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)
Class on the Grass How to improve a golf club: Add hundreds of vintage bikes and a few of motorcycling’s stars.
Photographer : Andrew Wheeler, Mark Hoyer
Nothing against golf, but lush green lawns look significantly better decorated with fantastic machinery than by a bunch of white plastic balls. The fourth annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, California, matured this year, with a larger crowd than ever, a broader, bigger selection of machinery and a better-than-ever overall [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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)
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – Special Feature As summer winds down, a look back at the most exclusive summer concours.
Building the Perfect Crocker – Special Feature Now the Greatest Generation’s toys are worth a Great Deal of Money.
The problem is, according to master craftsman/restorer Steve Huntzinger, that it’s almost impossible not to “over-restore” things like the 1936 Crocker you’re looking at here. Even when you’re working with what’s commonly referred to as the Duesenberg of motorcycles, it’s easy to overdo it with a level of perfection the original never quite achieved. There’s [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Comings and goings were rife in Cycle magazine’s July, 1961, issue. Along with the news that a little start-up company called American Honda would be launching “one of the largest and most extensive sales campaigns ever planned by any motorcycle manufacturer,” including ads for its 50cc step-throughs in Life magazine, “some in full color,” came [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)