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Steve McQueen's 1942 Indian Scout

In Appreciation of the Rock Store, Cornell, California, USA

In hindsight, I should not have been surprised when my first motorcycle ride here in California took me to the Rock Store—after all, I...

Dick Mann Passes (1934-2021): AMA and Honda Issue Statements

Two-time AMA Grand National Champion Dick Mann died Monday at the age of 86. Mann, who started his two-wheel career delivering newspapers in Richmond,...
BMW Motorcycles in WWII

In World War II GIs Gathered Intel—On Captured Nazi BMW Motorcycles!

What they said about them may surprise you. Eighty years ago, the United States was plunged into World War II by the Japanese attack on...

Pro Circuit’s Mitch Payton Secures Parnelli “Kawasaki” Jones Dyna-Mite

Mitch Payton, the owner of Pro Circuit and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki motocross and supercross teams, has another Kawasaki in his stable—the 1971 Kawasaki...

MV Agusta Acquires Hailwood CSS 175 Racebike For Restoration

Any MV Agusta racer from the 1950s is going to be a special motorcycle to own. However, when the original owner is Stanley Hailwood,...

Laurin & Klement Slavia B – The Birth of Škoda Motorsports 120 Years Ago

Czechs Václav Laurin and Václav Klement founded their bicycle manufacturing company in Mladá Boleslav, Bohemia, in 1895. The company, Laurin & Klement, started a...

2021 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone 100th Anniversary First Look

Back in December, we gave you a first look at the new 2021 Moto Guzzi V7 lineup. The big news was an increase in...
Story of Warner Riley's 200+ MPH Run Aboard a Sportster 50 Years Ago!

Story of Warner Riley’s 200+ MPH Run Aboard a Sportster 50 Years Ago!

50 years ago Warner Riley began working toward having the World’s Fastest Conventional Motorcycle. With help from S&S Cycle in Wisconsin, topping 200 mph...
Harley-Davidson Magazine

85 Years Ago Harley Davidson’s New Models Would Knock Your Eyes Out!

85 years ago, amid worldwide doom and gloom, The Motor Company forged ahead. Harley-Davidson’s house magazine, Harley-Davidson Enthusiast, was first published in 1916. It would...
Side-by-side V4s—The Honda VF1100S (L) with the optional frame mount fairing and the Yamaha VMX1200 with aftermarket drag bars—the same only different?

V4s Head-to-Head: Honda V65 Sabre or Yamaha Vmax?

I’ve now owned a 1984 Honda V65 Sabre since 2011 and a 2002 Yamaha Vmax since 2019—long enough to get quite a few miles in the saddle on each.

Six Amazing Honda Minis at Mecum’s Kissimmee 2021 Auction

If you’re in the market for a 50cc or 70cc Honda mini motorcycles from the 1968 to 1971 era, Mecum Auction’s upcoming Kissimmee 2021...

Classic Superbikes by Frank Melling Book Review: Motorcycle History

Frank Melling is an old-school moto journalist and former factory racer. He lives with his wife Carol on a beautiful farm in northwest England....

1957 Gilera Extra Rossa 175 by Machine 1867: The Inside Story

“I really liked the look of the engine,” Edi Buffon of Machine 1867 explains, “and I thought I’d make something really interesting from it.” The...

2021 BMW R 18 Test: City and Country Life with the Big Boxer

Let's say we hop into Mr. Peabody's WABAC Machine and set the date for October 1936 and Berlin as a location. With us, we...
Ducati Celebrates Fabio Taglioni

Ducati Celebrates Fabio Taglioni: 100th Anniversary of Birth

September 10 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of famed Ducati engineer Fabio Taglioni. Taglioni was responsible for a wide variety of Ducati...