Japan lost one war and out of the ashes of nuclear destruction resurrected itself with much help from its former enemy to win another, this one both technological and commercial, to become the undisputed king of motorcycle manufacturing. Japan’s ability to rebound through great adversity to almost wipe out global competition shifted the balance of motorcycle power to the east, testimony to the many great motorcycles the country produced in amazing numbers. Today Japan’s big four, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki are at the pinnacle of power and performance and command great respect on street, trail and track.
Soichiro Honda, born in 1906 in Hamamatsu, Japan became in many ways the father of Japan’s modern motorcycle industry. Honda’s father, a blacksmith and bicycle repairman, apprenticed his son to a Tokyo auto repair shop, and young Soichiro took to mechanics as a bird to flight.
Europe was destined to be dominant in the development of the motorcycle, creating some of the best ever made and still building high quality, technologically superior examples. As mechanical inspiration spread across the continent, creative engineers of nearly every nationality lent a hand making and developing legendary motorcycles and modern gems. Although the Germans and Italians emerged as major manufacturers, Czechoslovakia and Spain also produced top quality machines that were highly competitive and many other nations contributed its own brands. The passion for motorcycle racing in Europe and patriotic pride in competition are often credited for fueling European design and motorcycle manufacturing that produced hundreds of checkered flags or just brought one to work without fail and at little cost. Limited space, road design and geography also favored European motorcycle development to create highly refined products skillfully rendered by great artisans of many languages.
Walneck's Classic Cycle Trader was started in 1978 by Buzz and Pixie Walneck. The first issue was a flyer on what used parts they had for sale. It eventually grew into “Walneck’s Classic Cycle Trader” magazine.
In 1997 Buzz and Pixie sold the publication to Trader Publishing (previous owner and creator of the Auto Trader publication). This allowed the publication to be distributed internationally. The publication is still being distributed monthly and has an e-book component.
In 2005 the website www.walnecks.com was created and is now the online source for the classic motorcycle enthusiast to buy, sell, trade bikes and parts, events, how to articles and videos and supporting the community. Visitors buy and sell their vintage motorcycle by placing your ad in front of thousands of visitors per month. They search more than 3000 classic and vintage motorcycles for sale nationwide. We offer all of your favorite classic motorcycle makes like Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Ducati, Moto Guzzi, Triumph, BMW, Suzuki, Yamaha, and more.
Knowledge and awareness are the best defense to prevent fraud. Online shopping is convenient and easy. Most buyers and sellers are honest, but occasionally an unscrupulous person will use the Internet to attract a victim. Don't be a victim!
Please be aware that Walnecks.com and its affiliate websites:
• WILL NEVER ask you for your password or PIN!
• DO NOT own, buy or sell vehicles listed on our website.
• DO NOT participate in transactions between buyers and sellers in any way.
• DO NOT offer "Buyer Protection", "Escrow" Services or any type of "Certification".
• DO NOT give instructions on how or where to send in payments.
• DO NOT offer vehicle shipping or warehousing services.
• DO NOT provide warranties or inspections of vehicles.
• DO NOT ask for personal or financial information via email.
Guidelines for Safe Online Transactions
Send and receive payment safely. Consider these tips in order to send or receive payment safely.
• If an offer looks too good to be true, it probably is! Maintain a healthy skepticism.
• Verify the Buyer or Seller's identity. Do addresses and names match up in public records or directories? Even better is to meet the seller in person in a safe place.
• Be cautious of an individual posing as an "agent" representing a buyer or seller, or when dealing with someone outside your country.
• Do not make a purchase only from photos. A photo does not verify the existence of an item. See the item in person.
Motorcycles absent people and places to go would be like coming to a huge banquet without appetite or taste buds. What’s the point, right? Most fortunately, good people and cool places in Motorcycle Land are often plentiful, but that too can be a problem. So many worthy people and opportunities with limited time can be almost as difficult as running out of gas on a deserted highway. We aim to help with the communication process for all involved. Put your billboard up here on our Internet highway by sharing important news and information. This way we can fill our readers’ tanks with your high-test news allowing the motorcycle community to stay connected, informed, and up to date. Nobody will get lost on this journey and the fill-ups are free!
Communication to a wide but target-specific audience at Walneck’s is now at your fingertips. Motorcycle enthusiasts need facts, the who, what, where, when and why of any event in order to plan and take action. We’ve provided the place to share. When you do, it helps to be concise and right to the point about your event, but don’t leave out important information either.
Club leaders are most encouraged to let potential members, old friends, and just those casually interested know what your club is all about today and how to join. Contact information and helpful facts will open many doors leading to new members and also help others join like-minded friends across the country.
What are you waiting for? Now is the time and here’s the place to kick start your event or club by reaching out to a community of avid motorcyclists just waiting for another adventure.