• On the Road
    Buzz Kanter, Jim Petty, and Paul Ousey on the 2012 Cannonball.
  • 2014 Bonneville Saltflats
    Participants in the 2014 Motorcycle Canonball for a memorable photo op at the World famous Bonneville Salt Flats!
  • New Collector
    Jim's granddaughter already has the motorcycle bug! The start of her collection.
  • On the Pier
    2010 Cannonball - Jim Petty at the finish line on the Santa Monica Pier with riding buddy Cris Sommer Simmons
  • Beach Crowd
    Daytona Beach just before the official start of stage 1 of the Motorcycle Cannonball Cross-Country Endurance Run, which on this day ran from Daytona Beach to Lake City, FL., USA. Friday, September 5, 2014. Photography ©2014 Michael Lichter.
  • Rider and Wrench
    Jim Petty with Cannonball mechanic Frank Rick - Frank was his mechanic for the 2010, 2012 and 2014 Cannonball events.
  • Ready to Go!
    Jim Petty with Buzz Kanter and teammates Frank Rick and Tim Lefeber.
  • Daytona!
    Jim Petty riding back from the Speedway on Thursday, before the Friday start of the Motorcycle Cannonball Cross-Country Endurance Run. Daytona Beach, FL, USA. September 4, 2014. Photography ©2014 Michael Lichter.

We Buy, Sell & Restore Vintage and Classic Motorcycles

GCM-image-logoGentleman’s Choice Motorcycles offers a variety of motorcycles, motorcycle parts, and motorcycle memorabilia for sale.  I’m purely a motorcycle enthusiast with a passion for vintage and classic motorcycles.    While I’m attracted to the bikes I grew up on riding and racing in the 70s I’m more noted for my attachment to Indian motorcycles.

My recent accomplishments on Indians include my participation in the first organized group Cannonball run for Antique motorcycles by promoter Lonnie Isam Jr. in 2010.   The coast to coast run started at Kitty Hawk NC and ended on the Santa Monica Pier in California.  The ride was established for motorcycles 1915 and older.  I rode my 1915 Indian known as “War Eagle” and had the pleasure of riding with Cris Sommer Simmons, notably the most famous woman motorcycle rider living, who rode a  1915 Harley known as “Effie”.

In 2012 I participated in the 2nd event of its type – this time allowing up to 1929 motorcycles.  The event took a northern route traveling from New York to San Francisco.  My ‘27 Indian performed spectacularly.  My riding partners were two of my good buddies – Motorcycle Hall of Famer,  Buzz Kanter, editor and founder of American Iron Magazine as well as several other motorcycle publications  and Paul Ousey,   who has a premier collection of antique motorcycles and is the 4th generation operator of  OZ Trucking & Rigging – a high quality transport and rigging service specializing in Safe Moving, Safe Installation, and Safe Removal.

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I rode my 1927 Indian Chief again in the third Motorcycle Cannonball  in 2014 as entry #55.  The route started in Daytona Beach, Florida and finished in Tacoma, Washington.  I pushed the Chief probably a bit too hard and expected too much from her doing two cross country rides.  We did a total rebuild of the engine on the road and I was able to ride enough to have a score high enough to be considered a finished ride.  Our team is one of a handful to have ridden all three Cannonballs and to have scored out of the DNF column.  I was an independent rider this time but spent a good bit of time riding with some dear friends such as Buzz Kanter, Pat and Cris Simmons, Scott and Sharon Jacobs, John Landstrom, Ryan Allen, Doug Jones as well as the Texans, Mike and Buck Carson.  It was another once in a lifetime opportunity that added 10 years of age to me but I collected 30 years of experience.

Motorcycles are my passion but people who enjoy them and enjoy the world of antique motorcycles are  really what attracts me to the hobby and lifestyle.   My hope is that my Gentleman’s Choice Motorcycles webpage will in some way help inspire you and help you enjoy the world of motorcycles and the people associated with them.