On the 11th we made a post that the Victory Motorcycles will now be Antiques one of our readers called us on this prompting today’s post. We would like to Apologize and say going forward we will be a bit more careful in our wording. As one of our readers stated Antique status is based on the age of the vehicle, not the manufacturers status. Today’s Topic! Antique Motorcycles What Gives Them the Status of Antique?
We looked around the net and on one insurance website we found this information about Classic, Vintage, and Antique Motorcycles, we hope it helps in any confusion we may have caused last week.
This designation isn’t an official term, and its use can indicate more than just the age of a motorcycle. In some cases, it’s even used to describe a new motorcycle that has a certain look or style – the so-called “instant classic” that has the simplicity of an older vehicle. Overall, there’s a general consensus among motorcycle enthusiasts that any motorcycle over the age of 25 could be considered a classic, but some also base their definition on the bike’s appearance or design.
The only official designation of what constitutes a vintage motorcycle comes from the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association, which even has two different designations for vintage, depending on the type of racing the bike is going to do. The AHRMA defines motorcycles as vintage for motocross racing if they were built before 1975, and vintage for road racing if they were built after 1975.
According to the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, an antique motorcycle is one that is 35 years or older. This is the only “true” official designation in the U.S., but because some states allow motorcycles to be registered or licensed as antiques after just 20 years, sometimes the definition becomes unclear.
Some states have another designation of “historical” that is used for licensing and registration. Their guidelines often include the stipulation that the vehicle is of a certain age and it is owned only as collectors’ item, used for such things as historical club activities, parades, and car shows.
If you own an older motorcycle, be aware that each state will have its own requirements for registration, and they may vary from one state to the next. And no matter how old your motorcycle is, you still need to get a motorcycle license before you hit the road. But the most important things to remember about your motorcycle – whether it’s classic, vintage, antique or historical – is to be safe and enjoy the ride.
So there ya have it and we at AMERiders love all types of motorcycles be it classic, antique or vintage or brand spanking new. If it has horses we love it. Well, the boss might correct us on this one as he has his favorites and we love hearing them rev up. We hope that you enjoy reading our blogs each week if there if something you would like us to talk about just give us a shout and we will dredge up the goods on it.
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