Velocette MSS 500

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…

Moto Guzzi Le Mans resto-mod

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…

Suzuki Katana by AC Sanctuary

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…

1969 MZ ES 250/2

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…

1973 Ducati 750 Sport

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…

1929 Harley-Davidson JDH

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…

1937 Crocker motorcycle

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,…

Bonneville Speedweek Triton

The lure of the salt at Bonneville Speedweek is strong, and two years ago, the bug bit Vincent Prat of the French Southsiders MC collective.…

Norton Commando Mk III

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…

Moto Morini Settebello

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…

1973 Norton Commando

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…

Rokon Trail-Breaker

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…

Freddie Cooper Triton

The definition of a cafe racer gets looser as the years go by. But this Triton, which will go on sale at the Wheels &…