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TAG : Black Side Down

Road Memories

When I first met my wife, Maggie, she wouldn’t come near my Norton. The death of a cousin, hit while riding his Sportster, had soured any interest she might have had in motorcycles. I didn't push it, hoping she’d come around some day.Then I discovered the circumstances of her cousin’s ...

Most Reliable Old Bikes

Last issue, Mark Sanders wrote in asking a question we’ve likely all pondered: “Which bikes are the most reliable ever built?” I put forward a few of my own thoughts on the subject, and judging from the responses we’ve received since, our readers have plenty of their own opinions on the ...

1969 Honda CB750 sells for $148,100.00

Sold for $148,100, one of four pre-production 1969 Honda CB750s.Somebody just paid $148,100 for a 1969 Honda CB750. Honda CB750 fanatics know that the first 7,414 1969 CB750s featured sand-cast cases. The Holy Grail of Hondas, the sand-cast CB750s have for years commanded a premium over the ...

Race to Rebuild 1983 Honda CB1100F Winner Announced!

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 ...

Stolen 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 Returned 46 Years Later

Donald DeVault reunites with his 1953 Triumph T100 Tiger in Omaha, Neb., Nov. 20, 2014, 46 years after it was stolen from his backyard.Donald DeVault’s 1953 Triumph T100 Tiger is by now likely the most famous Triumph ever made. Not because it went the fastest or the farthest. Not because it ...

Record Crowds at 9th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum’s Brian Slark likes to joke they’ve “created a monster” with the annual Barber Vintage Festival. Since its inception, the annual event has grown faster than anyone could have predicted, from an estimated crowd of 5,000-plus in 2005 to a record tally of ...

Starting Small: An Introduction to Riding

A couple of issues back, I mentioned my son and daughter’s pending date with a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) training class (see Learning to Ride: Motorcycle Training Class). That date has now come and gone, and I’m happy to report Charlie and Maddie both passed with flying colors and ...

Vintage Motorcycling: Looking Back

Vintage motorcycling involves a lot of looking back. It’s an exercise in memory and reflection, embracing the machines and people — and the days — past. Yet as much as I enjoy looking back, I like to think I operate in the present. Yesterday may be fun to survey, but today is all we ...

Learning to Ride: Motorcycle Training Class

Thinking about my two kids getting ready to enroll in a motorcycle training class to earn their motorcycle drivers licenses, it occurred to me that outside of the AHRMA vintage road race school I enrolled in two years ago during the Bonneville Vintage GP, I’ve never actually had any sort of ...

Race to Rebuild 1974 BMW R90/6 Winner!

The finished Race to Rebuild 1974 BMW R90/6The Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Insurance Race to Rebuild 1974 BMW R90/6 is done! And today we announce the lucky winner of our finished custom café BMW in the Race to Rebuild Sweepstakes! And it is … drum roll please … Bill Elliot of ...

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