Classic Motorcycle Build

Classic Motorcycle Buyers Guide

Once there were dozens of American motorcycle companies, including Ace, Flying Merkel, Thor, Pierce, Pope, and others. Even Sears-Roebuck offered one in their 1914 mail-order catalog. Harley-Davidson and Indian were the only two motorcycle manufacturers to survive America's Great Depression.

American Classics

Harley-Davidson 45 Flathead
Harley-Davidson Knucklehead
Harley-Davidson Servi-Car
Harley-Davidson WLA Military Bike
What Harley was used in WW2
Harley-Davidson Panhead
Harley-Davidson K-Model
Harley-Davidson Shovelhead
Harley-Davidson FX Models
Harley-Davidson Shovelhead history
1957-1966 Sportster
1967-1979 Sportster
Harley-Davidson XR750
Harley-Davidson Cafe Racer
1980-1985 Sportster
Evo Sportster History
Evo Sportster (1986-1995)

British Classics

Triumph Bonneville
Triumph Trident
Steve McQueen Triumph
Norton Commando
Vincent Black Shadow
Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle

Read: Vintage British Bikes

Vintage Indian Motorcycles

Read: History of Indian Motorcycles

German Classics

BMW R1100R Review
BMW Motorcycle History - Part One
BMW R1100R Real World Review


The "Superbike" motorcycle years started in 1968 with the three-cylinder Triumph Trident. Soon after, Japanese manufacturers were producing faster, cheaper, and more reliable motorcycles, severely cutting into the sales of both British and American-made bikes.

Japanese Classics

Yamaha XS750 and XS850 Triples
Yamaha Seca Turbo
Kawasaki GPZ-750 Turbo

Benelli Sei six-cylinder motorcycle

Read: Six-Cylinder Motorcycles

Honda cb750 project motorcycle

Read: Best Project Motorcycles