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2nd Annual Ride ‘Em, Don’t Hide ‘Em Getaway

Heading into southwestern Pennsylvania’s Amish country during the 2017 Getaway. Photos by Karl Jarvis.The 2nd Annual Motorcycle Classics Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway is in the books, and what a great weekend it was as 56 riders joined us for a weekend romp through the Laurel ...

Crusty Norton Commando

Rounding the corner to my desk a few months back, I couldn’t help but notice managing editor Landon Hall staring at his computer with a bemused look. Like most of us (and maybe more than some), Landon’s constantly on the prowl for that next unexpected treasure, the bike you didn’t know ...

ScorpionExo Birmingham Jacket by Scorpion

 Scorpion BirminghamWhen it comes to classic riding attire, nothing says “old school” like a waxed cotton jacket. I’ve always wanted a waxed cotton jacket, precisely for its vintage looks, but I’ll have to admit a decided preference for leather jackets, and not just because I think ...

Ladies Classic ’92 by Joe Rocket

When it comes to riding gear, we’ll admit to a certain level of vanity. While utility and safety are always our most important criteria when choosing our gear, we’re not immune to wanting to look good when we’re riding. That’s often easier said than done, especially for the price ...

GEN II Amazing Grips by Randakk’s Cycle Shakk

 Coming to gripsWe know the problem: You just finished that perfect restoration of your Norton Commando or Honda CB750, and nothing will do except for the factory-correct handlebar grips. The problem is, the factory items weren’t always that good. The Norton grips were often “pillowy” ...

Vintage MotoFest and Rockerbox 2017

Russ Larabee took home top honors in two categories — Best Café and People’s Choice — for his 1978 Honda CB750 café crafted by Godffrey’s Garage.Wisconsin was the place to be last weekend as thousands of vintage motorcycle fans gathered for the annual Vintage MotoFest and Rockerbox ...

Trouble in the Shop

I don’t consider my mechanical skills to be particularly well developed, despite the fact I once worked in a commercial shop. Four shops, actually: Two restoration outfits where I was nothing more than a grunt, but where I learned the critical lesson that restoration work is a hard way to ...

Tour Cuba by Motorcycle!

Join acclaimed moto-journalist Christopher P. Baker on an unforgettable ride through western and central Cuba, Oct. 22-Nov. 2, 2017.Vintage bikes like this circa-1972 Jawa 250 twin, lovingly maintained by Cuban motorcycle enthusiast Toma Rey Gutierrez, abound in Cuba. Photo by Josh ...

Motorcycle Classics’ Second Annual Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway

The 2nd Annual Motorcycle ClassicsRide ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway at Seven Springs Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, is just around the corner, Aug. 4-6, 2017. The weekend event, centered in Southern Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, includes two days of riding, eating and just ...

Vintage MotoFest 2017

Get ready to gas up and point your scoot toward Elkhart Lake and Wisconsin’s famed Road America race track for Vintage MotoFest 2017, June 9-11, featuring AHRMA vintage racing and the 14th annual Rockerbox bike show. The weekend-long festival centers around vintage racing and the ride-in bike ...

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