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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Big Turnout for 24th Annual Nostalgia Run

Sep 13, 2013 View Comments by

Each September vintage and modern bike enthusiasts gather in north central Maryland to display and ride their mounts along the area’s bucolic backroads. This past Sunday several hundred bikes and riders congregated at the Community Park in Thurmont, MD, at the base of the Catoctin Mountains. Moderate temperatures, blue sky, low humidity, and fervent camaraderie […]

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Montana Jacket from British Motorcycle Gear

Sep 04, 2013 View Comments by

The BMG Montana is a classic-looking, vintage-styled jacket. The leather is a rugged 1.4mm grade A cowhide, but it is also quite supple. It’s the type of leather that one might expect to find on a nicely finished dress jacket. It wears, smells, and feels like a quality leather garment should. Once worn the leather […]

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Classic and Contemporary Japanese Motorcycles Up for Auction

Aug 28, 2013 View Comments by

If you’ve got a thing for Japanese motorcycles and happen to be spending October in England, you’ll be excited to learn that Dutch entrepreneur and motorcycle collector Michael Buttinger will be offering his collection of nearly 100 Japanese motorcycles for auction at Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale. The auction will take place on October 20th and […]

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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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New Aerostich Roadcrafter Tactical

Jul 16, 2013 View Comments by

The Aerostich suit has become the go to riding gear for many riders (particularly those whose motorcycles are of German descent). The basic premise of the suit hasn’t changed much in the 30 odd years they’ve been around, so changes and new models are always an interesting development. The latest is the Roadcrafter Tactical suit. […]

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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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An Interview with Dale Walksler of Wheels Through Time

May 11, 2013 View Comments by

One of the many highlights of last year’s RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend was a presentation from Dale Walksler, curator of Maggie Valley’s famous Wheels Through Time antique motorcycle museum. Recently, while in town to scout out some new routes for this year’s Touring Weekend, RoadRUNNER’s publisher, Christa Neuhauser, sat down with Dale for a quick interview. […]

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107 Year Old, One of a Kind Leo Motorcycle Up for Auction

Dec 20, 2012 View Comments by

  Built by the now defunct L.A. Mitchell Motor Company of Oakland, CA, and in all probability the only surviving representation of the brand, this 1905 Leo Motorcycle spent an untold number of decades forgotten in a warehouse belonging to a New England museum. The Leo may well be the oldest example of an American […]

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2013 Vintage Motorcycle Festival

Dec 08, 2012 View Comments by

If you have a thing for antique motorcycles (and really, who doesn’t?) then mark August 24-25, 2013 on your calendar. For the second year in a row, the Vintage Motorcycle Festival is coming to LeMay, America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA. The festival will feature hundreds of vintage and classic motorcycles, some as much as […]

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What is it About Old Iron?

Jul 12, 2012 View Comments by

Why do we get so turned on over old cars, bikes, tractors, or just about any other rusted, busted old heaps? Do we see the possibilities of what they can be, or what they once were? Are we looking at them through rose tinted glasses, which comfortably distort reality? It’s mostly us “guys” that seem […]

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I Love Showing Old Bikes…

May 21, 2012 View Comments by

…just not enough to miss a race. That was the dilemma that Yates and I faced last weekend. Saturday, May 12th was the day of the Carolina Classic Motorcycle show sponsored by the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. It is always a super cool event, especially considering that admission is free. And believe me, […]

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Vintage and Celebrity Motorcycles at the Reagan Library

Dec 20, 2011 View Comments by

Born To Be Wild A significant exhibit of motorcycles recently ended at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Dozens of bikes from 1899 to the present, including some rare models, were on display in the library’s Air Force One pavilion. Included were a 1903 Harley-Davidson replica; 1913 Californian; 1922 Ner-A-Car; 1948 Indian (Floyd Emde’s bike from […]

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