Within the last two decades, motorcycling in America has become a fashionable activity. Ten consecutive years of record sales have proven the motorcycle’s widespread acceptance and popularity.
It was not always this way. Beginning with steam-powered vehicles in the mid-19th century, motorcycling has had a wild and bumpy ride, driven by the fact that few
people are ambivalent toward it.
From boom to bust, from fashion to infamy, both glorified and vilified, motorcycles and those who ride them have led the way, broken new ground, and stirred debate and controversy for the past 150 years.
As historians of this fascinating field, it is our hope to learn and grow by understanding what has come before us.