For more gorgeous vintage motorcycle advertisements, check out FOTO. From the earliest days, a hint of sex has always helped sell motorcycles—not that they've needed much help, with those top-notes of speed and power and that freedom-of-the-road finish. Like many motorcycle manufacturers, Charles Terrot started off making bicycles and, later, quadricycles in the late 19th century before designing and building motorcycles well into the 20th century. This poster captures the brand's broad fan base, from weekend riders to hardcore, open-throttle diehards. Norton has been a major racing name for decades; in fact, its Manx racing model was a tribute to the Isle of Man, "Manx" being the native Celtic language of the island, as well as a catch-all term for all things Isle of Man-related.
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As far as vintage collectibles go, vintage helmets seem to be the favorites, and why not. These old gems look incredibly cool and can sometimes be worth a lot of money. Due to the recent rage of collecting vintage helmets, it is becoming increasingly harder to find a vintage motorcycle helmet that complements a classic motorcycle like the Triumph Bonneville. If you want to go old school, there are a number of companies out there that make new helmets that look like they came right out of the fifties or sixties, but have modern features that can save you some brain damage. Vintage motorcycle helmets are well-known and are those that were manufactured during the World War II era. They are also in great demand by motorcycle helmet collectors with many of them vying to win one of these classic helmets. The fact is that the helmets were made in different eras and this makes every vintage helmet unique in its own right.
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Towner, Sr. Kirk said that they sold all types of motorcycles during the s and s, including Henderson, Indian, Cleveland and Harley Davidson. We ran the photos through Photoshop to remove the tint, clean up some water spots and modify the contrast and exposure slightly, but otherwise these are the full-sized photos that we received. Note that these photos are courtesy of Kirk R.
When it comes to motorcycle history, nostalgia isn't just a romantic notion—it's a feeling that's captured in several models you can buy straight from the showroom. These 10 motorcycles may be inspired by old-school rides and some are actually direct descendants of decades-old platforms , but their reliability and factory warranties make them alluring alternatives to classic motorcycles. The BMW R nineT has classic Beemer cues, including a horizontally-opposed 1,cc "boxer" engine and shaft drive, but this retro ride adds modern touches like ABS and spoked wheels. Just like an old school ride, it can be modified thanks to extensively customizable bodywork. The Scrambler marks Ducati's return to the genre after decades of focusing on sportbikes, and this classically inspired ride adds modern touches like LED lights and an underseat USB charger.