20th Century Cycles

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

| May/June 2013

  • Billy Joel's Harley Knucklehead
    Billy Joel with one of signature resto-mods, a Harley Knucklehead.
    Photo By Erick Runyon

  • Billy Joel's Harley Knucklehead

Make no mistake; the Piano Man is a true vintage motorcycle enthusiast. Unlike celebrities who buy into the vintage scene because it’s a cool way to, well, be cool, Billy Joel has been into motorcycles since he was a kid growing up in Levittown, N.Y., when a neighbor taught him how to ride his BSA twin. Billy picked up his first bike, a Triumph Tiger, when he was about 16, but dropped riding for a few years before getting back into it heavily in the 1970s when his music career was taking off. More bikes followed, to the point he needed someplace to store his growing collection of vintage MotoGuzzis, Harleys, Ducatis and more. Joel converted an old Ford dealership in Oyster Bay, N.Y., into a museum of sorts, founding 20th Century Cycles as a place to share his love for motorcycling and his now 90-strong and growing collection, almost all of them riders. Admission is free. MC 

Read about Billy Joel's Vincent Inspired Vinago.



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