The complete timeline of motorcycling history


Published on 28 August 2015 by Gill

How has the motorcycle developed over the past century or so? 

Retail Motolegends recently commissioned a motorcycle historian to produce a timeline dating all the way back to the start of the 20th century, and the results of the project can now be found online. 

It has been split into the following sections or periods: 

  • 1900-1945 - The Pioneers 
  • 1945-1960 - The Post War Motorcycle Boom 
  • 1960-1970 - The Cafe Racer is born 
  • 1970-1985 - Motorcycling goes mainstream 
  • 1985-2010 - An Obsession with Road Racing
  • 2010-today - Motorcycling as a lifestyle 

Motolegends says of the timeline: "We hope you found our motorcycle timeline interesting; in particular our conclusion that there has been a fragmentation in the market that has seen riders segment into a number of distinctive groups or ‘tribes’, as we have called them."

There is also a survey feature which allows readers to determine which period or tribe they belong to. 

All of this and more can be found at: