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Retrospective: BSA W1 Winged Wheel 35cc: 1953 – 1957

BSA W1 Winged Wheel 35cc

story and photography by Clement Salvadori [This Retrospective: BSA W1 Winged Wheel 35cc: 1953 – 1957 was originally published in the April 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Following the ravages of World War II, Britain was eager to get back on wheels—preferably motorized wheels. Motorcycles were expensive, gas was still rationed and workers’ wages were pretty low. Bicycles were one ...

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Little Poland Vintage Bike Shop in a Vintage Brooklyn Neighborhood

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story and photography by Paul Garson Carl Jung, the pioneering psychoanalyst, once wrote a small book titled Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle that describes a mystifying phenomenon in which you encounter a whole bunch of apparently random coincidences clumped together under one particular subject. For example, you’ve been thinking about taking a trip to Poland to research a book project, ...

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Legend of the Motorcycle 2007: Act II

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story and photography by Clement Salvadori Ever eat too many desserts? The waiter keeps rolling the dessert trolley by, and you can’t resist? Chocolate truffles. Créme Brule. Strawberry shortcake. Tiramisu. Peach cobbler. Key lime pie? That is rather the way it is at any good concours d’elegance—there is just too much in the way of gorgeous machinery to look at. ...

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The 2006 Legend of the Motorcycle: International Concours d'Elegance

2006 International Concours d’Elegance grounds

story and photography by Clement Salvadori [This International Concours d Elegance motorcycle travelogue October 2006 issue of Rider Magazine] Nothing like wandering along acres of ocean-front lawn, admiring scores of beautifully turned-out motorcycles parked on the well-mowed grass…. A dozen Crockers here, a dozen Brough Superiors there, a handful of Vincents, a couple of Hendersons, a 1915 Cyclone right off ...

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Corsa MotoClassica

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story and photography by Paul Garson If you’re vintage enough yourself, you’ll remember when Ike was elected President, and after 40 years of rule in the USSR, Stalin signed off. DNA was discovered, Edmund Hillary scaled Mount Everest and Joe DiMaggio wedded Marilyn Monroe. And the Willow Springs International Motorsports Park situated in the high desert north of Los Angeles ...

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A Collector’s Collection

Scattered around these United States are probably upwards of a dozen official motorcycle museums – official in that they have regular hours, tax status, et cetera – from the elaborate Barber in Alabama to the AMA’s in Ohio, the National in Anamosa, Iowa, to the Sturgis in South Dakota, to name a few. Of equal importance, and sometimes more entertaining, ...

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Vintage Motorcycles at the Reagan Library

I recently visited the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, to see its “Born to be Wild” collection of 40 vintage and celebrity motorcycles. This display is definitely worth checking out, and runs through November 9, 2010. The exhibit chronicles the history and culture of motorcycling, and there’s a wide variety of motorcycles to view. Curator Andrew Wulf gave me ...

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