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2018 Vintage Motorcycle Days and Ride & Show

Engines, forks, frames, fenders … if you can’t find it at the Vintage Motorcycle Days swap meet, well, good luck!The 2018 Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 6-8, lived up to its reputation as one of the largest and greatest vintage motorcycle events in the country, drawing thousands of ...

Thinking Small Can Bring Big Benefits

Like cars, new bikes seem to keep getting bigger. Driving to work on the super slab here in the Midwest, the few bikes I see during my daily commute are usually big cruisers; either Harleys or BMWs, with the occasional V-Strom or similar thrown in. That makes a certain sense, because with the ...

Keeping a Wheel Up: Wheel Jockey

For bikes lacking a centerstand, simple maintenance like tire inspection and cleaning and lubing the drive chain can be a real chore. What to do? In the March/April issue, we tried out the SnapJack V2 from Tirox Products. A simple device, it lifts the rear wheel while your bike's on the ...

Motoblot 2018

Make plans now to join Motorcycle Classics in Chicago, Illinois, for the Motoblot Urban Motorcycle & Hot Rod Street Rally, June 22-24, 2018. Motorcycle Classics is sponsoring the Motoblot Ride-In Motorcycle & Hot Rod Show, with a special Editor's Choice award and trophies in six other ...

Rapid Transit Recon 19 Tank Bag by Joe Rocket

Finding the right tank bag can be harder than you think. Over the years, I've used just about every type, from small day bags to huge expandable tank bags big enough to carry a week's laundry. The problem is, they all seem to have built-in limitations. A small tank bag is great if all you're ...

Vintage Motorcycle Days 2018

Make plans now to join Motorcycle Classics at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, for Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 6-8, 2018. Plans are set for the Motorcycle Classics Ride & Show on Friday, July 6, our first at Mid-Ohio in years and a perfect way to kick off this incredible ...

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2018

Best of Show winner, Douglas and Marian McKenzie’s 1913 Flying Merkel Twin.Douglas and Marian McKenzie’s 1913 Flying Merkel Twin — which the McKenzies owned previously before buying it back a few years ago — took Best of Show at this year’s The Quail Motorcycle Gathering at The Quail ...

LaRyder Riding Boots by MotoBailey

MotoBailey is a relative newcomer to the world of motorcycle apparel, but their stylish, motorcycle-dedicated riding boots are generating attention for the Texas-based company. And while not the first in a growing category of retro-inspired motorcycle street boots, they might just be the best ...

Back in the Shop

Riding-wise, 2017 was something of a disappointment for me. A combination of too many non-motorcycle responsibilities combined with bikes that seemed to be in a constant state of disassembly kept me off the road more than I would have liked. This year, I'm dead set on getting in some serious ...

Albion Shock Absorbers by Ikon Suspension

Old age is not always a good thing. Take the shocks on your '77 Suzuki GS750 or '68 Triumph Bonneville. They might look OK, but even when they were new, the shocks on many of our favorite vintage bikes were considered junk right out of the box, with period testers peeving over poor performance ...

Motorcycle Classics Magazine

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