A True “Time Capsule” Motorcycle

May 13, 2015 View Comments by

A Never-started Velocette Motorcycles are meant to be ridden. As this adage is most certainly true, finding a classic that is intact and exactly as it left the factory is exceedingly rare and intriguing. The 1967 Velocette competition off-road motorcycle in the pictures is just such an exotic. When I happened upon the singular example […]

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My Summer of ’29

Feb 24, 2015 View Comments by

I am going to take a page out of my autobiography, which I can now laugh at—but at the time, it was certainly not funny. When I was doing much of Harley-Davidson’s graphic design work, I got to meet a lot of interesting motorcycle nuts like myself. One of them was John Rank. John’s dad […]

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In Praise of British Experimentation

Jun 28, 2014 View Comments by

During a recent lecture, I discussed how in the early stages of our language there was an amazing amount of linguistic creativity. As an English teacher, I am intrigued by how those Medieval Brits were taking various language influences and melding them into something new and unique a millennium ago. This is true of the […]

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The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

May 14, 2014 View Comments by

If you’re a motorcyclist, then chances are you’re at least somewhat interested in vintage and antique bikes (we’re all gear heads, right?). If that describes you, and you’re anywhere close to Carmel Valley, CA, then cancel whatever plans you’ve made this Saturday and head over to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. The event will be held […]

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Dottie Mattern’s Cannonball Run for Colon Cancer

Jan 10, 2014 View Comments by

Ever since her college days at the University of Maryland, Dottie Mattern has been riding motorcycles. Now, with her 70th birthday approaching, Dottie aims to become the oldest woman to complete the Cannonball Run, which stretches 4,100 miles from coast to coast. The endurance race features only antique motorcycles model year 1937 and older, and […]

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Victory Cross Country Give Away to Benefit National Motorcycle Museum

Nov 26, 2013 View Comments by

The National Motorcycle Museum was founded in 1989 and is located in Anamosa, IA. It houses a unique collection of rare and vintage motorcycles as well as photographs, apparel, advertisements, and other memorabilia from motorcycling’s past. The museum is a non-profit, and therefore is largely supported by donations from motorcycle enthusiasts. To encourage generous giving, […]

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RoadRUNNER Interviews American Picker Frank Fritz (video)

Nov 04, 2013 View Comments by

American Pickers is one of the History Channel’s most popular series. The show features Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they travel the country looking for antiques and collectibles. Vintage motorcycles are a frequent theme as both hosts are avid motorcycle enthusiasts. Recently we caught up with Frank Fritz at the AIMExpo in Orlando and […]

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Battle of the Brits

Sep 17, 2013 View Comments by

This past weekend the Detroit Triumph Sports Car Club held the 31st annual “Battle of the Brits–Car and Motorcycle Show.” British (and not so British) made motorbikes of all shapes, sizes, and makes were on display. Along with my wife, my daughter, and myself, several thousand others were in attendance on this perfect late summer […]

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Riding “The Beast”

Aug 08, 2013 View Comments by

“We just want to be free to drink espresso, ride our machines, and not be hassled by the Man.” ~ motto of the Time Warp Tea Room File this under, “Are you kidding me?” As I mentioned in my last post I delayed heading out on the TAT by a day due to an invitation. […]

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Used Motorcycles: The Swap Meet Queens

May 22, 2013 View Comments by

If there is a hierarchy of used motorcycles, then the swap meet queen must be at the bottom of the list, just before landfill/junk yard. To be honest, I have been known to “feed” at this end of the food chain now and then, which is my way of saying “been there, done that.” The […]

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