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Category Archives: Motorcycle Builders

Interview with Stuart Garner On the Reincarnation of Norton Motorcycles and ‘NortonGate’

Hell for Leather is reporting that all is not well at the new Norton Motorcycles despite Stuart Garner’s very public campaign to demonstrate the vitality of his effort to revive the iconic brand. The HFL story originated with a piece from BikerGlory, and it includes some serious allegations. We thought it might be a good […]

The Legend of Soichiro Honda and the Japanese Invasion of US Highways

One man more than any other influenced the design and intent of motorcycles throughout the world, and the company he created against all odds, one that would become the most famous motorcycle manufacturing company in history, was founded in 1948 to realize his dream. That man, Soichiro Honda, was 41 years old at the time […]

When Detroit Was Great – The End of American Henderson Motorcycles

In 1911 a pair of audacious brothers formed the American Henderson Motorcycle Co, 268 Jefferson Ave., Detroit, Michigan. William G. Henderson and his brother, Tom W. Henderson, began a partnership which would lead the pair to create a series of elegant and powerful machines. With William acting as the designer and motorcycle aficionado and brother […]

Ducati 900ss Custom

The Ducati 900SS was, and is, a beautiful piece of functional machinery, and Old Empire Motorcycles have ramped that up a couple of notches with this custom version.

It was once a 1995 900SS which features a 904cc air-cooled twin, and it’s a beautiful mill indeed.

1958 Simson AWO 250S

In 1854 the brothers Löb and Moses Simson bought one third of a steelhammer works in Suhl (Germany). The production of carbon steel began and the firm Simson & Co. was founded in 1856. The factory produced guns and gunbarrels in the years following. In 1871 the first steam engine started its service and the […]

1968 BSA A65 Firebird Scrambler Cafe Racer – Badass From Crush Cycle Works

This thing just rules. What a sweet looking ride…a 1968 BSA A65 Firebird Scrambler Cafe Racer by Jon at Crush Cycle Works in FLA