Dear Santa,

Where did the year go? Seems like 2019 passed by in a blink of an eye. It’s been a crazy year.

I won’t fib and say I’ve been angelic this year but I’ve definitely been more nice than naughty. I know it’s last minute, but you always check your list twice (maybe even three or four times!) so if there’s still time, here’s a list of motorcycles I’d love to see under the tree Christmas morning. Don’t worry, I live in Oregon, so our tree is plenty big!

P.S. You’ll find the shot of Uncle Josh's moonshine to warm your belly in the usual place Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas to All!

Bryan Harley

Brough Superior

Built by Brough Superior Works on Haydn Road in Nottingham, England, from 1919 to 1940, in my eyes the Brough Superior is still one of the most beautifully crafted motorcycles ever. Don’t know if I’ve been good enough to deserve the “Rolls Royce of Motorcycles,” but If you’re wondering where you might find one Santa, go check Jay Leno’s garage. If I’m not mistaken, he’s got 26 of them, including a 1920-21 model said to be the oldest Brough in the world, along with a handful of SS100s. He wouldn’t miss just one, would he?

1936 Crocker Small Tank

While George Brough was busy making his bikes across the pond, Al Crocker was crankin’ these beauties out here in the good ol’ USA. Originally built as a small batch of single-cylinder speedway bikes, Crocker started manufacturing V-Twins in 1936 and stopped in 1942 with the onset of the World War II. To me, this 1936 Crocker Small Tank is one of the sexiest bikes ever built. I have a feeling I’m not alone in that sentiment!

Vincent HRD Black Shadow

If you’re going to ask for a Vincent, why not ask for the most famous one of all time. This Vincent HRD Black Shadow gained motorcycle immortality when Rollie Free laid out on it at the Bonneville Salt Flats and rode it to a land speed record of 150.313 mph, breaking an 11-year-old record held by Joe Petrali.  Hell, I’d even put on a weenie bikini and do my best Rollie Free impersonation if Santa brought me this bike.

Indian Larry Chain of Mystery

From his bike-building skills to his personality, Indian Larry was larger than life. Of all the bad-ass bikes he built, I think “Chain of Mystery” is the biggest reflection of the man himself. He built this one in the Biker Build-Off against another chopper legend, Mondo Porras. It’s truly some heavy metal with a frame made from industrial-strength chain. I love the signature “Question Everything” question marks engraved on the Panhead rocker box covers. And how can you not like a bike whose kick start pedal is brass knuckles? Pretty please, Santa!

Ducati V4 Streetfighter

I’ve been lusting over the 2020 Streetfighter V4 since Ducati introduced it in October. I’ve heard nothing but high praise for its 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine, from its undeniable character to its outright power. Every now and then I need to let the inner hooligan in me out and this 208 hp streetfighter would be the perfect outlet for it.

1947 Indian Chief

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Indian Chiefs coming out of the late 1940s. They’re chock full of signature traits that define Indian Motorcycles. This bike exudes style and grace with a pinch of power sprinkled in for good measure. I wouldn’t even mind rockin’ tassels if I owned this bike!

1936 Harley Knucklehead

The Knucklehead is my favorite Harley powerplant of all time. This engine’s overhead valves helped usher in a new era for Harley-Davidson, making this motorcycle even more collectible. From its two-tone paint to the instrument panel on its tank, you won’t find a primer example of an Art Deco Harley than this 1936 Knuckle. Gives me chills just thinking about riding this beauty.

2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally

Earlier this year I got bitten by the adventure-touring bug when Honda was kind enough to let me ride an Africa Twin to Sturgis, and I’ve been itching to get back on an ADV bike since. I’d love to try out the 2020 KTM 790 KTM Adventure R Rally next. It’s got more than enough power to propel me up the steepest slopes, its suspension is set-up to legitimately handle an off-road pounding, and it’s not so monstrous that I couldn’t hoist it back up when I biff. Because with this bike, I would biff. Testing limits is all part of the fun, right?

Bosozoku Bike

I love things that go against the grain, which is a big reason I started riding motorcycles. I’ve admired and respected Japan’s Bosozoku sub-culture for some time. Over-the-top wild, these bikes represent freedom of expression at its finest, which makes me like them even more. I don’t even want to own one, Santa, I’d just like to hop on a bitchin’ Bosozoku bike in Japan with a bunch of like-minded street shredders for one wild night of good old-fashioned fun.

What about you, what motorcycle would you love to see under the tree come Christmas morn'? Let us know in the comments section below!