Sylvester Roper’s Steam Velocipedes

Sylvester H Roper built his first steam velocipede in 1967/8, and demonstrated...


A Short History of Wankel Motorcycles

How many manufacturers built Wankel-engined motorcycles? Quite a few! This is...


Grayson Perry at the British Museum

Sculptor Grayson Perry designed an outrageous Harley-Davidson Knucklehead custom...


Freak Power: Hunter S. Thompson for Sheriff

In 1970, Hunter S. Thompson ran for Sheriff of Aspen, Colorado, on a very...


The Vintagent Selects: ‘Not So Easy’

After working on 'Easy Rider', Cliff 'Soney' Vaughs hired Peter Fonda and Evel...


The Chanel Triton

Built as an homage, the Chanel Triton was used by Karl Lagerfeld for his 2010...


Karlheinz Weinberger

The Swiss photographer worked in obscurity in the 1960s and beyond, documenting...


Kop Hill – the Perfume of Authenticity

The Kop Hill Climb is one of the oldest motorsports events in the UK, and has...


Showman in a Suitcase – Putt Mossman

When Chris Illman found a suitcase of motorcycle memorabilia, he didn't know it...


Book Review: Harley-Davidson Book of Fashions

Rin Tanaka was granted access to the archives of the Harley-Davidson Museum, and...


Road Test: Falcon Kestrel

Ian Barry's Falcon Kestrel is a contemporary masterpiece of custom motorcycle...


Atlanta’s ‘Black Streaks’

From 1913-1924, black motorcyclists raced on Atlanta's board tracks and...


A Cowboy at a Garden Party

An energetic flat-track champion is squired to the chi-chi Radnor Hunt Fox...


From Glorious to Notorious; the Fay Taylour Story

Fay Taylour is the most successful female motorsports competitor in history,...


The Tiger of Picardy

Triumph were allowed to build their twin-cylinder line even after WW2 began, and...


Scram Africa

Scram Africa is a 2000km desert romp on inappropriate customs. There were...


Goodwood Revival

The world's largest retro-motorsport event in the world, Goodwood Revival, has...


Japanese Motorcycles: the Early Days

The first motorcycle arrived in Japan in 1896; they built their own from 1908.


El Mirage by Wet Plate

Photographing the speed trials at El Mirage dry lakebed with a wet plate camera


Road Test: 1930 Majestic

The Majestic was the ultimate French Art Deco motorcycle - radical and...


Road Test: 1929 Ascot-Pullin

Cyril Pullin was a genius designer, way ahead of his time, and built his dream...


The Great Mile

Malle London puts on 'the greatest motorcycle rally in Britain' with The Great...


Café Racers Invade Sturgis

The 'Ton Up!' exhibition during the 2012 Sturgis Rally was an oasis of...


The Black Angel

Master Plumassier Maxime Leroy takes motorcycles to totally new places, with...


Absolute Speed, Absolute Power Pt. 2

Motorcycle Land Speed Records from 1930 - 1940


‘The Pleasures of Life’

Boris Anrep laid the floor mosaics in the National Portrait Gallery in London in...


Wheels & Waves California

Wheels & Waves California, sponsored by The Vintagent and Wheels & Waves France,...


Top 10: Most Expensive Motorcycles

While auctions are the best way to keep track of motorcycle prices, several...


Anke Eve Goldmann

Anke Eve Goldmann was a pioneer German motorcyclist and journalist. Banned from...


The Evolution of ‘Super Kim’

the machine is the holder of the South American speed record from 1930


Haunted by Hailwood

Mike Hailwood's last Canadian appearance was in 1967 - or was it? Elizabeth...


T.E. Lawrence; ‘The Road’

T.E. Lawrence, better known as 'Lawrence of Arabia', was a keen motorcyclist,...


1915 ‘Race for Life’ – the First ‘Wall of Death’?

The world's first Wall of Death appears to have been called the 'Race for Life',...


Book Review: ‘Flat Out! The Rollie Free Story’

Rollie Free proved the Vincent Black Shadow was the world's fastest production...


A Day at the Races

Wet plate/collodion photographer Paul d'Orléans exposes Wheels&Waves California...


Chopper History on NPR

NPR explored the history of the 'Captain America' chopper used in 'Easy Rider',...


The Emperor of Motorcycles

The most elegant motorcycles in the world came from George Brough's workshops in...


Rita Minissi

Photographer Rita Minissi's singular vision explores her relationship to...


The Notorious Mosul Moto Caper

Carmen and Nish take a break from covering the fighting in Mosul to discover a...


The Rudge Book of the Road

In the 1920s, the Rudge-Whitworth company offered lavish touring accessories for...


Hughes, Godfrey, and the Red Baron

Legendary art critic Robert Hughes has a surprising connection to 1911 Isle of...


‘Kesh Angels

Hassan Hajjaj is known as the 'Andy Warhol of Marrakech' for his provocative...


Scuderia Ferrari Motorcycles

One the 75th Anniversary of the Ferrari marque, we celebrate Enzo's original...


1910 Sex Scandal! Jake De Rosier’s Teen Lover

In 1910, Jake De Rosier was the most famous motorcycle racer in the world. ...


High and Low

How is the motorcycle collecting scene like the art world?


Replicating ‘Old Bill’

George Brough's Racing Brough Superior SS80 Had a Brother


The Mysterious ‘Mark 6’

The existence, or non-existence, of the Velocette Mark 6 KTT has puzzled...


100 Years After the ‘Indian Summer’, Part 4: Oliver Godfrey

Oliver Cyril Godfrey won the 1911 Isle of Man TT on an Indian, but World War 1...


Kop Hill Climb

The Kop Hill Climb is one of the oldest motorsports events in the world, and has...


‘Crazy’ George Disteel and the Vincent Hoard

George Disteel tried to buy and hide every Vincent in Northern California, but...


100 Years After the ‘Indian Summer’, Part 3: Charles Bayly Franklin

Charles Bayly Franklin was Ireland's first international motorcycle racer, and...


100 Years After the ‘Indian Summer’, Part 2: Jake De Rosier

Jake De Rosier was perhaps the first professional motorcycle racer, and Indian's...


100 Years After the ‘Indian Summer’, Part 1: Billy Wells

Over 100 years ago, Indian swept the Isle of Man TT with a 1-2-3 win. It was...


Road Test: 1930 Brough Superior-Austin Four

Impressive, beautiful, and certainly unusual


Book Review: ‘BMW Rennsport’

Author Stefan Knittel publishes another terrific book from the BMW Archives,...


The Motorcycling Du Ponts

The Du Pont family is intimately tied with the American motorcycle industry, and...


Book Review: Garden Gate Manx

The Vintagent's Book of the Year for 2015; 'The Book About My Bike', published...


The Skull and Crossbones

Is Aldo Carrer's photo of 'Renzo' the Italian Arditi in 1916 the first use of a...


The Alt.Custom Scene – Co-Opted?

The Alt.Custom scene has been coopted and copied by the Industry - is this a...


The Sex Machine

The motorcycle is the second most intimate of machines; the first being, of...


Robert Hughes: Art Critic, Motorcyclist

Art critic Robert Hughes, star of the 'Shock of the New' TV series, was a...


Song of the Salt

Lake Bonneville dried up 20,000 years ago, leaving a terrible place for...


An Egli Reunion

Dr Fritz Egli debuted his magnificent Egli-Vincent 50 years ago. The Egli...


The Paris Scene

Journalist Francois-Marie Dumas discusses motorcycle events in Paris at...


Kenzo Tada

Kenzo Tada was the First Asian to Compete in the Isle of Man TT, and the first...


And Then Came Rudge…

AMA Hall of Fame rider Carey Loftin performed the motorcycle stunts for many...


‘The Chopper: the Real Story’ Reviewed

Speedreader reviews Paul d'Orléans' book 'The Chopper; the Real Story', Pub. by...


Vintage Revival Montlhéry 2015 (Pt 2)

The incredible Vintage Revival Montlhéry, the most romantic vintage motorsports...


Vintage Revival Monthléry 2015 (Pt 1)

The incredible Vintage Revival Montlhéry vintage auto and motorcycle racing...


Book Review: ‘Lewis Leathers’

Lewis Leathers, established in 1892, is Britain's oldest motor-clothing...


NLG: Brooklands’ First Winner

W.E. Cook raced a 1907 NLG-Peugeot to victory in the first official competition...


Anke Eve Goldmann: ‘Soviet Racing Women’

In 1962, Anke Eve Goldmann documented the extraordinary Soviet motorcycle racing...


Wheels&Waves 2017: The Best Yet

The Sixth Wheels&Waves was the best yet, with carefully curated exhibits, and an...


The Remarkable Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Motorcycle Co. pioneered the use of a gearbox before any other...


Days of Future Past: the Mercury

Laurie Jenks designed the Motorcycle of the Future, an all-aluminum masterpiece...


1935 Böhmerland ‘Reise’

The Bohmerlans was the longest production motorcycle in history, capable of...


Book Review: Charles Burki

Charles Burki illustrated his Norton racing motorcycles while imprisoned in WW2


Catsuits, Boilersuits, and Racing Suits

The one-piece leather racing suit has its origins in utilitarian workwear, which...