Classic Motorcycles

  • Velocette MSS 500

    Velocette MSS 500

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • Norton Commando Mk III

    Norton Commando Mk III

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    It’s hard to improve on the Norton Commando. But Bill Becker, creator of the lovely Aermacchi Sprint we featured a little while ago, has taken the iconic British motorcycle to a new level. Bill bought the Commando on eBay as a project bike with a… Read more »

  • Moto Morini Settebello

    Moto Morini Settebello

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    In Italian, “Settebello” is idiom for “seven of diamonds”. And this little 175cc Moto Morini is a real diamond, packing a surprising punch from its four-stroke single motor. This was during happier days for Moto Morini, when it enjoyed huge competition success after WWII.

  • 1973 Norton Commando

    1973 Norton Commando

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    A friend of mine ascribes the recent decline in the number of young motorcyclists to the relentless marketing of Japanese sportbikes in the 1980s. These machines, unlike most that preceded them, had no room for a pillion. The father—or uncle, or grandfather—could not take the… Read more »

  • Rokon Trail-Breaker

    Rokon Trail-Breaker

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    I’ve always been fascinated by the Rokon Trail-Breaker. It’s got charmingly oddball looks, and it’s two-wheel drive. But there’s a surprising dearth of information about these curiosities on the interwebs. So I was overjoyed when Robert Galbraith of Rochester, Minnesota, emailed me with images of… Read more »

  • Vincent Black Lightning by Jeff Decker

    Vincent Black Lightning by Jeff Decker

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    For someone who doesn’t like stock Vincents, Jeff Decker builds a mighty fine Black Lightning. He’s a sculptor as well as a bike builder, and his eye for a line is evident with this beautiful salt racer. As these exclusive Horst Roesler shots reveal, Decker… Read more »

  • Freddie Cooper Triton

    Freddie Cooper Triton

  • 1928 Windhoff motorcycle

    1928 Windhoff motorcycle

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    Bonhams’ high-profile auctions usually throw up some surprises. But few are as big as this one. Most vintage motorcycles worth more than $100,000 are pretty well known, but have you ever heard of the German brand Windhoff? Me neither. Yet this restored 1928 example, fresh… Read more »