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TAG : richard backus

The Bike in the Barn

If there’s an old bike nut who hasn’t dreamt about finding the fabled “bike in the barn,” I’ve never met them. It’s an alluring, tantalizing dream, enveloping as it does so much more than just buying an old bike. I mean, hell, anybody can do that; it just takes money. But the bike ...

Ten Years Later

Has it really been 10 years? It hardly seems possible, but this issue, September/October 2015, Vol. 11, No. 1, marks our 10th year of publishing Motorcycle Classics.In July 2005, after the better part of a year identifying and defining the pieces that had to fit together to make the magazine ...

J. Wood & Co.’s Cuba, Missouri, Auction Blows Past Expectations

On May 7-8, 2015, auctioneers J. Wood & Co. sold off the amazing collection of vintage motorcycles and parts amassed by a Vietnam vet from the Cuba, Missouri, area. According to Somer Hooker in his excellent article on the sale on gizmag.com, the “collector” started amassing and hording ...

Wheels & Waves: The Best Motorcycle Event in the World?

Perhaps the easiest analogy for Wheels & Waves in Biarritz, France, is to call it Sturgis for the custom bike hipster. Yet that comparison isn’t quite right. Sturgis is a mostly older crowd; Wheels & Waves is a mostly younger crowd. Sturgis is mostly Harley-Davidson; Wheels & ...

Hands-On

A few issues ago (March/April 2015, to be exact), I told you about our online reader surveys, where we query you for your opinions on a variety of subjects. Your response to those surveys helps us choose the stories we run and the covers we feature, and the comments you leave help us track your ...

Collecting Classic Motorcycles

It had been a few years since I last attended the annual vintage motorcycle auctions in Las Vegas, and returning home from the January 2015 event, I found myself ruminating over what constitutes a “classic” motorcycle and what drives interest and prices for old motorcycles.As you can read ...

Twin-Engined Triumph Bonneville

Steve Pieratt’s amazing twin-engined Triumph Bonneville. It’s long, but it still looks like a Bonnie.The annual Barber Vintage Festival is always full of surprises. Interesting, odd and downright weird classic and vintage bikes seem to come out of the woodwork for this annual celebration of ...

Motorcycle Auction of the Year?

This Seventies Moto Guzzi looks intact and could be the basis of a nice restoration.J. Wood & Co. just announced their next motorcycle auction, and perusing the auction bill for the May 7-8, 2015, sale in Cuba, Missouri, suggests this may be the motorcycle auction of the year, with complete ...

Take the Antique Motorcycle Foundation Survey

Many vintage bike fans are unaware of the Antique Motorcycle Foundation. A non-profit educational group founded in 2007, the AMF helps educate the public about the important role motorcycles have played in technology and culture. It’s an important organization performing necessary and ...

Show Time 2015: Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Shows

Norton is the featured marque at the 10th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP.The 2015 vintage show calendar is filling up, and we’re looking forward to getting out and mixing with readers and classic bike fans. Set your schedule now and join Motorcycle Classics at one of four different vintage ...

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