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The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2016

Anybody looking for a sporting big single in 1929 could have chosen this Moto Guzzi Sport 500, with a neat little box on the gas tank to hold those metric tools.

What a show! The day began cool and lightly overcast, but by 11 o’clock the skies were blue and white, with lovely puffy cumulus clouds drifting slowly overhead. Absolutely perfect weather—obviously ordered up for the occasion. A walk through the entrance opened to four grassy acres of the venue, with more than 400 bikes on display, some going back a ...

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VIDEO: Wheels Through Time’s Dale Walksler Fires Up Rare, American-made Motorcycles

Dale Walksler giving us a history lesson about his 1903 Indian, serial #500, thought to be the oldest surviving example of the brand.

Dale Walksler is a force of nature. He bristles with energy and enthusiasm, and by his own account, listening to him talk is “like trying to sip from a firehose.” A natural-born salesman—he used to own a successful Harley-Davidson dealership in Illinois, which subsidized his passion for collecting old bikes—Walksler draws you in quickly and holds you in rapt attention ...

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BMW Celebrates 100 Years at Techno Classica 2016

Hubert Auriol rides the R 80 G/S in the Paris-Dakar Rally, 1984. This model and others will be on display at the 2016 Techno Classica, April 6-10, in Essen, Germany. (Photo: BMW)

2016 represents an important milestone for the BMW Group as it marks its 100th Anniversary, and the celebrations begin at Techno Classica, the largest vintage motorsports exhibition in the world, April 6-10, 2016. In addition to numerous automobiles, engines, and even an airplane, BMW will be displaying examples of rare and not-so-rare motorcycles, such as a 1950s-era R 67/2 that ...

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Fifth Annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival: The Meet Moves to Earlier Date

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The fifth annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival: The Meet at America’s Car Museum has moved to a new, earlier, date of July 30, 2016. The Meet at ACM—traditionally in late August—is one of five Signature Events at the Museum and will feature pre-1992 iconic motorcycles from storied brands including Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, Triumph, Indian, Honda, Norton, Kawasaki, BSA and many others. ...

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Retrospective: Lambretta 150 Li Series I, II, III: 1958-1967

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The Italian scooter wars were in full ruckus in the late ’50s, as Lambretta and Vespa fought ferociously for market share. A number of other companies were building scooters, but those two were very much the leading contenders. “New” being the keyword to success, the Lambretta Company, with founder Ferdinando Innocenti very much at the handlebars, came out with the ...

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2014 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

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The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has been headquartered in or near Columbus, Ohio, since the late 1920s, with a leafy green campus in the suburb of Pickerington serving as the AMA’s home since 1998. Riding through the gate and down the winding driveway is like entering a lush city park, all but hidden from the nearby houses, office buildings and ...

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Bonham's Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Includes Competition BMWs

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A very unique and uncommon collection of four BMW racing motorcycles will be offered at Bonhams’ anticipated Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale next January. Headlining the team of machines is a very rare and much admired Kompressor, or supercharged, 1939 RS 255, the model that legendary racer John Surtees said “Rightly deserves a place as being one of the all-time greats ...

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Motorcycle Cannonball Run 2012

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How about a 4,000-mile ride on the saddle of a 100-year-old motorcycle? In 16 days? With one rest day, when you can rebuild the bike? Sound like fun? Then you’d love the Motorcycle Cannonball Coast-to-Coast Endurance Run, which began at Motorcyclepedia in Newburgh, New York, and finished at Dudley Perkins H-D in South San Francisco, California. Old and new motorcycles ...

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Retrospective: Suzuki GS1000SZ Katana: 1982

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In the 1950s and ’60s motorcycle styling was of little concern to either the OEMs or consumers. Two wheels with an engine in between was the standard of the day, with minor differences in the shape of the gas tank. Then in 1973, Triumph USA and designer Craig Vetter came up with the Hurricane, and people began to take styling ...

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