Billy is on the cover of the latest edition of BMW Motorcycle Magazine, which features a lengthy interview about his 20th Century Cycles bike shop and collection. If you’d like to buy a copy of the magazine, you can order it online or look up retailers at BMWmcmag.com. Here is an excerpt from the article, plus images from the magazine:
In “a town known as Oyster Bay, Long Island” (as the lyrics go in Billy Joel’s “The Ballad of Billy the Kid”), stands a storefront recently opened called 20th Century Cycles, owned by the music legend himself. His showroom houses more than 60 motorcycles, old and new, all plated and ready to ride. Reminiscent of post-war America, it embodies an aesthetic showcasing his passion and love for well-designed bikes.
Billy Joel says sharing his love for motorcycles is one way of giving back to the community and thanking them for his incredible success. His shop is open to the public, admission is free-and nothing is sold there. It exists for people “to have a look around” and for real motorcycle enthusiasts to enjoy a very eclectic display of unique, original, and custom machines. If he happens to be on hand when you visit and you want to strike up a conversation, don’t talk about music or his personal life. Talk motorcycles: you may not get him to stop.