Behind the Scenes at the 2014 Villa d’Este Concorso


Oh, the magnificence of the most beautiful lake in Europe, populated with amazing vehicles. Pinch me. I'll come back…

Starting Small: a Home-Made Electric Moped


Dr Nathan Jauvits' home-made electric moped was a pioneer. Who knew in 2013 that electric mopeds and scooters would…

A Truly Global Custom Scene


Valen Zhou is a photographer and pioneer motorcycle customizer in Chengdu, China, working with locally available…

Denis Sire; ‘Baron d’Holbach’


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

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 - the only motorcycle ever displayed…

‘Paradise Lost’: Conrad Leach


British artist Conrad Leach explores speed, danger, and British identity in his exhibition at the Gauntlett Gallery in…

The Universal Racing Motorcycle


Dimitri Coste attempts the impossible: racing in many different types of competition (hillclimb, motocross, drag…

Ralph Lauren at the Louvre


A display of 17 fantastic cars owned by Ralph Lauren and on display at the Louvre's Design Museum begs questions of…

Steam Cycles and History


How we see history changes with time. Electric motorcycles were viewed as irrelevant until recently, so why aren't…

Chanel, Ducati, Revisited


Karl Lagerfeld fully understands the erotic power of old motorcycles, making them essential characters in his short…

The Best Bike BMW Never Made?


BMW’s Remarkable Art Deco R7 is the bike collectors dream About. It was only built as a single prototype, recently…

1911: Indians Sweep Isle of Man TT


Oliver Godfrey rode the first non-English motorcycle to win the Isle of Man TT, and Indians took the top 3 spots - a…

Before the Bandit


In 1967, Triumph's legendary designer Edward Turner came out of retirement to design a special bike to take on the…

Book Review: ‘Illustrated History of the Shickel Motorcycle’


An early American two-stroke capable of pulling a trailer? The Schickel was a technical tour-de-force in 1912, and Ken…

Eugene Ziegler – The Kitchen Master


Incredible models built in Germany by Eugene Ziegler, who worked nightly in his kitchen on 1:4.5 scale models of German…

The Blue Box


The Audi Museum in 2009 only exhibited DKW motorcycles, but a visit to the basement revealed a treasure trove of unseen…

Rocket Cycles! Part 2: Archibald Low


Archibald Montgomery Low was a pioneer in unmanned aviation and rocketry, including on motorcycles, as a 1947 article…

Harry Beanham’s Outback ABCs


Harry Beanham was a motorcycle collector and amateur photographer from the early 1920s through the 1980s, and had a…

Conrad Leach at the Legends of the Motorcycle


Artist Conrad Leach displayed his motorcycle-related paintings at the Legends of the Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance in…

Dennis Loveday: Brooklands Racer


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

2007 Banbury Run


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

Rem Fowler’s 1907 TT Norton


'Norton' George Cohen restored this 1907 TT Norton replica of the first Isle of Man TT winner, for the National…

Velocette Spring Opener


The Velocette Owner's Club of North America hosts an annual Spring Opener ride in Napa, this year attended by 35…

Don’t Trudge It, Rudge It!


The Rudge 'Ulster' model of 1929 was a genuine race replica, and a one-year-only machine in many ways. This one was…

2007 All-British Clubman’s Show


Best in Show at the 2007 Clubman's Show was Paul Adams' 1937 Norton Manx Grand Prix, a very rare racing machine in even…

More Vintage Racing Douglas


Not much is heard these days about Douglas motorcycles, but for two decades their motorcycles were ranked among the…

Excelsior! The Silver Comet


Joe Wright rode a polished aluminum missile at Tat, Hungary in 1930 at 163mph. It wasn't fast enough, as 170mph was…

Those Dapper Racers of the 1920s: Vivian Prestwich


John Vivian Prestwich was the heir to the J.A.P. engine manufacturing dynasty, and cut quite a figure at Brooklands in…

Those Dashing Racers of the 1920s: George Brough


George Brough was the most stylish rider of the 1920s, even when racing his SS80 'Old Bill' in 1922, as in this photo.

1967 Velocette Clubman Veeline


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

Road Signs in Australia


This was the view from the 1965 Velocette Thruxton I borrowed from John Jennings for the Australian Velocette Owners…

Trouble on Highway 1


The consolation of breaking down on Highway 1 is the view. This 1934 Indian Chief shed a few rivets on its rear brake…

Cec Weatherby at the 1933 Isle of Man Junior TT


Australian rider Cec Weatherby crossed the world to ride in the 1933 Isle of Man Junior TT aboard a new Velocette MkIV…

2006 All-British Ride


A ride for only British motorcycles in the hills of West Marin county, on a gorgeous autumn day, with 175 bikes.

The Velocette KTT MkI


This is my idea of a truly compelling motorcycle: a Velocette KTT Mk1, built between 1928-1931. A real gem of a…

Spaceman Spiff


Reminiscent of the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon character, Paul's goggles were purchased from Allyn Scura, an excellent…

Cyclone – 2006 Legend of the Motorcycle


A pre-dawn stroll through the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton hotel before judging the 2006 Legends of the Motorcycle…

49 Mile Ride 2006, Part 2


The 49 Mile Ride is the premier vintage motorcycle ride in San Francisco, organized by Pete Young every October, and…

2006 49 Mile Ride, Part 1


The 49 Mile Ride is San Francisco's premier vintage motorcycle ride, organized the last weekend of October by Pete…

2006 49 Mile Ride, Part 4


The 49 Mile Ride in San Francisco is a vintage motorcycle ride organized by Pete Young, and attracting as many as two…

49 Mile Ride; James and Kumi


A few of the notable riders and their styles at the vintage 49-Mile Ride in San Francisco, from 2006, with James…

Don’t Break Down!


Fass Mikey Vils repairs his 1915 Harley-Davidson on a Pre-1916 motorcycle run in Atascadero, CA, in May 2006, with the…

Evel Knievel in San Francisco, 1967


The king of cycle jumping once launched a 1967 Triumph TT Special over a line of vehicles, in the middle of San…

The Amazing Zelocette!


Paul Zell builds amazing 'bigger banger' Velocettes, and this 700cc Zellocette is a 700cc version of an MSS Scrambler,…

Legend of the Motorcycle Attire


It was an event that changed the motorcycle world; the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance, from 2006-2008,…

2006 Velocette Owners Club Summer Rally


The Velocette Owner's Club Summer Rally lasts one week, and the ride is a 5-day, 1000-mile adventure in a different…

Ride Em Don’t Hide ‘Em


Mike Madden rides his immaculate Crocker Big Tank like a madman through the hills of Central California. It had just…

Brooklands Relived 2005: David Vincent


David Vincent won his Gold Star in 1936 aboard a two-year old Velocette KTT MkIV, on of only 29 riders to win the award…

Goodwood Revival 2005: Planes, Cars, Motorcycles


The Goodwood Revival meeting is chock-a-block with amazing cars, motorcycles, airplanes from the 1920s-40s, all of it…

Australian Velocette Club Centenary Rally


A visit to the largest Velocette Owners Club week-long rally on the planet, with over 120 Velocettes touring the…

Those Dashing Racers of the 1920s: Harry Weslake


Harry Weslake was a snappy dresser, and revolutionized the scientific design of cylinder heads based on gas-flow…

Brooklands Again: Malcolm Campbell’s Workshop


The Brooklands speed bowl was founded in 1907, but was destroyed during WW2. The Brooklands Trust now looks after the…

Shinya Kimura at the Legend of the Motorcycle


Japanese custom builder Shinya Kimura brought his remarkable hand-made machines to the 2006 Legend of the Motorcycle…