Some modern motorcycle manufacturers — some of the best, in fact — have designed and built bikes that harken back to timeless style. Though we don’t recommend that you get out there with a flimsy leather helmet and goggles, we do strongly urge you to invest in the right gear and then hit the road on any of these five fantastic vintage-style motorcycles, looking damn good while you do it.
Catering to a group of riders that had historically ignored protective gear completely, Icon Motorsports created its own market and developed one hell of a loyal base by literally saving their customers’ skin. Thirteen years after their inception, the Portland-based company is still kicking ass, pumping out both no-compromise protective gear and some tire-shredding bikes.
50 ways to ride like the wind
They are equal parts simple and complex, a mechanical interpretation of form meeting function with attitude to spare. Whether it’s chrome glimmering in the sun, the artful engineering behind a single-sided swingarm or their ability to outrun just about anything, motorcycles are more than just simple transportation. They strangle attention. Ride one down the street and watch as babies point and smile mid-whimper, dogs chase joyfully, angsty teens fight the curling in the corners of their mouths, old biker types in leather nod with supreme comprehension. There are countless combinations of weapons-grade speed, sex, beauty, design and freedom found between two tires, sure — but these fifty, specifically, are the icons hand-picked by Gear Patrol as our favorites of all time.
See what Matt's Amassed
The fourth installment in our Staff Favorites series features Mr. Matt Neundorf. Hailing from Toronto, this proud Canadian is one of GP’s newer recruits — but there isn’t a lick of green about him except for his prowess in DIY projects. A confessed car nut, an avid drinker of craft brews (especially those from his native Great White North) and an old hand at home renovation, Matt’s a natural — especially since he also brings his level-headed, humorous writing to bear on GP assignments. When he isn’t filling GP readers’ heads with dreams of roaring autos and whirring power tools, Matt works on his own personal home renovation projects, purveys construction equipment and sources consumer goods.
It'll probably scramble your eggs
Triumph Tridays is a huge motorcycle event taking place every year in Neukirchen, Austria. The all-grass 400-meter scramble means you’ve got to have traction, stability and robust but manageable power. This year, you’ll see the Triumph Tridays Rumbler have a go at it. On the technical side, Jochen Schmitz-Linkweiler (say that ten times) of LSL…
Make Like Steve
For those of you young’uns who know nothing about the man, just know that Steve McQueen was more than just a debonair, masculine Hollywood star. He loved adventure and loved racing. His real life embodied the kind of cool we all respect. Triumph has recently pulled the covers off its homage bike, the Triumph Steve…
Own the Award-Winning Bike in a Glorious New Look
Mechanically identical to the award winning standard 2009 Daytona 675, this race-bred sport bike was built to turn heads thanks to new Pearl White body paneling and distinctive Sparkle Blue paint detailing on the swing arm and frame. With the lightest and narrowest chassis in its class (its frame weighs a mere 19lbs), this beast…
If you think you can manhandle 800+ lbs of brutish motorcycle, then the 2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster is your bike. Triump has equipped the beast with an equally beastly engine: a 2294cc (2.3 liter) 146 hp/165 ft lb torque powerplant. 43 mm dual inverted forks, Kabaya shocks, and Brembo brakes round out the equipment…