Martin Chambi: “I Am Not Hispanic: I am Pre-Hispanic.”


Photographer Martin Chambi was the first native Peruvian to document his people, culture, and landscape. His photos are...

The Bilbao TT: 1932


Few remember that Bilbao, Spain, had a TT of its own in 1932, with serious international participation. We translate an...

The Current News: Aug. 28, 2019


EV Editor Tim Huber scouts stories from around the world, as the electric motorcycle market surges forward on nearly...

The Original Triple: DKW’s ‘Singing Saw’ –


It was so loud they nicknamed it 'the chainsaw', but it was also wicked fast, and a technical wonder. Meet the original...

Selling Speed


The motorcycle industry has always 'sold speed' as a primary impulse, while presenting a respectable image. Paul...

The Commando Miracle


Given 11 months to create a flagship model out of thin air, Norton's engineers created a machine for the ages.

The Vintagent Archive: “A Two-Wheeled Steed” (1869)


From the first year of pedal-cycle mass-production, and 1869 account of the joys of two wheels. Everything the writer...

The Current: A History of Electric Motorcycles (Part 1)


The electric motorcycle as a concept dates back to 1869, a trifecta of the development of the electric motor, the...

Fours Before Honda: 70 Years and 50 Brands


Four-cylinder motorcycles have been around since at least 1899, but Honda made them the most famous in 1968. What Fours...

The Mighty MFK: the Giant’s Fist


In the late 1940s, German racers had to make their own: this MFK overhead-camshaft racer is a remarkable home-built...

The Early History of Indian, Part 2: Hedstrom Sets the Pace


Hedstrom Sets the Pace: Carl Oscar Hedstrom rented facilities in Middletown, Connecticut, to build his motorized...

Legends of Montlhéry at the Cafe Racer Festival: Part 2


In the second part of our story, an amazing collection of record-breakers from the Cafe Racer Festival at Montlhéry,...

Legends of Montlhéry at the Café Racer Festival: Part 1


The annual Cafe Racer Festival at Monthlery is that track's only all-motorcycle event, and this year featured a...

The Phantastic Oskar Schindler


Oskar Schindler was a motorcycle racer and a real rascal, who redeemed himself by saving 1200 Jewish prisoners during...

Indians for the European Grand Prix


Indian developed special racers based on the European model to bolster their sales abroad.

Stolen Glory: Zenith, OEC, and the 1930 World Speed Record


In 1930, the motorcycle World Speed Record was a close contest between BMW, Zenith, and OEC, and the final speed run at...

Around the World with Aloha Wanderwell


Aloha Wanderwell was the first woman to circle the globe on wheels, as well as an author, filmmaker, pilot, and...

Art and the Motorcycle (2): The Futurists


The Futurists were the only Modern Art movement to explore the motorcycle as subject matter. Who were they?

100 Years Ago: Motorcycle Ambulances in WW1


Motorcycle ambulances were a technical innovation in WW1, and these photos show the different ways they were used during...

100 Years Ago: Harley-Davidson Military Testing in 1918


In 1918, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and sidecars were shown off for inspectors in hopes of securing lucrative military...

100 Years Ago: Harley-Davidson Training Schools in 1918


In a canny business move, Harley-Davidson provided the US Military with free motorcycle training schools to instruct...

100 Years Ago: Harley-Davidson Manufacturing in 1918


In 1918, the US Gov't inspected the Harley-Davidson factory as part of their military contracts for WWI

100 Years Ago: Excelsiors in 1918


The Excelsior Motor Co under Ignaz Schwinn supplied V-twins to the US Army in WW1 - these unpublished photos show...

100 Years Ago: Inside the Indian Factory in 1918


The USA was a very different place before joining World War 1 in 1917; it was pacifist, with a tiny military! These...

Rondal Partridge: Santa Clara Hillclimb in 1940


Imogen Cunningham's son traveled California in the Spring of 1940, photographing youth culture for a New Deal agency,...

The Big X and the Big 3: the Excelsior-Henderson Story


The Excelsior-Henderson brand is coming up for sale in Las Vegas this month! Why does it matter?

‘A Handlebar Derby’ – Daytona Beach Racing


Before the Daytona Speedway was built in 1963, racing was strictly on the beach! We explore the history of nature's...

Vespa Streamliners


In the 1950s, fierce competition between Vespa and Lambretta created an 'arms race' of top speed scooters!

Martin Munkacsi


A pioneer photographer of sports, fashion, and celebrities, Martin Munkacsi's work was nearly lost to history.

Cliff ‘Soney’ Vaughs and ‘Easy Rider’


Cliff Vaughs designed the most famous motorcycles in the world. Why is he still unknown?

Atlanta’s ‘Black Streaks’


From 1913-1924, black motorcyclists raced on Atlanta's board tracks and speedways in a special Championship series. ...

From Glorious to Notorious; the Fay Taylour Story


Fay Taylour is the most successful female motorsports competitor in history, making her name and her living from racing...

The Japanese Harley-Davidsons


Harley-Davidsons made in Japan? It's a fascinating story! Tens of thousands of H-D clones were built in Japan from the...

The Vintagent Trailers: I Fidanzati Della Morte (Engaged to Death)


Forgotten for nearly 60 years, “I fidanzati della morte” is movie like no other in its genre, recovered and restored...

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', an attraction at the 1915 Panama...

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


Rollie Free proved the Vincent Black Shadow was the world's fastest production motorcycle in 1947, but his life was so...

Book Review: ‘BMW Rennsport’


Author Stefan Knittel publishes another terrific book from the BMW Archives, this time about their history of racing...

Kenji Ekuan


The Man Who Shaped Yamaha’s Design for Decades has Died

The Lost Peugeot Racers


The Remarkable Peugeot Racer, Decades Ahead of its Time

Cannonballs Deep: In The Thick Of It


Daily Journal for the Cannonball Endurance Rally

‘Norton’ George Cohen


Mr. Norton, the Inestimable Dr. George, has Left the Track

‘Ton Up!’ Exhibit In Cyril Huze Post


Cyril Huze Post Visits our Ton Up Exhibit in Sturgis at the Michael Lichter 'Motorcycles as Art' Gallery, co-curated by...

Welcome to The Vintagent!


Thoughts from 2006 on what TheVintagent is about, from its founder, Paul d'Orleans