Classic Motorcycle Build

Classic Motorcycle Buyers Guide

Before the Great Depression of 1929, there were dozens of American motorcycle companies. These included Ace, Cleveland, Flying Merkel, Henderson, Thor, Pierce, Pope, and others. Even Sears-Roebuck offered one in their 1914 mail-order catalog. Out of all those pre-WWII motorcycle manufacturers, only Harley-Davidson and Indian are presently in business.

Harley Classics

Harley 45 Flathead (W and G Series)
Harley-Davidson Knucklehead
Harley-Davidson Servi-Car
Harley WLA Military Bike
WW2 Harley motorcycle
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)


Vintage Indian Motorcycles

Read: History of Indian Motorcycles


British Classics

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

Read: Vintage British Motorcycles


German Classics

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


Many enthusiasts agree that the "Superbike" motorcycle 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


Articles of Interest:

six-cylinder motorcycles

Read: Six-Cylinder Motorcycles

Honda cb750 project motorcycle

Read: Motorcycle Project Choices