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2015 VMA International Swap Meet and Bike Show

The Vintage Motorcycle Alliance, LLC is proud to announce the 4th Annual “International Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet and Show” in picturesque Eustis Florida at the wonderful Lake County Fairgrounds on March 6, 7 and 8,  2015.  Last year’s association with … Continue reading

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1933 Harley-Davidson VL Restoration: Engine Preparation

Over the winter, I’ve made a lot of progress on my 1933 Harley-Davidson build.  Now that the engine has been sent to the machine shop for rebuilding, I wanted to take some time and write about what it took to … Continue reading

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1914 Dodge City 300 Motorcycle Races – “The Coyote Classic”

Originally posted on Riding Vintage. The inaugural Dodge City 300 was held on July 4, 1914 on a 2-mile oval dirt track located northeast of town.   This was an officially sanctioned event of the FAM (Federation of American Motorcyclist) … Continue reading

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Harley Topper Scooter Tackles Death Valley

Originally posted on Riding Vintage Death Valley… definitely not on the top ten places to ride for many motorcyclists.  Located in the Mojave Desert in Eastern California, Death Valley has the highest reported air temperature on earth, reaching a world … Continue reading

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Jim Davis – Harley Motorcycle Racing Legend

Originally posted on Riding Vintage When people talk about early motorcycle racing legends, one of the first names that comes to mind is Jim Davis.  His racing career spanned more than two decades, riding bikes for both Harley-Davidson and Indian … Continue reading

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The XLA Sportster, Harley’s Last Military V-Twin

Originally posted on Riding Vintage During WWII, Harley-Davidson produced thousands of WLA motorcycles for the United States and it’s Allies.  Some sources estimate the total number of motorcycles at 70,000 units and enough spare parts to build 30,000 more.  Other … Continue reading

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1934 Harley-Davidson CAC Classic Motorcycle Racer

Originally posted on Riding Vintage. In the 1930’s, speedway racing was rising in popularity across the US. British JAP and Rudge machines dominated the sport, racing on tracks covered with fine cinders (a by product of coal fired plants). This … Continue reading

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