Join the Motorcycle Classics Editorial Advisory Group

by Richard Backus

  Did you know you can help us decide what goes into each issue of Motorcycle Classics? You can, simply by joining our Editorial Advisory Group. If you’re not already a member of our advisory group, you probably didn’t realize that we survey every issue of Motorcycle Classics. In addition to giving their opinions on specific motorcycles and story ideas, advisory group members also choose the cover of every issue of Motorcycle Classics, helping us craft the classic motorcycle magazine you want to read.

Motorcycle Poll: Which 500cc twin would you buy?

by Landon Hall

Remember the mid-1970s, when twins were still hot and a 500cc bike was big enough for the road? Three of our favorites were Honda’s CB500T, Suzuki’s 500 Titan and Yamaha’s XS500. Cool bikes then, we think they’re even cooler today. So if you were going to buy one today, which would it be? Click the link and vote now!

Motorcycle Poll: Which triple would you buy?

by Landon Hall

  Way back in our very first issue we examined Yamaha’s 1976 XS750 triple. For comparison, we looked at other three-cylinder motorcycles including a 1976 Laverda 3C and a 1976 Suzuki GT750. While they’re all good bikes in their own way, they don’t all share the same appeal. So our question is, if you were going to buy one of these today, which would it be? Vote now, and feel free to leave a comment in the “comments” section.  

Last Chance to Win the Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Insurance Triumph Bonneville Bobber!

By Richard Backus

What? You haven’t entered the Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Insurance Bonneville Build Sweepstakes? Valued at $10,000, we’re giving away the 2010 Triumph Bonneville we turned from a mild retro classic into a classic hotrod bobber on Saturday, October 9 at the 6th Annual Barber Vintage Festival. Hustle on over to our sign up page before the sweepstakes ends at midnight Thursday, October 7.


Motorcycle Cannonball: Stage 5 Completed

by Richard Backus

Cannonball rider Matt Olsen, center, with his 1913 Sears at the start of the Cannonball rally. Matt crashed out of the rally during stage five.  In a bid to go shore to shore across the U.S. in 17 days on pre

1909 Wagner on the block at Pebble Beach

By Richard Backus

Here’s something you don’t — and won’t — see every day; a 1909 Wagner. Built by the Wagner Motorcycle Co. in Saint Paul, Minn., it’s a 442cc belt-drive single and likely one of only a handful in existence. The bike, an unrestored original that’s been in the same family since the teens, will be auctioned this year by MidAmerica Auctions August 13-15 during the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Roper: The World’s Oldest Motorcycle?

by Richard Backus

Remember the circa 1895 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller that Bonham’s auctioned last April for $132,000? Considered the oldest production motorcycle in the world, the Hildebrand & Wolfmuller was also the first machine to be described as a “motorrad,” German for motorcycle. Recently, we were reminded of what we think was surely the worlds first true motorcycle, the circa-1869 Roper Steam Velocipede, built by Sylvester Roper, Roxburry, Mass.

Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Insurance Bonneville Build is Almost Done

By Richard Backus

For the past few months we’ve been working on our latest project with Dairyland Cycle Insurance, taking a brand new, 2010 Triumph Bonneville and transforming it from what’s already an oh-so-nice retro classic into something with just a little more attitude and style; a new Triumph retro bobber. We’re getting close to finishing the bike, but while you’re waiting we thought we’d share a pic or two to give you a glimpse of what our new retro bobber’s going to look like.

The sound and the fury: celebrate the machines that changed the world!

Motorcycle Classics JulAug 16Motorcycle Classics is America's premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts, dreamers and restorers, newcomers and life long motorheads who love the sound and the beauty of classic bikes. Every issue  delivers exciting and evocative articles and photographs of the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made!

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