Death By Cocteau

In 1949, Jean Cocteau invented the 'Dark Rider' image in his film 'Orphée', and...


Martin Squires: Jake De Rosier at 90mph

Vintagent Contributor Martin Squires interprets a hair-raising 1911 interview...


Legends of Montlhéry at the Cafe Racer Festival: Part 2

In the second part of our story, an amazing collection of record-breakers from...


No Better Cure

A good ride down the highway is an excellent cure for the blues.


Motorcycle Specials: Maurice Brierley’s Methamon

Artist Martin Squires brings his paints when he visits Maurice Brierley’s wild...


Legends of Montlhéry at the Café Racer Festival: Part 1

The annual Cafe Racer Festival at Monthlery is that track's only all-motorcycle...


The Phantastic Oskar Schindler

Oskar Schindler was a motorcycle racer and a real rascal, who redeemed himself...


The Current: How Moto3 Opened The Door For NEXT Electric

NEXT is an electric scooter startup, grown from an international design...


Road Test: 1936 Brough Superior SS80

Is the Brough Superior sidevalve still superior? Our road test explores the...


Indians for the European Grand Prix

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


2018 Concorso Eleganza Villa d’Este

The Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este is the most spectacular concours in the...


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

In 1930, the motorcycle World Speed Record was a close contest between BMW,...


Motosacoche and the Brothers Dufaux

The Dufaux brothers were pioneers of aviation, and founded a very successful...


The Current: FEDDZ e-Bike

The FEDDZ e-Bike is designed from first principles, with many clever features,...


Around the World with Aloha Wanderwell

Aloha Wanderwell was the first woman to circle the globe on wheels, as well as...


‘In Vietnam, You’re Never Alone’

Zoe David is an architect and motorcycle builder from France, who's recently...


Brough Before Superior

Dave Clark restores an extremely rare racer built by the father of George...


A Vintage Triumph That Never Was

Alp Sungurtekin is a dry-lakes racing legend, and built a vintage-style Triumph...


Art and the Motorcycle (2): The Futurists

The Futurists were the only Modern Art movement to explore the motorcycle as...


Grow Old With Me Darling Quail

JP DeFaut visited the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in 2016, and here's what you...


A Conversation with Olivier Mosset

Artist Olivier Mosset displayed his white monochrome paintings with choppers at...


100 Years Ago: Motorcycle Ambulances in WW1

Motorcycle ambulances were a technical innovation in WW1, and these photos show...


100 Years Ago: Harley-Davidson Military Testing in 1918

In 1918, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and sidecars were shown off for inspectors...


Reviving a Racer: Atelier Chatokine by Laurent Nivalle

Richard Vincent's historic Velocette racer gets a rebuild at Atelier Chatokhine...


The Motorcycle is 200 Years Old Today?

Was the motorcycle first demonstrated on April 3rd, 1818?


100 Years Ago: Harley-Davidson Training Schools in 1918

In a canny business move, Harley-Davidson provided the US Military with free...


100 Years Ago: Harley-Davidson Manufacturing in 1918

In 1918, the US Gov't inspected the Harley-Davidson factory as part of their...


100 Years Ago: Excelsiors in 1918

The Excelsior Motor Co under Ignaz Schwinn supplied V-twins to the US Army in...


The ‘Motorized Cossacks’ of Africa

Boko Haram insurgents in Africa find motorcycles ideal for attacks and evasion. ...


The Ride: Max Hazan’s ‘Musket 2’

Max Hazan has built a silver machine around a doubled-up Royal Enfield.


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...


Africa: The Motorcyclists’ Continent

Chinese motorcycles are flooding Africa, in a race against the Japanese to...


‘Custom Revolution’ Exhibit in LA Times

The first museum exhibition of the 'Alt.Custom' scene that's forever changed the...


Class C Racing in California: 1935

Class C racing was the AMA's answer to the Great Depression, opening up...


Velocettes at Montlhéry: 24 Hours at 100mph

It's a record that's never been beaten: a 500cc motorcycle doing 100mph for 24...


Two-Wheeled Icons of the 1980s

1980s motorcycle design was a radical departure from the 1970s, as both...


The Current: Harley-Davidson – ‘E-Bike in 18 Months’

Harley-Davidson announced an investment of $25-50Million/year in electric...


‘Slant Artists’: Hillclimbers in California, 1925-35

An album of photos of California dirt racing from 1925-35 yielded treasures of...


Whence Came the Swingarm Frame?

Modern motorcycle suspension was invented by an eccentric, dry-humored...


1935 – The Greatest TT?

Some consider the 1935 Isle of Man Senior TT the greatest of them all, with only...


The Mexican Suitcase

4000 photos from 3 celebrated photojournalists in the Spanish Civil War lay in a...


Road Test: 1923 Ner-A-Car

The Ner-A-Car was the most successful hub-center steered motorcycle in history;...


Rondal Partridge: Santa Clara Hillclimb in 1940

Imogen Cunningham's son traveled California in the Spring of 1940, photographing...


‘The Angels of Pervyse’

Mairie and Elsie were motorcycle pals from 1912, who took their bikes to Belgium...


Bernard Testemale: ‘Art of Ride’

Bernard Testemale is a famous surf photographer now lured to the siren song of...


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! ...


Vintage Triumph Wins Mexican 1000

It's the first time a vintage Triumph has won its class at the Mexican 1000,...


‘Von Dutch’ in Las Vegas

'Von Dutch' kickstarted the Custom Culture movement with his independent,...


‘A Handlebar Derby’ – Daytona Beach Racing

Before the Daytona Speedway was built in 1963, racing was strictly on the beach!...


Vespa Streamliners

In the 1950s, fierce competition between Vespa and Lambretta created an 'arms...


Selling Speed: What’s in a Name?

Manufacturers use evocative names to sell motorcycles - the oldest game in the...


The Ride: Speedway Superstar

Ehinger Kraftrad’s remarkable ‘Speedster’; history through a hi-tech lens....


Jean Depara, Congolese Photographer

Congolese master photographer Jean Depara captured the nightlife, music, and...


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...


Martin Munkacsi

A pioneer photographer of sports, fashion, and celebrities, Martin Munkacsi's...


Glenn H. Curtiss

Curtiss built the best motorcycle engines in the world from 1903 onwards, and...


The Ride: Bryan Fuller’s ‘Bavarian Knight’

Fuller Moto nails a vintage BMW cafe racers style with a modified R75/5 'toaster...


There Goes my Hero

The Indian motorcycle industry consists of small-bore bikes plus the Royal...


The Ride: Piyush and Nishanth – Avoid IT

Two young Indian mechanical engineers decided they'd rather build a custom bike...


The Ride: Revival Cycles Landspeeder

Revival Cycles dug deep into BMW history for inspiration on their Landspeeder...


The Current: Eff You See Eye

The UCI sets the rules for sanctioned bicycle racing the world over. Robert...


Luigi Colani: The Future Is Now

The Swiss designer Luigi Colani focussed on erotic, streamlined shapes, and was...


Project Desert Rat

Two vintage Triumphs and a state full of dirt roads to explore; that's the...


The Silent Types

Silent films of the 1920s featured incredibly motorcycle stunts by Harold Lloyd,...


Gallery: Heidi Zumbrun

If there's every age, sex, and color, and every kind of motorcycle, it must be...


The Ride: Vintagent X Gestalten

'the Ride' books explore the new global custom motorcycle scene around the...


California Dunes Riding in the 1960s

Bill Greene's father documented his British motorcycle rides in the California...


The Current: Al(ta) in the Family

The Alta Motors story is rooted in California flat-track and club racing, via...


Glenn Curtiss: 136mph in 1906?

A Scientific American article from 1906 explains Glenn H. Curtiss' 136.3mph...


The Ride: Bandit9 Steals Fashion Mojo

Vietnamese shop Bandit9 pushes a Modernist aesthetic with its limited-edition...


Lena the Killer

Why were a group of Australians riding a British motorcycle in Austria? To...


The Age of Monsters

In the early 1900s, racing rules allowed the development of ultra-lightweight...


Confessions of a Factory Trials Rider

Gwen White was a factory-supported Trials rider in the 1950s, for Francis-Barnet...


Wheels + Waves Mountain Road Test

Road testing a 1933 Brough Superior 11-50 in the Pyrenees is a rough job, but...


The Ghosts of the St. George Hotel

The St. George Hotel in Volcano, CA, is notoriously haunted, but our...


Auerberg Klassik

It had been 30 years since the last hillclimb race at Auerberg, but organizer...


Cliff ‘Soney’ Vaughs and ‘Easy Rider’

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


DG Manktelow, Cafe Racer

As a college student, DG Manktelow needed some credits, so enrolled in a...


The Current: Mission Motors Electric Sportbike

The Mission One was the most advanced electric sportbike in the world when...


Sylvester Roper’s Steam Velocipedes

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


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.