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Bonhams Announces New Motorcycle Auction at Barber Vintage Festival

Barber Museum

Bonhams is delighted to announce a new addition to its global calendar: a classic motorcycle auction at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama. The sale will be hosted in conjunction with the famous Barber Vintage Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6.

“The Barber Motorsports Museum is world-renowned, especially for its supreme motorcycle collection and exhibition method,” says Andy Barrett, Bonhams U.S. Motorcycle Specialist. “Hosting an auction in partnership with ‘The Barber’ is a natural extension and we couldn’t be more pleased.”

Adds Mark Osborne, Bonhams Global Director of Motorsport, “The annual Barber Vintage Festival is an internationally recognized and attended motorsport event on par with the best in the world and it’s a pleasure to establish a Bonhams auction in concert with it.”

Bonhams is the leading global auctioneer of classic motorcycles and holds the world record for the most valuable motorcycle ever sold at auction. With annual auctions in Las Vegas, Nevada and Stafford, England — not to mention various single-owner collections, the specialists at Bonhams are the best in the business.

Consignments are now being sought for the Barber sale. With limited availability, owners of unique and rare motorcycles as well as complete collections are encouraged to contact a member of Bonhams’ team right away:

• US: 323-436-5470 |
• UK and EU: |

Alternatively, owners may visit to submit a complimentary auction appraisal.

"King" Kenny Roberts to Host Charity Dinner and Ride at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

War memorial

Grand Prix motorcycling icon Kenny Roberts will host the annual Welcome Home Heroes Foundation Charity Dinner and Ride Supporting Veterans during The Quail Motorcycle Gathering Weekend, May 5-6, 2018, at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club. Roberts will be joined at the event by fellow GP racing legend Eddie Lawson.

The proceeds of the dinner and ride will directly benefit the Northern California-based Welcome Home Heroes Foundation. The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, presented by GEICO Motorcycles, has partnered with the Welcome Home Heroes Foundation to bring the two charitable events to the weekend of the annual show. Featuring special guest and 2017 “Legend of the Sport” Kenny Roberts, the reception and dinner will take place on Saturday, May 5th at Quail Lodge & Golf Club and be followed by the ride on Sunday, May 6th. Both events directly support the non-profit, which provides resources for U.S. veterans and their families.

Grand Prix motorcycle racing world champion and industry icon Kenny Roberts has been a longtime proponent of Welcome Home Heroes Foundation. The grassroots 501 (3) (C) organization works directly with staff at Veterans Affairs facilities in Palo Alto and Livermore — as well as the U.S. Military — to assist Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans.

Saturday’s 7th Annual True American Heroes reception and dinner will honor and provide funding for this cause and feature special appearances by Roberts and fellow Grand Prix racer Eddie Lawson. The evening will include a gourmet meal prepared by Quail Lodge & Golf Club’s Executive Chef Brian Kearns and his team. Dinner will be followed by a live auction featuring a motorcycle donated by Yamaha Motor Corporation.

The fundraising efforts will continue Sunday morning with the 14th Annual CPL Michael D. Anderson Jr. Ride. Led by the three-time world champion Roberts and four-time world champion Eddie Lawson, the ride will take participants through the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Valley roads with a few stops along the way, highlighted by lunch at the Moto Talbott Collection in Carmel.

“We are looking forward to working with this amazing foundation through the dinner and ride fundraiser,” said Kai Lermen, General Manager of Quail Lodge & Golf Club. “Giving back to veterans is an important cause in our community. We truly love to host events that not only raise awareness for this cause, but also inspire our guests to provide their support.”

To participate, guests can buy a single event package for $400 or a double event package for $600. One hundred percent of proceeds will benefit U.S. veterans and their families. To learn more or to purchase a package, please call the True American Heroes Dinner & Ride office at 1.209.765.9317.

About The Peninsula Signature Events

The Peninsula Signature Events is organized by The Peninsula Hotels, dedicated to creating world-class bespoke events at its properties in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Bangkok, Manila, and Paris — future openings, Yangon and London. Quail Lodge & Golf Club is home to the following Peninsula Signature Events: The Quail Ride, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, The Quail Rally and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.

Motorcycle Classics 2018 Vintage Bike Shows


The 2018 show season is fast approaching, making this the perfect time to start making plans to join us at our favorite annual events.

First up is the annual Vintage Motofest, June 8-10, 2018, at Road America racetrack outside Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, featuring AHRMA vintage racing and the Rockerbox Bike Show. The bike show happens Saturday, and we'll be there heading up judging and awarding, bestowing the Motorcycle Classics Editor's Choice award along with trophies for the top bikes in five other categories. Nicknamed "America's National Park of Speed," Road America is one of the most historic tracks in the U.S., if not the world. The AHRMA racing on the 4-mile, 14-turn road circuit is spectacular, plus there's live music, a Saturday microbrew tasting, and an opportunity to lap the track on your own scoot Saturday. If you've never been, this is the time to go.

Two weeks later we'll be in Chicago, Illinois, for the Motoblot Urban Motorcycle & Hot Rod Street Rally, June 22-24, 2018. First held in 2014, Motoblot has rapidly grown into one of the largest vintage motorcycle, scooter and hot rod rallies in the U.S. A street show with a great urban vibe, it draws bikes from across the region and the U.S. for a great weekend of live music and cool bikes. Motorcycle Classics will sponsor the Motoblot Vintage Bike Show, with a special Editor's Choice award and trophies in six other categories. The Motoblot Film Festival runs all weekend, and there's a beer hall, plenty of food trucks and vendors galore. Definitely not to be missed.

Two weeks after Motoblot we'll point our scoots toward Lexington, Ohio, and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 6-8, 2018. The granddaddy of all vintage motorcycle events, VMD has been mecca for vintage motorcycle fans since its founding in the mid-1990s. Regularly drawing crowds of 40,000-plus, it's second only to the Barber Vintage Festival in size and scope. Vintage racing fills the weekend, with riders competing on the 2.4-mile Mid-Ohio track in the AMA Vintage Grand Championship and out in the field in great motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track racing. VMD also hosts the largest swap meet in North America, covering some 35 acres! The amount of vintage gear being traded boggles the mind: If you're looking for that last obscure part to complete your restoration, chances are good you'll find it at VMD. We don't have a final schedule yet, but look for the return of the Motorcycle Classics Ride & Show on Saturday, July 7. This is truly one of the greatest events of the year, and as always, proceeds from the event benefit the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Labor Day weekend will see us heading west to the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah, for the 13th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2018. As always there's great AHRMA racing, plus the ever popular Battle of the CB160s LeMans Start at noon on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll host the annual Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show, with trophies in five classes including awards for Best Restored and Best Rider in each class. Top tip: Come early for the 2018 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Aug. 25-30, for an experience you'll never forget.

Rounding out our year is the 14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, Oct. 5-7, 2018. This is the single largest vintage gathering in the U.S., with attendance breaking 70,000-plus the past few years. We'll hold technical seminars Friday and Saturday, with the Motorcycle Classics Barber Vintage Bike Show on Saturday. We'll finish off the weekend with our Sunday Morning Ride, a leisurely run through the beautiful Alabama countryside. There's also great AHRMA racing on the incredible 2.4-mile Barber track, and the excellent Barber Swap Meet returns, as does the Ace Corner, the Century Parade for bikes 100 years old and older, the Globe of Death stunt show and much more. We'll post more info as it becomes available. Don't miss it! MC

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: March/April 2018


Head to Martin Motorsports in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, for the Modern Classics Motorcycle Show on March 3.

3/3 Back for its eighth year, check out the Modern Classics Motorcycle Show. This year, in addition to a great collection of bikes from the 1960s through the 1990s, the show will also feature a sampling of machines from the first half of the 20th century. Check out the Friday Night Modern Classics Kickstart Party from 7-10 p.m. at the show's home, Martin Motorsports in Boyertown, Pennsylvania.

3/9 This year marks the 77th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, which runs March 9-18, in Daytona Beach, Florida. The racing kicks off on Saturday night, March 10, with the Daytona Supercross. The American Flat Track series Daytona TT runs on Thursday, March 15. The 2018 Daytona 200 takes place on Saturday, March 17, featuring American Sportbike Racing Association's (ASRA) 600cc sport bikes racing on Daytona's famed road course. For more info, schedules and specific locations of activities visit the Bike Week site.

3/17 Visit Rapid City, South Dakota, for the 30th Annual Black Hills Motorcycle Show, March 17-18, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. There are more than 20 judged classes, including People's Choice.

4/27 Head to Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, California, for the Corsa Motoclassica, April 27-29. Rounds 7 and 8 of the AHRMA Historic Cup Roadrace Series will be Saturday and Sunday. There's a vintage bike show on Saturday and a swap meet both days.

Mar. 4 — Walneck's Swap Meet and Show. Princeton, IL.

Mar. 4-5 — 28th Annual Super Show and Swap Meet. Colorado Springs, CO.

Mar. 9-10 — AMCA 2018 Sunshine Chapter National Meet. New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Mar. 9-10 — Vintage Motorcycle Alliance 7th Annual International Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet and Bike Show. Eustis, FL.

Mar. 9-11 — 15th Annual Inland Northwest Motorcycle Show and Sale. Spokane, WA.

Mar. 11 — Walneck's Swap Meet and Show. Springfield, OH.

Mar. 17-18 — 42nd Annual Vintage Motorcycle and Bicycle Rally & Show. Caldwell, ID.

Mar. 18 — 46th Annual Kalamazoo Motorcycle Swap Meet. Kalamazoo, MI.

Mar. 25 — So-Cal Cycle Show and Swap Meet. Long Beach, CA.

Mar. 30-Apr. 1 — AHRMA Road Racing at Carolina Motorsports Park. Kershaw, SC.

Mar. 31 — Giddy Up Vintage Chopper Show. New Braunfels, TX.

Apr. 14-15 — Eurobike 2018. Raleigh, NC.

Apr. 20-22 — The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 2018. Austin, TX.

Apr. 20-22 — AHRMA Road Racing at Hallet Motor Racing Circuit. Jennings, OK.

Apr. 22 — Walneck's Swap Meet and Show. Woodstock, IL.

Apr. 22 — So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet. Long Beach, CA.

Apr. 22 — Jeff Williams Motorcycle Swap Meet. Kansas City, MO.

Apr. 25-28 — 36th Annual Laughlin River Run. Laughlin, NV.

Apr. 27-28 — AMCA National Meet Perkiomen Chapter. Oley, PA.

Apr. 31 — 15th Annual Cadillac Swap Meet. Cadillac, MI.

Motorcycle Classics wants to know about shows, swap meets, road runs and more for classic motorcycles. Send details of upcoming events at least three months in advance to

3rd Annual Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway

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The 3rd Annual Motorcycle Classics Ride 'Em, Don't Hide 'Em Getaway at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, is set for Aug. 10-12, 2018. Following up on the great time we had with the first two events, we're returning to Southwestern Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands for another perfect weekend of riding and relaxing.

The goal for the weekend is pretty simple: hang out with cool people, ride great roads, eat well and share our mutual love of old bikes. Last year's event drew 53 readers to Seven Springs Mountain Resort, including riders who joined Joel Samick at RetroTours for a back-road romp from the RetroTours headquarters in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, to Seven Springs. Last year's ride took us south to the tiny burgh of Grantsville, Maryland, where we stopped for lunch after threading our way through the area's beautiful and mostly unknown Amish farm country on roads regularly populated by horse-drawn buggies and their Amish occupants.

Our post-lunch ride took us back north and over the 3,213-foot summit of Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania. The day ended back at Seven Springs, where we had a great banquet dinner with special guest Mark Mederski, special projects director at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, and former executive director of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Sunday morning found us back on our bikes, with a great run on seemingly abandoned back roads carving through the Laurel Highlands. This is truly stunning territory, a mixture of woods and open farm land punctuated by broad ridges and sudden valleys of idyllic farm land, with ribbons of two-lane black top slicing through it all.

RetroTours will once again offer rental bikes from its stable of classic '70s twins, and if you're looking for more adventure link up with them for a round-trip run from Kennett Square for the event. We're still working on this year's route and special guest, but you can count on another special weekend filled with great people, great food and great riding. It doesn't get much better than that.

Sign up now to reserve your spot in the Ride 'Em, Don’t Hide 'Em Getaway. All reservations include lodging for two nights (Friday and Saturday), a welcome reception dinner on Friday, full breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning at the Slopeside Restaurant, and a special post-ride banquet dinner on Saturday. There’s also secure indoor parking for your bike, so you don’t have to worry about it being outside. Last year’s lineup of machines looked like something straight out of a museum, with vintage Ducatis, Triumphs, BSAs, Hondas and more filling the ranks. Don’t miss it! Click here to reserve your space.

Behind The Longest Hour: The Hagerty Insurance 2017 Barber Bike Build

John L. Stein works on the Rickman

With the Dunlop Geomax MX3S tires fitted, John L. Stein rolls on a new Regina chain in preparation for racing at Barber in 2017.

The challenge sounded easy enough: Find two race-eligible dirt bikes at the 2017 Barber swap meet, fix them, and go racing. What could go wrong? Lots, actually. Yet remarkably, it all went quite well, as we recounted in our feature article, The Longest Hour: Racing Rickman Dirt Bikes at Barber. So what did we learn about preparing for a mad challenge like this? Quite a bit, thank you.

Bike Build Essentials

In an ideal world, preparing for a challenge like this, you’d make up a list of replacement parts, accessories, tools and supplies needed in advance of building a bike. For the Hagerty adventure, we didn’t have that luxury. Instead, we had to make educated guesses ahead of time and ship ahead the items we were most likely to need. And by some miracle, we chose exactly right! Here’s who supported us in our build – and the rugged cross-country race that followed.

Dunlop shipped three sizes of its Geomax MX3S off-road tires and tubes – two 21-inchers, two 18-inchers and one 19-incher. This gave us a good chance of having new knobbies for whatever bikes we ultimately found. And they gripped perfectly in the Alabama woods – a real performance advantage. Go to

Regina Chain sent us four different Professional Cross Supermoto chain sizes, including 525, 520, 428, and even the small 420 just in case we found the odd little 90cc or 100cc bikes that needed them. The Rickmans both used 428 chains, which we trimmed to size with the easy-to-use Regina chain breaker. Go to

Pro Honda makes a wide variety of lubricants, chemicals and cleaners for bikes, and sent products to support whatever kind of bikes we found. We used HP2 two-stroke oil, HP Transmission Oil, Contact/Brake Cleaner, Carburetor Cleaner, HP Chain Lube with Moly, and Spray Cleaner and Polish (which also helped with tire mounting). Everything worked great! Go to

Thinking positively ahead of time, I ordered two sets of Fastlane MX Vintage Ovals printed up with our racing numbers and names, and carried them to Alabama in my computer bag. Super sticky and durable, they are just right for standard 9x11-inch vintage number plates. Go to

John L. Stein riding through the woods

After putting it all together, Stein rips the Rickman through the woods. He was running third until he ran out of gas!

Ride Essentials

It had been a while since I replaced my helmet, and with racing in the cards I picked the light and comfortable Bell Moto-9 Carbon Flex in Vice Black/White. Among the latest in helmet designs, it protects against the glancing blows that often accompany dirt bike falls. Fortunately, I didn’t get to fully test this feature! Go to

Given one other safety item besides a helmet to wear, I’d choose Alpinestars Tech 10 boots. Weighing about 5 pounds apiece in my size (11), they’re not light, but they’re spectacularly comfy, and do they ever protect your feet, ankles and shins from the ruts, rocks, stumps and other hazards found in woods riding. Go to

A hip gear company based in So-Cal, FastHouse makes a variety of moto apparel – some with a vintage feel – and can print the jerseys with your name and racing number. We picked Stripes L1 jerseys, Grindhouse pants in Navy and Speed Style gloves, also in Navy – a great look for the Rickmans we eventually found. Go to

Our thanks to all these great suppliers for making this incredible ride experience happen, to Hagerty Insurance for backing us in the first place, and to Motorcycle Classics for publishing the story. What a ride!

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: November/December 2017


Visit the Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show on Jan. 27. Motorcycle Classics archives

Featured Events

Oct. 28

Visit Norcross, Georgia, for the 27th Annual Blue Moon Cycle Euro Bike Swap Meet on Saturday, Oct. 28. The swap meet is open to all parts, accessories and apparel for European motorcycles. Display your late model, used or classic bike for sale in the Consignment Corral for $25 each. No fee for buyers or sellers, and free lunch for all. The swap meet runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, then come back and join in Sunday, Oct. 29, for the Blue Moon Cycle Vintage Ride. Join the Blue Moon staff and friends for a scenic ride through the Georgia countryside including a lunch stop and a secret attraction. This ride is open to all motorcycles 1985 and older. Admission is free, and the ride leaves at 9 a.m. from Blue Moon Cycle. Call John Landstrom for more details at (770) 447-6945, ext. 20.

Nov. 4

The 11th Annual Cops and Rodders Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona. Spectator admission is free. Last year’s show featured more than 900 vehicles displayed and attracted more than 20,000 spectators.

Nov. 5

Join the Southern California Norton Owners Club for “the best ride by a dam site,” the Hansen Dam Ride. Now in its 38th year, the ride is a great way to spend a day enjoying classic motorcycles. Recent years have seen more than 500 bikes of all makes show up, making it the largest classic motorcycle event of the year in Southern California. A 75-mile-plus route is mapped out for the day. Show up as early as 8 a.m. for coffee and donuts, and after the ride the grill will be fired up with lunch served. The ride departs at 10 a.m. sharp!

Jan. 27

Mark your calendar early for the largest vintage motorcycle show in South Florida. Head to Dania Beach, just south of Ft. Lauderdale, for the 12th Annual Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27. More than 400 classic bikes will be judged under the trees in Frost Park. Enjoy live music, vendors, a bike parts swap meet, food, motorcycle field games, roller derby girls, a vintage bicycle display and more. The event is free to the public, with a fee for entering bikes, and proceeds benefit Stray Aid & Rescue, Southeastern Guide Dogs and the Dania Beach Lions Club.

More Events

Nov. 2-5

Galveston Island, Texas
Nov. 9-12
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico
Nov. 17-19
Long Beach, California 
Nov. 26
Long Beach, California 
Dec. 1-3
New York, New York
Dec. 3
Chicago, Illinois  
Dec. 3
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  
Dec. 8-10
Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Dec. 31
Long Beach, California 
Jan. 26-28
Cleveland, Ohio 
Jan. 28
Long Beach, California 
Feb. 2-4
Dallas, Texas 
Feb. 9-11
Chicago, Illinois
Feb. 23-25
Washington, DC. 
Feb. 25
Long Beach, California