A lot has happened since 2011, when Falcon Motorcycles debuted its Vincent-based custom, the “Black,” at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering. In my CW print story “Back to Black,” I pondered the tidal wave of time and effort required to build that exquisitely intricate Vincent special, and also whether Falcon’s business model was sustainable. The answer [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Falcon Motorcycles “White” Preview What’s next from Ian Barry? The Velocette project and further reinvention, no doubt.
Photographer : Travis Shinn, Mark Hoyer
When the new Crocker motorcycle was unveiled at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering last May, Michael Schacht, who owns the Crocker name and built that first prototype, told me I could have a test ride next time I was in L.A. That would mean I’d be the only person besides Schacht to have ridden the new [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
If a well-developed mind can hold two conflicting points of view, then the Cannonball is, among other things, an opportunity for wisdom. It was an exercise in daily on-the-road mechanicking, surely not worth the investment of two months and thousands of dollars for the reward of a daily grind of pre-dawn rising, horrid coffee and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
There are two types of people who ride the Cannonball: Mechanics, and those who can afford to bring one along. Sometimes the afforders are decent wrenches too, but hire even better ones: whizzes with side-of-the-road magic in their fingers, rewinders of magnetos, truck-axle crankpin makers. All such repairs were made on the first Cannonball two [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Crocker Motorcycle Company Resurrected There’s even an actual motorcycle, you’ll just have to wait for your T-shirt.
After nearly twelve years of hassles, legal setbacks, a change of countries, and one nasty recession, a brand-new Crocker Big-Tank motorcycle has emerged from a hangar in SoCal. Michael Schacht is at no loss for words in describing the ordeal he’s overcome to reach the point of turning a key, kicking over the 80 cubic-inch [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photographer : Michael Lichter
The recent “World’s Coolest Bikes” profile of sculptor Jeff Decker and his Vincent “Black Lightning” proved controversial with CW readers, some of whom objected to the desecration of a Vincent motorcycle, while others were predictably pissed off by Decker’s attitude toward that hallowed name. Like the man, Decker’s tweaked Vincent has a chip on its [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Black Falcon: Can you improve on a Vincent? The Vincent motorcycle, deconstructed: heresy or halleujah?
Photographer : Jeff Allen
You’re sitting at a really good bike bar, with every kind of two-wheeler outside—cruisers, classics, choppers, racers. Some lucky bugger turns up on a Vincent Black Lightning, the chatter stops, everybody clambers out for a look. What a thing! A great big sexy lump of engine, with appendages bolted on to make it go. Awesome. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este – Special Feature A display of the best, rarest and most beautiful motorbikes ever created on Earth.
[ BMW brought out one of its rare jewels, the 1934 R7 prototype. ] Italy’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is known as perhaps the most elegant automotive celebration anywhere. It’s a rare combination of the perfect landscape (Lake Como), the perfect Villa and a curated selection of 50 truly exceptional vehicles. With admittance to il [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
[ This 1938 1000cc Brough Superior SS100 sold for $238,000 at MidAmerica’s Las Vegas Auction. ] Each January, the true faithful among vintage-bike nuts head toward Las Vegas to attend the world’s largest old-motorcycle sale. This year, Bonhams & Butterfields piggybacked with MidAmerica Auctions to bring the number of bikes on display or for sale [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Brian Blades Most of us are content to hone our mechanical skills and enjoy maintaining or modifying our bikes. In this, we tend to be pretty much equal, a community without class distinction—broke, rich or famous.But some people enter The Woods. Guys who go deep, compelled to engage the very raw materials and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)