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Classic Motorcycle Buyers Guide

American Classics

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.

Harley-Davidson 45 Flathead
Harley-Davidson Knucklehead
Harley-Davidson Panhead
Harley-Davidson Shovelhead
Harley-Davidson FX Models
Harley-Davidson Servi-Car
Harley-Davidson Flathead 45

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Harley-Davidson K-Model
1957-1965 Sportster
1966-1979 Sportster
Harley-Davidson XR750
Harley-Davidson Cafe Racer
1980-1985 Sportster

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British Classics

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

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German Classics

BMW Oilhead 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

Kawasaki GPZ-750 Turbo
Six-Cylinder Motorcycles

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