The Vintagent Archive: “A Two-Wheeled Steed” (1869)

From the first year of pedal-cycle mass-production, and 1869 account of the joys...


NSU Breaks 200mph Barrier!

In 1956, the German NSU factory sent a team of six streamliners to Bonneville,...


‘The Angels of Pervyse’

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


Fours Before Honda: 70 Years and 50 Brands

Four-cylinder motorcycles have been around since at least 1899, but Honda made...


‘SpeedisExpensive’: The LA Shoot Road-Trip

A new documentary, 'SpeedIsExpensive', dives deep into Vincent history, with...


The Mighty MFK: the Giant’s Fist

In the late 1940s, German racers had to make their own: this MFK...


The Current: Alta Grabs First Electric AMA Pro National Podium

It's finally happened: the Alta Redshift is the first electric-powered...


The Vintagent Trailers: Black Lightning: The Rollie Free Story

arguably the most famous photograph in motorcycling.


The Vintagent Selects: Team Obsolete – A Day At The Track

Assembling the very best grand prix 350’s from the classic period in a...


The Early History of Indian, Part 3: The Indian Motocycle Is Born

Part 3 of Ken Aiken's re-examination of the Early History of Indian Motocycles. ...


The Early History of Indian, Part 2: Hedstrom Sets the Pace

Hedstrom Sets the Pace: Carl Oscar Hedstrom rented facilities in Middletown,...


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...


The Current: Mike Corbin, E-Bike Pioneer

Mike Corbin built electric motorcycles since the 1970s, and held the electric...


Racing ‘Round the Rainbow Scintillator

In 1915 San Francisco emerged from the rubble of the '06 earthquake like a...


The Art of the Motorcycle: The Wrapped Vespa

'You're an outrage!' How Christo's 'Wrapped Vespa' almost got into the Art of...


Every Picture Tells a Story: Marie Therese Von Hammerstein

Marie Therese von Hammerstein was a German aristocrat and intellectual, and used...


In Velo Veritas: Keith Hamilton

Australian Velocette legend Keith Hamilton was always good for a story and a...


A Clubman at Brooklands: David Vincent

David Vincent was one of 29 riders to lap the Brooklands course at over 100mph...


Take a Bou, Toni!

Spaniard Toni Bou is a motorcycle competitor on par with a select few legends,...


Death By Cocteau

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


Legends of Montlhéry at the Cafe Racer Festival: Part 2

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


The Phantastic Oskar Schindler

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


Indians for the European Grand Prix

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


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...


Around the World with Aloha Wanderwell

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


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...


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...


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. ...


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...


Class C Racing in California: 1935

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


Two-Wheeled Icons of the 1980s

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


‘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...


Rondal Partridge: Santa Clara Hillclimb in 1940

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


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! ...


‘A Handlebar Derby’ – Daytona Beach Racing

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


Selling Speed: What’s in a Name?

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


Jean Depara, Congolese Photographer

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


The Vintagent Classics: The Hazards Of Helen: The Wild Engine

The spunky Helen (Helen Holmes) is our hero as a telegraph operator at a remote...


There Goes my Hero

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


The Vintagent Selects: Chasing The Bullet

A film exploring the love affair between India and the Royal Enfield Bullet


The Vintagent Classics: Impatience

Impatience, from 1928, is the first film to eroticize the motorcycle,...


The Current: Future-Proof (Part 1)

How will the motorcycle become safer in the future? Editor of 'The Current',...


The Vintagent Selects: Gabe Griffin DKS! The Heathens

Gabe Griffin & DKS! takes an in depth look at The Heathens MF & the Rock n Roll...


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...


Cliff ‘Soney’ Vaughs and ‘Easy Rider’

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


Sylvester Roper’s Steam Velocipedes

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


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...


Atlanta’s ‘Black Streaks’

From 1913-1924, black motorcyclists raced on Atlanta's board tracks and...


The Tiger of Picardy

Triumph were allowed to build their twin-cylinder line even after WW2 began, and...


Road Test: 1928 Windhoff

A Rare German Four-Cylinder Beauty on the Road


Japanese Motorcycles: the Early Days

The first motorcycle arrived in Japan in 1896; they built their own from 1908.


Louis Lucien Lepoix

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


Absolute Speed, Absolute Power Pt. 2

Motorcycle Land Speed Records from 1930 - 1940


‘The Pleasures of Life’

Boris Anrep laid the floor mosaics in the National Portrait Gallery in London in...


Top 10: Most Expensive Motorcycles

While auctions are the best way to keep track of motorcycle prices, several...


The Evolution of ‘Super Kim’

the machine is the holder of the South American speed record from 1930


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

Forgotten for nearly 60 years, “I fidanzati della morte” is movie like no...


T.E. Lawrence; ‘The Road’

T.E. Lawrence, better known as 'Lawrence of Arabia', was a keen motorcyclist,...


1915 ‘Race for Life’ – the First ‘Wall of Death’?

The world's first Wall of Death appears to have been called the 'Race for Life',...


Absolute Speed, Absolute Power Pt. 1

Motorcycle Land Speed Records, 1896 – 1930


Stanley Woods and ‘Patricia’

A Beloved New Imperial V-twin as Superstar Transport for TT star Stanley Woods


Chopper History on NPR

NPR explored the history of the 'Captain America' chopper used in 'Easy Rider',...


The Vintagent Trailers: Sugar & Spade

'Spade' George and Austin ‘Brown Sugar’ are two life-long friends, brought...


Harley-Davidson FHA 8-Valve Racer

Stored for Decades, Super Rare and Authentic Racer is Auctioned


The Notorious Mosul Moto Caper

Carmen and Nish take a break from covering the fighting in Mosul to discover a...


The Rudge Book of the Road

In the 1920s, the Rudge-Whitworth company offered lavish touring accessories for...


Hughes, Godfrey, and the Red Baron

Legendary art critic Robert Hughes has a surprising connection to 1911 Isle of...


Scuderia Ferrari Motorcycles

One the 75th Anniversary of the Ferrari marque, we celebrate Enzo's original...


1910 Sex Scandal! Jake De Rosier’s Teen Lover

In 1910, Jake De Rosier was the most famous motorcycle racer in the world. ...


Replicating ‘Old Bill’

George Brough's Racing Brough Superior SS80 Had a Brother


The Mysterious ‘Mark 6’

The existence, or non-existence, of the Velocette Mark 6 KTT has puzzled...


100 Years After the ‘Indian Summer’, Part 4: Oliver Godfrey

Oliver Cyril Godfrey won the 1911 Isle of Man TT on an Indian, but World War 1...


Kop Hill Climb

The Kop Hill Climb is one of the oldest motorsports events in the world, and has...


‘Crazy’ George Disteel and the Vincent Hoard

George Disteel tried to buy and hide every Vincent in Northern California, but...


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

Charles Bayly Franklin was Ireland's first international motorcycle racer, and...


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...