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
We all know that Phil Vincent and his lead engineer, Phil Irving, designed one of the most influential motorcycles of all time: the 61-cubic-inch Vincent V-Twin. This machine was made light, compact and unusually powerful by a variety of techniques that continue to be employed today. Very few, however, know that Vincent, after the demise [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
So, what exactly constitutes “character” in a motorcycle? It’s an old debate and probably has as many answers as there are riders, but I’ll try to put in my two cents because Editor Hoyer has asked me to. He probably figured that, as a serial owner and restorer of British and Italian motorcycles—not to mention [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
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)
National Motorcycle Museum Press Release: If you are into vintage motorcycling, and who isn’t to some degree these days, Vintage Rally 2012 at the National Motorcycle Museum really has got it all. A bike show, swap meet, vintage motorcycling panel discussions, all set at one of America’s greatest motorcycle museums. And, it’s wrapped up with [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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)
The Monterey Peninsula is home to the finest events in automotive sports and culture. The biggest attractions, the Quail Motorsports Gathering, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Historic Racing at Laguna Seca during Classic Car Week in August, are world renowned. We motorcyclists have a history and cultural heritage on par with the cars and, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Vegas: Bright lights, dancing girls, piles of money…and roughly 1300 motorcycles up for auction from three different companies. Yes, this past January, a trio of auction houses invaded Las Vegas, all looking for a piece of the collector-bike market. For two decades, Mid-America Auctions had the town to itself, but last year, Bonhams rolled in, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
A Black Art – World’s Coolest Bikes Purists will shudder and may even weep, but the man who custom-built this ’52 Vincent Black Lightning really is an Artist.
Photos by Michael Lichter If you’ve been to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, you’ve already seen Jeff Decker’s work. His 16-foot, 5000-pound bronze Dynamic Hill Climber—a soaring sculpture depicting a 1930 H-D DAH-mounted hill-climber at the apogee of his ascent—occupies the place of honor on the museum grounds. Whether or not you’re a motorcycle person [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)