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Classic Motorcycles

Classic motorcycles are a thrilling blend of precision, style, and performance. Kick start your trip though 100 years of classic motorcycles with the articles assembled here.

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  • Car Smarts: Motorcycles

    Car Smarts: Motorcycles

    From Grand Prix dirt bikes to high-end models with built-in navigation systems, motorcycles appeal to a wide range of folks. All you easy riders rev up your engines and test your knowledge with the motorcycle quiz. See more »

  • How Motorcycles Work

    How Motorcycles Work

    With gas prices soaring, motorcycles, which can achieve fuel economies as high as 85 miles per gallon, provide an attractive alternative to gas-guzzling cars. Learn how motorcycle design has evolved over the years. See more »

  • How the Acabion GTBO Works

    How the Acabion GTBO Works

    For speed, a balance of three key elements is essential. The Acabion GTBO blends aerodynamics, feather-like weight and a powerful engine to provide more speed than a driver could ever use -- great fuel economy, too. See more »

  • How the Campagna Motors T-Rex Works

    How the Campagna Motors T-Rex Works

    The T-Rex is a motorcycle-based speedster from Campagna Motors -- a Canadian company. It's a three-wheeled design that blurs the line between car and motorcycle. And yes, it's incredibly fast. See more »

  • How The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club Works

    How The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club Works

    The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club has a reputation for being an "outlaw" motorcycle group. But is the organization really as dangerous as it's made out to be in the media? See more »

  • How the Hyanide Works

    How the Hyanide Works

    Wouldn't it be great if one vehicle could handle snow, mud, and regular road conditions without having to even change tires? Enter the Hyanide a vehicle designed by students for the 2006 Michelin Challenge. See more »

  • How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Works

    How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Works

    Each year, more than half a million motorcycle enthusiasts make their way to Sturgis, S.D., for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. But what makes the Sturgis rally so special? See more »

  • How Vespas Work

    How Vespas Work

    The Vespa is a two-wheeled scooter used for easy transportation and loved for high-fashion style. Learn how they're made, the history behind it and the style that has made it so popular. See more »

  • The Ultimate Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Quiz

    The Ultimate Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Quiz

    Rev up your engines and get ready to go full throttle on the Ultimate Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Quiz. Whether you're a seasoned Sturgis vet or have only heard of it, this quiz will pound your brain. See more »

  • 10 Notorious Motorcycle Gangs

    10 Notorious Motorcycle Gangs

    Motorcycle gangs have been around for more than 50 years. But only about 1 percent of them are considered criminal and dangerous in the eyes of the law. Say hello to the Hells Angels, and nine other motorcycle posses. See more »

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