Motorcycle History

Motorcycle History, Classic Motorcycles,  Antique Motorbikes

Larry Van Horn’s Better-Than-Original 1946 Indian Chief Roadmaster

The first time I saw Larry Van Horn’s immaculate 1946 Indian Chief Roadmaster named “Indian Summer,” it rolled up in front of Hard Scrabble...

Maxi Scooter – A Brief History of Larger Than Life Two-Wheelers

Maxi Scooter Timeline

To understand maxi scooters, we have to go all the way back to WWII when Cushman, an American company, produced motor scooters for the US and British armies.

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days: Mods & Rockers

2012 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio

The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce that the 2012 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days rally - the country's grandest celebration of old bikes and the people who love them - will highlight the classic "Rockers and Mods" two-wheeled subculture that is presently undergoing a popular resurgence in America.

The Great Escape Triumph

Triumph Great Escape Replica to Be Auctioned by Bonhams

Surrey Bonhams Motorcycle Auction

A unique motorcycle created for the 2011 Great Escape 2 - a charity motorcycle ride across Europe to commemorate the 50 RAF officers who met their demise after the so-called "Great Escape" from the German prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III in March 1944 - is to be sold in Bonhams auction of Collectors' Motorcars and Motorcycles on Th

1954 Moto Guzzi Airone

Moto Guzzi History: A Look Back At An Iconic Motorcycle Marque

Moto Guzzi Museum

I would finally get the opportunity to walk through the factory gates and step into motorcycling history that started back in 1917 during the First World War. At the time, three young Italian pilots were fighting for their country in the Italian Air force: Carlo Guzzi, Giorgio Ripamonti and a well-known racer of the day, Giovanni Ravelli.

Ducati 100 Gran Sport: Fabio Taglioni

1950s Ducati Gran Sport: Italian Motorcycle History

Ducati Marianna Era

With sales of the 1946-1958 Ducati Cucciolo booming, Ducati turned its attention to racing. It was with the Gran Sport motorcycles - affectionately called the Ducati Marianna - that Ducati began its racing success. The Ducati Marianna immediately became unbeatable, rendering the name Ducati synonymous with victory in the racing world.

Morbidelli V8

Morbidelli V8 | Motorcycle Feature

90-degree Longitudinal 32-valve Engine 

By any estimation, Giancarlo Morbidelli dreamed in epic proportions. A self-made businessman with a passion for motorcycles, he used his entrepreneurial spoils to finance a race team and achieved impressive results: His race bikes won three consecutive 125cc world titles in the mid-1970s, a coveted 250cc title in 1977, and another 125cc championship the following year.

The MotoGP Series | A History to 2005

Somehow, I ended up in the same corner of the Castrol Honda Superbike hospitality tent as MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi and his friends while attending a World Superbike race at Misano, near Rimini and Riccione, on Italy's Adriatic Coast. I sat a few tables away and watched as Rossi's party chatted and ate prosciutto, apparently enjoying a relaxed day at the track.
 
All weekend long, thousands of Italians had streamed past the Honda hospitality area—its windows wide open to the glorious Italian sunshine.