The Author

Paul d’Orléans, also known as “the Vintagent,” is a writer, photographer and arch motorcycle enthusiast. For the past 30 years, he has explored global motorcycle movements as a cultural historian, reporting in magazines and on the web, and two previous books. In Gestalten’s 'The Ride', he looked at the contemporary custom scene, while 'Cafe Racers' explores his first two-wheeled love via an exhibition in Sturgis, curated with photographer Michael Lichter. In 'The Chopper', d’Orléans turns his keen insight back towards America to discover the true history of this misunderstood genre.

In addition to writing for his website theVintagent.com, he is the Custom&Style Editor for Cycle World magazine, writes a monthly column for Classic Bike Guide, and contributes regularly to Men's File, The Automobile, and At Large. D’Orléans also documents the vintage motorcycle scene with antique photography, which can be found at MotoTintype.com. Paul is also a consultant for leading international auction houses on topics related to motorcycles (Bonhams and Mecum auctions), is a regular judge at major concours d'elegance (Concorso di Villa d'Este and the Quail Motorcycle Gathering), and hosts the annual Motorcycle Film Festival in Brooklyn.