Classic Motorcycles

  • Cleveland CycleWerks BSA

    Cleveland CycleWerks BSA

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    Scott Colosimo runs Cleveland CycleWerks, a company making cool, affordable custom-style bikes that cost as little as $3195. This bike isn’t on a CCW dealer floor though: it’s Scott’s personal ride, a 1954 BSA M21 that he built himself. Scott wanted a hardtail, cut down… Read more »

  • Vintage Norton Lowboy hybrid

    Vintage Norton Lowboy hybrid

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    Norton is famed for its featherbed frames, which carried the Manx single to spectacular racing victories in the 1950s. But in the 1960s, Norton wanted to establish its Dominator twin as a race machine. The newer bike was outclassed by the Manx, so engineer Doug… Read more »

  • Ghezzi Brian Super Twin

    Ghezzi Brian Super Twin

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    If Ducati has NCR, Moto Guzzi has Ghezzi Brian. Based in the lakes region of northern Italy, the company builds small runs of Guzzi-based sport bikes and created the MGS-01 superbike for the Mandello factory. (The odd name, in case you’re wondering, refers to the… Read more »

  • 1974 Norton Commando

    1974 Norton Commando

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    By most accounts, owning a vintage Norton Commando can be a quixotic experience. For many, it’s the romantic ideal of a classic motorcycle—but you’re likely to need good spanner skills to keep the bike going. The alternative is to locate a Commando that has been… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati 48 Sport

    Radical Ducati 48 Sport

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    Radical Ducati is best known for its ultra-desirable transformations of contemporary superbikes. But the Spanish company occasionally turns its hand to vintage machinery, like this beautiful little ‘Sportiva’. It’s a 1962 Ducati 48 Sport—which was known as the Falcon in the US. And despite its… Read more »

  • Kawasaki Zephyr 750 by Sanctuary

    Kawasaki Zephyr 750 by Sanctuary

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    Some 15 years ago, Kawasaki’s Zephyr range kickstarted the trend for retro naked motorcycles in Europe. The styling was loosely based on the original Z1, and although the Zephyrs were criticized for lacking the fearsome character of the Z1, they sold well. This Zephyr 750,… Read more »

  • BMW R75/5 custom

    BMW R75/5 custom

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    During the austere and oppressive reign of General Franco—a remarkable 36 years from 1939 to 1975—foreign motorcycles were a rarity in Spain. So this BMW R75/5 must be a novelty on Iberian roads. It’s owned by Juan Ramón Ortega, a Madrileño with a longstanding passion… Read more »

  • Benelli Sei

    Benelli Sei

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    Of all the recent motorcycling anniversaries, one seems to have passed unnoticed. This year marks the centenary of the illustrious Italian marque Benelli—and according to my calculations, that makes it the oldest European motorcycle manufacturer in (more or less) continuous operation. Today the Chinese motor… Read more »

  • 1967 Ducati SCD 350

    1967 Ducati SCD 350

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    The launch of the new Ducati Streetfighter 848 reminded me of the extraordinary longevity of the L-twin motor layout. It’s been an intrinisc part of the Bologna mystique for over forty years now. The vintage Ducati here sits at the start of that lineage: it’s… Read more »

  • 1971 BSA Lightning

    1971 BSA Lightning

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There’s nothing radical or flashy about this early 70s BSA, but it has a low-key charm that I find very compelling. The beautiful photography helps, of course. It’s by the owner of the bike, Adam Green, taken in his hometown of Margate City, New Jersey… Read more »

  • Union Motorcycle Aermacchi

    Union Motorcycle Aermacchi

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    Harley-Davidson has a strange affectation for Italian motorcycle companies. It bought MV Agusta in 2008, and offloaded it just over a year later to the late Claudio Castiglioni. But way before that, in 1960, Harley bought a half share in Aermacchi, and started selling a… Read more »

  • Ducati Muletto

    Ducati Muletto

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    Ducati is not renowned for making practical vehicles, with the possible exception of the Multistrada. But in the 1950s, the Bologna company aped its rival Piaggio by making three-wheeled utility vehicles. There was a tiny 48cc 2-stroke called the Fattorino, and then the bigger Muletto.… Read more »

  • Moto Morini 3½

    Moto Morini 3½

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    I get a lot of requests to feature certain classic motorcycles, and the same bikes tend to pop up. Top of the list, believe it or not, is the Moto Morini 3½. So it looks like the Bologna-built machines have a very solid fan base… Read more »

  • Kawasaki Z1 900

    Kawasaki Z1 900

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    If I had to lay a bet on the next big trend in custom motorcycles, I’d say we’re returning to the glory days of 1970s and 1980s superbikes. Interest in these iconic machines seems to be rising, and upgrade parts are readily available—albeit mostly in… Read more »

  • 1926 Harley-Davidson racer

    1926 Harley-Davidson racer

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    Today’s bike comes from Buzz Kanter, the Editor-in-Chief of American Iron Magazine. Over to you, Buzz. I bought this bike in full street trim a few months before the Motorcycle Cannonball, but left it parked in secure storage. (I had to focus all my spare… Read more »