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; we tell the story, and ride one!

Road Test: 1929 BMW R16


The BMW R16 is legendary for its Art Deco styling, but how is it to ride?

Road Test: Münch Mammut


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

Wheels + Waves Mountain Road Test


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

Road Test: Falcon Kestrel


Ian Barry's Falcon Kestrel is a contemporary masterpiece of custom motorcycle design, and we road tested it in 2010

Road Test: 1928 Windhoff


A Rare German Four-Cylinder Beauty on the Road

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: The New Crocker


The Crocker motorcycle is back, in limited production with brand name owner Michael Schacht

Road Test: the New Brough Superior SS100


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

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…

Test Ride: MV Masterwork


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

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…

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,…

The Motorcycle Portraits: Anya Violet Aghababian


Anya Violet Aghababian co-founded the Babes Ride Out and Babes in the Dirt, and the women's motorcycle gear company…

EZ Does It


Learning the hard way is painful. Life over the limit beat me down, and I grew gun shy from injury. Tired of…

The Current News: Sep 17, 2021


A baby-toting EV cargo bike, a fold-up e-Bike, a reimagined electric motorbike platform, , and updates on President…

The Current News: Sept 10 2021


BMW releases two boundary-pushing e-bikes, four moto giants launch a battery swapping system, and VanMoof is the…

The Motorcycle Portraits: Robb Talbott


Robb Talbott is the owner of the Moto Talbott Museum in Carmel Valley, CA. If you've had a chance to talk with him and…

The Current News: Aug 27, 2021


Here are our picks for the most buzzworthy EV stories of the week! From the affordable SONDORS Metacycle to batteries…

Deep Dive: Brian Wismann, Zero Motorcycles


The Zero FXE is a step up for Zero in industrial design and visual sophistication. Most of the FXE presentation was…

The Unstoppable Anne-France Dautheville


Three continents and over 12,500 miles in the year of 1973 when she was 29 years old. “A girl on two wheels didn’t…

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…

Walking the Paths of Fire with Andrew Nahum


Andrew Nahum wascinated by the wider effects of gunnery gun research, tracing the origins of artificial intelligence…

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…

‘A Novel and Sure Method of Suicide’ – Henri Fournier


Henri Fournier pioneered the motorcycle in the USA with his tandem cycle pacers of 1898. His were often the first…

Ted Talk


Takeshi 'Ted' Maejima is a fanatic collector of early Honda racing motorcycles, and an expert restorer. Larry Morris…

The Man From Mars


Torsten Zorn of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is landing Perseverance on Mars! He's also on board for our next…

The Riders: Henry Von Wartenberg


Henry von Wartenberg gave it all up for photography: his new book documenting motorcyclists around the world is 'The…

Aristocratic Motorcyclist, Issue 0


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

First Four-Cylinder at the Isle of Man TT


The first four-cylinder motorcycle racer in history wasn't Italian or Japanese, it was Belgian! FN showed up to race…

The Current News: Guido Comes to America


With electric power, designers are free to explore new shapes for motorcycles, No gas tanks, no big motor, no exhaust,…

Thousand Yard Stare


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

Velo on the Chase


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

Elektrafuture 2020


The world's first electric motocross series was pulled off right in the heart of Saint Tropez, France. If it can…

The Promenade Percy


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

Motogiro d’Italia 2020: the Race is On


The famed Italian regularity event, established in 1914, was postponed four months in 2020, but still managed to run as…

Racing Towards The Dream


Cameron Smith is the only African American racer chasing the flat track National Championship. Michael Lawless gives…

Flat Track Fite Klub


Fite Klub pits four flat track legends - Chris Carr, Jay Springteen, Scotty Parker, and Joe Kopp, against current…

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…

Back to Black at Montlhéry


David Lancaster, director of "Speed Is Expensive", discusses his shoot of the Cafe Racer Festival at the Montlhéry…

Current News: Easter Quarantine Edition


The world is locked down, but we can dream of a near future with fun electric bikes in the wild and on the streets.