20th Century Cycles is Billy Joel’s design concept to pay homage to the heritage and legacy of motorcycling.
In 2005, Billy Joel approached two fellow Long Islanders – Rob Schneider, owner of Lighthouse Harley-Davidson and Bill Blackford, General Manager, about doing a retro look to his new Harley-Davidson Sportster model. Billy ‘new scoot’ turned heads everywhere he went.
Soon after the completion and success of his Sportster, Billy decided to try his hand once again – this time with a 2005 Harley-Davidson Springer Classic. The result, a 1940’s Knucklehead look that even the old-timers thought was real vintage iron. The response was so overwhelming that Billy and Rob decided to form 20th Century Cycles to build one-of-a-kind ‘non-production’ bikes “for the discerning buyer.”