WHAT’S IN A NAME? Velocette Motorcycles, the company, was originally called Veloce Ltd. Founded by John Goodman (born Johannes Gutgemann, then changed to John Taylor, and then finally to John Goodman) and William Gue in 1905 as “Taylor, Gue Ltd.”, it’s first motorcycle was called the “Veloce”. Within a year, they had renamed the company …

SMALL VOLUME, BIG REPUTATION Vincent Motorcycles have an aura & a cache to them that is vastly out of proportion with their production output. Vincent produced less than 11,000 motorcycles total from the end of World War II until their demise in 1955. It’s amazing how much attention a Vincent Black Shadow, or a Vincent …

As we continue our journey through the decades, it’s time to take a look at the best motorcycles of the 1980s. While every decade in the industry’s history has been a transformative one, the 80s was on another level. It was a decade of immense vision, with motorcycle manufacturers pushing the boundaries of design and …

As unprecedented limitations ease up and the hopes of hitting the track are high, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) plans on a big week for thousands of motorists – and they’ve got 20 hours until the grand opening.  According to the LaconiaMcWeek website, the Laconia Motorcycle Week began as a gypsy tour in 1916, with the …

While every decade has its icons, the 1970s have so many good models to choose from. It was a time when the Japanese were really stamping their authority over the scene, flexing muscles and cylinders with each other, and driving once-mighty international brands into obscurity. Despite the changing landscape, the 70s created some of the …

As spring blossoms into summer, buyers around the globe flock to the markets to purchase, sell, and trade their shiny toys for something different. Older toys tend to come with a couple of surprises under the proverbial hood, and in a world where vehicle misuse is prevalent, a transparent registry is invaluable to the modern …

Sources from the Cord & Kruse Classic auction house in Midland, Texas claim to have one of the world’s most iconic bikes for sale – the Captain America Harley-Davidson from the 1969 classic film “Easy Rider”.  This piece of American motorcycle history comes from the estate of Gordon R. Granger. According to an American Motorcycle …

The 1960s was a transformative time for the motorcycle industry. As the mobility culture shifted from affordable motorcycles to affordable four-wheelers, the industry found itself at something of crossroads and on the cusp of an identity crisis. The 60s would bring about the beginning of the end for the British industry, an unexpected rise of …

The 1950s was an interesting decade for the motorcycle industry. As countries began to show signs of economic improvement after the devastation of World War II, motorcycle manufacturers could begin to innovate in new directions. While affordable mobility was still an important part of a motorcycle’s design, the humble motorcycle was slowly being replaced by …

There’s no doubt that the motorcycling landscape is changing. Over a relatively short period of time, we’ve seen a bigger focus on emissions regulations, the development of affordable electric models, and unexpected new trends. While we know that many governments across the globe have ambitious plans to phase out the production of new internal combustion …

The 1940s was a particularly turbulent decade in world history, dominated by the Second World War causing widespread destruction all over the globe. As the Allies and Axis powers battled in different theatres, the world’s largest industrial manufacturers were forced to support the war effort in whatever way they could, and a wave of innovation …

In 1921 Indian unveiled the Indian Chief and its only appropriate to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its release. Indian has unveiled three reimagined variations of the iconic Indian Chief for the 2022 Indian lineup.  It’s been eight years since a redesign of the iconic Chief model. The Chief Classic, Vintage, and Chieftain launched in …

To a motorcyclist, a motorcycle helmet is an indispensable piece of protective equipment. It protects your head from damage, protects your face from the elements, and helps to keep your concentration fixed on the road. For some motorcyclists, their choice of helmet is even more important than their choice of motorcycle! The first motorcycle helmet …

Table of Contents Hypersport Supersport Sport Z Family Retro Sport Hypernaked W Family Versys Supersport Touring Classic Cruiser Bagger Cruiser Off-road Dual Sport Supermoto MX Series Cross Country For 2021, Kawasaki hypes in the press release, “a motorcycle for every rider.” True this is a bold statement, but one look at this year’s model lineup …

The Harley-Davidson v.s. Indian Motorcycle Saga Continues Ryan F9 makes the most polished motorcycle content you can find on the internet; the guy is an absolute savant when it comes to making videos and ensuring viewers are getting all the information they need regarding the tops he is presenting. Today, he has the answers to …

The Flat-Track Inspired Indian FTR 1200 & 1200 S Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The Indian FTR 1200 and 1200 S continue to inject some much-needed “sport” into the Indian model line-up. Ever since the FTR 1200 first rolled into dealerships in 2019, it has been one of the most ferocious American-made …

Get Excited About the 2021 Suzuki Lineup Suzuki has some new models for the 2021 model year and that should get you pretty excited. This comes after a big year last year with the return of the Katana nameplate and the addition of some real winners on the adventure bike side of things. This year …

Indian’s Lineup Gets Better in 2021 Indian Motorcycle has been putting out very good motorcycles lately, and 2021 is a continued move in the right direction from its already stellar lineup in 2020. While still not nearly as much of a juggernaut as Harley-Davidson, Indian has managed to make itself important in the American cruiser …

Arch Motorcycle is a luxury American motorcycle manufacturer based in Hawthorne, California. The company was founded in 2011 by actor Keanu Reeves and bike designer Gard Hollinger. Together, the duo and the rest of the team at Arch Motorcycle create exclusive and bespoke machines for discerning customers. Though the company was officially founded in 2011, …

When the Victory story came to an end in 2017, the brand left behind a legacy. Or rather, the departure of Victory left a hole in the market that still hasn’t been filled. While many riders may state that the market is already saturated with American-style cruisers, Victory offered something different. It breathed a breath …

How Much Do You Really Know About Motorcycle Helmets? The first petrol-fueled motorcycle was built by Daimler Reitwagen in1885. Humans have always had an affinity for speed and competition; naturally, it was only a matter of time until we started riding our new invention a little too recklessly, right? I think that question goes without …

Unique Vision Squandered by Harley-Davidson Buell Motorcycle Company is best known for its connection with Harley-Davidson. It’s one of the many things you can point to in Harley’s long history that The Motor Company managed to mess up, but that’s really only part of the story of Buell.  The company’s story spans nearly four decades. …

Contents BMW History What Makes BMW’s Special? 2021 Adventure Lineup Our Recommended BMW’s Just hearing someone say BMW adventure motorcycles conjures up images of twisty mountain highways, steep dusty trails, vast deserts, and dense forest roads. BMW is the company that pioneered the adventure motorcycle segment, and it’s the first that comes to mind for …

29 Formal Offers Were Received It’s no secret that Norton Motorcycles has money issues. The company owes millions of dollars to various creditors. It essentially went bankrupt and now UK administrators are helping the company through that process. It is quite likely that the company will be bought by either another company or a single …

Indian’s Lineup Gets Better in 2020 Indian Motorcycle has been putting out very good stuff lately. While not nearly as much of a juggernaut as Harley-Davidson, the company has waded into the American cruiser market and not looked back. It now has a great lineup and continues to expand. 2020 Should be a good year …

The name Honda has been synonymous with motorcycles since 1948 when Honda Soichiro formalized the Honda Technical Research Institute into the Honda Motor Company. The very first motorcycle Honda made in 1949 was technically a motorized bicycle, the Honda Type A, with the second model, the Type D, becoming the first true Honda motorcycle with …

The Falcon’s Numbers Looks Pretty Good A while back I reported that Cleveland CycleWerks would be releasing its first electric motorcycle, which will also be its first American made motorcycle. The bike is called the Cleveland CycleWerks Falcon and there will be two different versions—Falcon 01 and Falcon BLK. There will be an official reveal …

Essentially Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Norton Motorcycles has one of those names that has a long history behind it. The future of the company, however, is questionable. Norton just went into administration in the UK, which is the equivalent of filing chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S.  Accounting firm BDO was appointed administrator of the motorcycle …

Get Excited for the 2020 Suzuki Lineup Suzuki motorcycles have added the Katana back to its lineup for 2020 and is still managing to keep around the Hayabusa even though it had to pull it from much of the world. Us North American riders are lucky that way. The company has a dynamic lineup that’s …

It’ll be a Super High-End Machine Few names in British motoring history stand out like Aston Martin and Brough Superior. However, they’ve always been focused on different areas of the market. Aston on cars and Brough on motorcycles. Now, the two companies will work together to build a high-end motorcycle, according to RideApart. There is …

V8 Mimicry Harkens Back to Early Models Curtiss Motorcycles, formerly Confederate Motorcycles, now has a new version of its Zeus electric motorcycle called the Radial V8. Why? Because the battery cells look a lot like the V8 engine built by Glenn Curtiss, which is where the company got its name. The bike is a striking …

A Bike to Celebrate 50 Years It’s been 50 years since the first /5 series. It has also been 50 years since BMW Motorrad started producing motorcycles in Berlin Spandau. To celebrate this, the company decided to put together a new motorcycle. The BMW R nineT /5 is styled with nostalgic charm. It harkens back …

That’s a Major Milestone Harley-Davidson isn’t exactly having a good year, and it hasn’t performed well for the last several years. With its target demographic aging quickly and a big question mark on its future, the company has to reposition itself. With that said, the motorcycle company still sells a lot of motorcycles. Some good …

Get Ready to Buy The Indian Motorcycle FTR 1200 is one bike that gets a lot of people excited for the future of the company. That’s why it’s pretty big news that you’ll be able to go into a dealer to see one and purchase one in May. With May literally right around the corner, …

Bad News for Manufacturers and Consumers The most recent tariffs in the trade war between the U.S. and Europe could end up impacting the motorcycle industry. According to CycleNews, the Trump administration proposed $11 billion in EU tariffs. Of the list of products in that proposal, motorcycles and motorcycle parts and accessories are listed. This …

The Kind of Response Every Motorcycle Company Wants Jawa recently released two new models. The one-time Czech company, now owned by Classic Legends Private Limited, a subsidiary of Mahindra and Mahindra, seems to have struck motorcycle gold. Its two new models sold out until November without the company even rolling one motorcycle off the assembly line.  The …

The Bikes Return to the Desert The Mint 400 is a desert race close to Las Vegas. The race used to have several classes of vehicles compete, but it shut down in 1989. Some folks resurrected the race in 2008. However, motorcycles were not included. That changes this year. This year, the race will take …

KTM’s New ADV Class Game Changer I spent the last two days at the Calgary Motorcycle Show gawking longingly at what is slated to be my next motorcycle. I put a deposit down on one back in November without even knowing the price or having seen it in person. Am I completely nuts? Crazy like …

BMW Motorcycle Reviews and Reports   Bestem BMW Carbon Fiber Fender Review 2016 BMW C 650 GT Scooter Review Bot-Wing Airfoil for the BMW GS BMW S1000XR Fairing Removal BMW G310R Preview Mounting a GPS on the S1000XR BMW Retro Concept Announced 2016 BMW Scooters Announced! BMW Navigator Street GPS BMW S1000XR Review Part 1: First …

Moto Skiveez Performance Tights and Compression Riding Socks Review Moto-Skiveez expands on their lineup of motorcycle riding base layers with a new, “longer” offering. The new performance tights take a different approach than the original Skiveez by way of a tighter fit and an improved pad. Also in this review we’ll take a look where …