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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spectator tickets for next year’s Thundersprint, which will be held at the Darley Moor Circuit on May 10th and 11th next year, have gone on sale – and at ground breaking prices; £5.00 ($8.03) for the whole weekend!
The 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Proof that interest in vintage motorcycles continues to grow comes from an unlikely corner of the world, Nepal, where Vintage Motorcycle Club Nepal just held its first show, the Enfield & Vintage Rider’s Reunion, May 31-June 1, 2013. According to club president Julian Shrestcha, this was the first time this type of event has been held in Nepal, and judging by the photos he sent, it attracted a fair amount of attention.
Vintage 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.
Last call for the 4th Annual Road America Motorcycle Classic in Elkhart Lake, Wis., June 7-9, 2013! Vintage motorcycle racing takes center stage, with rounds 9 and 10 of the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA)/CPL Systems National Historic Cup Roadrace series. There’s also the Motorcycle Classics Road America Ride & Show, our annual Vintage Bike Show, plus a classic bike swap meet and club corrals. On your way there, stop in Milwaukee Thursday night for the Road America AHRMA Bike Night at the Harley-Davidson Museum.
Allstate 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Advanstar Communications Inc. announced that two of the industry’s leading powersports events, the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows and Dealer Expo, will combine in 2013 to create the ultimate two-wheeled destination weekend in Indianapolis, the motorsports capital of the U.S. and a city that is conveniently located within a day’s drive for more than half of the U.S. population.
The 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member and noted designer Craig Vetter -- whose contributions to motorcycling range from the iconic Windjammer fairings and the Triumph X-75 Hurricane to the Mystery Ship limited-production high-performance motorcycles and a number of high-profile motorcycle fuel-economy contests -- will be honored as this year's grand marshal at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days featuring Rockers and Mods, July 20-22, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
MidAmerica Auctions 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A group of the world’s leading experts in collectible motorcycles, including two members of the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Hall of Fame, will share their wisdom at an exclusive market seminar presented by Auctions America by RM its debut Las Vegas Premier Motorcycle event, Jan. 12–14, 2012.
Bonhams 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join Motorcycle Classics at the 2nd Annual Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic, June 10-12, 2011, at Road America race track in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Last year’s inaugural event drew an estimated 5,000 classic bike fans and a huge field of AHRMA racers for two days of vintage racing, a swap meet and the inaugural Motorcycle Classics Road America Ride & Show.
Motorcyclepedia, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Assoc. (AHRMA) series are on their way to Utah for rounds 16 and 17 of the AHRMA Michigan Engineering/RaceTech Historic Cup Roadrace Series at the 5th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP Presented by Motorcycle Classics. They’ll be descending on Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, west of Salt Lake City, just as other riders finish up the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats, where a new Norton 961 Commando SE broke the land speed record in the 1,000cc Production Push-rod class, recording an average top speed of 129.191mph.
John Surtees, 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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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 …
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 ...
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 ...
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 ... "
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.