Category Archives: Motorcycle Culture

The Shop Owner: Gig Hamilton

An examination of the unique business model of retail sales, as the “motorcycle boom” of the late sixties and early seventies reached the United States. This was a time when hardware stores, used car dealerships, individual racers – and, nearly anyone with a few hundred dollars and some extra space – could become a dealer. […]

Change is Good: Motorcycle Personalization, Modification, and Performance Upgrades

maico motorcycle customization

Vintage Motor Company is pleased to present a three-part series on why Maico riders modified their bikes–and why owners of motor vehicles are still motivated by the same desires The pick-up truck bounced into an open dirt patch on the Pennsylvania hillside. It came to rest abruptly; a drawn-out scratch of the emergency brake finalized […]

The 2017 Potomac Vintage Riders York Swap Meet and Bike Show

Triumph on display at 2017 Potomac Bike Show

Glad to Live in the Northeast A motorcyclist said to me the other day, “You know, we are so lucky to live up here in the Northeast! There were so many motorcycles imported here, bought here, ridden here…other than maybe Southern California, there is no place like here!” And, for those interested in old motor […]

Ake Jonnson: King of Motocross Part 2

The 1972 American motocross season in a single image: after turn one, Jonnson already pulling away

RACING: HOPE, IMAGE, REALITY THE SUCCESS YEARS: AKE JONSSON   “Everything was possible:” the 1971 World 500cc Championship 1971 was another successful year for Maico and Jonsson. It did, however, also hold one of motorcycle racing’s bitterest stories of poor luck and defeat, for both him and Maico. Jonsson, while leading the 500cc championship series […]

Vintage Motorcycle Days 2016

Vintage Motorcycle Days 2016

A “Must Do” Vintage Bike Attraction   Another Vintage Motorcycle Days (VMD) event has come and gone, and it was great as always! The weather this year was as perfect as one could expect, at least for a field in the middle of Ohio in the summer. VMD is produced by the American Motorcyclist Association, […]

Ake Jonsson: King of Motocross

Ake Jonsson

Part 1: The Success Years: Ake Jonsson   “Watch Ake slice inside his line and pass him, seemingly with no effort. What makes a man ride like this?”[1]    “I think Ake was probably the best motocross rider, ever.”[2]   The Vintage Motor Company is proud to release part 1 of a 2 piece series […]

THE MOTORCYCLE AND MAN: A SOCIAL HISTORY (BEGINNINGS, TO THE 1950S)

Motorcycle and Man A Social History

 T.E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia,” 1888-1935) loved to ride his motorcycle. On a damp early morning in 1925, former Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence, now living incognito as the lowly Royal Air Force enlistee Airman Shaw, rose and slipped into his breeches and puttees in the dark. By 4:00 a.m., Lawrence finished breakfast at his quarters. He […]

Motocross Looked Like This: Tim Hart

Tim with one of his Maico's

“We were just kids who wanted to race.”[i]   One of the most recognized images of off-road riding, and possibly the sport’s most iconic photograph, comes from the early years when motocross first captured the American imagination. It is that of a lone, airborne motocross racer. The image was first seen on the December, 1972 […]

Go to a Vintage Bike Event!

Do you want to get started enjoying the fun of old motorcycles?  One of the best ways to learn about the hobby is to attend a vintage motorcycle event.  These are often referred to as “swap meets” or “bike shows.”  Let’s get started!