Classic and Vintage Motorcycles 2018 Calendar
Speed and handling—combined with sleek design—have been the dream of avid motorcyclists since the first bike took to the road some 125 years ago. Photographer Steve Cote takes enthusiasts on a road trip through a year of classic bikes. The Vintage and Classic Motorcycles 2018 calendar brings you the groundbreaking models that would be the highlights of any collection.
Published by Tide-mark, the Vintage and Classic Motorcycles calendar opens to 13.75 x 20.50 inches.
Motorcycles featured in the 2018 calendar include:
Zündapp K800, 1938
A technical and design tour de force for the era, the Zündapp was powered by a 22hp air-cooled, transverse opposed four-cylinder engine connected to a drive shaft. The styling was very clean and elegant. The sprung seat and shock-sprung girder front end delivered a very smooth ride on the not always smooth German roads of the 1930s. Its top speed was 70 mph.
Harley Davidson WL45
Harley Davidson introduced the WL45 in 1933 and the model sold through 1951. The U.S. Army used a variant of the 45, designated WLA, during World War II and the Korean conflict. The WL succeeded the DL range, which was powered by H-D’s first 45-cubic-inch, flathead, V-twin engine. The engine in the Dl used a total-loss oil lubrication system, while the WL recirculated its engine oil.
The Norton Commando was the performance bike of choice for many riders in the 1960s and early 1970s. In production from 1967 through 1977, the Commando offered an engine displacement of 745cc that was increased to 828cc in 1973. Norton designed the bike with what it called isolastic engine mounts. The system smoothed out the vibrations of the 58hp vertical twin. Even though its engine design originated in the late 1940s, the Commando is still a satisfying ride today.
Ducati Scrambler 450, 1969
Scramblers are all the rage now but the concept isn’t new. Ducati (along with most others) made them. Ducati manufactured Scramblers from 1962 to 1974 in 250cc to 450cc displacements. Once you kick that big single to life, it’s a great bike for a country ride, on a paved lane or unpaved fire road.
Mondial 125 Lusso, 1959
In Europe during the 1950s small displacement bikes ruled the track and the street. Mondial had great success, winning five Grand Prix world championships between 1948 and 1957. The Lusso enjoyed an excellent reputation among motorcycle enthusiasts.
Triumph TR6C Trophy, 1970
The Trophy was Triumph’s idea of a scrambler, equipped with high pipes and trail tires. Powered by Triumph’s legendary vertical twin engine, it was a favorite among desert racers and, notably, with movie legend Steve McQueen.
Suzuki bet the bank and almost lost the farm with the RE5. Its revolutionary rotary engine delivered big horsepower from a small displacement engine. Unfortunately, the rotary was mechanically complex and ran hot. Despite smooth acceleration and responsive handling, the RE5 was heavy and fuel mileage was low at a time of gas shortages and high prices. Only 6,000 were produced, but Suzuki was able to recover with the introduction of the GS series.
Harley Davidson “Knucklehead” FL, 1941
With engine valve cover contours resembling human knuckles, the Harley-Davidson FL earned the Knucklehead nickname in the 1960s. The overhead valve design replaced the flathead VL model in 1936. The FL model arrived in 1941 with a 1,210cc engine. The overall design of the FL established a style Harley has continued for seventy years.
Indian Scout 249, 1949
Responding to competition from British motorcycle makers, Indian introduced the Scout in 1949. The 249 introduced a new 440cc parallel twin with a foot shift, but the model was rushed into production. It suffered from poor engineering and higher-than-expected manufacturing costs, and Indian replaced the 249 with the Warrior in 1950.
Henderson KJ Streamline, 1929
In the late 1920s Henderson motorcycles established the benchmarks for performance and technical advances. The Model KJ delivered 40hp, could reach a top speed of 100 mph, and accelerate to top speed in high gear from 10mph.
MV (Mechanica Verghera) Augusta 125 Sport, 1958
These 125cc displacement bikes were exquisitely engineered but, at least in America, very expensive. In the United States they sold for prices that a much larger bike would command. Light and powerful, the 125 handled well, and was raced with much success.
The modest P55c was a motorcycle for everyone. The two- stroke engine was reliable, and the bikes were popular in their day. The Peugeot used a girder front fork and a hand-gear change, and it offered a hinged rear fender for easy tire repair.
Here is a clip that my dad shot of me starting 36EL 1005 for the first time after a six year restoration. The right tank is off, so that we can adjust that overhead oiling. This bike is my dad's submission for Micheal Lichter's Eternal Combustion, Motorcycles as Art Exhibit that will be at The Buffalo Chip Campground this year at Sturgis 2010! Swing by and check it out if you are in the area.
1936 KNucklehe...Here is a clip that my dad shot of me starting 36EL 1005 for t...
1912 Excelsior...Made in Chicago, IL. USA. 50 cubic inch motor, single speed, b...
1931 Henderson...Henderson KJ Motorcycle Chicago Schwinn Built. Last year of th...
1925 Super X B...See this bike take 3rd Place on the track against the Big HD r...