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Motorcycle History & Resources

  • History of the Harley-Davidson Sportster: Blowing Away Big Twins Since 1957

    In 1957, Elvis Presley released the hit song "All Shook Up", the first Frisbee was produced, and the Harley-Davidson Sportster model motorcycle was introduced. Known as the XL series, the Sportster is still being produced today, and it retains its status of being one of the world's most popular motorcycles. Leo Payne drag racing the "Turnip Eater" Ironhead. The Sportster is a direct descendent of Harley's legendary but sometimes-overlooked Model K series. The middleweight K model was intro Continue Reading »

  • Harley-Davidson: The AMF Years

    Harley-Davidson: The AMF Years In the year of 1969, the Woodstock music festival took place in upstate New York, American astronauts landed on the moon, and the AMF corporation took over production of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. An AMF 1973 Ironhead Sportster chopper built by Kevin Spence. Prior to the acquisition of Harley-Davidson, American Machine Foundry, or AMF was primarily known for its bowling equipment and other recreational items. AMF basically tossed the then-financially shaky Continue Reading »

  • Ten Famous Motorcycle Riders You May Not Have Known

    Discovering a celebrity's hobby behind the scenes of their movies or music can be interesting and surprising. It's even more so when the interest coincides with the reader's passion. The appeal of motorcycles stretches across all walks of life. These ten famous motorcycle riders listed below are quick to reveal their love of the freedom they feel when riding. Hunter S Thompson on a Penton, an Ohio based race bike. Hunter S. Thompson Hunter S Thompson on his BSA A65 Lightning with his so Continue Reading »

  • The History of Triumph Motorcycles

    The History of Triumph Motorcycles Triumph motorcycles are widely regarded as being one of the world's most legendary and well-respected brands of motorcycles. This esteemed line of British cycles maintains a rich and colorful history that stretches back to the early 20th century. 1950's drag racing, with two Triumphs. In 1902, the first Triumph motorcycle was produced in Coventry, England by the Triumph Cycle Co. Ltd. Prior to producing motorcycles, the company imported sewing machines Continue Reading »

  • Get To Know - DMD Helmets

    DMD Helmets is a family-owned and operated motorcycle helmet company based out of Bergamo, Italy. Known in Italy and Europe since 2007 for their vintage style helmets that feature modern materials and safety (including a DOT-certified rating), DMD is more of a newcomer to the roads of North America.    Vintage style meets modern technology. - DMD Helmets The DMD SeventyFive full face retro helmet is DOT-certified and available now in the USA. Other models including the Rocket and Rac Continue Reading »

  • Get To Know Biltwell Inc.

    The Lowdown On Biltwell Inc. Biltwell Inc. was found in 2006 by a couple of friends with over 40 years of combined experience in the action sports industry. Burnt out on working for other people, they looked for a change and came to a realization that custom motorcycle parts and accessories were way too expensive and over-styled. With that in mind they set out to create beautiful and functional stuff that would speak not only to them, but to like minded motorcycle enthusiasts aroun Continue Reading »

  • WWII and The Impact On Motorcycles

    Motorcycles, Motor Scooters and the Post-War World Motorcycles are a common sight in today’s America, and vintage motorcycles remain highly sought after to this day. We see them on the roads and highways of our nation, while owning an off-road motorbike has become a rite of passage for many teens in America. But what many people do not realize is that America’s modern love affair with vintage motorcycles came about in large part due to our involvement in the Second World War. It was in t Continue Reading »

  • The History Of Bell Helmets

    The journey toward safe motorcycle helmets began with a racecar builder. Roy Richter had seen many racing accidents in his time, and he was determined to do what he could to prevent them. He was also a determined businessman and a creative inventor. Combining his talents, he would succeed in ways he could not have imagined possible. A Gary Nixon Ad for Bell in 1968 Roy Richter - Founder of Bell Helmets. As a race car driver, Roy Richter had some success in the 1930s on the local circuits. Continue Reading »

  • The History of Bobbers

    World War 2 brought about many changes to the makeup of America's culture. Many women found themselves taking on various new roles as heads of the household since most men were now enlisted and serving in campaigns throughout Europe and the Pacific. Industries changed and shifted in accordance with the demands that the war put on the economy. Steel mills became a common sight in cities as companies such as GM, Ford, and Chrysler built new mills and factories to keep up with the steel demand. The Continue Reading »

  • Harley-Davidsons In The Movies

    The Harley-Davidson brand has almost become synonymous with the word motorcycle. Harley-Davidson choppers have been making regular cameos in Hollywood movies for over half a century. In 1953, Marlon Brando starred as outlaw motorcycle gang leader Johnny Strabler in the film The Wild One. The movie was the first of many films to follow in what is now referred to as the outlaw biker genre. These movies, for better or worse, widely popularized the rebellious and reckless image associated with m Continue Reading »

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