with Kevin Brooks of Brooks Motor Works and a special display of record-breaking vintage BMWs that Brooks’ racing team runs on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Kevin will present a special seminar on the challenges of preparing and racing vintage BMWs at Bonneville and another on the challenges of vintage BMW restoration.  

Nepal Holds First Enfield & Vintage Rider’s Reunion

Proof that interest in vintage motorcycles continues to grow comes from an unlikely corner of the world, Nepal, where Vintage Motorcycle Club Nepal just held its first show, the Enfield & Vintage Rider’s Reunion, May 31-June 1, 2013. According to club president Julian Shrestcha, this was the first time this type of event has been held in Nepal, and judging by the photos he sent, it attracted a fair amount of attention.

Vintage BMWs take center stage at The Meet

Vintage BMW motorcycles will be in the spotlight at The Meet Vintage Motorcycle Festival at the incredible LeMay museum in Tacoma, Wash., August 24-25, 2013, surrounded by hundreds of vintage Norton, Indians and Hondas, all spread out on the museum’s 3.5-acre show field. The 2013 event celebrates BMW’s 90th anniversary, and with the incredible level of enthusiasm that’s always surrounded the Bavarian maker’s motorcycles you can count on an incredible field of vintage BMWs to turn out for this special event.

The Meet at America's Car Museum

Vintage Motorcycle Festival is bringing together a “who’s who” of the motorcycle publishing industry to serve as judges for the August 24-25 motorcycle event in Tacoma, Wash.

Road America Motorcycle Classic

Last call for the 4th Annual Road America Motorcycle Classic in Elkhart Lake, Wis., June 7-9, 2013! Vintage motorcycle racing takes center stage, with rounds 9 and 10 of the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA)/CPL Systems National Historic Cup Roadrace series. There’s also the Motorcycle Classics Road America Ride & Show, our annual Vintage Bike Show, plus a classic bike swap meet and club corrals. On your way there, stop in Milwaukee Thursday night for the Road America AHRMA Bike Night at the Harley-Davidson Museum.  

Allstate Motorcycle Safety Sign Program

Allstate Insurance Company will continue its efforts to donate standardized warning signs for motorcycle safety with the first installation of 2013. ONE is an awareness campaign that encourages people to look twice for motorcycles at intersections and aims to help reduce the number of motorcycle crashes at intersections by proposing installations of permanent motorcycle warning signs in 20 U.S. cities this year.

Neale Bayly Rides to Premier June 9

For the past few years, Neale Bayly has focused his efforts on bringing attention to the plight of orphan children in Peru, working to help the Hogar Belen orphanage outside Moquegua, Peru, rebuild following a devastating earthquake in 2001.

The Rocker's Reunion 2013

The Rocker's Reunion, hosted by the Indianapolis Chapter of Ton-Up International, will be held June 1, 2013 at the Melody Inn, Indianapolis, Indiana.

20th Century Cycles

Billy Joel’s 20th Century Cycles in Oyster Bay, N.Y., showcases his impressive vintage motorcycle collection.

The 2013 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America

The 19th Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America presented by Manheim will commence on April 27 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and extend 2,100 miles before finishing in Tempe, Arizona on May 3.

Install a Ventura Bike Pack System on a Norton

We’ve wanted to check out a Ventura Bike Pack System ever since we first heard about it a few years ago. While the majority of riders do their motorcycle touring on newer machines, there are still plenty of owners and riders of vintage bikes who relish piling on the miles. Editor Backus makes at least one 750-plus-mile run on his Laverda every year, and we have a few close friends who regularly take their Nortons and airhead Beemers for weekend runs to Colorado or Arkansas, where the roads are just a bit curvier than they around here.

Bonneville Vintage GP at Miller Motorsports Park

The 8th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP, presented by Motorcycle Classics, is coming up fast. Held over the Labor Day weekend August 30-September 1, the Bonneville GP draws racers and race fans from across the country for great vintage racing at the incredible Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, just west of Salt Lake City. Motorcycle Classics will host the annual Bonneville GP Vintage Motorcycle Show, with trophies awarded in seven categories. This year's featured marque is Moto Guzzi, with Italian motorcycles taking center stage.  

Road America Motorcycle Classic

Upcoming classic motorcycle events: Join us June 7-9, 2013, in Elkhart Lake, Wis., for the Road America Motorcycle Classic.

The Meet Vintage Motorcycle Festival

Upcoming Classic Motorcycle Events: Join us Aug. 24-25, 2013, at the Meet Vintage Motorcycle Festival at the LeMay museum in Tacoma, Wash.

Yearning for a Solo Road Trip

As winter comes to an end, Motorcycle Classics’ editor-in-chief Richard Backus is left to ponder where his next solo road trip might take him. 

Nevada Desert Ride

Wayne Bonkosky shares the story of his Oktoberfest desert ride in Lovelock, Nev.

Destinations: Dahlonega, Ga.

Visit Dahlonega, Ga., home of the first gold rush, and great mountain roads, Georgia’s wine country and the Gold Museum.

Barber Vintage Festival Draws Record Crowd

The 8th Annual Barber Vintage Festival drew a record crowd, promoter ZOOM Motorsports says, with 57,000-plus bike fans sharing the sights and sounds of vintage racing and shows during the three-day 2012 event. ZOOM says attendance for the Barber Vintage Festival grew by 11 percent, a significant uptick from last year’s attendance figures of 51,723.  

Collection of Classic Japanese Motorcycles for Auction October 21

Bonhams is privileged to offer for sale the collection of mostly Japanese motorcycles assembled by Gloucester-based motorcycle enthusiast Evan Aled Jenkins, who died last year. The collection will go on sale at the Bonhams October Stafford Sale at The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show on Sunday October 21. 

2012 AMCA Grand National at Rhinebeck

The scenic Hudson Valley city of Rhinebeck, N.Y., roared to life during the Antique Motorcycle Club of America’s (AMCA) Grand National Show. The annual event drew hundreds of exhibitors proudly displaying diverse machines that comprised one of the most thorough motorcycle timeline displays of recent memory. From a replica of one of the earliest motorcycles – an 1885 Daimler Gotlieb – to customized choppers paying homage to ‘60s and ‘70s machines courtesy of Leadfist Cycles, this year’s event was an undeniable result of passion and careful attention to detail. 

2012 Barber Vintage Festival Promises to be Best Yet

The 8th Annual Barber Vintage Festival is just around the corner. The top event on our vintage calendar – as it should be on yours – it features a fantastic swap meet, AHRMA vintage motorcycle racing on the 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park track, the incomparable Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, the Wall of Death motorcycle stunt show, the Race of the Century for bikes 100 years old and older, and of course the Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Barber Vintage Bike Show. And for the first time, Motogiro USA South, a one-day, 170-mile vintage ride.

Les Trois Musee de Saint Louis

Reader Blaine Stone shares some favorite motorcycle touring destinations: three classic motorcycle museums in his hometown of St. Louis, Mo.

Meet at the Ace: Great bikes and a great ride

Picture-perfect weather and 200-plus vintage bikes greeted attendees to the inaugural Meet at the Ace Vintage Motorcycle Festival at the LeMay vintage car museum in Tacoma, Wash., Saturday, Aug. 25. Hosted by the LeMay museum in partnership with Mark and Linda Wilsmore and Ace Café London, the event was the museum’s first to celebrate vintage motorcycles.

High-Flying BMX Stunt Team to Perform at America's Car Museum

High-flying professional BMX team “Ride and Glide” is bringing its aerial act to LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) Sat., Aug. 25.  Shows are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. as part of the inaugural “Meet at the Ace – A Summer Shakedown” Vintage Motorcycle & Bike Festival.

Knock On Wood

Life with vintage motorcycles is filled with unknowns. Patrick Parziale describes some he has experienced aboard his 1982 Honda CB900C.

Motorcycle Hall of Fame to Conduct Supplemental Vote for Nobby Clark

Following on the heels of the strong pushback from Hall of Famers and Hall of Fame supportors – and detractors – the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame has announced it will conduct a supplemental vote for the possible induction of Nobby Clark into the Hall of Fame. Click here to read the AMA's full announcement.

Meet at the Ace Summer Shakedown

A bit of Britain is coming to the U.S. Aug. 24-26, 2012, as England’s fabled Ace Café teams up with the newly opened LeMay car museum for Meet at the Ace – A Summer Shakedown 2012, one of the signature events to debut at the new four-level, 165,000-square-foot Tacoma museum. Motorcycle Classics editor-in-chief Richard Backus will be on hand along with former Cycle World editor David Edwards, the Ace Café’s Mark Wilsmore, and motorcycle journalists Robert Smith and Mark Gardiner acting as judges for the premier event.

The Nobby Clark Fiasco: Waiting for the dust to settle

Outrage. That one word probably best describes the atmosphere surrounding the embattled American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame and its mishandling of the Nobby Clark fiasco. In an utterly botched series of moves, the Hall of Fame announced Nobby Clark’s induction into the Hall of Fame then abruptly made an about face and said it was all a mistake, stripping Nobby of the announced honor.

SOHC/4 Forum Ride Goes Coastal

The SOHC/4 Forum 2011 Honda Relay Ride Across America makes its way across the southwest and into California.

2013 Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Indianapolis

Advanstar Communications Inc. announced that two of the industry’s leading powersports events, the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows and Dealer Expo, will combine in 2013 to create the ultimate two-wheeled destination weekend in Indianapolis, the motorsports capital of the U.S. and a city that is conveniently located within a day’s drive for more than half of the U.S. population.

The SOHC4 Forum Rides Into Charlotte

After a Florida departure, SOHC/Four Forum riders crossed through Georgia, South and North Carolina before taking a hiatus in Charlotte in the 2011 Honda Relay Ride Across America.

SOHC4 Forum Relay Rally Hits the Road

The 2011 SOHC4 Forum Relay Ride accross America begins, with a few minor pitfalls along the way, but definitely a fun time riding classic bikes. This blog was originally posted in March 2011 on the Motorcycle Classics website.

The 2011 SOHC4 Forum Relay Rally Across America

The SOHC4 Forum riders planned a cross country motorcycle relay accross America on classic Honda motorcycles. This blog was originally posted to the 2011 Honda Relay Ride blog on motorcycleclassics.com in March 2011.

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Removes Derek “Nobby” Clark from 2012 Nominees

UPDATE, JULY 2, 2012: On June 13, 2012, we announced the news that Derek "Nobby" Clark, one of the most famous motorcycle race mechanics of all time and, by the way, one of the greatest guys you'll have ever the pleasure to meet, was to be inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2012. It turns out Nobby won't be inducted after all, the AMA now saying that his name never should have been on the ballot for 2012 inductees and that his inclusion was the result of an "error" in the balloting process.

HOAME 2012 Vintage Motorcycle Rally

The Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts 21st Annual Vintage Motorcycle Rally at the National Airline History Museum in downtown Kansas City, Mo., is this Sunday, June 3. A spectacularly cool show, it’s held in the cavernous hold of one of the old airline hangars at Kansas City’s Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.

Craig Vetter to be honored as Grand Marshal at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member and noted designer Craig Vetter -- whose contributions to motorcycling range from the iconic Windjammer fairings and the Triumph X-75 Hurricane to the Mystery Ship limited-production high-performance motorcycles and a number of high-profile motorcycle fuel-economy contests -- will be honored as this year's grand marshal at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days featuring Rockers and Mods, July 20-22, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

MidAmerica Auctions at Motorcyclepedia Museum

MidAmerica Auctions Presents the Premier Motorcyclepedia Museums Spring Festival and Antique Motorcycle Auction Saturday, May 19, 2012, with Special Guest Barbara McQueen! 100 antique and special interest motorcycles available for the auction. Can't make the live auction? Absentee bidding is available.

Motorcycle Classics Sweepstakes: Enter Now!

Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Roaring into the summer show and riding season, Motorcycle Classics has rolled out three killer sweepstakes, including a full set of River Road riding gear and a free tour on vintage Italian motorcycles with RetroTours, a hotel room and free entry to the 8th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, and the show-stopper of them all, a chance to win our BMW classic bike project in the Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Race to Rebuild.

2012 The Quail Motorcycle Gathering: Field Report

Marty Dickerson’s Bonneville record-holding 1948 Vincent Rapide, aka “The Blue Bike.” Arturo and Giovanni Magni’s first-ever Brit-powered special, the Magni Rocket 3. Gene Brown’s 1-mile, completely original 1961 BSA Gold Star. Jim Bush’s Brutale 750-powered Magni-styled retro replica. These were just a few of the incredible machines that greeted motorcycle aficionados at the 2012 The Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

LeMay Museum and Ace Cafe announce Meet at the Ace

The LeMay - America's Car Museum, has teamed up with Ace Cafe London for what's sure to be a knockout vintage motorcycle event, Meet at the Ace - A Summer Shakedown 2012, August 24-26 at the new LeMay museum just nearing completion at Haub Family Field in Tacoma, Wash., and set for a June 2 opening.

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame announces 2012 nominees

The American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation (AMHF) is proud to announce the 2012 nominees for induction into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The names of 26 individuals, each highly accomplished in the sport, business and lifestyle of motorcycling, compose the ballot from which the class of 2012 will be selected for induction into the Hall of Fame.

Dirt Track Racer in Brazil

Patrick Parziale finds not only small displacement Hondas, but a new dirt track racer Harley-Davidson XR750 on a motorcycle adventure in Brazil. 

Barber Motorsports Park and Triumph Announce Three-Year Agreement

ZOOM Motorsports, the exclusive event promoter of Barber Motorsports Park, has announced that Triumph Motorcycles will become the title sponsor of the AMA Pro Series race at Barber, as well as presenting sponsor for the fast-growing Barber Vintage Festival. The three-year agreement is a natural fit for the iconic manufacturer of high-performance motorcycles and Barber Motorsports Park and Vintage Museum, with its world-class road course and collection of over 1,000 modern and vintage motorcycles.

Looking Forward

A panel discussion at the 2012 classic motorcycle auctions in Las Vegas asked questions about collecting in the future.

2012 Las Vegas Classic Bike Auctions – Big Money and Big Bargains

Las Vegas is all about living large, and this year’s classic bike auctions – yes, auctions, as in three of them – proved there are still plenty of people with money to spend on classic motorcycles. Top money at Auctions America by RM’s inaugural Vegas auction at the Rio Casino was $86,800 for a restored 1910 Flying Merkel. Down on the strip at the Imperial Palace, Bonhams’ second Vegas auction drew a winning bid of $120,500 for an original 1953 Vincent Series C Black Shadow with just 3,000 miles on the clock, while at the South Point Casino, Vegas motorcycle auction pioneer MidAmerica was rolling the bikes through in classic style.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Set to Expand?

We were excited as anyone when we heard rumors that the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum – hands down the most amazing motorcycle museum on the planet – would launch a 100,000 square-foot expansion in 2012. Jeff Ray, executive director of the Barber museum, confirms plans for an expansion, but says it won't happen as soon as suggested by some sources. Writing for The Birmingham (Alabama) News, Stan Diel said that founder George Barber planned to start construction this year for a new building on the inside of the Barber Motorsports Park race track, with the new building connected to the existing museum by an enclosed bridge running over the track. Visitors will be able to stand in the bridge and watch racing below. Ray says engineering and site plans have yet to be conducted, and suggests it will be at least three years before the first shovel of dirt is turned.

AMCA Santa Fe Trail Chapter 2012 Vintage Motorcycle Show

The Santa Fe Trail Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA) will host its annual Vintage Motorcycle Show & Swapmeet 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence, Kansas.

Win tickets to Auctions America by RM’s Premier Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction!

Auctions America by RM will hold its Premier Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Jan. 12-14, 2012, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, and you could get into the three-day event for free if you’re the winner in our Auctions America Las Vegas drawing! We have two pairs of tickets to give away, courtesy of Auctions America by RM, and all you have to do is get your name in for our drawing, to be held Monday, January 16.

The art of the motorcycle at The MotoJones Gallery

Long-time motorcycle journalist Tod Rafferty has linked up with like-minded moto scribes and photographers to create The MotoJones Gallery, a repository and outlet for classic and contemporary motorcycle images, covering, as Rafferty says, “the world of motorcycling in its comprehensive span.” The service, which has only just launched, promises to offer an archive of motorcycling images covering most of the 20th century.  

Onboard with Dave Roper at the Isle of Man

If you're never watched motorcycle racing from the Isle of Man, you're in for a treat. Here's racer Dave Roper doing a practice lap at the 1993 Isle of Man Manx GP. He's riding the Team Obsolete 1967 Benelli factory GP bike. Also included are three other videos of motorcycle racing from the Isle of Man. 

Auctions America Explores Classic Motorcycle Market Trends at Las Vegas Auction

A group of the world’s leading experts in collectible motorcycles, including two members of the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Hall of Fame, will share their wisdom at an exclusive market seminar presented by Auctions America by RM its debut Las Vegas Premier Motorcycle event, Jan. 12–14, 2012.

Bonhams Vegas Auction Features Du Pont Museum Collection

Bonhams is extremely pleased to announce that it has been entrusted to represent what is regarded as one of the most important collections of motorcycles to come to market in years. From the prominent American family du Pont, a name synonymous with a chemical empire, a luxury automobile manufacturer, and America’s first motorcycle company, is a private museum collection three generations in the making.

Lee Hartung motorcycle collection to sell November 3-5, 2011

Auctions America by RM will be lining up and selling off the unbelievable collection of motorcycles, cars, parts and memorabilia – including the largest collection of license plates in the U.S., some 10,000! – amassed by collector Lee Hartung over 60-plus years. The collection includes at least 48 vintage motorcycles, ranging from a 1902 Wagner to a late 1970s Honda CB750K.

Offroad Events Back in the Day

Leon Primus recalls fond memories of when he first started riding and the excitement of racing in offroad events.

Motus City Bike Night, Saturday, October 8, 2011

This year's Barber Vintage Festival is promising to be the best one yet, with an incredible schedule of events throughout the weekend. After an awesome day at the track on Saturday, you'll want to ride somewhere "motorcycle friendly" to eat, drink, hang, and tell lies with other riders, right?

Barber Vintage Festival Sweepstakes Winner Chosen!

Congratulations to Dave Rosenbery, our winner in the Motorcycle Classics/Barber Vintage Festival Sweepstakes! A long-time Motorcycle Classics reader and an avid vintage bike fan, Dave is getting ready to head from his Illinois home to Leeds, Ala., for his first visit to the incredible Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival.

Auctions America at Barber Vintage Festival and Las Vegas

Following its successful debut motorcycle offering in Auburn, Ind., earlier this month, Auctions America by RM is preparing two new dedicated motorcycle sales – an auction at the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival in Birmingham, Ala., October 8 and its all-new Las Vegas Premier Motorcycle Auction, January 12 – 14, 2012 in Nevada.

2011 Bonneville Vintage GP: Best Yet

Miller Motorsports Park doesn’t release attendance numbers, but our seat of the pants assessment is that the 6th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP was the best attended yet. Mid-80s temps and absolutely brilliant blue skies encouraged better local participation, aided further by the appearance of the Triumph Demo Truck, an enormous semi packed with the latest and greatest from Triumph. And the Motorcycle Classics tent was humming all day Saturday, with a killer selection of classic bikes at the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle show.

Win Tickets to the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

The 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Ala., happens Oct. 7-9, 2011. Combining the world’s greatest motorcycle museum, fantastic AHRMA vintage motorcycle racing, a top-quality old bike swap meet, vintage aerial acrobatics, the annual Race of the Century for bikes 100 years old or older, the Motorcycle Classics Barber Vintage Bike Show, and more, it’s hands-down the coolest vintage motorcycle happening of the year. And if you’re really lucky, you and a friend could take it all in for free.

On the Road: Motorcycle Touring from Madrid to Lisbon

The authors' third motorcycle touring expedition through Spain took them 1,6500 miles from Madrid to Lisbon and back. Originally published as "On the Road: Motorcycle Touring Madrid to Lisbon" in the September/October 2011 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

Analyzing the Motorcycle Wave

Pat Parziale analyzes the motorcycle wave, and what kind of wave he receives based on what he's riding.

Destinations: Five Sierra Nevada Mountain Passes

A short primer for touring five notable and scenic Sierra Nevada Mountain passes. Originally published as "Destinations: Five Passes of the Sierra Nevadas" in the September/October 2011 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

Auction Alert! Mecum sells Michael Taggart collection and MidAmerica goes online at Pebble Beach

It’s going to be a wild weekend for vintage motorcycle buyers at the Pebble Beach/Monterey vintage auction scene this weekend, as Mecum Auctions looks to unload 54 classic motorcycles from the Michael Taggert collection at Monterey’s Del Monte Golf Course and MidAmerica Auctions makes a bid to sell 100-plus vintage motorcycles and gear down the road at Pebble Beach during the 61st Annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

SOHC/4 Forum Rides into Wisconsin

The SOHC/4 Forum 2011 Honda Relay Ride Across America makes its way into Wisconsin, and rider Dave Burch shares his experience.

Jason DiSalvo at Barber Vintage Festival

Rising champion Jason DiSalvo will headline the roster of speakers at this year’s Motorcycles by Moonlight dinner and fundraiser, held the Friday night of the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival. Ducati riding DiSalvo will be joined at the dinner by Cook Neilson and Paul Smart, with motorsports commentator Alain de Cadenet moderating.

Kevin Schwantz to Race Barber Vintage Festival in October

1993 500cc Grand Prix World Champion Kevin Schwantz, former TT record holder, Maria Costello, Dutch Superbike series regular Peter Politiek, and a contingent of Manx-mounted New Zealanders will battle with American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) regulars for points at the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival in October, the first race of the AHRMA Vanson World Championship mini-series.

Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio

Vintage Motorcycle Days are upon us, running July 22-24 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Twenty years strong, VMD is still the biggest vintage motorcycle event on the calendar and the American Motorcyclist Association’s premier vintage weekend. Activities over the three-day event include vintage racing, seminars, bike shows, rides, club displays, the Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge and the largest vintage motorcycle swap meet held anywhere, covering 35 acres!

Bonneville Vintage GP Raffle Bike – It Could be Yours!

Every year, Bonneville Vintage GP organizer Tom Kullen finds a way to secure and raffle off a vintage race bike as part of the annual Bonneville Vintage GP. Past years have seen some lovely little race-prepped Honda CB160s from Vicious Cycle in Portland, Ore. This year’s raffle bike will be a fully race-prepped BMW R75/5 converted to 900cc specs, with work being done by the crew at BMW/Triumph Motorcycles of Salt Lake.

Ace Café North America 2011 Reunion Tour Set

For 17 years, the Ace Café London Reunion has been a key date on the global motorcycle calendar. Now a new event for fans in North America has been added. The “Reunion Tour” will give a group of 20 American motorcycle enthusiasts the opportunity to visit one of the most iconic biker hangouts in the world, participate in a number of exclusive events, and ride in the legendary London-to-Brighton motorcycle run that has been a British cycle tradition for over 100 years.

Today is Ride to Work Day!

Today, Monday, June 20, is national Ride to Work Day. Whether you own a 1,200c Harley or a 49cc Honda Spree moped, we're encouraging all motorcycle and scooter riders to show their support for motorcycles and scooters by leaving the family car in the garage and hopping on their two-wheeler. Whether you're heading to work or just down the street to the store, leave the car and take the bike. It means that many fewer cars on the road and shows other drivers the benefits of reduced congestine and lower fuel use that two-wheelers bring.

Destinations: Oatman, Arizona

A great ride, great weather, good restaurants and authenticity without being too touristy — that’s a good description of motorcycle touring to Oatman, Ariz.  

Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic: Don’t Miss the Next One!

We’ve just returned from the 2nd Annual Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic, and if you weren’t there you missed another fantastic vintage motorcycle weekend. Last year’s inaugural event drew an estimated 5,000 vintage and classic bike fans, and our seat of the pants impression of this year’s show says a lot more people decided to point their bikes in the direction of Elkhart Lake, Wis., to immerse themselves in a weekend of vintage motorcycle fun.

Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic – Last Call!

Last call for the 2011 Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic! Join Motorcycle Classics this weekend, June 10-12, 2011, at Road America race track in Elkhart Lake, Wis., for two days of AHRMA racing, a vintage swap meet and the Motorcycle Classics Road America Ride & Show.

Ride to Work Day, Monday, June 20

Motorcycle Classics encourages all motorcyclists to support Ride to Work Day, Monday, June 20, 2011, by – what else – riding to work! As riders, we appreciate the difference motorcycles make in easing congestion and decreasing our use of fuel. Three to five motorcycles can fit in the average auto parking spot, and compared to the average motorcycle, each lumbering SUV you take off the road can save a couple hundred gallons of gas annually. Multiply that by a few hundred thousand and the numbers really mean something. That’s why we want everyone to join in this year for Ride to Work Day.

Riding Into History is May 20!

The 12th Annual Riding Into History returns to the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Fla., May 20-21, 2011. 1993 World GP Motorcycle Champion and Motorcycle Hall of Famer Kevin Schwantz will be this year’s grand marshal, following in the footsteps of a string of motorcycling luminaries such as Kel Carruthers, Mert Lawwill, Peter Egan, Dennis Gage and Clement Salvadori.

Kansas City Vintage Motorcycle Rally

If you’re anywhere close to Kansas City, there’s no excuse for missing the 20th Vintage Motorcycle Rally hosted by the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, at the Airline History Museum at Kansas City’s historic Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. This will be the third year the show’s been held at Wheeler Airport, one of the coolest venues for a classic bike gathering anywhere.

April Twofers: AMA Get Out and Ride month and AHRMA Racing at Willow Springs

The American Motorcycle Association has chosen April as Get Out And Ride month, and is encouraging motorcyclists to get out on their bikes, put on some miles and share their adventures. If you’re anywhere close to Los Angeles, what better destination and adventure than a trip to Willow Springs Raceway for rounds 5 and 6 of AHRMA’s CPL Systems National Historic Cup Roadrace Series.  

Road America 2011 Vintage Motorcycle Classic

Join Motorcycle Classics at the 2nd Annual Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic, June 10-12, 2011, at Road America race track in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Last year’s inaugural event drew an estimated 5,000 classic bike fans and a huge field of AHRMA racers for two days of vintage racing, a swap meet and the inaugural Motorcycle Classics Road America Ride & Show.

Motorcyclepedia Museum to Open April 16

Motorcyclepedia, the official host museum to the Antique Motorcycle Foundation, is opening to the public for the first time on April 16. Located at 250 Lake St. in Newburgh, N.Y., Motorcyclepedia is a project of Edward and Gerald Doering through the Gerald A. Doering Foundation.  The 85,000-square-foot facility will display more than 300 motorcycles dating from 1897, plus memorabilia, parts, and a large collection of magazines, technical books and catalogs, videos, posters, and movies. With its four-story sign, pictured here, visitors will find the museum easy to locate. 

Barber Bikes at the Museum of Design Atlanta

The Museum of Design Atlanta has launched a new exhibit putting the spotlight on classic Italian Motorcycles, Passione Italiana: Design of the Italian Motorcycle. The exhibit, which opened March 20 and runs through June 13, was put together with the help of Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, and features 11 classic Italian motorcycles from the incredible Barber collection, including MV Agusta, Moto Morini and Ducati.

Watch the Bator Daytona Auction Live

Can't make Daytona Bike Week and Bator Auction's 24th Annual Daytona Classic Bike Auction? Not to worry, because you can still be a part of the action. Bator Auctions will broadcast its March 11 classic bike auction live and online, so you can watch and bid regardless of where you are.

Erik Buell gearing up new bikes - Meet him at Daytona Bike Week on March 11

Legendary American sport bike builder Erik Buell, who put himself on the motorcycle map with Harley-Davidson powered sport bikes, is getting back into the sport bike business a little over a year after Buell Motorcycles was shuttered by parent company Harley-Davidson in December 2009. Buell showed off a new Erik Buell Racing 1190RS at last week’s Indianapolis Dealer Expo, and will be the guest of honor at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum’s annual Breakfast at Daytona fund raiser.

Bator Auction and AMCA Nationals highlight Daytona Bike Week

We know spring’s just around the corner when it’s time to get ready for the annual madness that is Daytona Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla., March 4-13. 2011 marks the 70th anniversary of racing at Daytona Beach, and classic bike fans can look forward to the annual AMCA National meet in nearby Eustis and the Bator International Auctions 24th Annual Daytona Classic Motorcycle Auction in Deland.

2010 Catalina Grand Prix

After a 52-year hiatus, motorcycle racing returns to Catalina Island, California.

5th Annual Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show

If you’re anywhere close to Florida, specifically the Fort Lauderdale area on Florida’s southeast coast, you should head to Dania Beach for the 5th Annual Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show this weekend, January 29, 2011. Hosted by the Sunshine Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, this show is the perfect way to hang out with fellow classic bike fans and beat the mid-winter blahs.

Dave Roper will ride 1911 Indian at 2011 Isle of Man TT

Like Daytona here in the U.S., the famed Isle of Man TT is one of the most anticipated races of the year. First run in 1907 on the St. Johns course, the race made its first run of the now-famous 37-3/4-mile Mountain Course in 1911. Much to the chagrin of the Brits, Indian swept to victory, taking the top three spots in the 1911 race. 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of that first running of the Mountain Course, and Dave Roper, the only American ever to win the Historic TT (1984), will ride a faithful replica of a 1911 Isle of Man Indian racer in the exhibition Lap of Honor.

2010 Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP

The Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP is an international scene with four days of motorcycle events that range from GPs to flat track racing.

American Pickers Stars Appearing at the National Motorcycle Museum Jan. 15

Join American Pickers stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. The now famous team of "antique archeologists" will be on hand to tell stories about their search mission and exploits to locate any way they can!

Classic bikes on the block at MidAmerica’s annual Las Vegas Auction

It’s almost January, and that means classic motorcycle auction time in Las Vegas as MidAmerica Auctions gets ready for its 20th Annual Las Vegas Antique Motorcycle Auction January 6-8, 2011. The event kicks off with a dinner auction on Thursday, with 75 bikes planned to be sold, and continues Friday with 225 lots on offer and again Saturday with a final 225 lots.  

2010 Bonneville Vintage GP or Bust!

Steve Solko was determined to ride his 1980 Honda CB900 Custom to the 2010 Bonneville Vintage GP at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, even if it meant riding solo.

Bud Ekins Collection Featured at Bonhams November 13 Sale

  Auction house Bonhams & Butterfields will be offering up a unique selection of motorcycles, cars and memorabilia from the collection of famed stuntman and Triumph dealer Bud Ekins at the Peterson Automotive Museum on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. This should be an interesting sale, offering up items like a five-page letter from actor Steve McQueen, a lathe and a bandsaw used by Ekins and striped by Von Dutch, and this pair of sidecars prepared by Ekins and used in The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen.

Coast-to-Coast on Pre-1916 Motorcycles

On Sept. 10, 2010, 45 riders fired their classic motorcycles to life and roared off from historic Kitty Hawk, N.C., destination Santa Monica, Calif., some 3,300 miles away. It was the beginning of the 2010 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run  on pre-1916 motorcycles.

The Harvest Classic 2010 European & Vintage Motorcycle Rally in Luckenbach, Texas

A couple hours down the road from Austin, Texas is Luckenbach. It's not even a real place, not exactly. There's a little road that loops off the main road and goes past a few old buildings. The sort of place that has more past then future and that's mostly what it's got to sell. But once a year a perfect storm decends on Luckenbach and 3000 + motorcyclists pull on to that little loop road. The result is just about the perfect laid back pure fun Euro themed weekend. I loved it and I think you will as well.

Stafford Show 2010

  A glorious autumn day greeted my brother and I on our 140-mile drive up to The Stafford Country Show Ground in Staffordshire, England, for the 17th Classic Motorcycle Mechanics show. This show is based mainly around 1970s motorbikes, although some earlier models are shown, as well. 

Bonneville Build: We have a winner!

  Six months ago, we launched into our latest project, the Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Insurance Bonneville Build. We took a brand new retro classic 2010 Triumph Bonneville and morphed it into our interpretation of a modern take on a classic theme, the bobber hotrod. Our plan from the beginning was to give the bike away, and give it away we did when we announced the winner of our Bonneville Build Sweepstakes at the 6th Annual Barber Vintage Festival on Saturday, October 9. And the winner is …

Barber Vintage Festival: Biggest and Best Ever

There are plenty of excellent bike shows held around the country every year. But only a very few have that special something, that almost indescribable allure that makes us jump on our bikes, hop in our vans or climb into planes and travel hundreds if not thousands of miles to immerse ourselves in the vintage scene for a few days. The Barber Vintage Festival is one of those shows.

2010 Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally

Four local Venice Beach bike nuts were looking for a gathering point for vintage motorcycle fans. In 2007 they came up with the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club and began sponsoring events.

Barber Vintage Festival Sweepstakes: We have a winner!

Congratulations go to Danny “Gabe” Dyer, our winner in the Motorcycle Classics Barber Vintage Festival Sweepstakes! Although Danny's an avid motorcyclist with 40 years of riding under his belt, this will be his first visit to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. We're looking forward to seeing Danny there, along with a great selection of bikes at our annual Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show sponsored by Dairyland Cycle Insurance.

Cabo San Lucas on California Scooters!

Long-time Motorcycle Classics contributor Joe Berk has returned  from a 2,000 mile ride from Southern California to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and back aboard a 150cc bike from California Scooter Company. Now that he's back, he's been kind enough to share stories and photos from the trip.

Bator Auctions Announces “Parts & Project Bikes” Auction at Barber

  Glenn Bator at Bator Auctions has announced a new auction to be held during the 6th Annual Barber Vintage Festival. Dubbed the “Parts & Project Bikes” auction, this new addition to the lineup of events at the Barber Festival will be held Friday, Oct. 8, starting at 2 p.m.

2010 Bonneville Vintage GP – The Best Yet

The 5th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP has come and gone, yet another fabulous event in a string of spectacular celebrations of vintage bikes and racing. Classic Nortons and Hondas ripped around the 2.2-mile course on the west track at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, and 50-plus classic motorcycles, including Nortons, Hondas, and Vincents and BSAs, filled the Motorcycle Classics tent in the east paddock for the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle Show.

Racers ready for Bonneville Vintage GP - Norton 961 sets new record

Racers in the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Assoc. (AHRMA) series are on their way to Utah for rounds 16 and 17 of the AHRMA Michigan Engineering/RaceTech Historic Cup Roadrace Series at the 5th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP Presented by Motorcycle Classics. They’ll be descending on Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, west of Salt Lake City, just as other riders finish up the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats, where a new Norton 961 Commando SE broke the land speed record in the 1,000cc Production Push-rod class, recording an average top speed of 129.191mph.

John Surtees Races at 2006 Barber Vintage Festival

John Surtees, the only person to win world championships in both Grand Prix motorcycle racing and Formula One, prepares to race at the Barber Vintage Festival after being named Grand Marshal for the festival.

Destination: Luxembourg

While we get lots of suggestions for great rides and destination points here in the U.S., it’s not every day – heck, this is the first time! – we get suggestions for cool rides overseas. But we got just that when Andrew Breeden, a reader in Luxembourg, a small country of just barely 1,000 square miles bordered by Germany, Belgium and France, dropped us a line. Originally from England, Andrew found our magazine during one of his regular trips to the U.S., and now follows us regularly from his home in Luxembourg. Read on for a great ride Andrew’s discovered, one he thinks Motorcycle Classics readers should know about if they’re ever lucky enough to find themselves in Luxembourg.

Bonneville Vintage GP Raffle Bike is back!

We all missed it last year, but thanks to major support from the folks at the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Assoc., Vicious Cycle in Portland and Bonneville event organizer Tom Kullen, the Honda CB160 Bonneville Vintage GP Raffle Bike is back for 2010, and it could be yours on September 5 if you have the winning ticket!

Ride to Work Day is Monday!

Consider this our Public Service Announcement of the week, a reminder to everyone in the motorcyling community that this coming Monday, June 21, is national Ride to Work Day.

Motorcycle Classics at Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic: You should have been there!

The inaugural Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic was held June 11-13. Organized by Classic Events and Road America, the new event was designed to capitalize on AHRMA vintage racing at Road America and the growing interest in classic motorcycle shows and swaps. And capitalize it did, with a great weekend of vintage motorcycling at one of the most storied race circuits in the U.S.

KC’s HoAME Rally Rocked – Get Ready for Road America!

The Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Rally & Show at the Airline History Museum in downtown Kansas City, Mo., was a resounding success, as an estimated crowd of 2,500 classic bike fans roamed through the museum’s cavernous hangar to check out the hundreds of classic Hondas, Harleys, Nortons, Ducatis and more that were on hand for last Sunday’s show.

Indians headline inaugural California Classic Motorcycle Auction

More than 25 motorcycles owned by legendary Indian restoration expert Bob Stark will cross the block at Bator Auction’s inaugural California Classic Motorcycle Auction this coming June 4-5, 2010, at the Pasadena Convention Center. Included in the bikes to be auctioned is a 1953 Indian Chief that Stark constructed almost entirely from new-old-stock parts, a build that took him 37 years to fulfill.

Catalina Island Grand Prix Returns!

The famed Catalina Island Grand Prix, held annually from 1951 to 1958, attracted thousands of spectators and hundreds of riders to Catalina, a 176-square-mile island 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. Like the Isle of Man in England, it was perceived as an elite event, and its success inspired BSA to name one of its bikes the “Catalina Scrambler.” Now word comes that racing will return to Catalina in December following a 52-year hiatus.

New Ulm 2010: 26th Annual British and European Motorcycle Rally

Motorcycle Classics readers in and around south central Texas should point their bikes this weekend to New Ulm, Texas, for the 26th Annual British and European Motorcycle Rally, May 14-16. Hosted by the British Motorcycle Owners Assoc. of Houston, the three-day rally has grown into one of the biggest vintage events in the state, as thousands of classic bike fans converge on the small town of New Ulm, just west of Houston.

Visit the 11th Annual Riding Into History!

If you haven’t already made plans to visit the 11th Annual Riding Into History, time is running out! One of America’s premier motorcycle events, Riding Into History returns to the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Fla., on May 15, 2010.

Vintage bikes needed during AMA Superbike Showdown at Road Atlanta!

Bill Brown, founder of the Historic Moto Gran Prix exhibition race series, has put out a call to action to classic bike owners to bring their machines to Road Atlanta April 16-18 for the AMA Superbike Showdown. Bikes don’t have to be race ready, just show ready, and Brown is offering free event passes to anyone who brings their bike to display.

Win a weekend for two at the 6th Annual Barber Vintage Festival!

If you’ve never witnessed the spectacle that is the Barber Vintage Festival, you really don’t know what you’re missing. The world’s greatest motorcycle museum, great vintage motorcycle racing, a fab old-bike swap meet, classic bikes shows from Motorcycle Classics and others, not to mention vintage aerial acrobatics and the annual Race of the Century for bikes 100 years old or older – classic motorcycle meets just don’t get any better than this. And this year, you’ve got a shot at taking it all in for free.

30th Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show

The weekend of the 20th/21st of February 2010 saw the British Classic bike show season start @ the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet,  Somerset, England, with the 30th Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show. 

2009 Brand X Vintage Motorcycle Show

Presented by the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club, “Exhibition of Vintage Motorcycles, Brand X” was held at Works Engineering in Brooklyn.

2009 Italian Day at Ace Cafe, London

A welcoming and warm sun greeted Italian bike aficionados, as a wide variety of Italian machinery steadily rolled into the Ace Cafe, London, parking lot for Italian Day.

Daytona Bike Week is Coming!

Always wild and always wonky, Daytona Bike Week is seven-plus days of motorcycle excess rivaled only perhaps by Sturgis. But unlike Sturgis, there’s real racing going on, starting with the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association’s (AHRMA) season opener February 26 at Roebling Road Raceway 200 miles up the coast in Bloomingdale, Ga.

Cannonball!

Remember those bad late 1970s/early 1980s movies featuring David Carridine and a host of B-grade actors bombing across the U.S. in a madcap coast-to-coast dash? Inspiration for those flicks came from auto editor Brock Yates' Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, a protest against Richard Nixon’s 55mph speed limit. Yates was inspired by the legendary endurance runs of Erwin “Cannonball” Baker, who made his first cross country dash in 1914 aboard an Indian twin. Today, Lonnie Isam, Jr., promoter and owner of Jurassic Racing in Sturgis, South Dakota, is adding to the Cannonball thread, making final preparations for a coast-to-coast endurance run for pre-1916 motorcycles, the Motorcycle Cannonball.

Destinations: California Highway 58

Motorcyclists should focus on the western third of California Highway 58 and the roads leading to it, which together make for great riding.

Husqvarna named Marque of the Year for 2010 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

Husqvarna, the legendary make that ruled AMA Racing off-road competition throughout the 1970s and 1980s, has recently made a full-throttle return to national championship contention. This July 9-11, the iconic brand will celebrate its heritage and build toward its future as the Marque of the Year at the 19th annual AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.

19th Annual MidAmerica Vintage Motorcycle Auction at Las Vegas, Jan. 7-9, 2010

January is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for MidAmerica Auctions’ annual, highly anticipated classic motorcycle auction in Las Vegas, Nev. The MidAmerica Las Vegas auction is widely seen as one of the most important auctions of the year, with many collectors viewing it as a barometer against which to gauge prospects for the coming year. The 2010 event is no different, with collectors around the country anxious to see how the market is holding up in an uncertain economy.

Motorcycle Classics at Road America's Vintage Motorcycle Weekend

The Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic, June 11-13, 2010, will mark the return of American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) racing and the addition of motocross and cross country and trials on courses built specifically for vintage racing. And Motorcycle Classics will be there, hosting the inaugural Road America Motorcycle Classics Ride and Show. 

2009 BUB Speed Trials

For the past six years, the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials have been held on the most hallowed grounds of land speed racing - the Bonneville Salt Flats.

2009 Bonneville Vintage GP

The Bonneville Vintage GP at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah is hands-down one of the highlights of the vintage motorcycle racing season.

2009 Barber Vintage Festival

The 5th Annual Barber Vintage Festival was held Oct. 9-11, 2009, and like every Barber Festival before, it didn’t disappoint.

AMA heads to Las Vegas for the 2009 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The AMA is pulling out the stops this year and moving its Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and related events to Las Vegas this weekend. Normally held at the AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington, Ohio, this year’s induction ceremony and Hall of Fame Concours d’Elegance will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Destinations: Marcus Dairy in Danbury, Connecticut

First it was a dairy farm, then a milk processing and distribution business, then a restaurant. Now Marcus Dairy in Danbury, Connecticut is the premiere gathering place for motorcyclists in the northeastern U.S. Originally published as "The Marcus Dairy, Danbury, Conn." in the November/December 2009 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

Classic Motorcycles at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance!

Classic motorcycles have finally joined the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance - the most prestigious classic car show in North America. Originally published as "Motorcycles at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours dElegance" in the November/December 2009 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

Trippin on Two Wheels: Indiana to Florida With Dennis Gage

For the sixth installment of "Trippin' on Two Wheels," classic car legend Dennis Gage, Gage's son Sam and the author journeyed over 1,100 miles from Indiana to Florida in four days. Originally published as "Trippin on Two Wheels in the USA with Dennis Gage" in the November/December 2009 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

Lake Elsinore Grand Prix Returns!

Get that classic dirt bike out, because the legendary Lake Elsinore GP, made famous in Bruce Brown’s epic 1971 film, On Any Sunday, is returning this November 7-8, 2009. The original 1969-1972 race became so well known it inspired Honda to borrow the Elsinore name for its CR125M and CR250M dirt bikes introduced in 1973.

2009 Rockerbox Motorcycle Show

The Rockerbox motorcycle show in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood is more than a show, it's a giant block party. Originally published as "2009 Rockerbox Milwaukee" in the November/December 2009 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

38th Annual Griffith Park Sidecar Rally

What is it about sidecars that makes people smile, point, give the "thumbs up" and sometimes stop the rider to ask giggly questions? We’re not sure, but we have the same reaction ourselves — except for the giggling, of course. Never ridden in a sidecar? If you’re going to be in the greater Los Angeles area October 25, 2009, now’s your chance to learn more at the 38th Annual Griffith Park Sidecar Rally.

Last Call for Barber!

Heads up! October’s just around the corner, and that means the 5th Annual Barber Vintage Festival is coming up fast! Motorcycle Classics will be there, hosting the Motorcycle Classics Café Bike Show sponsored by our friends at Dairyland Cycle Insurance. BSA or Beemer, Harley or Honda, if you’ve built a classic with a café twist it’s time to shine it up and show it off!

Don't assume anything

Have you ever heard the analysis of the word “ASSUME”? As in “makes an ASS out of U and ME”?  Silly? Maybe so -- but you had better believe it if you ride on two wheels in today’s traffic 

It is all in the image

I had the extreme good fortune to visit Australia this past winter. As an escape from shovels and parkas and frosted windows on the car, Australia can’t be beaten. I also enjoyed the added bonus of a couple of superb rides on my friend’s newly restored BMW R80G/S. 

5th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

With some 600 classic motorcycles on display at any given time, including some of the rarest and oddest bikes you’ll ever cast your eyes on, the Barber museum in Leeds, Ala., is one of the top  — if not the top — motorsports museums in the world.

2009 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Field report from the inaugural Quail Motorcycle Gathering, a show and auction held May 9, 2009, in Monterey, Calif.

Destinations: Sedona, Arizona

Lying almost dead center in the middle of Arizona, Sedona’s 4,500-foot elevation makes it noticeably cooler than the deserts to the south, and the mountain roads that climb into Sedona make for great motorcycling.

Dick Mann’s Vintage Bike Rally, circa 1986

Although most people in the mid-1980s thought vintage bikes were just old junk, there were a few enthusiasts who not only liked old bikes, but also liked racing them. Two-time AMA Grand National Champion Dick Mann was one of these enthusiasts.

Calling all Cafés!

 Okay guys and gals, here’s your chance to polish up that kickin’ café Yamaha or Norton you’ve built and show it off to the rest of the classic bike crowd as Motorcycle Classics and Dairyland Cycle Insurance present the Café Bike Show at the 5th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009.

2005 Irish National Rally

Broken frame? Buckled wheel? Snapped spokes? They’re all part of the Irish National Rally.

Vintage Grand Prix: The Bonneville Vintage GP Debuts

Vintage grand prix racing got off to an exciting start at Bonneville in northwestern Utah. Originally published as "2006 Bonneville Vintage GP" in the January/February 2007 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

2007 Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio

 From the track to the shows to the auction to the swap meet — and everywhere in between — Vintage Motorcycle Days is always a sight to see and enjoy for classic motorcycle enthusiasts, and this year was no different.

Get ready to race at Vintage Motorcycle Days

Time is running out to pre-enter for the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, held in conjunction with AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, and the Ashland County Fairgrounds in Ashland this July 24-26.

Packing tips

So you want to go across the country on your bike. It is never too early to start planning your trip and getting the gear ready. Planning a trip is one of life’s pleasures. Turning dreams into miles — what riding is all about!

Trust

There is a static comfort level achieved when riding alone, and then there is the complex pleasure of sharing the ride with others. I truly enjoy the whole motorcycle experience when shared. But finding a compatible riding partner is somewhat like successfully locating mate – and just about as difficult. 

Billy Joel Motorcycle Show

We all know Billy Joel for his rock-n-roll piano playing, but how many knew the Piano Man is also a hardcore vintage bike fan? Turns out that Joel, whose first bike was a BSA back in the Sixties, has a collection of over 31 bikes, 20 of which he’s exhibiting at the “Billy Joel’s Motorcycle as Art and Icon” show. Oh yeah, and he’s displaying Motorcycle Classics at the event!

Natural hazards

If you have been piloting a motorcycle for more than a few years, I’m certain that you are only too well acquainted with the potential for grief from natural hazards. I’m not talking about weather and road conditions, but about running afoul of things large and hairy.

HoAME Rally Rocks!

The June 7 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts annual rally has come and gone. And if you weren’t there, you missed what was easily one of the best classic bike shows of the year, bar none. Although we don’t have official numbers yet, it’s an easy bet that at least 2,500 people poured through the huge sliding doors of Hangar #9 and the Airport History Museum at the old Wheeler Airport in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

4th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP

Get ready for more great vintage motorcycle racing as AHRMA racers head to the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, for the 4th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP, presented by Motorcycle Classics, Sept. 4-6, 2009.

Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio

Vintage motorcycle racing returns to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, for the 18th AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 24-26, 2009.

Destinations: Kelly's Olympian, Portland, Oregon

Portland is the pearl of the Pacific Northwest, and for motorcyclists the city and surrounding areas offer incredible roads and majestic scenery. One of the great motorcycling attractions is Kelly’s Olympian Bar & Diner.

41st Annual Hanford Vintage Show and Swap

Although it is smack in the middle of California's agricultural Central Valley, Hanford has the air of a small town in the Midwest. There is a courthouse lawn, complete with antique cannons. There is a real old fashioned, fun to walk around downtown. There is the Superior Ice Cream Dairy, the sort of place that serves can't-possibly- finish-it-all sky-high sundaes and banana splits. The county fairgrounds just outside town feature kart racing every Friday night.

To clean or not

Whether we like it or not, we all fit somewhere along the Bell Curve of Clean when it comes to our rides.  And there are many, many shades of grey between those who make a fetish of polishing, and those who prefer to let nature take its course. 

Trippin’ on Two Wheels – On the Road – Part IV

Our man in the field Neale Bayly logs his final report from his 1,000-mile ride with SPEED TV’s Dennis Gage and Dennis’ son, Sam. The trio rode classic bikes from Indiana to Florida for the 10th Annual Riding Into History classic motorcycle show, for a trip that’ll morph into episode six of Gage’s award-winning show Trippin' on Two Wheels and will also be featured in the pages of Motorcycle Classics.

Trippin’ on Two Wheels – On the Road – Part III

This just in from our man Neale Bayly, who’s riding a 1968 Moto Guzzi V7 along with Dennis Gage (1969 BMW R69S) and Gage’s son, Sam (1973 BMW R75/5), on a 1000-mile tour to St. Augustine, Florida, for the 10th Annual Riding Into History classic motorcycle show. The trip will form the sixth episode of Gage’s award-winning show, Trippin’ on Two Wheels, airing on SPEED TV, and we’ll run an exclusive article on the ride after it wraps up: Neale writes:

Trippin on Two Wheels – On the Road – Part II

More from our man Neale Bayly, who’s traveling from Evansville, Indiana, to St. Augustine, Florida, with Dennis Gage and Dennis’ son, Sam, for the 10th Annual Riding Into History classic motorcycle show. Neale writes:

Trippin on Two Wheels Part VI -- On the Road, Part 1

Dennis Gage, host of SPEED TV's award-winning Trippin' on Two Wheels, hit the road Tuesday, May 12, riding to St. Augustine, Florida, for the 10th Annual Riding Into History classic motorcycle show. Riding with Gage are his son, Sam, and Motorcycle Classics regular contributor Neale Bayly. Their 1,000-mile trip aboard a cool trio of classic bikes will air on SPEED TV as the sixth episode of Trippin' on Two Wheels. Read on for Neale's first report from the road for Trippin' on Two Wheels, "E'Ville to St. A." 

Vintage Motorcycle Days Without AHRMA?

In yet another odd turn in what’s become a long and very complicated story, the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) will no longer participate in the American Motorcycle Association’s (AMA) annual Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Race Track, after failing to satisfy an AMA demand to resolve its ongoing dispute with AHRMA founder Robert Iannucci and Team Obsolete.

Trippin’ on Two Wheels Part VI, Take II

Time’s almost up to make plans for the 10th Annual Riding Into History classic motorcycle show May 16, the final stop in Dennis Gage’s next episode of Trippin’ on Two Wheels, which airs on SPEED TV. Get there on time, and you’ll get to see Dennis, his son, Sam, and Motorcycle Classics regular contributor Neale Bayly as they pull into the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., following a 1,000 mile odyssey on vintage bikes that starts at the Gage home outside Evansville, Ind., three days prior.

Motorcycle Classics presents the 4th Annual Bonneville VintageGP!

 The 4th Annual Bonneville VintageGP will be held September 4-6, 2009, so get out those route maps and start preparing now for another incredible weekend of racing! In three short years it’s become a highlight of the vintage race season, and for good reason; the Bonneville VintageGP presented by Motorcycle Classics is classic motorcycle racing at its best.

Motorcycle Classics at the HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show

Mark your calendar now for the 18th annual Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Vintage Motorcycle Show, June 7, 2009, at the Kansas City Airline History Museum at the old Wheeler Airport. Just blocks from downtown Kansas City, Mo., Wheeler Airport is a trip back in time to the days when you actually stepped off the plane right onto the tarmac, and the museum’s collection of classic aircraft is incredible. The show kicks off at 10a.m. Sunday morning, and runs to 4p.m. that afternoon.

Trippin on Two Wheels Part VI – Classic to the Max!

He’s baaaack! And we’ve got the inside scoop on the next installment of Dennis Gage’s award-winning motorcycle travel/adventure show, Trippin’ on Two Wheels. This time, they’re staying Stateside. Their destination? The 10th Annual Riding Into History classic motorcycle show. Their rides? A ’68 Moto Guzzi V7, a ’69 BMW R60 and an ’83 R80. And we'll have the full report!

Frustrations

I’m not generally one to rant about situations that I cannot control – but the triggered traffic signal lights here in Sudbury get me going. It is such a good idea, but such a royal pain for motorcyclists. Repeated prodding of the local officialdom has gained nothing –yet.  

2006 Barber Vintage Festival

For the past two years, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Alabama, home of what’s arguably the largest and most important collection of classic and vintage motorcycles in the world, has been moving into hosting classic events.

Sonny Angel Motorcycles

Motorcycle shops used to be small, friendly, family-owned affairs. These days, a lot of motorcycle shops are located in warehouse-sized buildings. Like Costco and Walmart, they’re Big Box stores, pushing volume and marking unit sales. And the old mom-and-pop stores, once the mainstay of the industry, are fast becoming as rare as carburetors.

Long distance touring

I’ve been asked repeatedly just how I prepare and what I pack for long rides, but the making of lists and planning of routes and checking of the bike is only part of the picture.  

Breakfast with Champions at Daytona Bike Week

If you’re heading to Daytona Beach for the annual extravaganza that is Daytona Bike Week, February 27 – March 8, make plans to attend the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum’s annual “Friendraising” Breakfast on Friday morning, March 6, where you’ll have the opportunity to rub shoulders with the likes of three-time AMA Grand National Champion Jay Springsteen, nine-time AMA Grand National Champion Scott Parker, and legendary Harley-Davidson tuner Bill Werner, whose tuning skills took Springsteen, Parker and Gary Scott to a combined 13 National Grand Championships.

BSA is Marque of the Year for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days 2009

More details are being announced about AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days 2009, and the latest bit of news is the naming of the Marque of the Year. BSA, one of Great Britain's most storied motorcycle companies, will be the featured marque at VMD this year, set for July 24-26 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Feeling alive

Have you ever been thoroughly soaked while riding your motorcycle? Why? Why do we do this to ourselves? 

2008 Colombres Rally

The Colombres Rally is essentially four events in one: a gathering of classic enthusiasts, an eight- hour road trail over 300 miles, a hill climb and, finally, a combined show and swap meet.

2008 Harvest Classic Rally

In 2003, a group of friends held the first Harvest Classic rally, and a new tradition was born.

Wimps

My favorite ride is now officially ‘vintage’ having just passed the venerable age of 25 years – and that is my NEW bike! So why am I looking for another bike; a new bike? 

Saddle Time

You can read until your brain is foggy but if you don’t get out there and do it, you won’t be gaining skills and improving your survival skills. 

New episode of Trippin’ on Two Wheels to air Sunday on SPEED TV!

For the past month and a half, SPEED has been re-running the heck out of the first four episodes of Trippin on Two Wheels, much to the delight of viewers starved for decent motorcycle programming. But this Sunday, January 18, at 11:00 am ET (8:00 am PT) motorcycle fans will be treated to the premiere airing of Trippin’ Episode 5; the first one shot in High Def!

Keep it Simple

Some days I fear that a tendency for gadget-wired, performance-enhanced motorcycles will actually keep people at home for fear of all of the accoutrements not functioning as advertised.

Tour California with Motorcycle Classics!

Ride with Motorcycle Classics as we explore California’s glorious North Coast and fabled gold country. Organized by veteran motorcycle touring company Himalayan Roadrunners, Ltd., the tour will encompass seven days of scenic riding, taking in major points of interest including Point Reyes Station light house, the Avenue of the Giants, the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area, Klamath National Forest, Lassen Volcanic Park, Napa Valley, Nevada City, Grass Valley, and more. Better yet, Dubbelju Motorcycle Rentals will supply the bikes, with new Triumph Bonnevilles the featured ride.