Classic Motorcycle Events

AIMExpo 2016: Goodbye Orlando, hello world

The American International Motorcycle Expo returned in grand fashion in October for its final appearance as a “stationary” event.

Riding Into History Announces Grand Marshals for 2017 Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance

Riding Into History is proud to announce father and son legendary motorcycle racers Yvon and Miguel Duhamel as the Grand Marshals for its 18th Annual Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance.

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: November/December 2016

Where to go and what to do for vintage motorcycle events during November and December 2016.

The Inaugural Ride 'Em, Don't Hide 'Em Getaway

Discovering Southwest Pennsylvania on two wheels at the first Ride 'Em, Don't Hide 'Em Getaway with 80-plus friends.

Goodwood Revival 2016

The three-day Goodwood Revival featured Charlie Williams and Mike Farrall racing to victory on a 1933 Rudge TTR.

2016 "Ride for Kids" Charity Event on Oct. 29

"Ride for Kids" is the longest-running, most successful motorcycle charity event in the nation and is happening again this week in Torrance, Calif.

Ride with Motorcycle Classics at Barber 2016

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.

Randakk’s Cycle Shakk at Barber

Randall Washington of Randakk's Cycle Shakk will be at the Barber Vintage Festival to give a special tech seminar.

The Modern Classics Ride-In is This Saturday!

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

VJMC to Host Ride In to Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum

Come for a day of museum touring, door prizes and camaraderie with your fellow bikers.

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.

2016 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering was small and intimate, just how it should be.

The Race of Gentlemen 2016

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

Motorcycle Classics at the 12th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

Ducati will be the Featured Marque for the Motorcycle Classics show at the Barber Vintage Festival.

The Race of Gentlemen: Beach Racing in California

A brief history of The Race of Gentlemen, which has added a second West Coast event this year.

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: September/October 2016

Where to go and what to do for vintage motorcycle events during September and October 2016.

RSVP for SCHUBERTH’s Exclusive Product Launch Party

On October 8, 2016, at Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama, SCHUBERTH will be launching three new helmets!

Triumph Legend John Calicchio Named Grand Marshal for 2016 Bonneville Vintage GP

John Calicchio is founder of JRC Engineering and a major force in developing competition-winning Triumph dirt trackers.

Ace Cafe Orlando Announces the Summer Sweepstakes

Winner takes all: World-famous Ace Cafe Orlando announces its Summer Sweepstakes.

Motorcycle History Class

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

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: July/August 2016

Where to go and what to do for vintage motorcycle events during July and August 2016.

Rockerbox Motofest 2016

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

VanDerBrink Vintage Motorcycle Auction in Iowa

Sixty-five vintage Honda motorcycles and parts and a 1954 Corvette will be part of the VanDerBrink auction on July 23, 2016.

The 2016 Riding into History Concours d'Elegance is Around the Corner!

Meet motorcycling legend Malcom Smith, bid on a 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 and more at the 2016 Riding into History Concours d'Elegance!

Motorcycle Classics Isle of Man Tour

Now's the time to start finalizing plans for the 2016 Motorcycle Classics Isle of Man Tour, Aug. 24-Sept. 2.

Bonhams Stafford Sale Smashes Record for British Motorcycle

A 1938 Brough Superior BS4 brough in an astounding £331,900 at the Bonhams Stafford Sale.

Best of British Classic Motorcycles Headline Bonhams Stafford Sale

Headlining the Bonhams Stafford Sale is a 1939 Vincent-HRD Rapide Series A Project and 1929 Coventry Eagle Flying-8 OHV.

2016 Meltdown Vintage Motorcycle Show

Proceeds from the Meltdown Vintage Motorcycle Show will go towards the Veterans Healing Farm.

Las Vegas Auctions 2016

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

AMCA Lucas Oil Vintage Motorcycle Classic

New AMCA Lucas Oil Vintage Motorcycle Classic in May will include vintage bike shows, motorcycle field games and more.

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: May/June 2016

Where to go and what to do for vintage motorcycle events during May and June of 2016.

Motoblot 2016 Urban Motorcycle & Hot Rod Street Rally

Head toward the streets of Chicago in June for the Motoblot event formerly billed as Mods vs. Rockers.

2016 Las Vegas Motorcycle Auctions Highlights

Notable sales at the Bonhams and Mecum Las Vegas motorcycle auctions included rare Vincents and the Steve McQueen Triumph Bonneville.

Little Bikes Go Over Big at Amelia Island in 2016

This year's Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance featured Italian motorcycles under 175cc, such as the Italjet Deluxe and MV Disco Volante 175.

The Modern Classics Show — The Harbinger of Spring for the Northeast

Highlights for the Modern Classics Motorcycle Show include a Britten V1000, renowned motorcycle artist Makoto Endo and more.

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: March/April 2016

Where to go and what to do during March and April of 2016.

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.

Show Time 2016: Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Shows

2016 is shaping up to be a busy year for us as we travel to vintage bike shows across the country.

Motorcycle Classics Goes to Pennsylvania, the Isle of Man and More

Join Motorcycle Classics as we host the inaugural Ride 'Em, Don't Hide 'Em Get-Away in early August in Pennsylvania.

The Second Annual Barber Historics Returns to Barber Motorsports Park

Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 Barber Historics, May 20-22, Birmingham, Alabama.

AMCA National at Barber Motorsports Park

The AMCA's new national meet will take place at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, May 27-29, 2016.

2016 Las Vegas Classic Motorcycle Auctions

Bonhams and Mecum are gearing up for their respective annual classic motorcycle auctions in Las Vegas in January.

J. Wood Announces the Bob Barker Estate Sale

The auction on March 8, 2016, in Gainesville, Florida, has some of the best race and street bikes, including an AJS 7R, Indian 101 Scout and Norton Manx.

"Viva Knievel!" Motorcycle to be Auctioned!

The 1976 Harley-Davidson XL1000 that was ridden by Evel Knievel himself joins Steve McQueen's "desert sled" at the Bonhams Las Vegas auction Jan. 7.

Unrestored Brough Superior Motorcycles to be Offered at Bonhams Sale

Historically significant collection of Brough Superior motorcycles had been stored in barns for more than 50 years.

AIMExpo Brings Together Manufacturers, Dealers, Consumers

The 2015 AIMExpo continued to to deliver with the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club show and other attractions.

Newest Consignments for Mecum's 2016 Las Vegas Auction

Check out the latest motorcycles to join Mecum's Las Vegas lineup. A 1940 Indian Four and 1969 Maico 360 X4 are among the additions.

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.

Barber Vintage Festival 2015

Brittens and more at the 11th Annual Barber Vintage Festival.

The Modern Classics Motorcycle Show Happens March 4-5, 2016!

The 2016 Modern Classics Motorcycle Show is coming up quickly. A Britten V1000, Makoto Endo, 1970s motocrossers and more!

Rare Motorcycles Headline Bonhams' Las Vegas Auction

Steve McQueen's 1963 Triumph Bonneville desert sled and Vincent White Shadow are two of the motorcycles consigned to Bonhams' Las Vegas auction.

Italian Motorcycles From Swedish Collector Head to Bonhams' Paris Sale

Bonhams' Grand Palais Sale takes place Feb. 4, 2016, and will feature pieces from the MC Collection Motorcycle Museum for the first time.

There's Still Time to Consign or Register for Mecum's Las Vegas Auction!

Motorcycles being auctioned off include a 1911 Flying Merkel and 1942 Harley-Davidson flathead.

Motorcycle Classics at the Isle of Man 2016

Join us as we host a tour of the United Kingdom at the 2016 Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling.

Bonhams Two-Day Stafford Sale a Record Success

The Bonhams Stafford Sale was the highest-grossing motorcycle sale ever in Europe and included Steve McQueen's 1934 Indian Sport Scout.

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.

Barber Vintage Festival Keeps Growing

The winners of the annual Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show also announced at the Barber Vintage Festival.

Get Ready for the Las Vegas 2016 Bonhams and Mecum Classic Motorcycle Auctions

A 1955 Vincent Black Prince and 1929 Indian-Crocker are among the motorcycles offered in classic motorcycle auctions in 2016 in Vegas.

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: November/December 2015

Where to go and what to do for vintage motorcycle events during November and December of 2015.

Win the Santiago Chopper and Motorcycle Classics Bike Giveaway

A BMW R90 will be given away at the Barber Vintage Festival to help fund the fight against childhood cancer.

Ozarks Vintage Motorcycle Show

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

Pulling Out the Stops: Rockerbox 2015

Rockerbox 2015 continued to deliver a year after moving to its new location at Road America.

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events September/October 2015

Where to go and what to do for vintage motorcycle events during September and October of 2015.

2015 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Old bikes stir up old memories for Dain Gingerelli and his brother at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

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.

Motorcycle Classics at the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling

Join Motorcycle Classics as we head to the U.K. for the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling and Classic TT races!

Brittens at the 11th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

We’ll be at this year’s Barber Vintage Festival, which will feature a gathering of Britten V-1000s in tribute of John Britten.

Dime City Cycles and Santiago Chopper Charity Bike Build

Latest charity bike build will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

10th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP! Ride In, Get In Free!

Join Motorcycle Classics in celebrating Norton bikes at the Bonneville Vintage GP Bike Show on Saturday, Sept. 5.

Motogiro USA 2015 Fall Event in Asheville, North Carolina

This year's Motogiro USA fall event promises to offer spectacular views through the Appalachian Mountains.

Collection Featuring Rare American Motorcycles to be Offered at Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale

Stored in a private museum, this collection celebrates American marques and includes a 1916 Henderson Model F and 1920 Harley-Davidson Model J.

Team Obsolete Back Classic TT with Rare 1954 AJS Porcupine

Robert Iannucci, owner of Team Obsolete, will bring an AJS Porcupine after a 33-year restoration.

J. Wood & Co.’s Cuba, Missouri, Auction Blows Past Expectations

Massive collection of vintage motorcycles and parts included a 1950 Panther Sloper that alone sold for $30,000.

Wheels & Waves: The Best Motorcycle Event in the World?

Set in Biarritz, France, Wheels & Waves is a celebration of American motorcycle culture, translated by Europeans.

Marlon Brando's Personally Owned 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra Glide Hits the Auction Block This Weekend

The Harley-Davidson FLH Electra Glide that belonged to the star of "The Wild One" and "The Godfather" is expected to fetch at least $200,000.

Motoblot Chicago Motorcycle Rally Will Be Sponsored by Triumph

Triumph Motorcycles America extends support of Motoblot Chicago with a new two-year agreement.

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events July/August 2015

Where to go and what to do for vintage motorcycle events during July and August of 2015.

Airheads Unite: The Airheads Beemer Club’s Death Valley Rendezvous

Bill Stermer meets up with other members of the Airheads Beemer Club to celebrate vintage airhead BMWs in a peculiar place.

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2015

Celebrating American military motorcycles at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

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.

New Vintage Motorcycle Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Celebrate classic bikes at The Brewtown Rumble, Milwaukee's new vintage motorcycle festival, on May 17.

Racing Champs Gene Romero and Mert Lawwil Headline The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2015

Honda will celebrate 40 Years of the Gold Wing at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering and showcase all five generations of the celebrated model.

AutoMoto Detroit Film Festival to Feature Motorcycle Film “Why We Ride”

Unique event to celebrate history of the automobile through car and motorcycle films and special appearances from automotive personalities.

Indian Motorcycle Named Presenting Sponsor of The MEET at America's Car Museum

America’s Car Museum will also raffle a 2015 Indian Chief Vintage to benefit a young adult education program.

All Top Gear Duo Motorcycles Sell; Record $3.3 Million Sold at Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale

Vincent, Brough and Coventry bikes lead the way in record-setting Bonhams auction.

The 16th Annual Riding Into History Motorcycle Concours

Riding Into History returns to World Golf Village in Florida, May 22-23.

2015 Vintage Motocross in Lincoln, Nebraska

Head to Nebraska on April 26 for the second race in the 2015 Vintage Motocross series in Lincoln.

Bonhams to Auction Top Gear Stars' Bikes April 26

Stafford Sale to feature 12 motorcycles belong to Richard Hammond and James May.

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events May/June 2015

Where to go and what to do for vintage motorcycle events during May and June of 2015.

Las Vegas 2015 Motorcycle Auctions

Vincents star at the Bonhams and Mecum motorcycle auctions.

AHRMA Dirt Bike Racing in West Virginia

Annual event at McKee’s Sky Ranch will feature two days of vintage dirt bike racing.

Vintage Choppers at The Quail and the National Motorcycle Museum

The vintage chopper is getting its due this spring with two separate events.

Amelia Island Concours 2015: Legends of the High Bank

This year's Amelia Island Concours featured motorcycles raced at the Daytona Speedway.

Retromobile Paris 2015

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

Motorcycle Auction of the Year?

The date for a massive motorcycle auction in Missouri has been announced for May.

Gary Nixon at Ontario Motor Speedway

Follow Gary Nixon’s journey during the Ontario Motor Speedway’s 250-mile race in 1972.

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events March/April 2015

Where to go and what to do for vintage motorcydcle events during March and April of 2015.

Show Time 2015: Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Shows

Our list of the 2015 vintage bike shows.

NOLA Vintage Grand Prix 2015: A New Event is Born

Visit the NOLA Motorsports park in Avondale, Louisiana, this year for the NOLA Vintage GP.

Bonhams' Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Achieves Nearly $5 Million and Sets Records

Vincents make World records as the Bonhams' Las Vegas motorcycle auction achieves $4.47 million.

2015 The Quail Motorcycle Gathering Holiday Ticket Promotion

Admission for The Quail Motorcycle Gathering ranges from $60-$65 and children get in for free!

Isle of Man: The Classic TT Experience 2014

The Classic TT races consist of four laps of the Mountain Course. That’s 150 miles, on public roads, running flat out for close to an hour and a half.

Bonhams' Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction: Featuring Mondial and Mann's Matchless and BSA

Dick Mann's Matchless G50 Racer & BSA Gold Star flat-track racer to be offered at Bonhams' Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction.

Beeming on the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run

Crossing the country in the Cannonball Endurance Run with nothing more than a BMW tool kit and a bit of luck is something to celebrate.

Isle of Man Classic TT: Tales of An American Underdog

The Isle of Man Classic TT honors the island’s history. The race is brutal on bikes, using the same public roads that have been raced on for more than 100 years.

Classic Scene: Vincents at the 10th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

The 2014 Barber Vintage Festival was full of surprises, and Vincents!

2015 Las Vegas Classic Bike Auctions

Mecum and Bonhams return to Las Vegas for classic bike auctions.

An American in Paris: Retromobile, February 2014

The Las Vegas motorcycle auctions and the large sales in Scottsdale, Arizona, are a wonderful tonic for cabin fever. The French version in Paris is known as Retromobile.

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.

Herb Harris Collection Joins Bonhams 2015 Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

A selection of important prototype, racing and road models to be featured with a dozen cut-away engines and associated memorabilia.

An Afternoon with Dave Ekins at the Forest Lawn Museum

Spend an afternoon with Motorcycle Hall-of-Famer Dave Ekins on Sunday, November 9, 2014 in Glendale California at the Forest Lawn Museum.

Upcoming Events and Vintage Motorcycle Shows November/December 2014

Where to go and what to do: Vintage motorcycle shows November and December 2014.

Motorcycle Festival at America’s Car Museum

Vintage bikes at America’s Car Museum.

Raising the Iron Curtain at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Highlights from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California’s Monterey Peninsula.

What Could Have Been: Emu BSA Empire Twin

Engineer Doug Fraser builds the V-twin BSA should have made in the mid-Fifties.

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.

Quail Ride 2014: “Ridden not Hidden”

The 2015 Quail Ride happens Friday, May 15, 2015.

CSC Announces Cyclone Motorcycle Open House

Announcement of Cyclone Motorcycle open house.

The Dream Ride Experience Breaks Records

The Dream Ride Experience raises over $1.1 million for Special Olympics.

Upcoming Events and Vintage Motorcycle Shows September/October 2014

Where to go and what to do: Vintage motorcycle shows September and October 2014.

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.

‘Remembering Waylon’: A Motorcycle Auction Celebrating Waylon Jennings’ Life

Guernsey’s Auction House hosts an unprecedented motorcycle auction focused on the life of Outlaw Country musician Waylon Jennings.

AHRMA Vintage Festival at New Jersey Motorsports Park

Highlights from the 2nd AHRMA Vintage Festival at the New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Vincents at the 10th Barber Vintage Festival

Join Motorcycle Classics at the 10th annual Barber Vintage Festival, Oct. 10-12, 2014.

Cycle World's Senior Motorsports Editor Talking Motorcycles

Tonight's episode of Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone (8 p.m. EST, July 30, 2014) will feature Matthew Miles, Cycle World's senior motorsports editor.

“Built for Speed” Brings Race Inspired Motorcycles and Art to Annual Sturgis Rally Exhibit

Witness this amazing collection curated by Michael Lichter and Paul d’Orleans at the Chip’s Free Motorcycles as Art Exhibit.

2nd Annual AHRMA Vintage Festival at New Jersey Motorsports Park

Great vintage bikes on track and off, great weather and great people make for a perfect weekend.

Tickets Now on Sale for 10th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the 10th annual Barber Vintage Festival presented by Triumph Dealers of North America taking place October 10-12 at Barber Motorsports Park.

2nd Annual Royal Enfield & Vintage Riders Reunion in Nepal

Put on by Vintage Motorcycle Club Nepal, May 31-June 1, 2014, the 2nd Annual Royal Enfield & Vintage Riders Reunion was a rousing success.

Classics on the Green: The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2014

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2014.

Final Call for Benelli Vintage Tour

Don’t miss your chance to see Italy on vintage Italian motorcycles on the Benelli Vintage Tour.

AHRMA Vintage Festival at the New Jersey Motorsports Park

Check out the AHRMA Vintage Festival at New Jersey Motorsports Park July 11-13, 2014.

The Mike Quinn Collection of Harley-Davidsons

Mike Quinn’s impressive 112 Harley Davidsons hit the auction block July 27, 2014.

The Meet Vintage Motorcycle Festival 2014

Don’t miss The Meet Vintage Motorcycle Festival at America’s Car Museum August 22-24, 2014.

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Festivals and Events July/August 2014

Where to go and what to do – vintage motorcycle festivals and events for July and August 2014.

Vincent Black Prince Breaks World Record for Bonhams Motorcycles

Over the weekend Bonhams annual Summer Classic Sale saw £2.4 million of automotive classics go under the hammer, double its 2013 total.

New Two-Day Schedule Promises Non-Stop Action at Barber's Triumph SuperBike Classic

AMA Pro Road Racing returns to Barber Motorsports Park for the Triumph SuperBike Classic presented by America’s First Federal Credit Union June 21-22.

Road America Sweepstakes Winner

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

Motorcycles in the Park Event at the Barber Motorsports Park

The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum will host “Motorcycles in the Park at Barber,” a ride-in bike show on Saturday, June 21, which is the first day of the Triumph SuperBike Classic AMA Pro Road Race.

Bonhams Set for Banbury Sale Success with Motorcycle Legends

A duo of Brough Superiors, a quadruple of Vincents, and a Nigerian King's Rudge Multi - all for sale at Bonhams June 7th Banbury Run Sale in Woodstock, Oxford.

Alan Cathcart's Favorite Moto Guzzis at the 2011 Barber Vintage Festival (Video)

Motorcycle luminary Alan Cathcart discusses the Moto Guzzis that impressed him most in the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show at the 2011 Barber Vintage Festival in Leeds, Ala.

2011 MC Editor's Choice: 1951 Moto Guzzi Gambalunga (Video)

Antonio Ricciardi accepts the Editor's Choice award in the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show at the 2011 Barber Vintage Festival in Leeds, Ala.

2006 Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival (Video)

Highlights from the 2006 Barber Vintage Festival in Leeds, Alabama.

Motorcycle Classics Helmet Cam: Barber Vintage Festival

Ever want to see what it’s like to race a motorcycle? Now you can: AHRMA racer Craig Breckon let us strap a camera on his helmet as he rode around the track at Barber Motorsports Park, Leeds, Alabama.

Set Yourself Free on the Harley-Davidson World Ride

Join the Harley Owners Group and riders around the world on the open road June 22-23.

Rockerbox Motofest at Road America

Milwaukee’s Rockerbox Motofest is moving to Road America as part of Road America’s AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle Classic.

The 15th Annual Riding Into History Motorcycle Concours

Riding Into History, one of America’s premier vintage motorcycle events, will return to the beautiful World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida on May 16-17, 2014.

Las Vegas 2014: Vintage Motorcycle Auctions

Harley-Davidsons, Ducatis and original patina set the stage at the Bonhams and MidAmerica vintage motorcycle auctions.

Upcoming Classic Motorcycle Shows and Events May/June 2014

Where to go and what to do – classic motorcycle shows and events for May and June 2014.

Vintage Motocross Racing

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

Vintage Dirt Bike Offroad Racing

Vintage dirt bike racing fans should check out the All Brands Motorcycle Event at McKee’s Sky Ranch.

Benelli Vintage Tour to Take in San Marino GP

The 2014 Benelli Vintage Tour has been extended to include the San Marino GP.

Vintage Motorbike Show at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

In keeping with the spirit of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, all Classic, Vintage, Antique and Historic Racing motorbikes are invited to participate in the PVGP 2014 International Show at Schenley Park.

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.

Modern Classics Motorcycle Show Warms Up the Cold Winter

On Saturday, March 1, 2014, Martin Moto, of Boyertown, Pa rolled out its Fourth Annual Modern Classics motorcycle show.

MotoGiro-USA 2014 Date Change

The dates for the 2014 Fall MotoGiro-USA have changed to Sept. 26-28.

NOLA Motorfest at NOLA Motorsports Park March 28-30, 2014

The inaugural NOLA Motorfest will be held March 28-30, 2014, at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans.

2014 Cannonball Endurance Run Golden Ticket Sweepstakes

2014 Cannonball Endurance Run Golden Ticket Sweepstakes is one last shot at making this year’s run, all expenses paid including the supply of a 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead and full support crew.

Friday Night Street Party During the International Motorcycle Swap Meet and Bike Show

The International Motorcycle Swap Meet and Bike Show will be held at the Lake County Fairgrounds, Eustis, Florida, March 7-9, 2014.

Mattern to take on the 2014 Cannonball for Colon Cancer Alliance and Antique Motorcycle Foundation.

Dottie Mattern will take on the 2014 Cannonball, Sept. 5-21, 2014, for Colon Cancer Alliance and Antique Motorcycle Foundation.

Upcoming Classic Bike Shows and Events March/April 2014

Where to go and what to do — classic bike shows and events for March and April 2014.

Cool Bikes at the Barber Vintage Festival

Winners from the 2013 Motorcycle Classics’s Vintage Bike Show at the Barber Vintage Festival in Leeds, Ala.

Show Time 2014: Motorcycle Classics Vintage Scene

Check out the Motorcycle Classics’ tent at various events on the vintage scene in 2014.

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.

Tonight's Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone

Brad Baker, Chris Carr and Mark Gardiner Headline Tonights Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone.

Randakk’s Cycle Shakk Announces New AHRMA Sponsorship

Randakk’s Cycle Shakk, LLC is pleased to announce a new primary sponsorship with Chris Carr to run the entire 2014 AHRMA vintage roadrace schedule.

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.

Lowbrow Customs 2014 Winter Midwest Moto Swap

Building on the success of the first two events, Lowbrow Customs Winter Midwest Moto Swap will return Saturday, February 22, 2014

American Iron Magazine Team American Iron Expands

American Iron Magazine has expanded their four-rider team, Team American Iron, for the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run.

AMCA Santa Fe Trail Chapter 2014 Vintage Motorcycle Show

Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA) to host its 5th Annual Mid-Winter Vintage Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet.

Special Offers from the Quail Motorcycle Gathering

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering celebrates vintage and modern motorcycles at a great venue for a reasonable price.

Benelli Vintage Tour: Motorcycle Classics Heads to Italy

Motorcycle Classics teams up with Mototouring for the Benelli Vintage Tour in Italy.

MidAmerica Auctions Joins with Mecum Auctions

Mecum Auctions has taken a financial and marketing stake in MidAmerica Auctions beginning with the 23rd annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction & Races.

2014 MidAmerica Auctions and Bonhams in Las Vegas

MidAmerica Auctions and Bonhams return to Las Vegas for their annual vintage motorcycle auctions.

1972 Norton Commando Tackles the Bonneville Salt Flats

A rookie crew member at the Bonneville Salt Flats gains an inside look at breaking a Speed Week land speed record on a 1972 Norton Commando.

Vintage Motorcycle Club Nepal Shares Photos of Classic Motor Bike Exhibition

Vintage Motorcycle Club Nepal's photos of the Classic Motor Bike Exhibition held Oct. 26, 2013, at The Electric Pagoda in Kathmandu, Nepal.

2014 Vintage Motorcycle Festival: The Meet at America's Car Museum

Save the date for the 2014 Vintage Motorcycle Festival: The Meet at America's Car Museum, August 22-24, 2014.

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.

Café Racer TV is Back for Season 4

Café Racer TV starting again Wednesday, November 6 on Velocity.

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!

Stafford Motorcycle Sale Sets a New World Record

Bonhams’ Stafford motorcycle sale tops $2,109,056 and sets a new world record for a Norton Manx.

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 View From the Cheap Seat

Motorcycle racing for the masses, with AHRMA.

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Shows and Events, November/December 2013

Where to go and what to do - vintage motorcycle shows and events for November and December 2013.

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.

Motorcycle Classics Seminars at the 9th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

Three more great reasons to attend the 9th Annual Barber Vintage Festival: classic motorcycle how-to seminars

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.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Pebble Beach, California, August 16-18, 2013.  

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.  

Scooters invade the National Motorcycle Museum

A new exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, features a wide range of scooters designs spanning about 75 years. 

Classic motorcycles have a British accent at the 33rd BBC Rally and Show

Classic motorcycles have a British accent at the 33rd BBC Rally and Show.

Motorcycle Stunt Team Performing at The Meet at ACM – Vintage Motorcycle Festival

The Meet at ACM will include a Saturday appearance by the legendary Seattle Cossacks Motorcycle Stunt and Drill Team.

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.  

Inside the Barber Vintage Festival

Get ready for the 9th Annual Barber Vintage Festival in Leeds, Ala.  

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Shows and Events, September/October 2013

Where to go and what to do - vintage motorcycle events and shows for September and October 2013.

The Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh, New York

Visit the Motorcyclepedia museum in Newburgh, N.Y.

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.

2013 Dana Point Concours D’Elegance

2013 Dana Point Concours D’Elegance sets attendance records with stellar cars, motorcycles and celebrities.

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.

Arlen Ness to be Honored With Birthday Bash and Summer Exhibition

Custom bike builder Arlen Ness honored with birthday bash and summer exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Dennis Hopper and Steve Mcqueen Motorcycles Added to the Mecum Celebrity Items Auction

Rare and vintage motorcycles join a growing list of collectible vehicles set to hit the auction block this summer!  

Fall 2013 MotoGiro-USA

Fall registration for MotoGiro-USA is now open.

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events and Shows, July/August 2013

Where to go and what to do — vintage motorcycle events and shows for July and August 2013.

Fifth Annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Highlights from the Fifth Annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

Wisconsin's Rivers: Motorcycle Touring

Three routes for motorcycling touring Wisconsin’s rivers.

Vintage Motorcycling: Looking Back

Looking back on the machines and people who influenced generations to get involved in vintage motorcycling. 

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.  

Tom Kullen and the Bonneville Vintage GP

Nothing holds back AHRMA racer Tom Kullen as he prepares for the 8th annual Bonneville Vintage GP.

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.

Buzz Walneck to Launch The Buzzzzz Rag

Starting in June, Buzz Walneck will bring out The Buzzzzz Rag, an old school motorcycle magazine.

A Brief History of the Motorcycle at UMKC

A motorcycle history course is being presented at the University of Missouri in Kansas City by KC VJMC president Dr. Mark H. Bayer.

Lowbrow Customs Midwest MotoSwap

Lowbrow Customs announces its inaugural Midwest Motoswap Customer Appreciation Gala Saturday, June 15, 2013.

The National Motorcycle Museum Vintage Rally 2013

Dirt track champs and a traveling Evel Knievel exhibit take center stage at the National Motorcycle Museum's Vintage Rally 2013.

The 25th Annual MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction

The 25th Annual MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction will take place Saturday, April 27, 2013.

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.

Colonial Downs Added to AMA Pro Flat Track Schedule

Officials from AMA Pro Racing announced today the addition of Colonial Downs to the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles schedule.

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.

Destinations: The USS Alabama

Destinations: Visit the USS Alabama at Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama.

Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

Firm prices and solid sales at the 2013 Vegas motorcycle auctions.

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.

Race to Rebuild 1974 BMW R90/6 Winner!

Announcing the winner of the Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Insurance Race to Rebuild 1974 BMW R90/6.

The 14th Annual Riding Into History Motorcycle Concours

Riding Into History, one of America’s premier vintage motorcycle events, will return to the beautiful World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida on May 17-18, 2013.

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.

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Shows and Events, March/April 2013

Where to go and what to do — vintage motorcycle events and shows for March and April 2013. 

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.  

Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Vintage Motorcycle Rally

Upcoming classic motorcycle events: Join us June 9, 2013, for the 22nd annual Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Vintage Motorcycle Rally at the National Airline History Museum in Kansas City. 

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.

Destinations: Owls Head Transportation Museum

Visit the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, Maine. 

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. 

Top Dogs at the 2012 Barber Vintage Festival

Winners from our 2012 Barber Vintage Festival vintage motorcycle show included Taylor Belling’s 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross. 

The 8th Annual Barber Vintage Festival and MotoGiro-South: Southern Breeze

Café racers make the scene at the 8th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, while small-bore exotics hit the back roads of Alabama in the MotoGiro-South. 

Orange County Collector Car & Motorcycle Weekend Features Military Vehicles

The inaugural Orange County Collector Car & Motorcycle Weekend™ and the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance® will honor the five branches of the United States Armed Forces through this year’s theme: “Salute to the U.S. Military: Past & Present War Vehicles.”

LeMay Vintage Motorcycle Festival to Support Riders for Health

The 2013 Vintage Motorcycle Festival and America’s Car Museum have announced their support for the Riders for Health Foundation, which uses motorcycles to take medical aid and supplies to remote areas in Africa.

Third Annual Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Results

The third annual Bonhams Las Vegas motorcycle auction is the most successful to date, with more than $2.6 million sold.

Previewing the 2013 Las Vegas Auctions of Classic Motorcycles

MidAmerica Auctions and Bonhams return for the 2013 Las Vegas vintage motorcycle auctions. 

Café Racers and More at the Bonneville Vintage GP

Cafe racers and more from the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show at the 7th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP in Tooele, Utah, this past September. 

Destinations: New Orleans, La.

New Orleans, La., — a feast for your eyes and your stomach. 

Surviving the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run

A war of attrition, only the hardiest bikes survived the second running of the coast-to-coast Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run

Randakk’s Cycle Shakk and The Vintage Monkey Announce Monkey Wrench Racing

Randakk’s Cycle Shakk and The Vintage Monkey are pleased to announce joint sponsorship for ace vintage road racer Dennis Parrish and the 2013 AHRMA campaign. The race team is now known as Monkey Wrench Racing.  

A View From the Central Florida Highlands

The Suzuki SV Riders held their third annual bike rally at the Lake Louisa State Park, Clermont, Florida.

Nevada Desert Ride

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

Sights From the Humboldt Bay Classic Motorcycle Show

The 2012 Humboldt Bay Classic motorcycle show hosted a wide variety of classic bikes alongside a motorcycle-only swap meet and offerings from local microbreweries.

Destinations: Dahlonega, Ga.

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

Classic Bikes: Ride ‘Em, Don’t Hide ‘Em

There are plenty of events across the country to show off your classic bikes.

Petersen Automotive Museum Fourth Annual Swap Meet

The fourth annual Petersen Museum swap meet and garage sale will take place Saturday December 1, 2012.

Report from the New South Wales Ducati Owners Club Concours 2012

the 2012 NSW Ducati Club Concours event

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.  

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Shows and Events, November/December 2012

Where to go and what to do — vintage motorcycle events and shows for November and December 2012.

Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic 2012

For the third year, the Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic, near Elkhart Lake, Wis., was the place to be in early June.

MidAmerica Presents the Twin Cities Classic Car & Antique Motorcycle Auction

MidAmerica Auctions is proud to present the 2012 Fall Twin Cities Classic Car & Antique Motorcycle Auction on October 13th, 2012.   

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. 

Buy Your Tickets Now for the Ace Corner at the Barber Vintage Festival

The legendary Ace Cafe will make its return to the eighth annual Barber Vintage Festival with the Ace Corner, co-produced between Ace Cafe North America and Dime City Cycles.

America’s Car Museum is Calling all Chris’ on Columbus Day

LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) is giving visitors with “Chris” in their first or last name a chance to sail through the museum for half-price on Columbus Day.

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.

Destinations: Memphis, Tenn.

Visit Memphis, Tenn., for Bike Night, Memphis barbecue and more.

Motorcycle Racing: The Story Behind the Photo

Flat track racers Bobby Hill, Al Gunter and Paul Goldsmith after motorcycle racing at Indianapolis in 1952.

The Hippie Highway: Istanbul to Kathmandu on a BMW R75/5

Clement Salvadori remembers his 1973 trip on the Hippie Highway from Istanbul to Kathmandu aboard a BMW R75/5.

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.

Nobby Clark reinstated in Class of 2012 AMA Hall of Fame; receives SportBikes Inc. Lifetime Achievement Award

Perhaps putting an end to its self-induced public relations nightmare, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame has announced Nobby Clark’s election to the Hall of Fame following a supplemental vote. A week prior, SportsBikes Inc Magazine presented Nobby with its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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.

The 4th Annual MidAmerica Antique Motorcycle Marketplace August 17-19, 2012

The 4th Annual MidAmerica Antique Motorcycle MarketPlace: Online Auction Begins Friday August 10th at 10am Pacific Standard Time! On-Site Sale Runs August 17-19, 2012.

Knock On Wood

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

Upcoming Classic Motorcycle Events and Shows, September/October 2012

Where to go and what to do — classic motorcycle events and shows for September and October 2012.

Riding through the Rockies with the SOHC4 Forum Ride Across America

Surpassing 7,800 miles and battling snow through the Vail Pass, the SOHC4 forum cross-country classic motorcycle relay continues with a stop at the Motorcycle Classics headquarters.

2012 El Camino Show & Swap Moves to Irwindale Raceway

The largest motorcycle show and swap meet on the West Coast, the El Camino Show & Swap sponsored by Classic Cycle Events, is moving its 2012 event to the Irwindale Raceway.

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.

SOHC/4 Forum Motorcycle Relay Ride Across California

The SOHC/4 Forum 2011 Honda Relay Ride Across America rides across California.

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering returns for its fourth year in Carmel, Calif.

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.

Destinations: The Extraterrestrial Highway

Visit the Extraterrestrial Highway, Nevada SR 375.

The Road Calls: Vintage Touring

Vintage touring on classic bikes is thriving thanks to companies like Classic Bike Esprit and RetroTours

SOHC/4 Forum Motorcycle Relay Dodges Weather Riding to Virginia

The SOHC/4 Forum motorcycle relay riders make their way into Virginia, trying to dodge snow storms in the mountains. This blog was originally posted in its own blog on the Motorcycle Classics website in March 2011.

Ducatis Rule at RM Auctions' 2012 Monaco Sale

Auction results from RM Auctions' 2012 Monaco sale that included a single-owner collection of 100 significant Ducati motorcycles.

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.

The Eddie Rickenbacker’s Motorcycle Collection Heads to Auction

The motorcycles hanging from the ceiling as adornments in the famous San Francisco bar and grill, Eddie Rickenbacker’s, will be auctioned by the world’s leading auctioneer of motorcycles, Bonhams this August at Quail Lodge in Carmel, Calif.

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.

Upcoming Classic Motorcycle Shows and Events, July/August 2012

Where to go and what to do — classic motorcycle shows and events for July and August 2012.

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.

Vintage Motorcycle Days and Bonneville Vintage GP

Don’t miss two of the best vintage motorcycle events, Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the Bonneville Vintage GP in Tooele, Utah.

Vintage Italian Motorcycle Tour with RetroTours and Motorcycle Classics

Win a great RetroTours vintage Italian motorcycle tour and a set of leather riding gear from River Road.

Win Tickets to the 8th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

Motorcycle Classics is teaming up with the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum to send you and a friend to the Barber Vintage Festival Oct. 12-14, 2012.

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.

Adventures and Discovery on a Motorcycle Tour

Motorcycle Classics editor-in-chief Richard Backus recalls some of the great people and places experienced on motorcycle tours.

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.

Upcoming Classic Motorcycle Shows and Events May/June 2012

Where to go and what to do — classic motorcycle shows and events for May and June 2012.

Destinations: Zion National Park, Utah

Visit Zion National Park near Springdale, Utah.

Classic Motorcycle Touring on the Island of Corsica

There may be no better way to plunge into the wild heart of the island of Corsica than on a classic motorcycle.

Three’s Company: Auctions America Joins Vegas Classic Bike Auction

The annual classic bike auction in Vegas gets another lift as Auctions America joins the crowd.

Must-See 2012 Motorcycle Classics shows

Join Motorcycle Classics at vintage bike shows and more this summer

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. 

Destinations: Backfire Moto, Seattle, Wash.

The Pacific Northwest’s motorcycle community thrives at Backfire Moto in Seattle, Wash.

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.

Upcoming Classic Motorcycle Shows and Events March/April 2012

Where to go and what to do — classic motorcycle shows and events for March and April 2012.

A Journey Through Latin America on Norton 500s

Two Brits follow Che Guevara’s route on a journey through Latin American each aboard a Norton 500

On the Road: Traveling to Burke's Garden in southwest Virginia

Sometimes it can be hard to predict what will turn out to be a Good Idea. Does taking street machines on an unknown dirt road qualify as one?

2011 Antique Motorcycle Club of America California Road Run

Clement Salvadori joins the Antique Motorcycle Club of America for a 500-mile California road run.

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.

Destinations: The Grand Canyon, Arizona

Soak up incredible views and stretches of road in the beautiful Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Focus, Relax, Look Ahead: Vintage Motorcycle Racing

Editor Richard Backus takes the AHRMA vintage road race school.

Motorcycle Mecca: The Isle of Man TT

Making the pilgrimage to the Isle of Man TT - why you want to go.

Classic Scene: The 2011 Barber Vintage Festival

2011 Barber Vintage Festival highlights

Vintage Motorcycle Auction Fever in Las Vegas

View from the Sidecar: Head to Las Vegas for all the vintage motorcycle auctions.

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.

Dustin Foretich Rides Gazi Suspension To National Championship

  Building off of three years of consistent podium finishes, Dustin Foretich wins the AHRMA Thruxton Transatlantic Challenge National Championship.   

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.

Motorcycle Classics at the 2011 Barber Vintage Festival

The 2011 Barber Vintage Festival was the biggest and best yet. Motorcycle Classics was there and made an impression with its 61 bike Vintage Motorcycle Show sponsored by Moto Guzzi.

Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle Show Winners at 2011 Barber Vintage Festival

The trophy winners of the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle Show at the 2011 Barber Vintage Festival.

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.

Upcoming Classic Motorcycle Shows and Events - November/December

Check out classic motorcycle events such as the Jeff Williams Motorcycle Swap Meet, Cops and Rodders Tucson, Chicagoland’s Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade and so many more this November and December.  

Destinations: US Highway 50 - The Loneliest Road in America

A guide to motorcycle touring US Highway 50, “the Loneliest Road in America.”

MidAmerica Auction and Mecum Team Up for Dallas Auction, Thursday, October 6, 2011, at Dallas Convention Center

MidAmerica Auctions, the world's largest seller of antique motorcycles, has teamed up with Mecum Auctions, the world's largest collector car auction company, to bring you 50 years of collector vehicle auction experience.

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.

Upcoming Classic Motorcycle Shows and Events - September/October 2011

Classic Motorcycle Shows and Events, September/October 2011

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!

Upcoming Classic Motorcycle Shows and Events - July/August 2011

Upcoming classic motorcycle shows and events - July/August 2011.

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.  

Trophy Winners at the 2011 Motorcycle Classics Road America Ride & Show

Trophy winners at the 2011 Motorcycle Classics Road America Ride & Show.

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.

SOHC/4 Forum Relay Reaches Motorcycle Classics

The SOHC/4 Forum 2011 Honda Relay Ride Across America heads for the midwest and visits the offices of Motorcycle Classics in Topeka, Kan.

Photos from the 2011 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Reader submitted photos from the 2011 Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, CA.

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.

Motorcycle Touring on a 1992 Yamaha XJ600 Seca II

David Reiss shares some of the inexpensive modifcations he made to his 1992 Yamaha XJ600 Seca II to make it a comfortable and efficient touring motorcycle.

Join Motorcycle Classics at the National Motorcycle Museum Grand Opening

Join Motorcycle Classics’ Richard Backus at the National Motorcycle Museum’s grand opening and inaugural National Motorcycle Museum Vintage Rally in Anamosa, Iowa, June 3-5, 2011.  

Destinations: The National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa

Anamosa, Iowa, is home to the recently relocated National Motorcycle Museum.

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.  

Upcoming Classic Motorcycle Shows and Events - May/June 2011

Upcoming Classic Motorcycle Shows and Events - May/June 2011

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.

2011 Classic Motorcycle Auctions in Las Vegas

Classics hold their own but bargains still abound at MidAmerica and Bonhams & Butterfields classic motorcycle auctions in Las Vegas.

Primer for Classic Motorcycle Auctions

Tips and tricks to help you buy wisely at classic motorcycle auctions.

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.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is a great place to visit and a magnificent repository of motorcycle history.

Mecum Auctions Brings Classic Bikes to the Block

Mecum Auctions brings classic bikes to the block with new motorcycle division led by American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Famer Gavin Trippe.

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.

Upcoming Classic Motorcycle Shows and Events - March/April 2011

Upcoming classic motorcycle shows and events for March/April 2011

2010 Catalina Grand Prix

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

The Original Catalina Grand Prix

A brief look back at the history of the original Catalina Grand Prix, which was revived in 2010.

Vintage Motorcycles at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Video footage of vintage motorcycles at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

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.

Motorcycle Touring by River Ferry

Ben Wright shares his experience of motorcycle touring by river ferry.

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.

Motorcycle Classics at the 2010 Barber Vintage Festival

After attending the first Barber Vintage Festival in 2005, we knew it was an event we’d write into our calendar every year. The 2010 Barber Vintage Festival was no exception.

2010 Barber Vintage Festival

The 2010 Barber Vintage Festival was bigger and better than ever.

Classic Endurance Racing Building Speed in Europe

Mostly unknown in the U.S., Classic Endurance Racing is building speed in Europe among motorcycle racers interested in reliving the classic events.

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!

Race Bikes on the Block at Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale

Early Triumph drag bike and Daytona Beach BSA slated for auction block at inaugural Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale.

2010 Pre-1916 Motorcycle Cannonball

3,294 miles coast-to-coast in 16 days on pre-1916 motorcycles.

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.  

New York Bound on an '82 Yamaha Virago

Road trip from Michigan to New York on a 1982 Yamaha Virago 920.

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.

2010 Riding Into History Classic Motorcycle Show

The Riding Into History classic motorcycle show has all the advantages of a world class Concours d’Elegance, and none of the downside in cost or hassle.

Classic Motorcycle Tours with Retro Tours

Five classic Italian motorcycles hit the back roads of West Virginia – It may not be Italy, but the bikes and the roads are bellissimo!

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.

Destinations: Museum of Vintage Trail Bikes, Cheshire, Massachusetts

Jim Hoellerich is the owner and operator of the private Museum of Vintage Trail Bikes in Cheshire, Mass.

2010 Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic

We’ve been crowing for a while now about our plans for the 2010 Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic motorcycle show, and it turned out to be quite a hit.

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.

The MC Collection of Classic Motorcycles, Sweden

Christer Christensson and Ove Johansson have created a world-class classic motorcycle museum with The MC Collection in Sweden.

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.

Destinations: The Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum, California

Virgil Elings has such an overwhelming interest in classic motorcycles that he opened The Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum in Solvang, Calif. 

2010 Daytona Bike Week

Skip the crowds and enjoy the Daytona Bike Week classic motorcycle 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.

Reserve your swap meet space for the Road America Motorcycle Classic now!

Got a load of vintage motorcycle parts to sell? The inaugural Road America Motorcycle Classic June 11-13 features a large swap meet along with vintage racing and vintage bikes shows, a perfect opportunity to sell off that horde of vintage bike parts you’ve been collecting.

Register now for the Motorcycle Classics Ride & Show at the inaugural Road America Motorcycle Classic

Get ready for a killer classic bike show, a great ride and an incredible weekend of classic motorcycle racing this June 11-13 as we host the inaugural Motorcycle Classics Ride & Show at the Road America Motorcycle Classic.

22 Days on a 1974 Suzuki GT750

7,943 miles through 21 states and Canada in 22 days aboard a 1974 Suzuki GT750 "Water Buffalo."

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.

Destinations: Fort Ticonderoga, New York

The roads, the scenery and the fort itself make Fort Ticonderoga, New York a worthy destination for a motorcycle trip. 

2010 MidAmerica Vintage Motorcycle Auction

Good deals and strong bids define the 2010 MidAmerica Vintage Motorcycle Auction in Las Vegas.

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.

Destinations: Alice's Restaurant, California

Alice’s Restaurant is situated at the crest of a hill, high above Silicon Valley, where state Routes 35 and 84 meet.

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 

Best Motorcycle Rides: Flint Hills, Kansas

A Sunday morning ride along Highway 177 through the Flint Hills is one of the best motorcycle rides in Kansas

The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Classic motorcycles find a home at George Barber's Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, which is a motorcycle enthusiast's haven

2005 Laverda Owners' Club Rally

Mirages, Montjuic and Magic at inaugural Laverda Owners' Club rally in Ojai, Calif.

Gary Nixon and Dick Mann at Nelson Ledges

AMA Grand National title holders Gary Nixon (with an interesting piece of headgear) and Dick Mann have some fun at Nelson Ledges in the mid-1960s

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. 

Celebrating 100 Years of Velocette Motorcycles

The Velocette Owners Club of North America celebrated the British motorcycle manufacturer's 100 year anniversary in mid-2005

4th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP

4th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP, presented by Motorcycle Classics, Sept. 4-6, 2009.

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 Bikers' Classics at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

The Bikers’ Classics is held each summer at the famed Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, in Belgium. June 19-21, 2009, marked the seventh year for the classic racing event, and this year the theme was “The return of the 750s.”

Parilla Days at the 2005 Sandia Classic

Parilla owners get unleashed at Sandia Motor Speedway

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.

Death Valley on a Dunstall Norton Commando

Scrapheap challenge: Riding a 1970 Dunstall Norton Commando, rescued from an auto recycling yard, across Death Valley

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.

The Cascade Mountains by 1974 Norton Commando

Exploring Washington's famous volcanoes on one of America's best motorcycle rides.

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.  

Destinations: Joshua Tree National Park, California

Riding through Joshua Tree National Park in California.

2009 Classic Motorcycle Festival at Pukekohe Raceway, New Zealand

Pukekohe isn’t a name that slips off the tongue, but for New Zealand motorcycle racing fans, the Classic Motorcycle Festival at Pukekohe Raceway just outside Auckland, is a must.

2009 Daytona Motorcycle Auction

Highlights and notes from the 2009 Daytona Motorcycle Auction

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.

Big Sur on a 1950 Series C Vincent Rapide

A 1950 Series C Vincent Rapide and the Big Sur Highway offer the best of two worlds: a classic bike and a classic road.

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? 

Destinations: Toymakers Café, Falls Village, Connecticut

Riding to Toymakers Café in Falls Village, Connecticut, is a great ride to a great place to eat.

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.

2008 Rockers vs. Mods, Dallas

Rockers and mods coexist, Texas style

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!

Motorcycle Touring Spain by Royal Enfield Bullet 500

Touring Northern Spain at 87mpg — does riding a Royal Enfield Bullet 500 around the Picos of Spain count as eco-tourism?

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.

Cast your vote for Motorcycle Classics' Best of Show 2008

We’ve cast our votes in the runoffs, now it’s your turn to make the final decision in our 2008 Motorcycle Classics East Meets West bike shows.

2008 Barber Vintage Festival

The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum held its 4th Annual Barber Vintage Festival Oct. 17-19, 2008, and this event just gets better every year.

2008 Banbury Run

Held since 1949, the Banbury Run is claimed to be the world’s largest competitive event for Veteran motorcycles (pre-World War I) and Vintage motorcycles (post-World War II) by its organizers, the 15,000-strong Vintage Motor Cycle Club (VMCC).

Destinations: Black Hills, South Dakota

Riding through the Black Hills, South Dakota and surrounding areas is one of the best motorcycle rides in the United States.

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Online Auction

The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington, Ohio, is holding its annual Leather and Ice Online Auction, with a goal to raise $25,000 to support the museum’s continuing mission of preserving motorcycle history through displays and stories highlighting the impact of motorcycles on American culture yesterday and today.

Traveling in Packs

Would somebody please help me? I’ve read the adverts extolling folks to buy into a certain brand of bike as a statement of individuality. So tell me, if buying into THE BRAND means personal freedom, why do so many persist in riding in herds? 

Egli-Vincent nabs Best of Show at Barber Vintage Festival

Vincent collector Dale Keesecker’s 1971 Egli-Vincent won top honors at the Motorcycle Classics East Meets West Classic Bike Show, Saturday, Oct. 18 at the 4th Annual Barber Vintage Festival. A long-time Vincent fan, Keesecker has over the past few years focused on Vincent specials like the Swiss Egli and Australian Terry Prince specials.

Motorcycle Classics at the Barber Vintage Festival

Okay, so the economy’s down and pre-election feuding is driving you crazy, but don’t let that stop you from pointing your bike toward Birmingham, Ala., and the 4th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, featuring the 3rd Annual Motorcycle Classics Barber to 29 Dreams Charity Ride and the Motorcycle Classics East Meets West Classic Bike Show.

The Allure of Fall Riding

Have you ever been thoroughly soaked while riding your motorcycle? Not just damp around the edges wet, but the shivering “I’ll never be warm and dry again” kind of wet? 

Destinations: Baja by Motorcycle

Looking for a real motorcycle adventure? Consider touring Baja by motorcycle, a magical place offering superior scenery, wonderful roads, fantastic food, friendly people and surprisingly low cost.

Pre-1916 Motorcycle Ride

Each spring California’s Central Coast comes alive with greening hillsides, carpets of wildflowers — and the sputter-pop-bang of old motorcycles. Really old motorcycles, as in pre-1916 motorcycles.

Thinking Safety

Why do I feel vaguely uncomfortable when I encourage fellow riders to think and act in a proactive, safety conscious manner?  Like the too-chatty co-worker at lunch, it feels like I am somehow intruding, even unwelcome, in this macho world of motorcycles. 

2008 Bonneville Vintage GP

Vintage racing was the order of the day at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, as classic bikes took to the track for American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) action during the 2008 Bonneville Vintage GP, presented by Motorcycle Classics Sept. 6-7.

2008 Motogiro America

Famous Italian event makes it to America as Motogiro America.

Classic Vincent Motorcycles on the Auction Block

Not surprisingly, Bonhams’ record-breaking price for the Verrall Vincent is sparking more interest in the classic bike market than ever and in the market for classic Vincent motorcycles in particular.

Barber Update: The 3rd Annual Motorcycle Classics Barber to 29 Dreams Charity Ride

Another great weekend of classic motorcycles is coming up fast! In just a little more than three weeks, we'll be in Birmingham, Ala. for the Barber Vintage Festival, and to kick it off, we're hosting a great dinner ride Friday afternoon, Oct. 17.

Travel Hints

Road tips from Alison Green: "My international touring experience is not extensive, but most of my touring miles have been solo, which can be interesting."

Murphy's Law for Motorcycles

I’m certain that there are many lists of motorcycle related pitfalls, humorous and painful, but these are all lessons that I have learned in person. Sometimes I have even had more than one lesson on the same topic!

Destinations: Death Valley, California

Its name notwithstanding, Death Valley is a wonderful destination and a great motorcycle road trip.

2008 Legend of the Motorcycle

Forget about Hollywood celebrities Chad McQueen and Jason Lee or bike builders Jesse James and Billy Lane, because the real stars at the 2008 Legend of the Motorcycle were — no offense guys — real motorcyclists.

4th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

Been promising yourself a trip to Alabama’s Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum but keep putting it off?

3rd Annual Bonneville VintageGP

Heading into its third year, the Bonneville VintageGP is fast becoming one of the vintage racing season’s premier events.

Motorcycle Classics and the East Meets West Classic Bike Shows

Just about anywhere you go these days, you’ll find classic bikes showing their best for a growing crowd of classic bike fans. Ahhh, but where do they shine brightest? Oregon and Utah or Alabama and North Carolina? We aim to find out, with the Motorcycle Classics East Meets West Classic Bike Shows, and the winner gets to see his or her bike featured in the pages of Motorcycle Classics.

Long Way Down Comes to a Theater Near You!

Fresh from the pile of press releases we get here are Motorcycle Classics is one that we hope will excite the travelers and the enduro-junkies among you. Long Way Down, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s new motorcycle adventure rides into movie theatres for one night only. 

Vintage Motorcycle Days and the New 50th Anniversary Bonneville

Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, is finally here, and we learned today that VMD will also host the launch of the new limited edition 50th Anniversary Triumph Bonneville.

Motorcycle Classics at Motogiro America - Day 5

The inaugural Motogiro America ended Thursday. Over the course of five days, riders on bikes ranging from tiny, early-Fifties Italian singles to Seventies Italian twins and Japanese multis rode over 900 miles in and around California’s Central Coast. From Sunday’s start in Monterey to yesterday’s final run from Paso Robles back to Monterey, some 120 classic bike enthusiasts flogged their little machines across California’s heartland in the classic rally of the year. Dave Miller gives us his final report …

Motorcycle Classics at Motogiro America - Day 4

Yesterday was day four of the Motogiro America, and Dave Miller, who’s riding for Motorcycle Classics and Moto Guzzi in the Super Sport Class on a 1966 125cc Moto Guzzi Stornello, tells us that Day 4 saw the first accident of the event. Dave reports: “It was a very good day except for the gentleman who crashed. The medical teams are all volunteer, and they responded and were on scene within two minutes, it was incredible how well dispersed it was. This guy overcooked it in a turn and hit a parked car ...   

Motorcycle Classics at Motogiro America - Day 3

Dave Miller, our man at the Motogiro America and riding a 1966 Moto Guzzi 125cc Stornello, is still in the running, even though the Stornello has been giving him a few problems. Dave reports:“Since I talked to you last night, they had announced results, and for me the highlight was that my running mate David Hills, riding a Motobi, is in third place in the vintage class and Stewart Ingram is in second place riding his Moto Morini. Our tired old hacks are in second and third! I love it when that happens ... 

Motorcycle Classics at Motogiro America - Day 1 and 2

Motogiro America kicked off on Sunday, July 13, and our man Dave Miller, supported by Moto Guzzi and riding a 1966 Moto Guzzi 125cc Stornello in the Super Sports Class, made it to the start– but just barely. “Everything was good before we left. We got down here, and I’m number three out of the gate. It starts at 9am, which means I leave at 9:01 every day. The start was 12 minutes away, so I go to start the bike and it won’t start ... "

Motorcycle Classics at Motogiro America

If you're like, oh, about 99.9 percent of classic bike fans, right about now you're probably wishing you had something along the order of a 100cc 1955 Moto Guzzi Lusso so you could participate in the upcoming Motogiro America, kicking off this coming Saturday, July 12. And who could blame you? With a planned field of 120 bikes competing in the Vintage Class (1957 and older, 175cc and smaller), plus a Super Sport Class for 250cc and smaller, a Super 70s Class for 1,000cc and smaller, a Scooter Class and a Tourist Class open to any bike – any year, any size – it’s going to be the classic rally of the year. Well, thanks to some help from our friends at Moto Guzzi, Motorcycle Classics will be there, running a 125cc 1966 Moto Guzzi Stornello in the Super Sport Class for 250cc and smaller bikes built before 1969.

Touring France on a 1928 Norton Model 18

Most people wouldn’t think of motorcycle touring a 1928 Norton Model 18 — let alone with their 10-year-old son on board. Then again, Phillip Tooth isn’t most people.

Destinations: Dave Mungenast Classic Motorcycle Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

What do you think of when you imagine St. Louis? My wife, a St. Louis native, immediately conjures up images of the St. Louis arch sweeping over the city skyline, framing St. Louis Cardinals’ star slugger Albert Pujols as he drives another run home at Busch Stadium. Me? I think of classic motorcycles.

2007 Griffith Park Sidecar Rally

Doug Bingham knows all about the attention sidecars draw. In fact, a little more than 36 years ago, Doug and a few of his sidecar-driving buddies stopped for a break in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park while out for a ride one day. That impromptu stop grew into a tradition: the annual Griffith Park Sidecar Rally.

Missouri by 1971 Triumph TR6C and 2007 Triumph Scrambler

When we learned we had a 2007 Triumph Scrambler test bike coming our way, we quickly wrote up a list of things to do with it.

2008 Corsa Motor Classica

Willow Springs International Raceway, just 85 miles north of Los Angeles in Rosamond, Calif., played host to the 2008 Corsa Moto Classica April 12-13, 2008.

Vintage Motorcycle Racing heads to Binghamton, NY

From the folks that bring us all those great vintage motorcycle T-shirts, gear and more comes an event that's not to be missed. Metro Racing is proud to host the Second Annual Larry Weiss Memorial Friday night June 27th and Saturday night June 28th at the Square Deal Riders Club in Harpursville, NY.

Nortons in the Mountains: The INOA Rally

While we hear about a lot of great races, rallies, shows and other classic motorcycle events around here, the International Norton Owners Association's Endless Mountains Rally almost sounds too good to be true.

Wheels Through Time Cancels Auction

Wheels Through Time owner and curator Dale Walksler has decided to cancel the planned September auction of 150 vintage motorcycles at the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, N.C. Walksler says he decided to cancel the Sept. 25-27 auction after the successful sale of some of the cars in his collection, including a rare and valuable 1929 Duesenberg Model J. Importantly, this means the 300-plus strong collection of vintage American motorcycles will stay intact.

Visit the Ace Cafe... at Sturgis

It may sound like an odd mix, but if you've ever wanted to visit the Ace Cafe, you can do it this summer without ever leaving the country. Just head to Sturgis. Yes, Sturgis.

Historic Moto Grand Prix to Premier at Road Atlanta!

Classic bike fans in the greater Atlanta area should point their bikes this weekend toward the famed Road Atlanta race track for what’s set to be the first of a series of exhibition races for classic and “near classic” race bikes, the Historic Moto Grand Prix.

Biking For A Cause: The 4th Annual Ride For A Better Chance

 With April being Autism Awareness Month, we thought it would be appropriate to spotlight an autism fundraiser geared toward bikers.

Legend of the Motorcycle — Puttin' on the Ritz

Motorcycle Classics will be on-hand for the third-annual Legend of the Motorcycle on May 3 in Half-Moon Bay, Calif. There's still time to buy tickets and if you already have yours, stop by our booth. We're always happy to talk shop.

Motorcycle Classics at Bonneville GP

Mark Sept. 5-7, 2008, on your calendars now, because that’s when Motorcycle Classics presents the 3rd Annual Bonneville Vintage GP at the incredible Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.

Destinations: The Stonehouse Bar, Detroit, Michigan

If you ride the backstreets of Detroit, Mich., there is an old watering hole on the north end of the city that’s as classic as a Vincent Black Shadow.

Vintage Dirt Track School

The Metro Racing/Square Deal AHRMA Vintage National Dirt Track double header just got better...

VJMC National Rally heads to Arkansas

Start making plans now to attend this year’s VJMC National Rally scheduled for Sept. 3-6, 2008, at Heber Springs, Ark.

Corsa Moto Classica at Willow Springs Raceway April 12-13!

It’s time to get the bike ready and bags packed for vintage racing April 12-13 at the 13th Annual Corsa Moto Classica at the famed Willow Springs International Raceway.

The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum to host The Vintage Triumph Roadshow

The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum has announced it will host “The Vintage Triumph Roadshow” during 2008 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days and invites the participation of all Triumph owners in this noteworthy event.

Win a pair of tickets to The Legend of the Motorcycle!

Thinking about checking out the spectacular motorcycles set to grace the lawns of the fabulous Ritz-Carlton at Half Moon Bay, Calif. for the 3rd Annual Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance? Here’s your chance for you and a friend to get in for free, courtesy of Motorcycle Classics!

Classics at Auction: A Brough Superior and more

Entries for Bonhams' April sale at The International Classic MotorCycle Show, Stafford continues to grow rapidly. Bonhams is delighted to announce the early consignment to its first major collectors' motorcycle sale of 2008 of two of the Vintage era's most highly regarded and sought after 'superbikes' — Brough Superior SS100 and Coventry-Eagle Flying-8 — to be sold at The Classic MotorCycle Show, Stafford on April 27, 2008.

Visit the Ninth Annual Riding Into History!

Riding Into History, one of America's premier motorcycle events, will return to the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida on May 17, 2008.

Motorcycles from Steve McQueen, Evel Knievel & the Mike Corbin collection to be auctioned

By now you’ve probably heard about the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance in Half Moon Bay. This will be the third year for the show, and one of the highlights of the show is always auction hosted by International auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields.

Lake Erie Loop motorcycle tour

Writer Ernie Copper and photographer Richard Bearman take us to the Lake Erie loop, a small but growing charity motorcycle race around the circumference of Lake Erie.

Destinations: Early Years of Motocross Museum

Opened in 2006, the Early Years of Motocross Museum focuses on the bikes, riders and memorabilia of those early days of American motocross.

Motogiro East registration opens soon!

Registration opened Feb. 1 for the Motogiro East, the spring event hosted by the United States Classic Racing Association. Don't miss your chance to participate in this great event.

Daytona Auction is right around the corner!

Depending on where you live, spring is either slowly on its way or, unfortunately, still a long ways off. The good news is it’s pretty nice in March in Deland, Fla., home of the yearly Daytona Antique and Classic Motorcycle Auction and Vintage Bike Meet.

Giacomo Agostini to receive Lifetime Achievement award

Racing legend Giacomo Agostini to receive Lifetime Achievement award at Legend of the Motorcycle

Motorcycle Classics Presents the 3rd Annual Bonneville Vintage GP!

Motorcycle Classics Presents the 3rd Annual Bonneville Vintage GP! 

2007 Centenary Isle of Man TT DVD now available!

The official review of the 2007 Isle of Man TT is an action-packed record of an amazing year of thrilling road racing around the legendary 37.73 mile Mountain Circuit.

Arlen Ness to Star at Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Event During Daytona Bike Week 2008

Arlen Ness, a master bike builder and pioneer of the custom motorcycle industry, will share stories from his celebrated career at the 20th Annual Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum "Friendraising" Breakfast. 

Motogiro America – It’s official!

We recently told you about plans by Dream Engine, the organizers of the retrospective Motogiro d’Italia motorcycle rally in Italy, to bring the rally State side. Now we can report that it’s official, because a week after our report Dream Engine announced their plans to run the Motogiro America, with five days of classic riding starting from Monterey, Calif., on July 13.

Flat Tracking Returns to Indiana!

The AMA Flat Track Championship will return to the legendary 1-mile dirt oval at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, the evening before the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Motogiro d’Italia – American Style

Consider this a scoop, because even though it’s not yet official, we have it from reliable sources that the organizers of the acclaimed Motogiro d’Italia retrospective race (check out the January/February 2008 issue of Motorcycle Classics for a review of the 2007 race) are bringing the race to the U.S. this coming July.

The call of the road

Of all the things I didn’t do in 2007, my biggest disappointment was failing to get in a really good road trip. When I had my Norton, a 1975 Commando with the big, 6.5gal Interstate tank, I would routinely load

Destinations: Sandia Crest, New Mexico

Known best for the 2.7mi tram that climbs to the crest from the base of the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico’s Cibola National Forest, Sandia Crest has another side every motorcyclist should experience — the Sandia Crest Scenic Byway.

2007 Motogiro d'Italia

Classic racing, Italian style. One enthusiasts' experience riding in the Motorgiro d'Italia 2007.

2007 Sandia Classic

The 2007 Annual Sandia Classic ran Sept. 14-16, 2007, and in five short years, it’s evolved into one of the highlights of the vintage motorcycle race season.

2007 Goodwood Revival

On its face, the Goodwood Revival is a classic auto race meeting with a couple of motorcycle events thrown in. In reality, it's the world's largest fancy dress party.

Scott VanLeuwen's Motorized Pit Bike

The motorized tricycle, then and now: proof that you can restore a motorcycle, but can’t do a thing for the rider.

Dave Roper Wins at the 1984 Isle of Man TT

As the only American ever to take a win at the Isle of Man TT, Dave Roper stands alone.

Motorcycle Classics and Legend of the Motorcycle team up for the Cycle World IMS California motorcycle shows

Classics will shine at the International Motorcycle Shows in California

Destinations: Cody, Wyoming

Riding into Cody, Wyo., from the east or west means rolling through some of America’s finest Wild West territory.

2007 Isle of Man TT

If you don't know the Isle of Man TT (for "Tourist Trophy"), you should. As Mecca is to Muslims, as the Vatican is to Catholics, so is the TT to motorcyclists worldwide: It's a place of pilgrimage and worship, holy in the annals of road racing, sacred in the Scriptures of Speed.

Head to the Barber Vintage Festival for the “Bikes of 2007” Contest and more

Come to the Barber Vintage Festival.

Destinations: Newcomb's Ranch, Flintridge, California

One of southern California's most classic motorcycle rides is a trip up the Crest through the Angeles National Forest. The best place to stop on the way? Newcomb's Ranch in Flintridge, Calif.

Classic Motorcycles at the AMCA show in Rhinebech, N.Y.

I got to the Rhinebech, N.Y. Antique Motorcycle show on Thursday, June 7th. This was the first show and swap meet of the Northeastern Chapters Coalition of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. Six chapters: Hudson Valley (N.Y.), Big Sandbar (Long Island, N.Y.), Colonial (N.J.), Seaboard (N.J.), Empire (N.Y.), and Yankee (New England) brought their forces together for the first time. The idea was to hold a large national meet (on the scale of Davenport, Iowa) and start a new page in history. In my opinion they exceeded all expectations.

The Lone Star Motorcycle Museum, Vanderpool, Texas

Destinations: Visit the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum in Vanderpool, Texas, for an impressive display of vintage motorcycles

Destinations: Café Veloce, Kirkland, Washington

Café Veloce welcomes, and rewards, customers who arrive on two wheels

2005 Barber Vintage Festival

The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum launches the Barber vintage Festival and Gary Nixon dominates AHRMA's Historic Cup Roadrace Series

Destinations: The Rock Store, Malibu, California

Visit The Rock Store in Malibu, California, for great motorcycle riding, hospitality and maybe even a few celebrity sightings.

Why you need to come to Vintage Motorcycle Days

Come to Mid-Ohio and take part in the AMA's Vintage Days July 28-30, 2006

Destinations: Deals Gap, North Carolina

Deals Gap is home to 318 curves in 11 miles and is a playground for motorcycles

Dick Mann: Honoring Motorcyle Racing's SuperMann

The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum presents "SuperMann," an exhibit honoring the long motorcycle racing career of Dick Mann. Originally published as "Debut of SuperMann to tie in with AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days" in the July/August 2006 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

Bonneville Salt Flats Racing: The Bonneville Vintage GP Debuts

Brace yourself. A new era begins in Bonneville Salt Flats racing.

Destinations: Trail Ridge Road, Colorado

At 12,183ft, Trail Ridge Road, Colorado is the highest paved highway in the U.S. and among the most scenic.

Destinations: Arkansas' Highway 7

Arkansas' Highway 7 runs from just north of Harrison, Ark., through the mountains and south through Hot Springs, Ark., and into Louisiana. It's been called one of the most scenic roads in Arkansas and recognized by numerous magazines as one of the top 10 motorcycle and sports car roads in the U.S.

Team Momba at the 2006 Vintage Motorcycle Days

An inspired group of racers calling themselves Team Momba built a racebike from swap meet parts over the course of the weekend at AMA Vintage Days - and raced it.

Destinations: Lu & Joe’s, Mt. Airy, Maryland

Nestled between cow pastures and country homes stands a beacon to bikers from all over the mid-Atlantic region.

2006 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The 2006 edition of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Concours d'Elegance was not to be missed.

Destinations: Nashville, Indiana

The other Nashville - Nashville Indiana - is a charming town that provides access to great rides on winding, bucolic country roads.

Destinations: Lake Elsinore, California

Sometimes called The Devil’s Highway, Ortega Highway in California rewards riders with 33 miles of fabulous, curving road as it winds its way east from Interstate 5 and San Juan Capistrano.

Destinations: The Vortex Bar and Grill, Atlanta, Georgia

Though bike night at the local bar is almost an institution for motorcyclists in cities across the U.S., some places do it better than others. Atlanta does it very, very well. 

Head to Vintage Motorcycle Days and the opening of “Malcolm!”

Come to Ohio for the opening of "Malcolm!" and Vintage Motorcycle Days.

Destinations: Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, Minneapolis, Minn.

Touring the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway by motorcycle is a great way to see downtown Minneapolis.

2006 Legend of the Motorcycle

The Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance brought together an exemplary combination of enthusiasts and rare classic motorcycles.

More from the Swap Meets ... in Germany!

As promised, here's more highlights from the Veterama Ludwigshaffen, a swap meet located in south-central Germany. See the post below for more info on this event.

Visiting the Daytona J. Wood and Co. auction

The J. Wood and Co. auction is always a highlight of the Daytona Bike Week vintage events. Sunshine and 80 degree days greeted vintage bike enthusiasts at Stetson University in Deland, Fla., where the auction was held.

One more reason to visit the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Have you been to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum just outside of Birmingham, Ala.?