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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 ...

Yearning for a Solo Road Trip

As much as I appreciate winter’s forced downtime, embracing it as an opportunity to commit to motorcycle maintenance projects I put off during the riding season, I’ll admit that the single biggest problem with winter is, well, you can’t ride. My daily 60-mile round trip commute is a lot ...

Get Ready for Retro Moto TV!

Retro Moto host Matt Smith with a Manx Norton featured in the first episode.Well known vintage bike enthusiast and founder of the Chadds Ford Classic Motorcycle Auction John Lawless is dipping his toe – or more like his entire body – into video with the premier of a five-minute mini-episode ...

The Vintage Motorcycles 'Collector Gene'

I am not a collector. Although I like to blame my disinterest in collecting on terminally shallow pockets, the reality is that I lack the Collector Gene, the essential biological component that drives people to fill Butler buildings and barns full of vintage motorcycles.It’s not that I ...

Trippin' on Two Wheels Returns to SPEED TV!

Tired of tuning into SPEED TV for some good motorcycle action only to find nothing but NASCAR? Mark your calendar now to tune in at 11 a.m. Eastern (8 a.m. Pacific) this Sunday, April 20 to catch the third installment of Trippin’ on Two Wheels. A new motorcycle touring series crafted by ...

Trippin' On Two Wheels With Dennis Gage

Best known as the host of the award-winning My Classic Car, Dennis Gage also happens to be a passionate motorcyclist and classic bike collector, with a bevy of old BMWs and Guzzis to his claim. We spilled the beans on Dennis’ motorcycle addiction in the May/June 2007 issue, and since then ...

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