Classic Motorcycles

  • Honda CB450 K1 by Ellaspede

    Honda CB450 K1 by Ellaspede

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Brisbane is Australia’s third biggest city. It’s the capital of Queensland, the unfeasibly huge ‘sunshine state.’ Queensland is also an idyllic environment for motorcycles, so let’s turn our attention to the brightest star on the local custom scene: Ellaspede. Ellaspede’s latest build is this 1968… Read more »

  • Gilera Milano Taranto

    Gilera Milano Taranto

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Before and after WWII, Italy was a haven for street racing. One of those races was the Milano Taranto, reportedly the longest of all the street races and with the added danger of nighttime running. The only entry requirement was a driver’s license and a… Read more »

  • Ehinger Kraftrad ‘Snow Racer’

    Ehinger Kraftrad ‘Snow Racer’

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Ehinger Kraftrad is a small German workshop based in Hamburg that builds intriguing vintage Harley-Davidsons. Run by Uwe Ehinger and Katrin Oeding, it’s called
 ‘Kraftrad’ rather than the usual ‘Motorrad’—because Motorrad generally means mass-produced goods. Whereas Ehinger Kraftrad specializes in very limited scale, high quality… Read more »

  • Loaded Gun Customs Triton

    Loaded Gun Customs Triton

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    This lovely Triton is the latest from Loaded Gun Customs, the Delaware-based shop run by Kevin Dunworth. The story begins with a phone call from Dunworth’s tattoo artist brother, saying that the owner of the Baltimore Tattoo Museum wanted a Triton built. The starting point… Read more »

  • Honda CB550 cafe racer

    Honda CB550 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a great story behind this Honda, owned by 33-year-old Chris Booth of Vancouver BC. Until he was 28, Chris swore that he’d never ride a motorcycle: “They’re far too dangerous.” Then he went on a road trip to Speed Week at Bonneville with three… Read more »

  • Norton CS1 racer

    Norton CS1 racer

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    At 84 years old, this Norton CS1 is the oldest motorcycle still being raced in the UK on a regular basis. It has over 400 classic race wins to its name, and it’s piloted by the Liverpool-based rider Ian Bain, with support from the helmet… Read more »

  • Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna 400

    Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna 400

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Remember the days when motorcycles made it onto the cover of magazines like Sports Illustrated? Riding bikes was something that real men and movie stars did. And as we’re relentlessly reminded these days, there was no greater star than Steve McQueen. McQueen’s unusual prowess on… Read more »

  • Velocette MSS 500

    Velocette MSS 500

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    It seems so strange now, but before the 1960s, dirt bikes usually had the same chassis as their road-going counterparts. And if you wanted a bike to race, you could order a basic engine and frame from the factory, and then finish the machine to… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Le Mans resto-mod

    Moto Guzzi Le Mans resto-mod

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Equestrians have a term for the ideal proportions of a horse: conformation. The conformation of a draft horse is obviously different to that of a Kentucky Derby winner, but there is an ideal for both. And so it is with motorcycles. It’s what we all… Read more »

  • Suzuki Katana by AC Sanctuary

    Suzuki Katana by AC Sanctuary

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    I remember being dumbstruck when the Suzuki Katana was launched back in 1980. And after a period of distaste, I now find those angular looks growing on me again. They say that retro fashion moves in 40-year cycles, so maybe the second coming of the… Read more »

  • 1969 MZ ES 250/2

    1969 MZ ES 250/2

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    In the pantheon of oddball motorcycles, the MZ ES reigns supreme. Built in the former German Democratic Republic, it was nicknamed the “TV lamp” on account of the enormous square headlight. Owner Martin Kersting cheerfully describes the styling of his daily rider as “awful”. But… Read more »

  • 1973 Ducati 750 Sport

    1973 Ducati 750 Sport

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Every now and then, it’s good to go back to square one. To revisit the baseline, if you like. And for me, that’s an immaculate classic motorcycle captured by a skilled photographer. Like this matching-numbers 1973 Ducati 750 Sport. It’s just been restored by Harné… Read more »

  • 1929 Harley-Davidson JDH

    1929 Harley-Davidson JDH

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Two years ago Buzz Kanter, Editor-in-Chief of American Iron Magazine, rode his 1915 Harley-Davidson across most of the United States in the first Motorcycle Cannonball endurance ride. And now he’s about to do it again on this very rare 1929 Harley JDH. That’s 3,956 miles… Read more »

  • 1937 Crocker motorcycle

    1937 Crocker motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Most classic motorcycles simply look ‘old’. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) But a tiny handful still have the power to stop the traffic, decades after they were built. Brough Superior is one such brand; Crocker is another. This is a 1937 ‘Big Tank’… Read more »

  • Bonneville Speedweek Triton

    Bonneville Speedweek Triton