The Motorcycle Portraits: Paul d’Orléans


Paul d'Orléans is publisher of The Vintagent, guest curator at the Petersen Museum, author, motorcycle nut, historian,…

ADV: OVERLAND Exhibition @ The Petersen Museum, July 2021 – April 2022


ADV:Overland is the latest exhibit curated by Paul d'Orléans at the Petersen Automotive Museum, produced by the…

Shooting for Us All: Shane Balkowitsch


A photograph of wet plate photographer Paul d'Orleans at work led to a new passion, a remarkable body of work, and…

Paean to the ‘Thruxton’


A deeply won fanaticism characterizes many Velocette Thruxton owners. Paul d'Orleans has owned his since 1989, and…

Concorso di Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019


What's the inside scoop on the swankest Concorso on earth? Follow Paul d'Orleans as he relates the scene, giving you…

Selling Speed


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

‘Custom Revolution’ Exhibit in LA Times


The first museum exhibition of the 'Alt.Custom' scene that's forever changed the motorcycle industry, curated by Paul…

The Ride: Bryan Fuller’s ‘Bavarian Knight’


Fuller Moto nails a vintage BMW cafe racers style with a modified R75/5 'toaster tank' hotrod, test ridden by Paul…

Café Racers Invade Sturgis


The 'Ton Up!' exhibition during the 2012 Sturgis Rally was an oasis of alternative culture, co-curated by photographer…

A Day at the Races


Wet plate/collodion photographer Paul d'Orléans exposes Wheels&Waves California with his MotoTintypes

Chopper History on NPR


NPR explored the un-easy history of the 'Captain America' chopper used in 'Easy Rider', interviewing Cliff Vaughs and…

The Vintagent Original: Model X


Test riding a 1934 Matchless Model X, an Art Deco-inspired masterpiece. Paul d'Orléans roars across the Golden Gate…

The Vintagent Original: Neander


Paul d'Orleans rides Ernst Neumann-Neander's masterpiece through the Bavarian countryside, with discussion on why old…

‘The Chopper: the Real Story’ Reviewed


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

The End of Motorcycles at Pebble Beach, In Verse


Set to the tune of 'Mighty Casey at Bat', Paul d'Orleans sings the sad song of the failed motorcycle concours at…

‘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…

Occupy Pebble Beach!


Paul d'Orleans reflects on what the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has become - anything but elegant - for The…

Prouvé, Ennui, and the Problem of Cash


Money is the root of all evil, so they say, but it certainly catches our attention. Is it the best way to cultivate…

Vintage Gear: 2005 Goodwood Revival


A few thoughts on period correct attire for Goodwood Revival meeting, at which it is encouraged. Paul d'Orléans…

2006 Legend of the Motorcycle


At a reception for the inaugural Legend of the Motorcycle Concours in 2006: Jared Zaugg, Peter Fonda, Gwen White, Paul…

A Pair of Vintage Racers


Two Vintage racing British bikes from the stable of Paul d'Orléans

Welcome to The Vintagent!


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

The Harley-Davidson Heritage Collection


The Harley-Davidson Heritage Collection includes nearly 100 beautifully restored models covering every year of the…

Olive Hager, the ‘Mile a Minute Girl’


She was one of the first and most famous Wall of Death riders of all time.  Others used the name after her, but Olive…

(Re)Born in Flames: the Top Mountain Museum


Amazingly, the Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum was completely rebuilt in 10 months. It's open now, but the grand opening…

A Collection of Collections: Mecum Las Vegas 2022


With the New Year fast approaching, motorcyclists and collectors will be salivating over Mecum’s 31st Annual Vintage &…

‘One Man Caravan’ in ADV:Overland


Robert Edison Fulton Jr. rode around the world in 1932 on a Douglas Mastif, and wrote 'One Man Caravan' about his…

Your Man in India: Adil Jal Darukhanawala


He is the father of motor journalism in India, but Adil Jal Darukhanawala thinks the title is "rather pompous to be…

The Current News: Oct 21, 2021


Our weekly roundup of EV news: new releases from Soriano Motori and Daymak, and an intriguing new website that allows…

‘Sparks and Speed’: Shinya Kimura


Toru Tokikawa’s new film, 'Sparks and Speed: The Story of Shinya Kimura', displays is a lyrical and poetic portrayal of…

The Vintagent Original: ADV:Overland


Adventure is in our soul. ADV:Overland exhibit at the Petersen Museum, July 2021 - April 2022. Off-road, round the…

EV Tax Credit: Ditch Your Car?


The US government proposes tax credits on the purchase of new eBikes. Would you make the switch?

Top 10 Mecum 2021


Mecum's Las Vegas motorcycle auction is the largest in the world, and there is literally a bike for everyone who rides…

It’s Fuell Not Buell


Riders the world over were ecstatic when news broke that Buell Motorcycles has resurfaced. But despite that company’s…

The Swedish Chief: Ola Stenegard


Swedish designer Ola Stenegard brings apex mid-1950s cool to the new Indian Chief models

Aristocratic Motorcyclist, Issue 0


Artist Lorenzo Eroticolor worked with Bill Phelps, Alberto Garcia-Alix, Chas Ray Krider, and others, to create a…

Research Into Contemporary Outlaws (RICO)


The only collection of 1%er biker club ephemera in private hands is safely housed within a Class II vault in LA, at the…

‘The Motorcycle’: Ultan Guilfoyle


The curatorial team of Charles Falco and Ultan Guilfoyle, famous for 'The Art of the Motorcycle' at the Guggenheim, are…

Thousand Yard Stare


Wil Thomas built his custom Knucklehead bob-job based on a rare photograph of Black riders in the 1940s.

The Vintagent Classics: The Wild One


That "Streetcar" man has a new desire!

BikeEXIT: the Chris Hunter Interview


Chris Hunter founded BikeEXIF in 2008: now he's sold it to the Iron&Air team of Adam and Greg. We ask Chris a few…

The Vintagent Original: Silver Shotgun


Italian motorcycle design of the 1960's and 1970's.

Velo on the Chase


Riding an sophisticated overhead-camshaft British motorcycle across the USA is no small feat: Larry Luce sorted it out…

Road Test: 2020 BMW R18


BMW took a leaf from H-D's book with the new R18, digging into their heritage to give their new cruiser some historic…

The Promenade Percy


Promenade Percy was a derisive name for motorcyclists cruising the seaside for attention in the 1930s. We dig into the…

Coping with COVID: the Auction Scene in 2020


How is the auction scene coping with Covid? Sam Murtaugh of Mecum Auctions gives us the story.

Daredevil in Training: Corinna Mantlo


Corinna Mantlo, the Vintagent's Editor for Film, has a most amazing life as a daredevil, founder of the Motorcycle Film…

‘Confessions of a Vintagent’ – 1943


What was the first use of the term Vintagent as applied to motorcycles? This article from 1943, written by Dennis May…

John Wallace and the Duzmo


At 14, he knew he'd build motorcycles - and he did! On the way he worked with some of the most remarkable names in the…

8 Valves for the Road


Hot stuff! Designers and special builders have explored the power potential of 4-valve cylinder heads on twin-cylinder…

Charles Burki: Streamliners


As a Dutch graphic artist with an incredible back story in WW2, Charles Burki deserves to be better remembered today.

Quarantine Cinema: Part 3


This week's movies to watch while stuck at home. This week they're all from Europe, and they're awesome!

Social Distancing Machine?


Is the motorcycle an ideal social distancing machine? Dr. Wendy Pojmann explores how it might not be, with her two…

Mecum Gallery: Vehicle Sales Online


As live auctions are cancelled, Mecum is selling premium vehicles direct on its Mecum Gallery website.

National Emergency Library


The Internet Archive opens its digital doors to everyone, and a quick search turned up 495 motorcycle books. Get…

Jan Hoek: Boda Boda


Amsterdam-based photographer Jan Hoek was inspired to give Nairobi moto-taxi riders, called Boda Boda, a new look, and…

The Vintagent Classics: Orphée


A poet in love with Death follows his unhappy wife into the underworld.

The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire


The team that brought you the Art of the Motorcycle exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum is back! Ultan Guilfoyle and…

Pacific Northwest Hillclimbing Circa 1930


An archive of photos from the East Side Motorcycle Co of Portland showing early years of this peculiarly American sport…

‘Chai Racers’ of Mumbai


Back in 2009, photographer Thierry Vincent captured the budding custom motorcycle scene in Mumbai. The modifications…

Top 100 Most Expensive Motorcycles


Our Top 100 World's Most Expensive Motorcycles is the only accurate list of the most expensive bikes sold at public…

Tough on the Streets!


Street scramblers were straight out of the Steve McQueen era - rugged, streetwise and of their time…or fashion……

The Current News: New Year Edition!


Sophia Vassiliadis notes there's a lot going on in the electric motorcycle scene, with BMW building a prototype sports…

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The Vintagent Classics: Scorpio Rising


From the underground - the original and wildest film of the Hell's Angels cult!

Current News: Nov. 19, 2019


It's been a huge week in the EV world, with superb new designs from Pierre Terblanche and Jay Donovan, plus the amazing…

Road Test: 1925 Sunbeam ‘Crocodile’


When invited to ride an ultra rare vintage Grand Prix Sunbeam in a hillclimb in southern Germany, who would say no?…

Bonhams Autumn Stafford 2019 Preview


Bonhams' benchmark European sale comes twice a year, and this Autumn sale is packed with great stuff, from Mike…

Rocket Cycles, Part 1: Fritz von Opel


Fritz von Opel was more extravagant and daring than Jay Gatsby. Far too rich and dashing, he leveraged an enormous…

Auerberg Klassik 2019: Uwe Rattay


Is the bi-annual Auerberg Klassik hillclimb the finest vintage motorcycle event in Europe? Check out Uwe Rattay's…

2019 Velocette OC Summer Rally


Meandering through the summer wilds of far Northern California for a week, with friends and old motorcycles. Is there…

The Current News: July 5th 2019


The best-preserved 19th Century electric car, and the baddest 2019 electric custom motorcycle from Untitled-SF. Plus,…

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…

Vintage Revival Montlhéry 2019


A bi-annual event for pre-1940 cars and motorcycles only, the Vintage Revival is an eagerly anticipated festival of…

Vintage Revival Montlhéry 2019: Just the Motors


For the technically-minded, the years before 1940 had the greatest variety of engine configurations ever, and all of it…

The Vintagent Trailers: Today Is A Good Day


This film is an adventure, more, it’s a quest fed by passions and fulfillments of dreams.

Gillian Freeman, Eliot George, and ‘The Leather Boys’


Gillian Freeman, who wrote the novel and screenplay "The Leather Boys", has died at 89. We remember her work and…

The Vintagent Trailers: Oil In The Blood


This is not a film about motorcycles, it’s about motorcycle people.

2019 Las Vegas Auction Recap


Some went high, some went low, and a lot went stratospheric. That's the takeaway from this year's Las Vegas vintage…

Denis Sire


NSFW! Legendary French motoring cartoonist Denis Sire has died. Famous for his work with Playboy and Heavy Metal, we…

Mecum’s Blockbuster 2019 Las Vegas Sale


Digging into the history of some of our favorite bikes coming up for auction at the Mecum Las Vegas sale in January…

NYC Norton


Kenny Cummings knows the veneer of a successful business can blind people to the struggle of making it all work. He…

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…

NSU Breaks 200mph Barrier!


In 1956, the German NSU factory sent a team of six streamliners to Bonneville, and came away with a record for the…

The Current: Cake Making Waves


Sweden’s Cake is sweeping design and innovation awards by inventing a new category: the Light Electric Off-Road…

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…

‘SpeedisExpensive’: The LA Shoot Road-Trip


A new documentary, 'SpeedIsExpensive', dives deep into Vincent history, with original never-seen films shot by Philip…

The Current: Here Comes Vespa’s Elettrica e-Scooter!


Finally, Vespa enters the electric scooter market with the new Elletrica model, with the classic shape and modern…

The Vintagent Classics: The Wild Angels


The most terrifying film of your time!

The Vintagent Classics: Easy Rider


A man went looking for America. And couldn't find it…anywhere.

In Velo Veritas: Keith Hamilton


Australian Velocette legend Keith Hamilton was always good for a story and a laugh.

A Clubman at Brooklands: David Vincent


David Vincent was one of 29 riders to lap the Brooklands course at over 100mph on a 350cc machine before 1939, on a…

The Current: Are Tilting Electric Vehicles The Future?


Peugeot thinks tilting vehicles are the future, and puts its money (and patents) where its mouth is.