Road Test: 1928 BMW R63


The R63 was an expensive machine when new, and cost about the same as a Brough Superior SS100 in the UK, and it's…

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…

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?…

Road Test: 1936 Brough Superior SS80


Is the Brough Superior sidevalve still superior? Our road test explores the pleasures of Broughing It.

Road Test: 1923 Ner-A-Car


The Ner-A-Car was the most successful hub-center steered motorcycle in history, with over 16,000 sold. We tell the…

Road Test: 1929 BMW R16


The BMW R16 is legendary for its Art Deco styling, but how is it to ride? Read out Road Test and find out if the legend…

Road Test: 1970 Münch Mammut


What's the biggest motorcycle available in the early 1970s like to ride? The Münch Mammut is a pussycat, with…

Road Test: 1933 Brough Superior 11.50


Road testing a 1933 Brough Superior 11-50 in the Pyrenees is a rough job, but someone has to do it!

Road Test: 2010 Falcon Kestrel


Ian Barry's Falcon Kestrel is a contemporary masterpiece of custom motorcycle design, and we Road Tested this beauty in…

Road Test: 1928 Windhoff


The Windhoff is a rare German four-cylinder beauty, with an oil-cooled OHC engine. Very few are running, and this is…

Road Test: 1930 Majestic


The Majestic was the ultimate French Art Deco motorcycle - radical and beautiful. Designed by Georges Roy, it combined…

Road Test: 1929 Ascot-Pullin


Cyril Pullin was a genius designer, way ahead of his time, and built his dream machine - the Ascot-Pullin - just in…

Road Test: 1930 Brough Superior-Austin Four


Impressive, beautiful, and certainly unusual

Road Test: 2012 Crocker Continuation


The continuation Crocker motorcycle Road Test; brand name owner Michael Schacht is undertaking the project and aiming…

Road Test: Shinya Kimura’s MV Masterwork


Thrashing Shinya Kimura’s MV Agusta 750 Custom in the Hills of Azuza

Road Test: the New Brough Superior SS100


The Vintagent Road Test of the new Brough Superior SS101, on the twisting coastal roads near Biarritz, France, during…

The Roads Less Traveled: Bernard Testemale


Bernard Testemale's extraordinary wet plate portraits are on exhibit at RAW Culture gallery in Lisbon. 'The Roads Less…

The Greatest Show on Dirt!


What's the most fun you can have with your helmet on? Hooligan racing! Michael Lawless explains why.

‘SpeedisExpensive’: the Australian Shoot Road Trip


When Philip Vincent-Day discovered a trove of 1950s films from his grandfather Phil Vincent's archive, he began an…

The Current: Talking Tech With Energica CTO Giampiero Testoni


Can autonomous vehicle systems increase motorcycle safety? Energica has been working with Samsung on the prototype…

‘SpeedisExpensive’: The LA Shoot Road-Trip


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

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…

1935 – The Greatest TT?


Some consider the 1935 Isle of Man Senior TT the greatest of them all, with only 4 seconds separating the winner from…

Bernard Testemale: ‘Art of Ride’


Bernard Testemale is a famous surf photographer now lured to the siren song of wet plate/collodion photography.

T.E. Lawrence; ‘The Road’


T.E. Lawrence, better known as 'Lawrence of Arabia', was a keen motorcyclist, and preferred Brough Superiors above all.…

The Rudge Book of the Road


In the 1920s, the Rudge-Whitworth company offered lavish touring accessories for its motorcycles, and published an…

My 1933 Velocette KTT MkIV: ‘The Mule’


The long history of Velocette KTT470 as documented by Paul d'Orléans, from the factory for Mack's Motorcycles to Eddie…

Walt Siegl: High Performance Attaché


Walt Siegl's career arc is unique, from art-school dropout in Austria, to Austrian cultural attaché in NYC, finally…

Thinking Outside the Box: Hossack Engineering


Norman Hossack's radical front fork design reduced weight and made for more accurate steering, and was copied by BMW,…

The Vintagent Originals: Vincent Black Lightning


The Vincent Black Lightning is legendary for all the best reasons, and in real life, it's the fastest and best-sounding…

Quail Motorcycle Gathering is Back!


The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is the premier motorcycle lifestyle event / concours d'elegance in the world.

Mecum Top 10 for 2022


"The sheer variety is staggering. This year, we fully expect antique and vintage motorcycles to continue their upward…

(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…

‘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…

It’s Fuell Not Buell


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

Phil Irving’s ‘Other’ Twin: the Velocette Model O


Phil Irving co-designed the legendary Vincent V-twin: he also designed a parallel twin for Velocette in 1938 that was…

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.

‘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…

The Vintagent Archive: ‘Shilling in the Slot!’


This 1936 story from 'The Motor Cycle' magazine predicts the British industry 50 years in the future.

Rags to Riches – The Bullet Story


The longest production run of any motorcycle model, from the worlds oldest motorcycle manufacturer, which dwarfs all…

Moto Major: Italy Reinvents the Motorcycle


It created a sensation when first shown in 1947, and remains a thing of intrigue and beauty: the Moto Major is still a…

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…

Bonhams Spring Stafford 2019


Bonham's Spring Stafford sale has an outrageous mix of over 400 motorcycles and tons of rare parts and basket cases,…

Selling Speed


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

Patrick Godet Remembered


Patrick Godet was the ultimate Vincent fanatic, to the point of remanufacturing engine and building whole…

The Commando Miracle


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

Top Ten Bonhams Vegas 2019 Highlights


The 2019 Bonhams Las Vegas auction has 128 lots, making it a one-day event with a terrific selection of machines, from…

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…

Bonhams at Barber: Oct. 6th!


The Bonhams Auctions sale at the Barber Museum in Birmingham, Alabama, has a terrific selection of rare and beautiful…

The Early History of Indian, Part 1: George M. Hendee, Bicycle Race Legend


George M Hendee was a champion bicycle racer, who later manufactured bicycles under the Silver King and Indian names.…

The Current: Confederate No More – Meet the Curtiss Motorcycle


After 25 years, Confederate Motors sheds its controversial a name, and the brawling v-twins that made it famous, in…

The Vintagent Selects: Falcon Kestrel – Desert Ride


In 2010, Falcon Motorcycles revealed the Kestrel, a Triumph-based custom of exceptional quality. Their films set the…

The Tiger of Picardy


Triumph were allowed to build their twin-cylinder line even after WW2 began, and one ended up in Amiens, France - the…

The Emperor of Motorcycles


The most elegant motorcycles in the world came from George Brough's workshops in Nottingham. He loved four-cylinder…

Out of the Blue, Into the Black


The Remarkable Falcon Motorcycles Vincent Black Shadow

The Last Great Brough Hoard?


Priceless Brough Superiors Rotting in Bodmin Moor

World’s Most Expensive Basket Cases


Demand for blue chip motorcycles extends even to totally dismantled and incomplete examples.

2007 Banbury Run


The Banbury run is the oldest pre-1930 motorcycle run in the world, attracting 500 machines annually, and run by the…

1967 Velocette Clubman Veeline


The 1967 Velocette Venom Clubman Veeline - what a mouthful of a name for what is an absolutely gorgeous…

The Current News: May 14, 2022


News about solid-state batteries: pie in the sky or a real breakthrough? New LiveWire looks promising, and Specialized…

Electric Revolutionaries: Panel Discussion


Electric Revolutionaries features 11 designers at the edge of the EV industry. A fascinating panel discussion was held…

‘Is This Not His Fate?’ Amphetamine History


Amphetamine compounds like Ritalin and Adderal are now the most prescribed ‘medications’ in the US, mostly for…

‘Electric Revolutionaries’ at the Petersen Museum


Curated and concepted by Paul d'Orléans, the Electric Revolutionaries exhibit focusses on 11 designers making an impact…

The Current News: April 21, 2022


This week’s roundup includes a new EV drag racer, an electric SUV concept from Ford, Cake eBikes for younger riders,…

Those Dashing Racers of the 1920s: C.T. Ashby


You can almost smell the castor oil burning off the hot motor of Cecil Ashby's 1925 Zenith 'Championship' racer at…

The Current News: March 9, 2022


This week’s The Current News EV roundup includes exciting new releases from Volkswagen, Ferrari, Volvo and Yamaha,…

The Current News: Feb 24, 2022


From e-Bikes that cater to cycling enthusiasts to an EV making a big splash in the boating industry, here are the EV…

Actually, It IS Rocket Science


Dr Robin Tuluie built fantastically successful racers that won Daytona.  He also designed F1 cars that took four World…

Valen Zhou: The Railway Engineer


Valen Zhou spent whole nights working on his second custom motorcycle, to capture his grandfather's spirit as a railway…

Hugo Eccles and the XP Zero


The XP Zero is a superb piece of design: it retains traditional styling cues, then lpunctures them with voids,…

Diane Brandon: The Gold Star Girl


I remember very little of the race itself except that in about ten seconds I was screamin' past the checkered flag.…

America’s First Motor Vehicle Race: 1895


Motocycles seemed a mighty pain in the ass compared to bicycles, and the 1895 Chicago Herald-Tribune race did little to…

The Current News: February 3, 2022


There’s a new store our London readers should check out, a rad racer back from extinction, news from H-D and Tesla, and…

Top 10 Mecum Las Vegas 2022


People just seem to hate their money right now." - Sam Murtaugh, COO of Mecum Auctions, on why prices for collector…

The Vintagent Selects: L’hibernatus


Pre-war motorcycle race on ice!

The Current News: January 26, 2022


The US experienced a 70% increase in e-Bike imports in 2021, with nearly 790,000 electric bike imports last year, more…

Traveling by Chopper: Charlie Weisel


"Life has a way of pushing us around, and riding a chopper around the world is apparently where it thinks I should be."…

Winnie, Queen of the Desert


Crossing the Nullarbor Plain solo on a motorcycle was considered suicidal, especially for a woman in 1950. But…

Summer of Brough


It is said no plans survive first contact with reality, and for me things started to go wrong from day one. It was the…

The Current News: Dec 30, 2021


The electrified stories that matter the most to you. Now grab the bubbly, put on your swanky party hat, and we’ll see…

The Current News: Dec. 23, 2021


Ducati's first electric motorcycle, Rivian's new $5Bn plant in Georgia, and a masterpiece of design from Doehmers.

Hypercar Exhibit at the Petersen Museum


the Hypercar exhibit at the Petersen Museum will run 18 months (through June 2023), and represents apex automotive…

The Current News: Dec. 2, 2021


EV news on the cutting edge: a staggering 283mph record, fantastic ebike releases at EICMA, and some thoughts on…

The Current News: Nov. 25, 2021


The power struggle over cobalt is disturbing the clean energy movement, while new UK homes will require EV charing…

Racing in the Streets: 2021 MotoGiro


All-out racing on the streets has been banned in Italy since the late 1950s, but the MotoGiro is a timed regularity…

Across America by Motorcycle: Part II


RAF Captain Charles Kenilworth Shepherd was 23 years old in 1919 when he swung a leg over his brand new Henderson Four…

The Current News: Nov. 11, 2021


From a 4-person eBike to an extreme eRacing truck, this installment provokes thought with discussions around global…

Ghana Superstar: Samuel Aboagye’s Electric Scooter


This young Ghanaian, Samuel Aboagye, built a scooter entirely from scrap wood, salvaged parts and a small motor…

The Current News: Nov. 4 2021


All the EV news that's fit to print, from an Indian café racer, an itty-bitty caravan, to a former Tesla employee…

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…

The Vintagent Classics: Hex


Meet the Easy Riders of Bingo, Nebraska.

The Current News: Oct. 13, 2021


This week sees several new releases, soaring stocks, fresh funds, plus CAKE anti-poaching bikes and the lunacycle…

Vesuvius to Etna, Powered by Solar


Riding Vesuvius (near Naples) to Etna (on Sicily) while charging the CAKE bikes from a self-converted camper van with…

The Current News: Sept 24, 2021


It seems that with every passing week, the EV world is going farther and faster: as the e-Bike boom continues to grow,…