Motorcycles and Choppers

The Motorcycles and Choppers Channel explores how these machines are built and customized. Learn all about motorcycles and choppers at HowStuffWorks.

Topics to Explore


Learn More / Page 7

1961 Matchless G-12

The 1961 Matchless G-12 motorcycle was one of the last models offered bearing the Matchless name. The 1961 model performed poorly which caused low sales against other British competitors Triumph and BSA. See pictures and learn about the Matchless G-12.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

The 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport motorcycle from Italy was low slung and sporty. The engine used shaft drive instead of a chain and had a front-mounted alternator which lowered the seat position. See pictures and learn about the 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport.

1976 Moto Guzzi V1000 Convert

The 1976 Moto Guzzi V1000 Convert motorcycle performed as if it had an automatic transmission. It featured a torque converter that allowed the rider to come to a complete stop and accelerate without using the clutch. Learn about this big Moto Guzzi.

1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans

The 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans motorcycle was a special mix of V-twin power and Italian style. It had a unique braking system where the foot pedal controlled the front and rear brakes along with the hand brake. See pictures and learn about the Moto Guzzi LeMans.

1971 Munch TTS

The 1971 Munch TTS motorcycle is a rarity. Only 250 Munch bikes were made and under 50 came to the U.S. Built from a low-production company, it is often said that no two Munchs are exactly alike. See pictures and learn about the Munch TTS.

1977 MV Agusta 750S America

The 1977 MV Agusta 750S America motorcycle was one of the last street bikes produced by MV Agusta. The bike was very heavy but the weight paid off at higher speeds by adding a great deal of stability. See pictures and learn about the 750S America.

1974 MV Agusta 750 GT

The 1974 MV Agusta 750 GT motorcycle performed well despite some outdated features. Very few Agustas were sold because they were extremely expensive when compared to Japanese bikes. See pictures and learn about the expensive MV Agusta 750 GT.

2000 MV Agusta F4 Strada

The 2000 MV Agusta F4 Strada motorcycle marked the return of the MV Agusta brand after nearly twenty years. The bike featured lightweight materials and a 750-cc four-cylinder fuel-injected engine. Learn about the MV Agusta F4 Strada.

1974 MZ TS250

The 1974 MZ TS250 motorcycle had origins in Communist East Germany and was popular as basic transportation. It was powered by a 250-cc two-stroke single cylinder engine that was built for economy rather than speed. See pictures and learn about the MZ TS250.

1937 Nimbus Luxus

The 1937 Nimbus Luxus motorcycle was produced in Denmark and had many unusual features. This motorcycle featured many unusual design elements such as a channel-steel frame and odd gear lever placement. See detailed pictures and learn about the 1937 Nimbus Luxus.

1970 Norton Commando 750S

The 1970 Norton Commando 750S motorcycle was sporty but dogged by Japanese competition. The most interesting design element of this motorcycle is the high-set exhaust pipes with heat shields. See pictures and learn about the Norton Commando 750S.

1976 Norton Commando

The 1976 Norton Commando motorcycle was among the last bikes Norton produced. Outdated design elements caused Norton to slip in sales when compared to its Japanese competitors. See pictures and learn more about the classic Norton Commando.

1910 Pierce

The 1910 Pierce motorcycle was America's first four-cylinder motorcycle. The bike consisted of a heavy tubular frame that doubled as storage for fuel and oil. See pictures and learn more about the innovative 1910 Pierce motorcycle.

1918 Pope L-18

The 1918 Pope L-18 motorcycle boasted innovation and quality engineering but was Pope's last motorcycle. It had a 61-cubic-inch V-twin engine with overhead valves which were innovative for the time. See pictures and learn about the Pope L-18.

1913 Reading Standard

The 1913 Reading Standard motorcycle was a great example of an early American motorcycle. Reading Standards is best known as the first American motorcycle company to offer a flathead engine. See pictures and learn about the Reading Standard.

1914 Sears Deluxe

The 1914 Sears Deluxe motorcycle was offered for sale in the Sears and Roebuck catalog. The motorcycle featured a 35-cubic-inch Deluxe ''Big Five'' engine and sold for 197 dollars. See pictures and learn more about the Sears Deluxe.

1956 Simplex Automatic

The 1956 Simplex Automatic motorcycle was a lightweight machine that could return 100 mpg. The main reasons for the high fuel economy were the overall light weight and efficient design of the bike. See pictures and learn about the Simplex Automatic.

1966 Suzuki T10

The 1966 Suzuki T10 motorcycle with its mild-mannered engine was aimed squarely at commuters. Performance was not on the mind of the designers when this bike was built instead they focused on economy. See pictures and learn about the Suzuki T10.

1975 Suzuki GT750

The water-cooled engine of the 1975 Suzuki GT 750 motorcycle earned the bike the nickname the 'Water Buffalo.' The bike had a large radiator bolted to the front of the frame and the engine had a water jacket to keep it cool. Learn about the Suzuki GT 750.

Street Hustler: A Chopper Profile

Fantastic quality and an unclassifiable paint scheme characterize Kaotic Customs' Street Hustler. Like all of their creations this bike looks like no other. See photos and check out specifications for this unique chopper.

Scooter Shooterz: A Chopper Profile

This chopper's aggressive stance compensates for its more traditional design. Still it's a well-executed and well-designed custom chopper. See photos and specifications for this classically-styled machine.

1993 Harley-Davidson FLSTN Heritage Softail

The 1993 Harley-Davidson FLSTN Heritage Softail motorcycle was dubbed the Cow Glide. See pictures and learn about the Harley FLSTN Heritage Softail.

1984 Harley-Davidson XR-1000 Sportster

The 1984 Harley-Davidson XR-1000 Sportster motorcycle was powerful buy too pricey. See pictures and learn about the Harley-Davidson XR-1000 Sportster.

Spoon Cobra: A Chopper Profile

The Spoon Cobra's sculpted sheet metal and distinctive touches make it a truly outstanding machine. It was built collaboratively by two of the field's top custom builders. Learn about intricacies and features of the Spoon Cobra.

1904 Indian

The 1904 Indian was one of the few motorcycles of its time to use a direct-drive chain. The direct-drive chain was far more reliable than the more common tensioned leather belt which turned the rear wheel. Get information and see pictures of the 1904 Indian.