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Riding Into History Concours d’Elegance 2016

A lovely Suzuki 250 flanked by a pair of vintage ’60s Hondas were just three of the 270 entries in 2016’s Riding Into History Concours d’Elegance at the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida.

Motorcycle enthusiasts tend to be good people. Generous with their time, always ready to help out for a good cause, and in general we look out for one another, too. Few events I have attended better exemplify this spirit than the annual Riding Into History Concours d’Elegance held at the World Golf Village near historic St. Augustine, Florida, the nation’s ...

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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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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

The Meet, Sunday Ride.

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


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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Bonham's Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Includes Competition BMWs


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


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


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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Iron Ponies


Some things are just meant to be. I really believe that. I’m not saying people don’t have some say in how they act or what they do, but some things present themselves in such a way that you just have to surrender to the moment and say “OK, I’ll play along.” It had been several months since I had visited ...

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Kaizen: Where were you in ’72?


Where were you in ’72? Or how about 1965, when those little Honda step-throughs were everywhere? Now you could get a motorcycle, because your mother was not afraid of it. Heck, your mother even wanted one herself. Cool thing about those little Japanese bikes is that they grew up, right along with you. They got bigger and faster, and a ...

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