Got the itch to put some miles in? Fear not – there’s still a couple of things to do in the country before pockets are emptied into gas tanks, and parking receipts are exchanged for plane tickets.  The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has a treat that they have installed for July 3rd – …

BMW Announces Online Database of BMW Motorcycle Photos, Historical Information and More The new BMW Historical Archive includes information, photos and details on motorcycle and automobile history, biographies of famous motor racing personalities and more. The information is categorized in several different ways, and is available through individual keyword searches or by selecting a year …

All brands have certain challenges to overcome, especially the historical ones. Be it a poor marketing decision, failed product launches, or embarrassing social media boo-boos, it’s almost expected that at some point all brands will make a misstep. Think Ford’s Edsel, ‘New’ Coke from the 80s, or even U2 and Apple downloading music onto people’s …

Like many teenagers in 1980s Australia, I was a willing participant in the Japanese rotary-engined street racer phase that swept the country at the time. Hell, there was even a magazine called Fast Fours & Rotaries that sold here like hotcakes. But for me, the whole thing crystallized when my mate Daryl rolled up in …

BSA Bantam History ABOVE: 1950 BSA Bantam D1 123cc. SPOILS OF WAR The birth of the BSA Bantam line did not take place in England after the war. Indeed it started out as a pre-war Germany design, the DKW RT125, and DKW was taken over by the Allies as part of the war reparations Germany …

AMC = Associated Motor Cycles BIRTH OF AN EMPIRE Associated Motor Cycles was more popularly known as AMC (not to be confused with ‘the other AMC’, American Motors Corporation, the US company that owned Rambler, Metro & Jeep, which sold out to Chrysler in 1987). Associated Motor Cycles was the result of various takeovers & …

THE HISTORY OF AJS MOTORCYCLES The name AJS stands for A.J. Stevens & Co., the firm’s full official name. But that’s an awful lot to fit on the side of a motorcycle tank, so they made do with the initials. Founder Joe Stevens owned Stevens Screw Co. in Wolverhampton, England, and by 1987 had built …

Duke Video With Castrol Produced by David Wood DVD ($24.95 each). Format: NTSC DVD Vol. 1: How It All Began & The TT; 62 minutes Vol. 2: Birth of the Grand Prix & The Japanese Arrival; 73 min. Vol. 3: The Other Champions & Pressure, Money and the Need to Win; 65 min. Available From:  Duke …

We’ve got bikes inspired by all kinds of things here at wBW.  From the tattoo-inspired bikes courtesy of Indian Motorcycles, to the new limited edition Brough Superior machine inspired by Lawrence of Arabia, to the unique BMW R 18 by Revival Cycles that recently created a bike with inspiration from a birdcage for the chassis, …

Forgive me if I sound about 10 years old, but as a grown-ass man I still have my childhood obsession with weird and wonderful WWII vehicles in full effect. Be it their wild creativity, overblown mechanicals or straight-up ‘let’s cross our fingers and see if this works’ hopefulness, they still to this day inspire customisers, …

NUUK Cargopro Electric Motorcycle Is The First Vehicle To Pass the EUROCYBCAR Test Amidst the plethora of new electric motorcycles popping into the Powersports industry proper (XP’s Zero motorcycle, Horwin’s SK3 Electric Scooter and KYMCO’s pending electric motorcycle brand, to name a few), comes the admittance that regulations need to adapt to these new machines. …

It’s More Fun to Ride a Slow Bike Fast Small-bore bikes are, in a word, necessary. While you might use your 2021 Yamaha Star Venture to eat up the miles on the trans-country expressways (or perhaps dig into the nearest anthill on your new 2022 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R), there’s something to be said …

Here’s What A Naked Frameless Bike Looks Like UK motorcycle brand Arc Motorcycles has had big dreams and small purse strings. Despite their financially tumultuous history bringing forth “the world’s most advanced fully electric motorcycle of its kind” (they coined the term in an article from NewAtlas, not us), Arc has, over the past few …

Since the very first 1885 Daimler Reitwagen motorcycle, the passion for two-wheeled goodness has covered the globe. Motorcycles fill all manner of human needs, from basic transportation to mind-boggling adrenaline pursuits. This naturally made me wonder, what would be some of the most important motorcycles ever made? I love these sorts of questions, the type …

The world is full of amazing motorcycle brands, but I cannot think of a single other manufacturer that can claim to have a lifestyle. Is there any other brand of motorcycle in the world that has the level of global recognition of Harley Davidson? I cannot think of a single one. How did Harley-Davidson get …

“You know what your problem is, Richie?…You’re a nice guy.” Our favourite Gas Monkey Garage owner has just forked over a hefty wad of green for Fonzie’s iconic 1949 Triumph Trophy 500 from the hit show “Happy Days” – and judging by the price tag, ‘bang-for-buck’ wasn’t that much of a concern.  Source: Outsider The …

Beyond the abundance of lush rolling fields, wooded valleys, heathland, and tors of England’s Devon countryside is a secret connected to the Normandy beaches of D-Day. That secret, locals insist, is heaps of buried Harley-Davidson military motorcycles (among other equipment) that were brought in when the vets of our country entered to train for what …

Recovered and Rebuilt for the Masses Triumph’s very first prototype has just been discovered, and it’s not often you find something this special in such mint condition.  The first prototype  from Triumph was, according to an article from Motoroids, “Long-rumored to exist and referenced within advertising and reviews that appeared in 1901…this first Triumph prototype …

Indian Motorcycle is bringing the power to the pavement in their updated 2022 lineup. This comes via new ride control software and reworking their engines to be more efficient—without losing any of the spirit and grunt you’ve come to expect from their rumbling V-twins. Indian has made great strides in sales during the past year …

This year’s EICMA saw the Italian Motorcycling Federation (IMF)’s central display area taken by none other than Magni – a brand dedicated to building special bikes and “a supplier of special parts for the restoration of MV Agusta classic motorcycles,” according to Wikipedia. This year, IMF’s spotlight was taken by the most recent brainchild to …

Somebody Give Baker Street a Buzz The world’s rarest motorcycle isn’t just a ‘one-of-a-kind’ custom deal tinkered with love by a backstage mastermind sporting years of experience on the docket (though we dearly love those). Think more along the lines of a ‘one of one’ invention – and to this day, nobody knows the exact …

Hold on to your cold brews because this is a neat bit of gossip.  Apparently, a third-gen member of the Lamborghini family (Ferruccio Lamborghini) has re-launched a historic motorcycle brand just in time for tomorrow’s EICMA.  The report from EINPresswire tells us that Lamborghini jr. has been racing at a Moto2-level of competency for years …

Joanne Donn takes her work seriously.  She’s the showroom manager for RevZilla’s new store in Denver, Colorado, built in the heart of what the locals call the “RiNo” art district – a community that is as saturated with diverse flavors as it is welcoming of new ones.  For Donn, the store couldn’t have possibly chosen …

An electric bike company has just bought the trademark for a motorcycle with roots in the bikes of the Soviet’s Red Army – and the early prototype has already set a speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats.  Delfast is a brand that does brilliant things with their electric bikes.  Despite being far from the …

“It Ain’t Easy Being This Good!” Top Gear is paying homage to one of history’s most prolific stuntmen with a high-octane stunt show – and the event was enough to blast everyone’s yawns into next Tuesday, with change to spare.  The report from DailyMail states that Eddie Kidd – a beloved stunt performer who worked …

At this point, I’d say we’re at our limit for unfortunate events in the moto market.  From the constipation of the Suez Canal situation to the longevity of the chip shortage crisis, to the pretty envelope wrapping all this up that has been (and continues to be) unprecedented times….we’re just saying that everyone could use …

What do you do when you list yourself as the official electric superbike supplier for MotoE but don’t have any electric machines of your own? You learn from someone else’s, apparently.  Ducati’s jump-starting their new role as MotoE supplier by checking out Energica’s previous race units for MotoE – and there’s been a teensy bit …

We’ve got a report of record sales coming in from the Borgia Panigale factory in Bologna. Ducati has just beat last year’s sales, and they’re only just in the final quarter of this season. The press release states that all told, 2021 saw 49,693 pretty beasties delivered to their respective clients, whereas 2020’s total was …

Here at wBW, it is our pleasure and obsession to find the newest of the new; not only to write on the doings of major motorcycle manufacturers like Harley-Davidson, KTM, Honda, and Yamaha but also to bring to light the coolest cats from the farthest reaches of the interweb – and we have a particular …

With the turning of the seasons, riders across the land look forward to the annual Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale – and this year, the motorbike lineup is particularly well-stacked. RideApart states that two collections in particular – the Phil Morris Road Racing Collection and a series of motorbikes that used to belong to German film critic …

A Swedish motorcycle company by the name of RGNT has just made their new kid on the block – the NO. 1-CLASSIC – ready to order, and the bike is a brilliant modern-take-on-a-classic-age. Having been revealed back in 2019 at the MC Mässan Swedish Motorcycle Fair with the production model made for 2020, RGNT has …

Welcome to Flashback Friday – where the penchant for the past is appeased, and the passion for puttering in fashion is still the daily to-do. Keloland has just recovered an old tape from the archives of 31 years back – and what better way to usher in the 81st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally than to revive the …

Next up on our voyage through the decades, we arrive at the 1990s. While the 80s was a decade of innovation and excitement, the party really got started in the 90s. If you were a young and impressionable youth with a taste for high-speed thrills, jaw-dropping lean angles, and a penchant for general mischief, then …

CLASSIC BRITISH ROAD RACING MOTORCYCLES This 1969 Triumph Trident T150 Road Racer was campaigned by the legendary Gene Romero (above). The development of motorcycle racing has largely dominated many racing sports over time. The sport involves road racing, off road racing, both either on circuits or open courses and track racing. There is now a …

THE QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING: A RIDE, A SHOW & AN AUCTION ALL ROLLED INTO ONE I attended this year’s Third Annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering at the beautiful Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley CA, and what an experience! To begin with, these ‘Gatherings’ are far more than just an awesome Classic Motorcycle Show, they’ve evolved very …

BACKGROUND OF NORTON ROTARY MOTORCYCLES Norton’s air-cooled, twin-rotor Wankel motorcycles made up a unique and interesting chapter in the history of this legendary classic British marque. After the last Commando rolled off the assembly line in 1975, things grew quiet at Norton until the early 1980s. Norton and merged with BSA in 1973 just as …

NORTON MOTORCYCLE BOOKS Norton was always a design leader with bikes like the Norton Manx, the Dominator twins, and the game-changing Norton Commando. Check out all the great books we have about Nortons. We have a wide selection of books about Norton history, photo exposes, shop manuals, restoration guides and much more. If you’ve been …

The Moto Talbott Collection THE MOTO TALBOTT COLLECTION MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM Moto Talbott, as it has become known locally, opened about a year1 ago in the beautiful Carmel Valley, on California’s central coast. Just minutes from the Quail Lodge, which hosts the Quail Motorcycle Gathering each year. So this very prestigious area is becoming known for …

Miltary Motorcycles YEAR-BY-YEAR 1937 BSA WM20 1941 BSA M20 1941 Harley-Davidson WLA 1942 BSA M20 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA 1943 BSA M20 1945 BSA M20 1946 BSA M20 1999 Harley-Davidson MT500 A WORK IN PROGRESS In our efforts to complete our online index, and make this the world’s greatest website about classic British motorcycles, we’re building …