This outlook breeds a culture of leather, tattoos, biker gangs, and the counter-culture embodied boldly by films like Easy Rider. The other side is the European outlook, which is best captured by Vespa scooters zipping around the cobbled streets of Rome. For decades after the second World War, these two views on motorcycles seemed to be further deviating, with Americans going ever bigger, louder, and badder with every year. Simultaneously, the energy-efficient European models were shrinking down and acting more like E-bikes than their freedom-focused cousins. The land of the rising sun proved that commuter cycles could also be racers and touring bikes, that efficiency could provide as much velocity as liberty, all while staying small and keeping mileage to a minimum. They also proved that badass and beautiful could ride tandem on any machine.
Tim Huber. Category: Rides. This forced seven-year hiatus would coincide with the rise of the jet engine, which allowed other nations to enter the modern age of air travel.
From prewar Hendersons and Harleys to classic dirt bikes of the s, the collector motorcycle market is hot and getting hotter. The market for Japanese superbikes is rising, and big power sport bikes from the late s—early s are quickly gaining popularity. Many have already reached big-bucks territory, but these machines were cranked out in large numbers, and there are still many significant big-bore bikes from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha that can be bought cheap and enjoyed as they appreciate in value. This is the bike that started it all. Unlike the British bikes from BSA and Triumph, it offered electric start, a disc brake, and a five-speed gearbox with the shifter on the left side.