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Quail 2013: Motorcycles of the Future at the Fifth Annual Motorcycle Gathering

Quail 2013

Clement Salvadori
November 8, 2013

Early morning set-up out at the Quail Golf Club in Carmel Valley. Mark Mitchell can be proud of his 1919 Harley-Davidson J Model with sidecar—the combination costing $480 back then. Even though I’ve been to all five of the Quail Motorcycle Gatherings thus far, I still find it a delightful hodgepodge... Read more »

Bonham’s Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Includes Competition BMWs

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Press Release
October 26, 2012

A very unique and uncommon collection of four BMW racing motorcycles will be offered at Bonhams’ anticipated Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale next January. Headlining the team of machines is a very rare and much admired Kompressor, or supercharged, 1939 RS 255, the model that legendary racer John Surtees... Read more »

Motorcycle Cannonball Run 2012

An ancient line-up at the Motorcycle Cannonball Run 2012.

Andy Saunders
October 10, 2012

How about a 4,000-mile ride on the saddle of a 100-year-old motorcycle? In 16 days? With one rest day, when you can rebuild the bike? Sound like fun? Then you’d love the Motorcycle Cannonball Coast-to-Coast Endurance Run, which began at Motorcyclepedia in Newburgh, New York, and finished at Dudley... Read more »

Retrospective: Suzuki GS1000SZ Katana: 1982

1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ Katana.

Clement Salvadori
September 4, 2012

In the 1950s and ’60s motorcycle styling was of little concern to either the OEMs or consumers. Two wheels with an engine in between was the standard of the day, with minor differences in the shape of the gas tank. Then in 1973, Triumph USA and designer Craig Vetter came up with the Hurricane, and... Read more »

Iron Ponies

Suzuki Katana

Jim Hale
August 27, 2012

Some things are just meant to be. I really believe that. I’m not saying people don’t have some say in how they act or what they do, but some things present themselves in such a way that you just have to surrender to the moment and say “OK, I’ll play along.” It had been several months since... Read more »

Kaizen: Where were you in ’72?

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Press Release
August 17, 2012

Where were you in ’72? Or how about 1965, when those little Honda step-throughs were everywhere? Now you could get a motorcycle, because your mother was not afraid of it. Heck, your mother even wanted one herself. Cool thing about those little Japanese bikes is that they grew up, right along with you.... Read more »

Retrospective: Norton 850 Commando Mark III: 1975 – 1977

1975 Norton 850 Commando Mark III.

Clement Salvadori
August 8, 2012

This Mark III was the last of the genuine Nortons. In October of 1977 the final Norton rolled off the line, with the side panels reading “850 Commando Electric Start.” The engine was an air-cooled parallel twin, inclined forward a few degrees, with two overhead valves per cylinder. A pair of Amal... Read more »

‘Summer Shakedown 2012′ Vintage Motorcycle Festival Coming in August

Press Release
April 3, 2012

The “Summer Shakedown” will debut August 24-26 at LeMay – America’s Car Museum on the Haub Family Field in Tacoma, Washington. The show, co-promoted by the museum and Ace Cafe London, will be one of the signature events to debut at the four-level, 165,000 square-foot Tacoma museum following... Read more »

Pat Owens Remembered

Pat Owens and Triumph T120

Alan Paulsen
January 5, 2012

Motorcycling’s trailblazers are mourning the passing of Triumph aficionado extraordinaire, Pat Owens, whose exploits accumulating 500,000 miles on a 1970 Triumph T120 RT have been chronicled in Rider magazine and elsewhere. Pat, former Western Service Manager for Triumph, acquired the bike while tuning... Read more »

Winter Musings

Jim Hale
January 4, 2012

As old man winter sweeps through the south the weather changes aren’t nearly as drastic as those in the northern parts of our country. No snow banks line the roads down here below the Mason-Dixon Line; no bitter winds rattle the windows or cause those out on the streets to bundle up like artic explorers.... Read more »

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