100 Years After the ‘Indian Summer’, Part 2: Jake De Rosier

Jake De Rosier was perhaps the first professional motorcycle racer, and Indian's...


100 Years After the ‘Indian Summer’, Part 1: Billy Wells

Over 100 years ago, Indian swept the Isle of Man TT with a 1-2-3 win. It was...


Road Test: 1930 Brough Superior-Austin Four

Impressive, beautiful, and certainly unusual


Book Review: ‘BMW Rennsport’

Author Stefan Knittel publishes another terrific book from the BMW Archives,...


The Motorcycling Du Ponts

The Du Pont family is intimately tied with the American motorcycle industry, and...


Book Review: Garden Gate Manx

The Vintagent's Book of the Year for 2015; 'The Book About My Bike', published...


The Skull and Crossbones

Is Aldo Carrer's photo of 'Renzo' the Italian Arditi in 1916 the first use of a...


The Alt.Custom Scene – Co-Opted?

The Alt.Custom scene has been coopted and copied by the Industry - is this a...


The Sex Machine

The motorcycle is the second most intimate of machines; the first being, of...


Robert Hughes: Art Critic, Motorcyclist

Art critic Robert Hughes, star of the 'Shock of the New' TV series, was a...


Song of the Salt

Lake Bonneville dried up 20,000 years ago, leaving a terrible place for...


An Egli Reunion

Dr Fritz Egli debuted his magnificent Egli-Vincent 50 years ago. The Egli...


The Paris Scene

Journalist Francois-Marie Dumas discusses motorcycle events in Paris at...


Kenzo Tada

Kenzo Tada was the First Asian to Compete in the Isle of Man TT, and the first...


And Then Came Rudge…

AMA Hall of Fame rider Carey Loftin performed the motorcycle stunts for many...


‘The Chopper: the Real Story’ Reviewed

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


Vintage Revival Montlhéry 2015 (Pt 2)

The incredible Vintage Revival Montlhéry, the most romantic vintage motorsports...


Vintage Revival Monthléry 2015 (Pt 1)

The incredible Vintage Revival Montlhéry vintage auto and motorcycle racing...


Book Review: ‘Lewis Leathers’

Lewis Leathers, established in 1892, is Britain's oldest motor-clothing...


NLG: Brooklands’ First Winner

W.E. Cook raced a 1907 NLG-Peugeot to victory in the first official competition...


Anke Eve Goldmann: ‘Soviet Racing Women’

In 1962, Anke Eve Goldmann documented the extraordinary Soviet motorcycle racing...


Wheels&Waves 2017: The Best Yet

The Sixth Wheels&Waves was the best yet, with carefully curated exhibits, and an...


Road Test: The New Crocker

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


The Remarkable Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Motorcycle Co. pioneered the use of a gearbox before any other...


Days of Future Past: the Mercury

Laurie Jenks designed the Motorcycle of the Future, an all-aluminum masterpiece...


Brooklands

They raced for trinkets, enameled copper stars, spark plugs and tires, dotted...


1935 Böhmerland ‘Reise’

The Bohmerlans was the longest production motorcycle in history, capable of...


Book Review: Charles Burki

Charles Burki illustrated his Norton racing motorcycles while imprisoned in WW2


Catsuits, Boilersuits, and Racing Suits

The one-piece leather racing suit has its origins in utilitarian workwear, which...


Velocettes in Antarctica!

Who knew motorcycles were among the first long-term residents of Antarctica?


Bill Phelps: Catching Heroes

The Autodromo de Linas-Montlhery is a speed bowl filled with ghosts and,...


The Blue Bike

Marty Dickerson Created the Vincent Legend in America


2015 Vintage Revival Montlhéry, Part 1

The greatest vintage motorsports event in the world, if you don't like crowds or...


The English Dirigibles

The English dirigible R100 flew across the Atlantic and landed in St.Huber,...


World’s Most Expensive Basket Cases

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


Nick Veasey: Beneath the Surface

Nick Veasey pushes photography into unseen territory, making art from x-rays


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...


Tutorial for the ‘Car Guys’: Why Bikes?

Thoughts on collecting with Stephen Cox led to thoughts on why car collectors...


Peter Fonda: ‘Cliff Vaughs Built Captain America’

Peter Fonda acknowledged in this 2014 letter, for the first time in 45 years,...


Selling ‘Captain America’

It's the most famous motorcycle in the world, and it's coming up for auction:...


Behind the Scenes at the 2014 Villa d’Este Concorso

Oh, the magnificence of the most beautiful lake in Europe, populated with...


A Truly Global Custom Scene

Valen Zhou is a photographer and pioneer motorcycle customizer in Chengdu,...


‘The Loveless’: Way Beyond Torn Up

It was Kathryn Bigelow's first film, made with future David Lynch collaborator...


Occupy Pebble Beach!

Paul d'Orleans reflects on what the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has become...


Alberto Garcia-Alix: Wheels&Waves 2013

Renowned Spanish photographer Alberto Garcia-Alix captured the anarchic spirit...


Nuovo Nuovo Falcone Cafe

Don Cronin and Dan O'Shea build unique cafe racer customs that win major prizes...


Prouvé, Ennui, and the Problem of Cash

Money is the root of all evil, so they say, but it certainly catches our...


Biker Chic

Leather forever, people, never forget.


Denis Sire; ‘Baron d’Holbach’

The premier pinup/vintage vehicle artist Denis Sire exhibits his new series in...


3 Days in Paris: Retromobile 2012

Paris in February? Oui, as that's when the awesome Rétromobile show happens.


Grayson Perry at the British Museum

Sculptor Grayson Perry designed an outrageous Harley-Davidson Knucklehead custom...


A Short History of Wankel Motorcycles

How many manufacturers built Wankel-engined motorcycles? Quite a few! This is...


‘Paradise Lost’: Conrad Leach

British artist Conrad Leach explores speed, danger, and British identity in his...


The Universal Racing Motorcycle

Dimitri Coste attempts the impossible: racing in many different types of...


Steam Cycles and History

How we see history, and what we consider relevant, can change with time or...


Building a Norton Four

In the mid-1960s, there were no 4-cylinder motorcycles to buy, so riders made...


Before the Bandit

In 1967, Triumph's legendary designer Edward Turner came out of retirement to...


Book Review: ‘Illustrated History of the Shickel Motorcycle’

An early American two-stroke capable of pulling a trailer? The Schickel was a...


The Blue Box

The Audi Museum in 2009 only exhibited DKW motorcycles, but a visit to the...


Rocket Cycles! Part 2: Archibald Low

Archibald Montgomery Low was a pioneer in unmanned aviation and rocketry,...


Harry Beanham’s Outback ABCs

Harry Beanham was a motorcycle collector and amateur photographer from the early...


Conrad Leach at the Legends of the Motorcycle

Artist Conrad Leach displayed his motorcycle-related paintings at the Legends of...


Dennis Loveday: Brooklands Racer

Dennis Loveday raced at Brooklands in the 1930s on Velocettes and Ariels


Book Review: ‘Private Owner’

Les Higgins was bitten by the racing bug while still a schoolboy, and spent his...


2007 Banbury Run

The Banbury run is the oldest pre-1930 motorcycle run in the world, attracting...


Rem Fowler’s 1907 TT Norton

'Norton' George Cohen restored this 1907 TT Norton as a replica of the first...


2006 All-British Ride

A ride for only British motorcycles in the hills of West Marin county, on a...


Vintage Gear: 2005 Goodwood Revival

A few thoughts on period correct attire for Goodwood Revival meeting, at which...


Shinya Kimura at the Legend of the Motorcycle

Japanese custom builder Shinya Kimura brought his remarkable hand-made machines...


2006 Legend of the Motorcycle

At a reception for the inaugural Legend of the Motorcycle Concours in 2006:...


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...