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Established in 2005, Motorcycle Classics quickly became a favorite read for riders everywhere. Now you can show your support for the magazine with the Motorcycle Classics Mesh Hat! This hat features a garment washed cotton twill front with a mesh back and a pre-curved visor. Sewn onto the front of the cap is a Motorcycle Classics embroidered patch that features a 1967 Triumph T120 Bonneville. Whether you’re in the garage working on your bike or just out for a night in town, this hat is the right one for the job.
This Motorcycle Classics T-shirt will quickly become an old favorite! Made of super-soft material, this shirt is perfect for wearing on your rides or when you’re working on your bike. Emblazoned with an outline of the 1960 Triumph 5TA Speed Twin and our slogan, “Ride 'Em, Don’t Hide 'Em,” this shirt announces to everyone your love of motorcycles and Motorcycle Classics! The navy blue short-sleeve T-shirt is made of slightly heathered, medium-weight cotton-poly jersey fabric for a durable yet unbeatable feel.
We have completed compiling 14 years of Motorcycle Classics, bringing you the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made … delivered on a flash drive that plugs into the USB port on your favorite device. Whether you’re interested in a particular manufacturer or repairing a specific part, use our search function to bring up all of Motorcycle Classics’ relevant content!
For collectors and enthusiasts, dreamers and restorers, newcomers and lifelong gearheads, we have you well covered. By bringing together this collection of articles and photographs, we get the chance to share our vast archives with you, and to celebrate the work that you, our treasured readers, have enabled us to accomplish over the years.
Today, as we forge ahead into a new and uncharted media landscape, we continue to invest in ways to deliver the most relevant and valuable content in the most efficient and innovative formats. This digital archive contains 3,150 articles formatted for optimal viewing on computers.
In addition to the ability to search the entire archive or browse by each month and year, the interface contains enhanced search features.
Also included on the USB drive are 71 articles in PDF format. These articles, written by longtime Motorcycle Classics contributors Alan Cathcart and Phillip Tooth, appeared originally in print but not in our digital archive.
This archive uses your preferred Internet browser to view content, but an Internet connection is not required. However, many articles – especially web posts and articles printed in the last five years – also contains links to other websites. An Internet connection is required for these links to work properly.
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Enjoy stunning, classic motorcycles all year long with our 2020 calendar! This Motorcycle Classics calendar features glossy photographs of your favorite bikes. Whether hanging in your man cave, at your desk, or in the garage, this calendar will have you raring to get out on the road. Featuring classic brands such as Ducati, Suzuki, Harley-Davidson, and more, this calendar is perfect for any classic motorcycle enthusiast!
Calendar size: 13-3/4'' x 10-1/2''
Indian Motorcycle: America's First Motorcycle Company tells the complete story of America's first mass-produced motorcycle maker, from its start as a bicycle manufacturer to the purchase of the brand by Polaris Industries in 2011 and the subsequent new Indian motorcycles. In the early years of the 20th century, Indian dominated the world's racetracks, earning the brand a worldwide reputation for quality, performance, reliability, and technical innovation. The once-mighty company fell on hard times, however, and in 1953 was forced to file for bankruptcy. The Indian brand never quite died, though, thanks in large part to fanatically devoted enthusiasts, who tried to resurrect it for more than half a century. Finally Polaris, maker of the highly regarded Victory brand of motorcycles, purchased the brand and released the Chief and Scout, models that once again restored Indian to its rightful place in the motorcycle pantheon.
In 1982, at the age of 23, Elspeth Beard left her family and friends in London and set off on a 35,000-mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6.
With some savings from her pub job, a tent, a few clothes, and some tools, all packed on the bike, she was determined to prove herself and to get over a recent heartbreak. She had ridden bikes since her teens and was already well traveled, but this journey would be the toughest thing she’d ever done. By the time she returned to England two years later, she was 30 pounds lighter and decades wiser. She’d ridden through deserts and mountain ranges and war-ravaged countries. She’d faked documents and fended off sexual attacks, biker gangs, and corrupt police who were convinced she was trafficking drugs. She’d survived brutal crashes and life-threatening illnesses, and she’d fallen in love with two very different men. In an age before email, the internet, mobile phones, and GPS, Beard had to navigate with unreliable maps, communicate by post, and fix her bike with the tools she carried with her, but she achieved her goal nonetheless. Told with honesty and wit, this is the extraordinary and moving story of a unique and life-changing adventure.
Take a trip down memory lane with the Motorcycle Classics Prewar Perfection special issue! Packed with stories about all different kinds of bikes (from a 1936 Harley-Davidson EL and 1941 BMW R75 to a 1927 Cleveland 4-45 and a 1933 KTT Velocette), this collection features something new and interesting on every page.
Take a trip down memory lane with the Motorcycle Classics Street Bikes Collection, Prewar Through the ’80s!
This collection includes:
• Motorcycle Classics Prewar Perfection
• Motorcycle Classics Street Bikes of the ’60s
• Motorcycle Classics Street Bikes of the ’70s
• Motorcycle Classics Street Bikes of the ’80s
Motorcycle Classics Prewar Perfection
Packed with stories about all different kinds of bikes (from a 1936 Harley-Davidson EL and 1941 BMW R75 to a 1927 Cleveland 4-45 and a 1933 KTT Velocette), this collection features something new and interesting on every page.
Read about the enduring legacy of the inventor of Carmex lip balm (his grandson rides and fixes up motorcycles), travel to Berlin to discover the roots of the 1939 BMW R51, and learn how the 1930 Henderson KJ Streamline was used as a police transportation vehicle. This is the perfect read for the history lover and motorcycle collector!
Motorcycle Classics Street Bikes of the ’60s
An era of victors and vanquished that heralded the coming changing of the guard, the ’60s brought us some of the most memorable machines of all times. This 96-page Motorcycle Classics special collector’s edition features glossy photographs, unique perspectives, and some of the most famous bikes to come out of this time.
Motorcycle Classics Street Bikes of the ’70s
The Honda GL1000 Gold Wing, Triumph X75 Hurricane, BMW R90s, Suzuki GS1000, and many other bikes are all covered in this glossy-page, full-color guide. Discover how the Yamaha RD350 was the poor boy racer of its time and why it’s still great today. Learn how the best of Kawasaki’s 2-stroke, 3-cylinder rockets came from the days of heavy metal. Read how the often-overshadowed Triumph TR7V Tiger performed much like its twin-carb brother, the Bonneville. Understand why the iconic Ducati 750 Sport holds a special place in the hearts of Ducati fans everywhere.
Motorcycle Classics Street Bikes of the ’80s
From cult-classic Suzukis to dreamy Ducatis, Street Bikes of the ’80s profiles 17 of the finest 1980s-era street bikes to ever grace the pages of Motorcycle Classics. Read how engineers had plans to make the Honda CX650 Turbo the most fuel-efficient and highest performing bike of the Eighties, follow collector Dave Eulberg as he searches for Ducati Pantahs, learn how motorcycle designer Craig Vetter got his inspiration for the 1980 Vetter Mystery Ship No. 3, and more!
More than 60 years ago in Bologna, Italy, a small company called Ducati began manufacturing simple, inexpensive 50cc motorcycles … really no more than 2-stroke-powered bicycles. Since then, Ducati has evolved into one of the most storied names in the motorcycling world, its lineup of beautiful machines revered for their technical excellence and extreme performance. In The Art of Ducati, Ducati expert Ian Falloon teams with renowned British photographer James Mann to present a gorgeously illustrated, wonderfully curated review of more than six decades of Ducati excitement. From the single-cylinder bikes of the 1950s and 1960s to the bevel-drive twins of the 1970s and early 1980s to the high-performance bikes of the 21st century, The Art of Ducati showcases a motorcycle marque that has never rested on its laurels. Ducati's style and technology have constantly evolved, engineering timeless classics like the 900SS, Darmah, Mike Hailwood Replica, 851, 916, Monster, and ST sports touring series, bikes that laid the foundation for today's cutting-edge models: the Panigale superbike, Multistrada adventure bike, all-new Monster, Hypermotard, and Diavel power cruiser. While there's no end in sight for Ducati's dominance, The Art of Ducati pays homage to their past six-plus decades of masterful motorcycle engineering.
Everything you wanted to know about Moto Guzzi!
The oldest European motorcycle manufacturer in continuous production, Italy's Moto Guzzi has built some of the most iconic motorcycles ever produced. Established in 1921, the company is one of the most traditional motorcycle makers and also one of the most innovative. Today Moto Guzzi has a higher profile than ever, thanks to its popularity among celebrities like Ewan McGregor.
Moto Guzzi was formed by Carlo Guzzi, Giovanni Ravelli, and Giorgio Parodi after WW I. Carlo Guzzi's first engine design, a horizontal single, defined Moto Guzzi's road-going motorcycles for the company's first 45 years. In the 1950s, Moto Guzzi experienced tremendous success in Grand Prix motorcycle racing.
Moto Guzzi has experienced low points as well as high points. In February 1967, a state controlled receiver took ownership of Moto Guzzi. It was while in receivership that Guzzi developed the 90-degree V twin engine that came to define Moto Guzzi. De Tomaso Industries Inc. purchased Moto Guzzi in 1973. In 2000 Aprilia S.p.A acquired Moto Guzzi. In 2004, Piaggio & C. S.p.A acquired Aprilia. With the financial backing of a large corporation like Piaggio, Moto Guzzi was once again on firm financial footing, and sales have been on the rise.
For the first time ever, The Complete Book of Moto Guzzi: Every Model Since 1921 collects all of these iconic motorcycle in encyclopedia form, written by widely respected Moto Guzzi expert Ian Falloon.
The 17th annual Comprehensive Vintage Motorcycle Price Guide captures nearly 100 different marques and 120,000 prices in six different grades across 432 pages for the 2020/2021 season. Learn how to properly grade and apply the right condition to a motorcycle through pricing that is determined by real-time sales data from auctions, sales, shows, swap meets, dealer sales, and more. Plus, vintage motorcycle market analysis is included. Find out how to properly grade and apply the right condition to American, Japanese, European, and Asian marques! Whether you’re looking at buying an old bike or selling the one that’s been sitting in your garage, this is the guide you want to turn to.