Indians for the European Grand Prix


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

2018 Concorso Eleganza Villa d’Este


The Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este is the most spectacular concours in the world, held on the grounds of an…

The Current: Jambon-Beurre – Avec L’amour Des Français


For maximum fun, an 100hp electric flat-tracker is hard to beat! Jambon-Buerre wants to build them in series.

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


In 1930, the motorcycle World Speed Record was a close contest between BMW, Zenith, and OEC, and the final speed run at…

The Vintagent Classics: Eat The Peach


You can dream about it or you can eat the peach.

Art and the Motorcycle (2): The Futurists


The Futurists were the only Modern Art movement to explore the motorcycle as subject matter. Who were they?

100 Years Ago: Motorcycle Ambulances in WW1


Motorcycle ambulances were a technical innovation in WW1, and these photos show the different ways they were used…

Death, Taxes, and Old Bike Fever


As collectors age, it's all too easy for unscrupulous 'friends' with Old BIke Fever to take advantage of their illness,…

The Current: Hard Wired With Lawrence Au


The future of motorcycling may reside in the brain of Lawrence Au, with patents galore and three e-bike companies under…

100 Years Ago: Harley-Davidson Manufacturing in 1918


In 1918, the US Gov't inspected the Harley-Davidson factory as part of their military contracts for WWI

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#OneMinuteMoto – The Winners!


We have our winners of the #OneMinuteMoto short film contest!

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 pacifist, with a tiny military! These…

Africa: The Motorcyclists’ Continent


Chinese motorcycles are flooding Africa, in a race against the Japanese to dominate this enormous, emerging transport…

Velocettes at Montlhéry: 24 Hours at 100mph


It's a record that's never been beaten: a 500cc motorcycle doing 100mph for 24 hours. And it happened in 1961.

The Current: SURU – the New Cub?


Motorcycle designer Michael Uhlarik fell in love with electric bikes in 2007, and recently introduced the SURU One…

Two-Wheeled Icons of the 1980s


1980s motorcycle design was a radical departure from the 1970s, as both technical development and styling underwent big…

Whence Came the Swingarm Frame?


Modern motorcycle suspension was invented by an eccentric, dry-humored Englishman named Harold Willis, way back in…

Rondal Partridge: Santa Clara Hillclimb in 1940


Imogen Cunningham's son traveled California in the Spring of 1940, photographing youth culture for a New Deal agency,…

Hooligan Racing: Gateway Drug to Flat Track


How do you get into flat track racing? Hooligan Michael Lawless tells his story...

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! Why does it matter?

Vintage Triumph Wins Mexican 1000


It's the first time a vintage Triumph has won its class at the Mexican 1000, after 50 years of trying! Julian…

‘A Handlebar Derby’ – Daytona Beach Racing


Before the Daytona Speedway was built in 1963, racing was strictly on the beach! We explore the history of nature's…

The Current: Martin Hulin of Essence Motocycles


Would you buy a custom electric motorcycle with 200 km of range and 200 kmh of top speed with a wooden seat from…

Vespa Streamliners


In the 1950s, fierce competition between Vespa and Lambretta created an 'arms race' of top speed scooters!

Selling Speed: What’s in a Name?


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

The Vintagent Trailers: 1 Map For 2


2017 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the extraordinary world tour by Leopoldo Tartarini and Giorgio Monetti. An epic…

The Current: E-MTB With Hall of Famer Joe Murray


Mountain Bike Hall of Famer Joe Murray plays an important role in developing e-bike technology as a skunkworks tester…

Martin Munkacsi


A pioneer photographer of sports, fashion, and celebrities, Martin Munkacsi's work was nearly lost to history.

The Ride: Bryan Fuller’s ‘Bavarian Knight’


Fuller Moto nails a vintage BMW cafe racers style with a modified R75/5 'toaster tank' hotrod, test ridden by Paul…

There Goes my Hero


The Indian motorcycle industry consists of small-bore bikes plus the Royal Enfield Bullet, but that's changing rapidly,…

The Ride: Piyush and Nishanth – Avoid IT


Two young Indian mechanical engineers decided they'd rather build a custom bike than get an IT job! Their endurance…

The Current: Saroléa is Alive and Electric


Grand nephews of Saroléa factory racer from the 1950s have rejuvenated the Belgian brand as an Isle of Man TT contender…

Project Desert Rat


Two vintage Triumphs and a state full of dirt roads to explore; that's the simple premise of Project Desert Rat

Al(ta) in the Family


The Alta Motors story is rooted in California flat-track and club racing, via the family of company founder and CTO…

Lena the Killer


Why were a group of Australians riding a British motorcycle in Austria? To steal the World Speed Record back from…

The Age of Monsters


In the early 1900s, racing rules allowed the development of ultra-lightweight 'monsters' with engine capacities of 3-…

Confessions of a Factory Trials Rider


Gwen White was a factory-supported Trials rider in the 1950s, for Francis-Barnet and James, and she recalls her…

Auerberg Klassik


It had been 30 years since the last hillclimb race at Auerberg, but organizer Hermann Köepf found a way to involve the…

Cliff ‘Soney’ Vaughs and ‘Easy Rider’


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

The Current: Mission Motors Electric Sportbike


The Mission One was the most advanced electric sportbike in the world when unveiled in 2009, and its shape was designed…

Sylvester Roper’s Steam Velocipedes


Sylvester H Roper built his first steam velocipede in 1967/8, and demonstrated it around Boston. He built his second…

Freak Power: Hunter S. Thompson for Sheriff


In 1970, Hunter S. Thompson ran for Sheriff of Aspen, Colorado, on a very unusual platform of 'freak power'

Kop Hill – the Perfume of Authenticity


The Kop Hill Climb is one of the oldest motorsports events in the UK, and has been revived in recent years with a…

From Glorious to Notorious; the Fay Taylour Story


Fay Taylour is the most successful female motorsports competitor in history, making her name and her living from racing…

The Vintagent Selects: The Monkey & Her Driver


Kendra and Betty are America’s only all women sidecar road racing team for 2015. This 23 minute documentary profiles…

Cannonball: Into the West


The 2014 Cannonball Crossed the Continental Divide

Scram Africa


Scram Africa is a 2000km desert romp on inappropriate customs. There were breakages galore, and plenty of pushing, but…

The Japanese Harley-Davidsons


Harley-Davidsons made in Japan? It's a fascinating story! Tens of thousands of H-D clones were built in Japan from…

Louis Lucien Lepoix


Louis Lucien Lepoix is an unsung hero of modernist motorcycle design, who built his dreams.

The Vintagent Trailers: Somewhere Else Tomorrow II: “The New Film”


Josephine and Daniel have just returned after another three years on the road traveling the Americas and Africa. This…

The Great Mile


Malle London puts on 'the greatest motorcycle rally in Britain' with The Great Mile, a 1000-mile, 72-hour rally from…

Absolute Speed, Absolute Power Pt. 2


Motorcycle Land Speed Records from 1930 - 1940

Top 10: Most Expensive Motorcycles


What are the most expensive motorcycles ever sold? Check out our list!

Anke Eve Goldmann


Anke Eve Goldmann was a pioneer German motorcyclist and journalist. Banned from racing in 1960, she fought for women's…

Haunted by Hailwood


Mike Hailwood's last Canadian appearance was in 1967 - or was it? Elizabeth McCarthy shares a story of her own, and…

The Vintagent Trailers: I Fidanzati Della Morte (Engaged to Death)


Forgotten for nearly 60 years, “I fidanzati della morte” is movie like no other in its genre, recovered and restored…

Book Review: ‘Flat Out! The Rollie Free Story’


Rollie Free proved the Vincent Black Shadow was the world's fastest production motorcycle in 1947, but his life was so…

Absolute Speed, Absolute Power Pt. 1


Motorcycle Land Speed Records, 1896 – 1930

The Notorious Mosul Moto Caper


Carmen and Nish take a break from covering the fighting in Mosul to discover a Ural motorcycle with sidecar, and slip…

Favored by the Gods of Speed


Alp Sungurtekin has built the world’s fastest unfaired Triumph 650.

Replicating ‘Old Bill’


The most famous Brough Superior of all was 'Old Bill', George Brough's personal sprinter. We didn't know the factory…

Art and the Motorcycle


The Art of the Motorcycle exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum in 1998 changed motorcycling forever.  It was a brave and…

The Mysterious ‘Mark 6’


The existence, or non-existence, of the Velocette Mark 6 KTT has puzzled enthusiasts for decades, until keen-eyed…

Kop Hill Climb


The Kop Hill Climb is one of the oldest motorsports events in the world, and has recently been revived as a Vintage…

‘Crazy’ George Disteel and the Vincent Hoard


George Disteel tried to buy and hide every Vincent in Northern California, but after he died, they came back to life

100 Years After the ‘Indian Summer’, Part 3: Charles Bayly Franklin


Charles Bayly Franklin was Ireland's first international motorcycle racer, and gained fame with Indian motorcycles. He…

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


Jake De Rosier was perhaps the first professional motorcycle racer, and Indian's star rider in the early 1900s. He was…

Jeff Decker’s ‘Black Lightning’ at Auction


Jeff Decker's Custom Vincent, his 'Black Lightning', is a controversial sculptural hotrod

The Vintagent Trailers: The Monkey & Her Driver


meet America’s only all women sidecar road racing team for 2015.

Book Review: ‘BMW Rennsport’


Author Stefan Knittel publishes another terrific book from the BMW Archives, this time about their history of racing…

Wot! No Bike?


The Clash’s Paul Simonon Paints

Song of the Salt


Lake Bonneville dried up 20,000 years ago, leaving a terrible place for machinery, but that's were we choose to go our…

An Egli Reunion


Dr Fritz Egli debuted his magnificent Egli-Vincent 50 years ago. The Egli reunion celebrated the anniversary

Holes in the Memory


Reviving the Memory of Sylvester H. Roper, the Inventor of Motorcycling

Anke Eve Goldmann: ‘Soviet Racing Women’


In 1962, Anke Eve Goldmann documented the extraordinary Soviet motorcycle racing series for women!

Wheels&Waves 2017: The Best Yet


The Sixth Wheels&Waves was the best yet, with carefully curated exhibits, and an emphasis on go, not show

The Lost Peugeot Racers


The Remarkable Peugeot Racer, Decades Ahead of its Time

The Crocker Story


The Real Story of America’s Legendary V-Twin, the Crocker motorcycle, the fastest American road motorcycle for 20 years…

The Blue Bike


Marty Dickerson Created the Vincent Legend in America

The First ‘Triton’ – A Prewar Cafe Racer


The World's First Triton Motorcycle was built by the man who invented the Norton Featherbed frame!

Cannonballs Deep: The Beginning


The Beginning of the 2016 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Rally

‘Norton’ George Cohen


Mr. Norton, the Inestimable Dr. George, has Left the Track

Motorcycle Specials #1


Martin Squires’ Grindlay-Peerless ‘Hundred Model’

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 the failed motorcycle concours at…

Tutorial for the ‘Car Guys’: Why Bikes?


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

Prouvé, Ennui, and the Problem of Cash


Money is the root of all evil, so they say, but it certainly catches our attention. Is it the best way to cultivate…

3 Days in Paris: Retromobile 2012


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

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…

1911: Indians Sweep Isle of


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

Building a Norton Four


In the mid-1960s, there were no 4-cylinder motorcycles to buy, so riders made one. Mick King tells us how he did it in…

The Blue Box


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

Book Review: ‘Private Owner’


Les Higgins was bitten by the racing bug while still a schoolboy, and spent his modest weekly wages buying used racing…

The Amazing Zelocette!


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

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…

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…