There are many stories about Elspeth Beard, the first British woman to ride a motorcycle around the world. If you don’t know about he yet, here’s my new favorite video about her.
It’s here! The world’s first museum exhibit featuring “the new generation of customized motorcycles”, Custom Revolution is now open to the public at the Petersen Museum. Speaking of firsts, this is the first time the Petersen has brought on a guest curator – and it’s none other than Paul d’Orléans!
Sold only in Japan (and only in 1990), the Zook is a rare 50cc scoot from Honda. Honda Japan recently released an educational video about the Zook on their YouTube channel – they’re sharing a few videos about bikes in their Collection Hall. Come learn about the Zook!
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Every year, Walter Barlow visits Martin Moto for the Modern Classic Show, and every year he’s kind enough to bring his camera to share some of the goodies with those of you that can’t make it out. Here are some engines from this year, the 8th annual running!
I just spent some time in Italy to try out the MV Agusta Brutale 800RR (story coming soon to Cycle News), and one of the revelations was how MV is going to be using technology going forward to streamline development, marketing, and sales support.
I missed the Outlier’s Guild Moto Show last year because it was the same weekend of the Quail, but yesterday I got to check out a preview event and I have to say I’m impressed. If you’re local to LA and have an opportunity to go today (Saturday, March 31st), I’d say it’s well worth the $10 ticket at the …
The Vintagent’s first One Minute Moto contest is over and the winners have been announced!
Over the last couple of years, Indian has created two modification contests for their models where the entrants were dealerships. Here are the results from Project Chieftain and Project Scout. This year they’re mixing it up – they’re looking for “three non-professional builders who do not make a living building and customizing motorcycles. Indian Motorcycle is looking for wrenchers who …
It’s taken way too long, but Husky is finally bringing out their street bikes: the Vitpilen (White Arrow) and Svartpilen (Black Arrow)! They provided the 401 and 701 for Jay Leno to try out, and he’s returned the favor with another episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.
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In a show full of classics, Revival Cycles stood out with one of the craziest custom builds I’ve seen in years. It’s a tribute to sidecarcross based on a Ducati ST4, and it’s named Odioso (Italian for “obnoxious.”
Audio Intermission – Yours Truly on the MOTR PodcastView Post
Last year’s Quail Motorcycle Gathering celebrated the 50th anniversary of the legendary Norton Commando and Bike-urious reader James Cowdery brought his ’70 Fastback which had been customized to emulate the show bike that Norton brought to the 1967 Earl’s Court exhibition. I caught up with James to learn more about his bike and what he thought about the Quail Ride:
To me, this is just about the perfect advertisement. You learn something cool, discover a person that does it well, and now you know who to go to if you can’t handle it yourself! In this video, Mel of Dragonman’s Machining shows you how to rebuild the flywheel from a ’76 Shovelhead.