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Motorcycle Enthusiasts: Taking the Pulse

Likely as not, a lot of you reading this magazine probably aren’t aware that as we go about the business of putting together articles and coming up with ideas about what we think should be in Motorcycle Classics, we survey readers to see if they agree with us and to get their opinions on what ...

Dime City Cycles’ Triumph-Based Ace Custom on Naked Speed

We first laid eyes on Dime City Cycles’ Triumph Bonneville-based Ace custom when it debuted at Ace Café USA’s launch party held on the roof of the Peterson Automotive Museum last August. Powered by a fuel-injected 865cc Triumph twin housed in a frame based on the famous Norton Featherbed ...

Around the World on a 1979 Royal Enfield Bullet

Julian Shrestha, president of Vintage Motorcycle Club Nepal, sends news of plans for an 18-month ride around the world on his 1979 Royal Enfield Bullet. Julian regularly updates us on VMCN club activities, and by all appearances his commitment to his native Nepal and vintage motorcycles is ...

Getting Small: Lightweight Motorcycles

My first motorcycle was a 1971 Kawasaki Bushmaster enduro, purchased with 721 miles on it from a retired teacher who kept it lashed to the front of his Winnebago. A 100cc 2-stroke single, that little Kawi was the perfect first bike. Light and underpowered, it was easy to handle, easy to work on ...

Tested: Kenda K676 RetroActive Tires

New shoes: 1979 Triumph Bonneville 750 wearing a set of Kenda K676 RetroActive tires.We posted notice of the Kenda K676 RetroActive tire range when Kenda first announced it. Owners of older bikes are painfully aware of the limited tire choices typically available to them, and Kenda designed ...

1909 Torpedo V4 (Videos)

If you haven’t already read the November/December 2014 issue of Motorcycle Classics featuring Czech enthusiast Pavel Malanik’s amazing recreation of the fabled 1909 Torpedo V4 — really an inline semi-radial 4-cylinder — do yourself a favor and click here to learn the full story behind ...

On the Road, Italian Style in the Vintage Benelli Tour

I just returned from the Vintage Benelli Tour in Italy, an amazing week of discovery,  riding, predictably enough, vintage Benellis through the Italian countryside. The central Italian region of Marche where we spent most of our time is storybook beautiful, a landscape punctuated by hills, ...

Barber Vintage Festival Sets Attendance Record

The 10th annual Barber Vintage Festival presented by Triumph Dealers of North America finished up Sunday, October 12, at Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Alabama, setting an event attendance record of 65,365 for the three-day weekend.  Vintage motorcycle fans from 48 states and ...

Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Recognizes Greg Williams

 Motor journalist Greg Williams, one of Canada’s most widely published motorcycle journalists and a regular contributor to Motorcycle Classics, will receive the Barr and Heddy Hodgson Award during ceremonies for the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The award recognizes “those who have ...

9th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP

 Point your scoot now toward Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, for the 9th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP and rounds 15 and 16 of the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association CPL Systems National Historic Cup Roadrace Series, August 29-31, 2014. The Labor Day weekend at Miller ...

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