Videos from Motorcycle Classics

Our motto at Motorcycle Classics is simple: ride ’em, don’t hide ’em. Below you can browse our video archive that shows it’s more than a motto for us: It’s a lifestyle. From multiple project bikes and ride reviews to events coverage and museum tours, our videos explore the ins and outs of the classic motorcycle hobby. We’re always putting together new videos, so check back often for new releases.

Museum Tours  |  Race to Rebuild Project Bikes  |  Classic American Motorcycles  |  Classic British Motorcycles

Classic German Motorcycles  |  Classic Italian Motorcycles  |  Classic Japanese Motorcycles  |  More Classic Motorcycles

Classic Motorcycle Repair  |  Classic Motorcycle Events

Museum Tours

Barber's Best

Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the world-class collection of classic motorcycles on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.

National Treasures

National Treasures Blog

A look at the vintage motorcycles on display at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

Race to Rebuild Project Bikes

1973 Honda CB500,
Part 1

Honda CB500

The 1973 Honda CB500 project bike is rough, and in this video editor-in-chief Richard Backus and associate editor Landon Hall attempt to get it started.

1973 Honda CB500,
Part 2

1973 Honda CB500

The 1973 Honda CB500 project bike gets a compression and ring check.

Triumph Bonneville Build,
Part 1

Triumph Bonneville

Motorcycle Classics editor-in-chief Richard Backus and advertising director Rod Peterson begin stripping a new Triumph Bonneville in preparation for customization as a bobber.

Triumph Bonneville Build,
Part 2

Completed Triumph Bonneville Bobber

Motorcycle Classics editor-in-chief Richard Backus and son Charlie show off and start up the new Triumph Bonneville that MC editors Backus and Landon Hall have customized as a bobber.

Unveiling the Unrestored
BMW R90/6

Unrestored BMW R90/6

Motorcycle Classics and Dairyland Cycle Insurance teamed up to build a custom classic out of a 1974 BMW R90/6. We found our project bike in Colorado and had it delivered to MC HQ in Kansas, where we got our first look at the "bones" of the build.

Race to Rebuild:
1974 BMW R90/6

1974 BMW R90/6 in progess

Motorcycle Classics and Dairyland Cycle Insurance have teamed up to build a custom classic out of a 1974 BMW R90/6. Here’s a look at the progress of the project bike.

Race to Rebuild: 1974 BMW R90/6 First Start

BMW R90/6 first start

We fire up the almost completed Motorcycle Classics and Dairyland Cycle Insurance Race to Rebuild 1974 BMW R90/6.

Race to Rebuild: BMW R90/6 Reveal

1974 BMW R90/6 completed restoration

The Motorcycle Classics and Dairyland Cycle Race to Rebuild 1974 BMW R90/6 is ready to go. Take a look at the completed bike.

Classic American Motorcycles

1974 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1000

Sportster

After languishing for some 17 years, a 1974 Harley-Davidson roars back to life following a sympathetic refurbishment by owner Ken Peters, who sold the bike 19 years ago and just got it back!

Zero XU Electric Motorcycle Review and Test Drive

Zero XU Electric Bike

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

1959 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster

1959 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster

The Hollingsworth Racing Team from St. Augustine, Florida, pulled out the stops at the 2015 Riding Into History Concours d'Elegance, bringing 11 Harley-Davidson race bikes, including an outrageous 1959 XLCH Sportster!

Classic British Motorcycles

Quick Ride: 1927 Scott Flying Squirrel

Scott Flying Squirrel

Motorcycle Classics editor-in-chief Richard Backus takes a ride on Mark Scott's 1927 Scott Flying Squirrel at the 2009 Barber Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala.

2010 Royal Enfield Bullet Classic C5

Royal Enfield Bullet Classic C5

Motorcycle Classics' editor-in-chief Richard Backus rides into the office on a brand new 2010 Royal Enfield Bullet Classic C5 500cc fuel-injected single.

Ken Peters' 1973 Norton Commando 850

1973 Norton 850 Commando

Motorcycle Classics editor-in-chief Richard Backus and his buddy Ken Peters start up Ken's 1973 Norton Commando 850.

1968 BSA
Firebird Scrambler

BSA Firebird Scrambler

Richard Backus and his crew bring a 1968 BSA Firebird Scrambler back to life.

Michael Bailey's 850 Norton Commando

Norton Commando 850

A recently completed 850 Norton Commando rebuild starts on the third kick.

1950 Vincent Black Shadow Special

1950 Vincent Black Shadow Special

One of the many pleasant surprises at Barber was Bev Bowen's 1950 Vincent Black Shadow, "Felix."

Twin Engine Triumph at the 2014 Barber Vintage Festival

1974 Triumph Bonneville

Steve Pieratt’s 4-cylinder, 1,500cc 1974 Triumph Bonneville.

Barn Find Vincent: 1949 Vincent Black Shadow

1949 Vincent Black Shadow

Maggie, the barn find Vincent Black Shadow, runs for the first time!

Starting a
1951 AJS 7R Boy Racer

1951 AJS 7R Boy Racer

A 1951 AJS works 7R starts up at the Lone Star Vincent Owners Club and North Texas Norton Owners Association joint rally and ride.

Classic German Motorcycles

1974 BMW R60/6 With New EPCO Stainless Steel Pipes

1974 BMW R90/6 with EPCO Pipes

A before-and-after video shows the difference a new exhaust system makes on a 1974 BMW R60/6.


Classic Italian Motorcycles

1951 Moto Guzzi
Gambalunga

1951 Moto Guzzi Gambalunga at 2011 Barber Vintage Festival

Antonio Ricciardi rides his 1951 Moto Guzzi Gambalunga into the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show at the 2011 Barber Vintage Festival in Leeds, Ala.

1971 Ducati 350
Silver Shotgun

1971 Ducati 350 Silver Shotgun

1971 Ducati 350 Silver Shotgun owned by Robert Westercamp, Cedar Falls, Iowa. This bike was entered into the 2011 Road America Motorcycle Classics Ride & Show in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Starting Up a 1934 Moto Guzzi GT-17

Starting a 1934 Moto Guzzi GT-17

Rod Schmidt starts up his 1934 Moto Guzzi GT-17 at the 2011 Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic in Elkhart Lake, Wis., June 11, 2011. Rod's Guzzi took the People's Choice Award in the Motorcycle Classics Ride and Show.

1934 Moto Guzzi GT-17

Moto Guzzi GT-17

Walking around Rod Schmidt's 1934 Moto Guzzi GT-17 at the 2011 Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic in Elkhart Lake, Wis., June 11, 2011. Rod's bike took the People’s Choice Award in the Motorcycle Classics Ride and Show.

Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic

Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic

Motorcycle Classics takes delivery of a brand new Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic, delivered by Van Dam Trucking. The editors spent a month riding the bike and it was featured in the September/October 2008 issue

Classic Japanese Motorcycles

Allen Brotz's 1973 Yamaha Enduro Lineup

Yamaha Enduros

This lineup of 1973 Yamaha Enduros owned by Allen Brotz was entered into the Motorcycle Classics Ride and Show at the 2011 Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic in Elkhart Lake, Wis., June 11, 2011.

SYM Wolf
Classic 150

SYM Wolf Classic 150

The small-bore single gets a new lease on life with the new SYM Wolf Classic 150.

Starting Our Project 1970 Honda CB350

Editor Backus and our Project Honda CB350

After eight issues of updates, the Project 1970 Honda CB350 is finished and ready to get back out on the road. Watch us fire it up!

More Classic Motorcycles

2001 Ghezzi-Brian at 2011 Barber Vintage Festival

2001 Ghezzi-Brian

A look at Larry Hubbard's 2001 Ghezzi-Brian, which won Best Moto Guzzi in the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show at the 2011 Barber Vintage Festival in Leeds, Ala.


Classic Motorcycle Repair

Chain and Sprocket Replacement on a 1972 Yamaha TX650

Chain and sprocket replacement

Motorcycle Classics editors Richard Backus and Landon Hall replace the chain and sprockets on Hall's 1972 Yamaha TX650.


Classic Motorcycle Events

2006 Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival

Barber Vintage Festival Highlights 2006

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

John Surtees Races at 2006 Barber Vintage Festival

John Surtees prepares to race at Barber Vintage Festival.

John Surtees, the only person to win world championships in both Grand Prix motorcycle racing and Forumla One, prepares to race at the Barber Vintage Festival.

Motorcycle Classics Helmet Cam: Barber Vintage Festival

Helmet cam on the track.

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, Ala.

Alan Cathcart and the Ghezzi-Brain at the 2011 Barber Vintage Festival

Alan Cathcart

Motorcycle luminary Alan Cathcart and Moto Guzzi brand manager Rick Panettieri present the award for Best Moto Guzzi to Larry Hubbard for his 2001 Ghezzi-Brian, which he entered 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

Editor's Choice Award

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

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

Alan Cathcart at 2011 Barber Vintage Festival

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.