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The 100 most interesting sales at Las Vegas motorcycle auctions

The 100 most interesting sales...
The 100 most interesting auction sales of motorcycles from January 2018
The 100 most interesting auction sales of motorcycles from January 2018
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This is the actual neon sign that hung over the Harley-Davidson visitor/employee entrance at the Milwaukee factory for many decades, complete with photographic evidence showing that the water stains on the sign match those on the original in situ. A piece of motorcycle history without doubt, but it's ironic that it sold for just $3,500 less than the Honda RC30, which in turn, is the fifth most valuable Japanese motorcycle ever sold.
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This is the actual neon sign that hung over the Harley-Davidson visitor/employee entrance at the Milwaukee factory for many decades, complete with photographic evidence showing that the water stains on the sign match those on the original in situ. A piece of motorcycle history without doubt, but it's ironic that it sold for just $3,500 less than the Honda RC30, which in turn, is the fifth most valuable Japanese motorcycle ever sold.
This is the actual neon sign that hung over the Harley-Davidson visitor/employee entrance at the Milwaukee factory for many decades, complete with photographic evidence showing that the water stains on the sign match those on the original in situ. A piece of motorcycle history without doubt, but it's ironic that it sold for just $3,500 less than the Honda RC30, which in turn, is the fifth most valuable Japanese motorcycle ever sold.
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This is the actual neon sign that hung over the Harley-Davidson visitor/employee entrance at the Milwaukee factory for many decades, complete with photographic evidence showing that the water stains on the sign match those on the original in situ. A piece of motorcycle history without doubt, but it's ironic that it sold for just $3,500 less than the Honda RC30, which in turn, is the fifth most valuable Japanese motorcycle ever sold.
Japanese bikes are only just beginning to get some respect on the auction block, though there's still plenty of time to pick up a bargain. This 1967 Yamaha 246cc YDS3 Catalina is 50 years old, has just 5,518 miles on the odometer, runs perfectly, and as the auction report states "the paint and chrome exhibit rich patina."
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Japanese bikes are only just beginning to get some respect on the auction block, though there's still plenty of time to pick up a bargain. This 1967 Yamaha 246cc YDS3 Catalina is 50 years old, has just 5,518 miles on the odometer, runs perfectly, and as the auction report states "the paint and chrome exhibit rich patina."
Believe it or not, this 1964 Honda 305 Dream is considered a late model Honda Dream, though Japanese styling still predominates. This was the period when Honda was proving its worth, and these bikes are reliable and quiet and economical and ... fast. I really don't want to spoil it for all those people who still ride these bikes and love them with all their heart, but there's a huge following of early Hondas. Ride one of these and a few of its contemporaries, and you'll understand why Honda became the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer. At $2,750, it represented excellent value-for-money.
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Believe it or not, this 1964 Honda 305 Dream is considered a late model Honda Dream, though Japanese styling still predominates. This was the period when Honda was proving its worth, and these bikes are reliable and quiet and economical and ... fast. I really don't want to spoil it for all those people who still ride these bikes and love them with all their heart, but there's a huge following of early Hondas. Ride one of these and a few of its contemporaries, and you'll understand why Honda became the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer. At $2,750, it represented excellent value-for-money.
Believe it or not, this 1964 Honda 305 Dream is considered a late model Honda Dream, though Japanese styling still predominates. This was the period when Honda was proving its worth, and these bikes are reliable and quiet and economical and ... fast. I really don't want to spoil it for all those people who still ride these bikes and love them with all their heart, but there's a huge following of early Hondas. Ride one of these and a few of its contemporaries, and you'll understand why Honda became the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer. At $2,750, it represented excellent value-for-money.
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Believe it or not, this 1964 Honda 305 Dream is considered a late model Honda Dream, though Japanese styling still predominates. This was the period when Honda was proving its worth, and these bikes are reliable and quiet and economical and ... fast. I really don't want to spoil it for all those people who still ride these bikes and love them with all their heart, but there's a huge following of early Hondas. Ride one of these and a few of its contemporaries, and you'll understand why Honda became the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer. At $2,750, it represented excellent value-for-money.
One of motorcycling's finest writers, Kevin Cameron, recently wrote about this bike. The 1965 Yamaha 250 Ascot Scrambler was at the bleeding edge of two-stroke development in period and helped launch a racing dynasty that touched almost every major rider until recently. The Yamaha 250 Ascot Scrambler launched the careers of many people beyond Erv Kanemoto.
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One of motorcycling's finest writers, Kevin Cameron, recently wrote about this bike. The 1965 Yamaha 250 Ascot Scrambler was at the bleeding edge of two-stroke development in period and helped launch a racing dynasty that touched almost every major rider until recently. The Yamaha 250 Ascot Scrambler launched the careers of many people beyond Erv Kanemoto.
Astonishing value for this 1970 Norton 750cc Commando S Café Racer at $5,175
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Astonishing value for this 1970 Norton 750cc Commando S Café Racer at $5,175
I had never seen one of China's Chang Jiang SJ750s until I went to the China International Motorcycle Show in Chongqing in 2017. The full story is worth a read and covers the pricing. Remarkably, the rather low price paid at auction in Las Vegas is greater than you pay in China for a "good one," which proves that everything is relative.
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I had never seen one of China's Chang Jiang SJ750s until I went to the China International Motorcycle Show in Chongqing in 2017. The full story is worth a read and covers the pricing. Remarkably, the rather low price paid at auction in Las Vegas is greater than you pay in China for a "good one," which proves that  everything is relative.
Though there have been several much lauded Grand Prix replica road bikes in recent times, the Yamaha YR1 Grand Prix twin of 1967 was probably as close technologically to the 350cc two-stroke twin cylinder racers produced by Yamaha, as the more recent bikes of Ducati and Honda were to their Grand Prix counterparts. In 1968, Yamaha's 350 cc road racing bikes (with engines almost identical to this bike) shocked the American public by finishing second and third in the country's most important road race, the Daytona 200 Miles, against a field of unlimited capacity machines. In 1969, a Yamaha 350 was the first to lap the Daytona circuit at 150 mph.
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Though there have been several much lauded Grand Prix replica road bikes in recent times, the Yamaha YR1 Grand Prix twin of 1967 was probably as close technologically to the 350cc two-stroke twin cylinder racers produced by Yamaha, as the more recent bikes of Ducati and Honda were to their Grand Prix counterparts.  In 1968, Yamaha's 350 cc road racing bikes (with engines almost identical to this bike) shocked the American public by finishing second and third in the country's most important road race, the Daytona 200 Miles, against a field of unlimited capacity machines. In 1969, a Yamaha 350 was the first to lap the Daytona circuit at 150 mph.
Only two rotary engined motorcycle models were ever made. Suzuki made the best known in the form of the RE5, and this is the other one. I haven't had the pleasure of riding one of these but am assured by a friend who tested one for a motorcycle magazine in period that they are great to ride, with an engine so smooth you'll find it hard to believe. This is a motorcycle of immense scarcity. Scarcity usually equates with cost.
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Only two rotary engined motorcycle models were ever made. Suzuki made the best known in the form of the RE5, and this is the other one. I haven't had the pleasure of riding one of these but am assured by a friend who tested one for a motorcycle magazine in period that they are great to ride, with an engine so smooth you'll find it hard to believe. This is a motorcycle of immense scarcity. Scarcity usually equates with cost.
Named after the famous Vivaldi piece, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, this bike began life as the personal motorcycle of the "Punk Princess," Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis. That's the spread Xtreme Bikes did on the bike above, and no, we are not making this up (you couldn't). That's a serious S&S motor in there. At $11,500, it is a steal!
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Named after the famous Vivaldi piece, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, this bike began life as the personal motorcycle of the "Punk Princess," Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis. That's the spread Xtreme Bikes did on the bike above, and no, we are not making this up (you couldn't). That's a serious S&S motor in there. At $11,500, it is a steal!
This RZ500 V4 was the cover bike for Cycle World magazine in November, 1984 and presented at auction as new. At $11,500, the V4 two-stroke engine is still not for amateurs, but it is a two-stroke and two-strokes do not sell well at auction. Incredible value. I owned one of these and can vouch for its "spirited performance."
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This RZ500 V4 was the cover bike for Cycle World magazine in November, 1984 and presented at auction as new. At $11,500, the V4 two-stroke engine is still not for amateurs, but it is a two-stroke and two-strokes do not sell well at auction. Incredible value. I owned one of these and can vouch for its "spirited performance."
Benelli like Honda's four cylinder CB500 so much it copied it, but then it went one better and added two extra cylinders and created a very sweet six-cylinder 750 cc motorcycle. The subsequent 900 was faster but the 750 was sooooo sweet to ride. Another bargain, at $13,200.
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Benelli like Honda's four cylinder CB500 so much it copied it, but then it went one better and added two extra cylinders and created a very sweet six-cylinder 750 cc motorcycle. The subsequent 900 was faster but the 750 was sooooo sweet to ride. Another bargain, at $13,200.
At the very beginning of Yamaha two-stroke racing motorcycles, the TD1C snapped crankshafts like carrots, seized its brains out, frightened the bravest riders first with its speed, and then when it seized. Most of the bike's issues are understood and sorted these days. This is a motorcycle from the very dawn of the two-stroke racing era. Within a few short years, the two-stroke wail would banish the four-stroke roar.
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At the very beginning of Yamaha two-stroke racing motorcycles, the TD1C snapped crankshafts like carrots, seized its brains out, frightened the bravest riders first with its speed, and then when it seized. Most of the bike's issues are understood and sorted these days. This is a motorcycle from the very dawn of the two-stroke racing era. Within a few short years, the two-stroke wail would banish the four-stroke roar.
An absolute bargain at $11,000 as this is another landmark motorcycle in as-new condition with virtually all original equipment. There may have been quite a few of these sold, but very few weren't modified. Make no mistake about the significance of this motorcycle as it was an absolute revelation in 1976, proving that big singles could be perfectly reliable and very fast. In 1976, this bike was a revelation. In 1977, Bengt Aberg won the first race of the 500cc Luxembourg Motocross Grand Prix on a modified XT500, then in 1979, Cyril Neveu led a 1-2 Yamaha 500 win in the inaugural 1979 Paris-Dakar race. In 1980, Neveu led a Yamaha 500 1-2-3-4 whitewash in the second Paris-Dakar race. The XT500 spawned a dynasty of Yamaha single cylinder motorcycles which survives to this day.
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An absolute bargain at $11,000 as this is another landmark motorcycle in as-new condition with virtually all original equipment. There may have been quite a few of these sold, but very few weren't modified. Make no mistake about the significance of this motorcycle as it was an absolute revelation in 1976, proving that big singles could be perfectly reliable and very fast. In 1976, this bike was a revelation. In 1977, Bengt Aberg won the first race of the 500cc Luxembourg Motocross Grand Prix on a modified XT500, then in 1979, Cyril Neveu led a 1-2 Yamaha 500 win in the inaugural 1979 Paris-Dakar race. In 1980, Neveu led a Yamaha 500 1-2-3-4 whitewash in the second Paris-Dakar race. The XT500 spawned a dynasty of Yamaha single cylinder motorcycles which survives to this day.
The Kawasaki 750 cc three-cylinder two-stroke Mach IV was the fastest motorcycle on the road for several years until Kawasaki released the four cylinder four-stroke Z1. Despite what is written in wikipedia about the bike, this bike was no match for the subsequent 900cc Z1 in production racing, if for no other reason that it had to stop for gas once an hour if you had the throttle wide open for long. Just the same, $14,300 is a surprisingly high price for a two-stroke motorcycle and perhaps the Mach IV is finally beginning to be appreciated as an infinitely better motorcycle than the Mach III.
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The Kawasaki 750 cc three-cylinder two-stroke Mach IV was the fastest motorcycle on the road for several years until Kawasaki released the four cylinder four-stroke Z1. Despite what is written in wikipedia about the bike, this bike was no match for the subsequent 900cc Z1 in production racing, if for no other reason that it had to stop for gas once an hour if you had the throttle wide open for long. Just the same, $14,300 is a surprisingly high price for a two-stroke motorcycle and perhaps the Mach IV is finally beginning to be appreciated as an infinitely better motorcycle than the Mach III.
Given the instantly recognizable styling on top of the domination of the bike in production racing during its model years, the only thing stopping the Katana from becoming a collectible motorcycle was the vast numbers in which it was sold. This is another bike I owned in period for several years and NOTHING else that was stock came close to it in a straight line, though it did tend to weave disconcertingly at extreme speed. Beauty and brawn and surprisingly rare on the auction block in such original condition. Cheap at $15,400
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Given the instantly recognizable styling on top of the domination of the bike in production racing during its model years, the only thing stopping the Katana from becoming a collectible motorcycle was the vast numbers in which it was sold. This is another bike I owned in period for several years and NOTHING else that was stock came close to it in a straight line, though it did tend to weave disconcertingly at extreme speed. Beauty and brawn and surprisingly rare on the auction block in such original condition. Cheap at $15,400
An excellent price ($18,700) considering this bike is a two-stroke, and particularly considering it is an RG400, not one of the genuine RG500 road bikes. Suzuki's RG500 racing bikes first won World 500cc Championships in the hands of Barry Sheene in 1976 and 1977 but when they became available as production racers, they were the privateer's bike of choice for a decade, winning seven consecutive Constructors' championships in the 500cc class. The RG500 was built in limited numbers, with an RG400 produced for those markets where there was a tax break for bikes under 400cc. The RG500 was a better and faster road bike than the Yamaha RZ500 of the same period and quite a bit rarer.
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An excellent price ($18,700) considering this bike is a two-stroke, and particularly considering it is an RG400, not one of the genuine RG500 road bikes. Suzuki's RG500 racing bikes first won World 500cc Championships in the hands of Barry Sheene in 1976 and 1977 but when they became available as production racers, they were the privateer's bike of choice for a decade, winning seven consecutive Constructors' championships in the 500cc class. The RG500 was built in limited numbers, with an RG400 produced for those markets where there was a tax break for bikes under 400cc. The RG500 was a better and faster road bike than the Yamaha RZ500 of the same period and quite a bit rarer.
Unless you've been living in a box for the last 50 years, you'll recognize a Captain America Chopper from the 1969 feature film Easyriders. The original, or maybe it wasn't, reportedly sold for $1,620,000, then it didn't, and then maybe it did. We don't know for sure what happened and that's why we report on auction results where the real price can be verified. This replica does the job nearly as well as the original, and cost a lot less than the price the original sold for (or maybe it didn't). At $19,250, which is what this bike sold for, you'll have saved $1.6 million for the journey.
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Unless you've been living in a box for the last 50 years, you'll recognize a Captain America Chopper from the 1969 feature film Easyriders. The original, or maybe it wasn't, reportedly sold for $1,620,000, then it didn't, and then maybe it did. We don't know for sure what happened and that's why we report on auction results where the real price can be verified. This replica does the job nearly as well as the original, and cost a lot less than the price the original sold for (or maybe it didn't). At $19,250, which is what this bike sold for, you'll have saved $1.6 million for the journey.
The Ducati Paul Smart 1000 was built by Ducati in 2006 in limited numbers to commemorate Paul Smart's win at the Imola 200 race in 1972. Remarkably, a few years ago, the bike it commemorated sold at auction for just €70,200. Limited edition Ducati V-twins will always appreciate in value, and at $19,800, this one is already on the way.
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The Ducati Paul Smart 1000 was built by Ducati in 2006 in limited numbers to commemorate Paul Smart's win at the Imola 200 race in 1972. Remarkably, a few years ago, the bike it commemorated sold at auction for just €70,200. Limited edition Ducati V-twins will always appreciate in value, and at $19,800, this one is already on the way.
While the Bridgestone 350 GTR might have been better known to road riders, this 1966 Bridgestone 175 cc racer is a perfect example of the amount of effort required to go vintage racing today - read the auction page and you won't wonder why someone paid $20,900 for it.
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While the Bridgestone 350 GTR might have been better known to road riders, this 1966 Bridgestone 175 cc racer is a perfect example of the amount of effort required to go vintage racing today - read the auction page and you won't wonder why someone paid $20,900 for it.
A legendary motorcycle for its beauty, the Victoria Model 115 was produced from 1961 to 1965 as the Zweirad Union 115, DKW Hummel 115, Victoria 115, Express 115 and Cavalier 115, all instantly recognizable because of distinctly different color schemes, and all emanating from German brands of the sixties.
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A legendary motorcycle for its beauty, the Victoria Model 115 was produced from 1961 to 1965 as the Zweirad Union 115, DKW Hummel 115, Victoria 115, Express 115 and Cavalier 115, all instantly recognizable because of distinctly different color schemes, and all emanating from German brands of the sixties.
Kawasaki only produced one six cylinder motorcycle, but that was enough. Yes, it was unfeasibly large, but once you had your head around the magnitude of the motorcycle, and treated it with respect, it was a fantastic motorcycle, with more power than seemed fair, and genuine presence to boot. Two grand doesn't do it justice.
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Kawasaki only produced one six cylinder motorcycle, but that was enough. Yes, it was unfeasibly large, but once you had your head around the magnitude of the motorcycle, and treated it with respect, it was a fantastic motorcycle, with more power than seemed fair, and genuine presence to boot. Two grand doesn't do it justice.
When the Z1 arrived, there were no other motorcycles capable of challenging it on the road. It was so far ahead of all other competitors that it was a quantum leap in performance and comfort. It was quite simply, the perfect platform with which to build an entirely new breed of motorcycle and hence original Z1s with original exhausts and unmolested everything are near extinct. The price of an unmolested 1972 Z1 can be expected to skyrocket from here, with 1973 models such as this one not far behind. The Honda CB750 was a major landmark, but so too was the Z1. This one sold for $23,100 and another sold for $22,000.
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When the Z1 arrived, there were no other motorcycles capable of challenging it on the road. It was so far ahead of all other competitors that it was a quantum leap in performance and comfort. It was quite simply, the perfect platform with which to build an entirely new breed of motorcycle and hence original Z1s with original exhausts and unmolested everything are near extinct. The price of an unmolested 1972 Z1 can be expected to skyrocket from here, with 1973 models such as this one not far behind. The Honda CB750 was a major landmark, but so too was the Z1. This one sold for $23,100 and another sold for $22,000.
Restored or unrestored? History or not? This 1920 Model J was sold in recently restored form after the seller bought an incomplete, dismantled bike at an internet auction. It sold for $23,000. Now consider a near identical bike from 1917 that went to auction the following day. It was an Atlantic City Police bike, purchased from the widow of an Atlantic City policeman. It went to auction complete and correct but unrestored. It sold for ... have a guess before you click the link.
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Restored or unrestored? History or not? This 1920 Model J  was sold in recently restored form after the seller bought an incomplete, dismantled bike at an internet auction. It sold for $23,000. Now consider a near identical bike from 1917 that went to auction the following day. It was an Atlantic City Police bike, purchased from the widow of an Atlantic City policeman. It went to auction complete and correct but unrestored. It sold for ... have a guess before you click the link.
It's a 64-year-old 125 cc two-stroke, but there's magic in that name. This 1953 Maserati 125 GT Racer sold for $23,100
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It's a 64-year-old 125 cc two-stroke, but there's magic in that name. This 1953 Maserati 125 GT Racer sold for $23,100
Triumph's three-cylinder Trident 750 and BSA's three-cylinder Rocket III 750 were essentially the same bike apart from badges and slightly inclined cylinders on the latter. Not counting the three Craig Vetter styled Triumph X75s which are covered elsewhere in this article, three Tridents and two Rocket IIIs went to auction in Vegas, with a 1969 model BSA Rocket III the most expensive of them all at $23,100, and this 1969 model (pictured) selling for $18,150. By comparison, the best the Triumph Tridents could muster was $9,000 for a 1973 model that had been tastefully modified into a cafe racer, followed by two at $6,050 (a 1973 model and a 1974 model).
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Triumph's three-cylinder Trident 750 and BSA's three-cylinder Rocket III 750 were essentially the same bike apart from badges and slightly inclined cylinders on the latter. Not counting the three Craig Vetter styled Triumph X75s which are covered elsewhere in this article, three Tridents and two Rocket IIIs went to auction in Vegas, with a 1969 model BSA Rocket III the most expensive of them all at $23,100, and this 1969 model (pictured) selling for $18,150. By comparison, the best the Triumph Tridents could muster was $9,000 for a 1973 model that had been tastefully modified into a cafe racer, followed by two at $6,050 (a 1973 model and a 1974 model).
Harley-Davidson's three-wheeled Servi-Car was developed during the Great Depression, targeted at car dealerships and service shops as a way of increasing revenue while cutting the man-hours required to service a customer's automobile. This fully restored 1941 model sold for $25,300
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Harley-Davidson's three-wheeled Servi-Car was developed during the Great Depression, targeted at car dealerships and service shops as a way of increasing revenue while cutting the man-hours required to service a customer's automobile. This fully restored 1941 model sold for $25,300
Triumph's three-cylinder Trident 750 and BSA's three-cylinder Rocket III 750 were essentially the same bike apart from badges and slightly inclined cylinders on the latter. Not counting the three Craig Vetter styled Triumph X75s which are covered elsewhere in this article, three Tridents and two Rocket IIIs went to auction in Vegas and the above 1969 model BSA Rocket III the most expensive of them all at $23,100, with another 1969 model in second place which sold for $18,150. By comparison, the best the Triumph Tridents could muster was $9,000 for a 1973 model that had been tastefully modified into a cafe racer, followed by two at $6,050 (a 1973 model and a 1974 model).
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Triumph's three-cylinder Trident 750 and BSA's three-cylinder Rocket III 750 were essentially the same bike apart from badges and slightly inclined cylinders on the latter. Not counting the three Craig Vetter styled Triumph X75s which are covered elsewhere in this article, three Tridents and two Rocket IIIs went to auction in Vegas and the above 1969 model BSA Rocket III the most expensive of them all at $23,100, with another 1969 model in second place which sold for $18,150. By comparison, the best the Triumph Tridents could muster was $9,000 for a 1973 model that had been tastefully modified into a cafe racer, followed by two at $6,050 (a 1973 model and a 1974 model).
The Kawasaki Mach III was an incredibly fast motorcycle, but its reputation as a "widowmaker" seems to have enhanced its value. While this was the most expensive at $25,300, no less than three Kawasaki 500cc H1 Mach III triples sold for more than $20,000 in Vegas. The others sold for $20,900 and $20,350 respectively.
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The Kawasaki Mach III was an incredibly fast motorcycle, but its reputation as a "widowmaker" seems to have enhanced its value. While this was the most expensive at $25,300, no less than three Kawasaki 500cc H1 Mach III triples sold for more than $20,000 in Vegas. The others sold for $20,900 and $20,350 respectively.
Three Harley JD models sold in Vegas with this the cheapest of the three at $25,875. Another 1927 model sold for $27,500, while an unrestored, very original 1926 model sold for $60,500.
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The ilk of Indian which you'd see at a racetrack during the 1930s, and the type which generated the headlines and put the Indian name consistently in the results column of newspapers.
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The ilk of Indian which you'd see at a racetrack during the 1930s, and the type which generated the headlines and put the Indian name consistently in the results column of newspapers.
Just two Ariel Square Fours sold in Vegas. This was the cheaper of the two, fetching $27,500, while another low-mileage 1958 model sold for $28,600.
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Just two Ariel Square Fours sold in Vegas. This was the cheaper of the two, fetching $27,500, while another low-mileage 1958 model sold for $28,600.
As usual, there was no shortage of Norton's Commando variants in Vegas, but this one was the pick of the litter, fetching $27,500 being an extra $10,000 more than the second most expensive, a 1975 Norton John Player Special which fetched $17,050
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As usual, there was no shortage of Norton's Commando variants in Vegas, but this one was the pick of the litter, fetching $27,500 being an extra $10,000 more than the second most expensive, a 1975 Norton John Player Special which fetched $17,050
As can be seen elsewhere in this article, people wishing to utilize the Ferrari name on a motorcycle are not exactly unique. This 1955 Fratelli Ferrari 165 Roadster sold for $28,600 and another very rare Ferrari motorcycle sold for $27,500 in Vegas but they weren't from the same automotive company and legal action eventually saw the demise of the marque.The only motorcycle ever built that used the name Ferrari with Ferrari's permission features in our feature of the most expensive motorcycles ever sold. It was built in 1995 in the United Kingdom, used a bespoke 900cc four-cylinder motor, and was sold by Bonhams for $139,066 (£85,500) in 2012 at the Staffordshire Spring Sale.
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As can be seen elsewhere in this article, people wishing to utilize the Ferrari name on a motorcycle are not exactly unique. This 1955 Fratelli Ferrari 165 Roadster sold for $28,600 and another very rare Ferrari motorcycle sold for $27,500 in Vegas but they weren't from the same automotive company and legal action eventually saw the demise of the marque.The only motorcycle ever built that used the name Ferrari with Ferrari's permission features in our feature of the most expensive motorcycles ever sold. It was built in 1995 in the United Kingdom, used a bespoke 900cc four-cylinder motor, and was sold by Bonhams for $139,066 (£85,500) in 2012 at the Staffordshire Spring Sale.
The Zundapp K500 is an extraordinary motorcycle with a sweet 500cc horizontally twin-cylinder side-valve engine, an unusual all-chain 4-speed gearbox and the most exquisite art deco styling and this example with sidecar sold for $29,700 at Mecum last Friday. The pick of the Zundapp range was the four-cylinder K800, one of which sold on Saturday for $58,300.
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The Zundapp K500 is an  extraordinary motorcycle with a sweet 500cc horizontally twin-cylinder side-valve engine, an unusual all-chain 4-speed gearbox and the most exquisite art deco styling and this example with sidecar sold for $29,700 at Mecum last Friday. The pick of the Zundapp range was the four-cylinder K800, one of which sold on Saturday for $58,300.
The Marsh Metz was one of the many wonderful motorcycles in particular and inventions in general to come from the fertile mind of Charles Herman Metz, one of the pioneers of the American motorcycle industry. Metz co-founded America's first motorcycle company, the "Waltham Manufacturing Company" (WMC) in 1893. Waltham began manufacturing bicycles, expanding into motorcycle manufacturing just before the turn of the century, and subsequently into automobile production. Metz is believed to have coined the term "motorcycle," first using it in an 1899 advertisement for the company's new Orient motorcycle. Waltham Manufacturing's 1900 Orient Light Roadster and "Orient-Aster" were America's first mass-production motor driven cycles, and in July 1900, at the Charles River Race Track in Boston, the Orient covered a five mile distance in seven minutes (42.86 mph).In 1902, Metz left WMC to begin the Metz Motorcycle Company (MMC) and his new Metz set an American speed record of 51.42 mph over a one mile course. In 1906 Metz merged with the Marsh Co. to create the "American Motorcycle Company" and this bike would have come from that company. A spectacular 1000cc V-twin Marsh-Metz motorcycle was introduced in 1908 and one of those bikes is documented in our list of the top 100 most valuable motorcycles.
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The Marsh Metz was one of the many wonderful motorcycles in particular and inventions in general to come from the fertile mind of Charles Herman Metz, one of the pioneers of the American motorcycle industry. Metz co-founded America's first motorcycle company, the "Waltham Manufacturing Company" (WMC) in 1893. Waltham began manufacturing bicycles, expanding into motorcycle manufacturing just before the turn of the century, and subsequently into automobile production. Metz is believed to have coined the term "motorcycle," first using it in an 1899 advertisement for the company's new Orient motorcycle. Waltham Manufacturing's 1900 Orient Light Roadster and "Orient-Aster" were America's first mass-production motor driven cycles, and in July 1900, at the Charles River Race Track in Boston, the Orient covered a five mile distance in seven minutes (42.86 mph).In 1902, Metz left WMC to begin the Metz Motorcycle Company (MMC) and his new Metz set an American speed record of 51.42 mph over a one mile course. In 1906 Metz merged with the Marsh Co. to create the "American Motorcycle Company" and this bike would have come from that company. A spectacular 1000cc V-twin Marsh-Metz motorcycle was introduced in 1908 and one of those bikes is documented in our list of the top 100 most valuable motorcycles.
This 1928 Harley-Davidson 61ci Model J sold for $30,475 at Bonhams Las Vegas 2018 January auction.
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This 1928 Harley-Davidson 61ci Model J sold for $30,475 at Bonhams Las Vegas 2018 January auction.
This 1953 Indian 74ci Chief sold for $31,050 at Bonhams’ Las Vegas 2018 January auction.
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This 1953 Indian 74ci Chief sold for $31,050 at Bonhams’ Las Vegas 2018 January auction.
One of Ducati's most successful limited editions, the entire 2,000 unit production run sold in an hour on the internet. This bike had just 150 miles at the time of the sale.
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One of Ducati's most successful limited editions, the entire 2,000 unit production run sold in an hour on the internet. This bike had just 150 miles at the time of the sale.
This 1941 Indian 30ci 741 Scout Military sold for $32,775 at Bonhams’ Las Vegas 2018 January auction.
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This 1941 Indian 30ci 741 Scout Military sold for $32,775 at Bonhams’ Las Vegas 2018 January auction.
Two 1950 Vincent 499cc Comets sold in Vegas, both museum quality restorations and they sold for similar amounts with this one slightly more expensive at $33,925, and the other at $30,800.
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Two 1950 Vincent 499cc Comets sold in Vegas, both museum quality restorations and they sold for similar amounts with this one slightly more expensive at $33,925, and the other at $30,800.
This bike is one of the homologation specials built for the 1991 World Superbike Championships. Only 500 were built, and only 30 got to the United States. The engine has such niceties as two-ring pistons, titanium con-rods, 38mm flat-slide Mikuni carburetors with Yamaha's EXUP valve downstream of the header pipes ensuring that, even though tuned for 121bhp, the motor possessed adequate tractability for road use. This particular bike sold at Bonhams with 74 miles on the odometer for $34,500 while a second bike was offered at Mecum with 8,710 miles and sold for half that price, fetching $17,050.
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This bike is one of the homologation specials built for the 1991 World Superbike Championships. Only 500 were built, and only 30 got to the United States. The engine has such niceties as two-ring pistons, titanium con-rods, 38mm flat-slide Mikuni carburetors with Yamaha's EXUP valve downstream of the header pipes ensuring that, even though tuned for 121bhp, the motor possessed adequate tractability for road use. This particular bike sold at Bonhams with 74 miles on the odometer for $34,500 while a second bike was offered at Mecum with 8,710 miles and sold for half that price, fetching $17,050.
This 1962 BMW R-60 W/ Steib Sidecar sold for $34,100 at Mecum’s Las Vegas 2018 January auction.
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This 1962 BMW R-60 W/ Steib Sidecar sold for $34,100 at Mecum’s Las Vegas 2018 January auction.
Built from an incomplete basket case, this 1910 Harley-Davidson Model 6A belt-drive 30.2ci (492cc) single sold for $38,525 at Bonhams' Las Vegas 2018 sale
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Built from an incomplete basket case, this 1910 Harley-Davidson Model 6A belt-drive 30.2ci (492cc) single sold for $38,525 at Bonhams' Las Vegas 2018 sale
It might look pretty but this 1951 Triumph 650 6T Bonneville Salt Flats Racer is ALL business, having run 122 mph at Bonneville in 1953 with a 13-year-old riding. The full story is amazing and can be found at the auction link. It sold for $35,650 at Bonhams’ Las Vegas 2018 January auction.
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It might look pretty but this 1951 Triumph 650 6T Bonneville Salt Flats Racer  is ALL business, having run 122 mph at Bonneville in 1953 with a 13-year-old riding. The full story is amazing and can be found at the auction link. It sold for $35,650 at Bonhams’ Las Vegas 2018 January auction.
This 1962 Norton Petty-Molnar 519cc Manx represents the final evolution of the Manx Norton as developed by noted English tuner Ray Petty. Petty's bikes won many British Championships, including the very last by a single cylinder in 1971, recording more wins than the famous Francis Beart in whose shop he had served an apprenticeship. This bike was then developed further. Quite a tale and seemingly $40,250 well spent for the vintage racer wanting to be as competitive as possible
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This 1962 Norton Petty-Molnar 519cc Manx represents the final evolution of the Manx Norton as developed by noted English tuner Ray Petty. Petty's bikes won many British Championships, including the very last by a single cylinder in 1971, recording more wins than the famous Francis Beart in whose shop he had served an apprenticeship. This bike was then developed further. Quite a tale and seemingly $40,250 well spent for the vintage racer wanting to be as competitive as possible
This 1927 Indian 74ci Big Chief sold for $41,400 at Bonhams Las Vegas 2018 auction.
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This 1927 Indian 74ci Big Chief sold for $41,400 at Bonhams Las Vegas 2018 auction.
1939 was the year in which the World's Fair was held in New York and the Indian brochure that year featured the Indian range portrayed in front of the key features of the famous fair. It was to be the last year of the open fenders, the first year of metallic paint, and the spectacular color schemes available for the bikes (effectively rolling adverts for the automotive paints of Indian's owner Du Pont) became known as World's Fair paint scheme. This 1939 Indian 74ci Chief has done no miles since a complete repaint and restoration and sold for $44,850 at Bonhams 2018 Las Vegas auction.
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1939 was the year in which the World's Fair was held in New York and the Indian brochure that year featured the Indian range portrayed in front of the key features of the famous fair. It was to be the last year of the open fenders, the first year of metallic paint, and the spectacular color schemes available for the bikes (effectively rolling adverts for the automotive paints of Indian's owner Du Pont) became known as World's Fair paint scheme. This 1939 Indian 74ci Chief has done no miles since a complete repaint and restoration and sold for $44,850 at Bonhams 2018 Las Vegas auction.
$46,000 | 1938 Harley-Davidson KnuckleheadBonhams | Lot 137
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$46,000 | 1938 Harley-Davidson KnuckleheadBonhams | Lot 137
This 1929 Indian 101 Scout was originally an export model, coming back to the United States from Australia and features the more popular 45 cubic inch engine. It sold for $47,150
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This 1929 Indian 101 Scout was originally an export model, coming back to the United States from Australia and features the more popular 45 cubic inch engine. It sold for $47,150
A very fast pre-war motorcycle, a 1938 Chief in stock condition was clocked at 120.7 mph in period, significantly faster than its Milwaukee competition with a stock machine. Sold with matching Princess sidecar, this fully-restored 1938 Chief sold for $50,600.
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A very fast pre-war motorcycle, a 1938 Chief in stock condition was clocked at 120.7 mph in period, significantly faster than its Milwaukee competition with a stock machine. Sold with matching Princess sidecar, this fully-restored 1938 Chief sold for $50,600.
This fully-restored example of a first-year Henderson KJ 1300cc four sold for $74,750
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This fully-restored example of a first-year Henderson KJ 1300cc four sold for $74,750
1939 Indian Four World's Fair
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1939 Indian Four World's Fair
A 1953 Vincent Black Shadow that has been in storage for many years and is original other than an older repaint. The bike is believed to have done only the 14,804 miles recorded on the (working) Smiths 5-inch speedometer. Incredibly original for just $88,550
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A 1953 Vincent Black Shadow that has been in storage for many years and is original other than an older repaint. The bike is believed to have done only the 14,804 miles recorded on the (working) Smiths 5-inch speedometer. Incredibly original for just $88,550
Chinese Red is not a common color for Vincents so having two Chinese Red Vincent Rapides going to auction within 48 hours was interesting. This one sold at Bonhams last Thursday for $92,000 while the Chinese Red 1951 Rapide at Mecum had a high bid of $70,000 before being passed in.
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Chinese Red is not a common color for Vincents so having two Chinese Red Vincent Rapides going to auction within 48 hours was interesting. This one sold at Bonhams last Thursday for $92,000 while the Chinese Red 1951 Rapide at Mecum had a high bid of $70,000 before being passed in.
Two Honda RC30 motorcycles were sold in Vegas, one at Mecum for $44,000 and the one above at Bonhams for $92,000. As we have written before, the significance of the RC30 model can not be overstated. It was built in very low quantities so that Honda could go production racing and each one was hand-built by Honda Racing Corporation, not the Honda factory. For several years, it won everything, including the first two World Superbike Championships. We go into a lot more detail about the RC30 and its immense significance to sporting two-wheelers in this feature about the evolution of the Sports Motorcycle.
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Two Honda RC30 motorcycles were sold in Vegas, one at Mecum for $44,000 and the one above at Bonhams for $92,000. As we have written before, the significance of the RC30 model can not be overstated. It was built in very low quantities so that Honda could go production racing and each one was hand-built by Honda Racing Corporation, not the Honda factory. For several years, it won everything, including the first two World Superbike Championships. We go into a lot more detail about the RC30 and its immense significance to sporting two-wheelers in this feature about the evolution of the Sports Motorcycle.
An idea ahead of its time, the enclosed 'Series D' bikes were first shown at the 1955 Earls Court show in London. Phil Vincent's concept of fully enclosing his motorcycles hastened the demise of one of the great brands. Known as the Series D, the Black Prince was an enclosed Black Shadow, while the very similar Black Knight was an enclosed Vincent Rapide. This 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Prince is one of just 200 of the enclosed bikes that were made, and presents as new. It sold for $104,650
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An idea ahead of its time, the enclosed 'Series D' bikes were first shown at the 1955 Earls Court show in London. Phil Vincent's concept of fully enclosing his motorcycles hastened the demise of one of the great brands. Known as the Series D, the Black Prince was an enclosed Black Shadow, while the very similar Black Knight was an enclosed Vincent Rapide. This 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Prince is one of just 200 of the enclosed bikes that were made, and presents as new. It sold for $104,650
The only Brough Superior of the week sold at Bonhams for $120,500. It was a perfectly maintained SS80 (so named because it was guaranteed to be capable of 80 mph) with a complete history file dating back to its first registration in 1939. One of just 460 made, it sold for $120,500 at Bonhams
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The only Brough Superior of the week sold at Bonhams for $120,500. It was a perfectly maintained SS80 (so named because it was guaranteed to be capable of 80 mph) with a complete history file dating back to its first registration in 1939. One of just 460 made, it sold for $120,500 at Bonhams
We covered this 1951 Vincent 998cc Black Lightning in a separate article as it fetched $929,000 is now the world record holder: the most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction. There are no doubt a handful of motorcycles that have fetched more money in private sales, but this is the most money that has ever changed hands that can be publicly verified - we use the same auction basis for all of our "most expensive" lists.
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We covered this 1951 Vincent 998cc Black Lightning in a separate article as it fetched $929,000 is now the world record holder: the most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction. There are no doubt a handful of motorcycles that have fetched more money in private sales, but this is the most money that has ever changed hands that can be publicly verified - we use the same auction basis for all of our "most expensive" lists.
1999 Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02
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1999 Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02
1940 Indian 45ci Sport Scout
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1940 Indian 45ci Sport Scout
Malcolm Smith is one of motorcycling's all-time-greats, one of the stars of the McQueen film On Any Sunday, and the winner of eight Gold Medals at ISDT/ISDE events. This is the bike he rode to his first Gold Medal in 1967, complete with Smith's riding gear and helmet and wall display as it was featured in the AMA and Sturgis museums. A high bid of $42,000 was not enough to bring the hammer down.
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Malcolm Smith is one of motorcycling's all-time-greats, one of the stars of the McQueen film On Any Sunday, and the winner of eight Gold Medals at ISDT/ISDE events. This is the bike he rode to his first Gold Medal in 1967, complete with Smith's riding gear and helmet and wall display as it was featured in the AMA and Sturgis museums. A high bid of $42,000 was not enough to bring the hammer down.
In the years prior to WW1, the dreadnought was the ultimate armored battleship with fearsome firepower and steam turbine speed and it was hence an important symbol of national power. It is hence not surprising that when Sears decided to include mail-order motorcycles in its catalogs, it chose the name for its most powerful 1157cc model. This museum quality Dreadnought sold at Mecum for $49,500, making it a steal compared to the record for the model. In 2001, Sothebys sold a 1914 Dreadnought for $126,750
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In the years prior to WW1, the dreadnought was the ultimate armored battleship with fearsome firepower and steam turbine speed and it was hence an important symbol of national power. It is hence not surprising that when Sears decided to include mail-order motorcycles in its catalogs, it chose the name for its most powerful 1157cc model. This museum quality Dreadnought sold at Mecum for $49,500, making it a steal compared to the record for the model. In 2001, Sothebys sold a 1914 Dreadnought for $126,750
A unique motorcycle, being the only Vincent engine in a Trackmaster frame. It sold for $49,500
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A unique motorcycle, being the only Vincent engine in a Trackmaster frame. It sold for $49,500
The first of the road-legal, limited-production factory MotoGP replicas, only 1500 were made and they offered a 197 hp motor giving it a top speed of 188 mph. Remarkably, they still don't sell for what they cost a decade ago, despite people storing them in climate controlled garages and looking at them instead of riding them. This bike has traveled less than 200 miles and still only fetched $50,600. My opinion is that these bikes are still a bargain, and that they will eventually sell for much more than they cost.
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The first of the road-legal, limited-production factory MotoGP replicas, only 1500 were made and they offered a 197 hp motor giving it a top speed of 188 mph. Remarkably, they still don't sell for what they cost a decade ago, despite people storing them in climate controlled garages and looking at them instead of riding them. This bike has traveled less than 200 miles and still only fetched $50,600. My opinion is that these bikes are still a bargain, and that they will eventually sell for much more than they cost.
Kawasaki factory rider Jeff Ward had an illustrious racing career that spanned both motorcycles and cars, and saw him reach international status in both. His path to fame and fortune began in the famous Steve McQueen film On Any Sunday when as a 10 year-old, he wheelied a Honda 50 out of sight. In 1985, Jeff had a purple patch, winning both the American Supercross championship and the 250cc Motocross national championship, plus the Motocross Des Nations that year. He did nearly all of that winning on the bike he regarded as the sweetest bike he rode in his career: this one. At $52,800, this bike now becomes one of the most expensive two-stroke motorcycles ever sold at auction.
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Kawasaki factory rider Jeff Ward had an illustrious racing career that spanned both motorcycles and cars, and saw him reach international status in both. His path to fame and fortune began in the famous Steve McQueen film On Any Sunday when as a 10 year-old, he wheelied a Honda 50 out of sight. In 1985, Jeff had a purple patch, winning both the American Supercross championship and the 250cc Motocross national championship, plus the Motocross Des Nations that year. He did nearly all of that winning on the bike he regarded as the sweetest bike he rode in his career: this one. At $52,800, this bike now becomes one of the most expensive two-stroke motorcycles ever sold at auction.
This 1914 Pope Model K has had an interesting life, being owned by the late Steve McQueen and being purchased by the well known collector E.J. Cole at the Steve McQueen Estate Auction at Las Vegas' Imperial Palace in November 1986. When E.J. Cole sold his collection in March, 2015, this bike sold for $137,500 which made it 120th in the list of the highest prices ever fetched by a motorcycle at that time. It looks identical to three years ago, but sold for $55,000 this time around, dropping an astonishing $82,500 in 34 months. Ouch!
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This 1914 Pope Model K has had an interesting life, being owned by the late Steve McQueen and being purchased by the well known collector E.J. Cole at the Steve McQueen Estate Auction at Las Vegas' Imperial Palace in November 1986. When E.J. Cole sold his collection in March, 2015this bike sold for $137,500 which made it 120th in the list of the highest prices ever fetched by a motorcycle at that time. It looks identical to three years ago, but sold for $55,000 this time around, dropping an astonishing $82,500 in 34 months. Ouch!
This 1914 Excelsior Twin with Sidecar was sold by just the third owner, who purchased it 18 years ago from the second owner, who in turn, purchased it from Hal Roach Studios, being the first owner. Hal Roach Studios is best known for producing comedy silent movies such as as the Laurel & Hardy, Charley Chase, Harold Lloyd, and Our Gang film comedy series from 1914 onwards. It is believed that this bike and sidecar may have been used in the Laurel & Hardy movies. At $57,200, the story doesn't appear to have had much impact on the price as Excelsior twins from this period have sold into this price range previously, and the record for the model is $100,000 which was fetched by a remarkable unrestored and completely original model in 2016.
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This 1914 Excelsior Twin with Sidecar was sold by just the third owner, who purchased it 18 years ago from the second owner, who in turn, purchased it from Hal Roach Studios, being the first owner. Hal Roach Studios is best known for producing comedy silent movies such as as the Laurel & Hardy, Charley Chase, Harold Lloyd, and Our Gang film comedy series from 1914 onwards. It is believed that this bike and sidecar may have been used in the Laurel & Hardy movies. At $57,200, the story doesn't appear to have had much impact on the price as Excelsior twins from this period have sold into this price range previously, and the record for the model is $100,000 which was fetched by a remarkable unrestored and completely original model in 2016.
The only Flying Merkel V-twin to go to auction in Vegas was this 1911 model which fetched $91,300. The record for the model is a whopping $201,250 which was recorded in 2011 in Glenview, Illinois by Auctions America (now RM-Sothebys)
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The only Flying Merkel V-twin to go to auction in Vegas was this 1911 model which fetched $91,300. The record for the model is a whopping $201,250 which was recorded in 2011 in Glenview, Illinois by Auctions America (now RM-Sothebys)
As close to a perfect restoration as you will see. As the auction description notes, "22 coats of hand rubbed lacquer paint. Extensive hand painted pin striping. Every nut and bolt is period correct original nickel plated." This "picture perfect" 104-year-old Henderson sold for $93,500.
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As close to a perfect restoration as you will see. As the auction description notes, "22 coats of hand rubbed lacquer paint. Extensive hand painted pin striping. Every nut and bolt is period correct original nickel plated."  This "picture perfect" 104-year-old Henderson sold for $93,500.
The name Fritz Egli has long been part of Vincent folklore, and Egli handed that mantle to Frenchman Patrick Godet. Godet now stands in his own right as the foremost Vincent modifier and restorer in the world, and this is a bike he created. Behind the new world record holder, this was the most expensive Vincent to change hands in Vegas. This Godet Vincent sold for $107,250
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The name Fritz Egli has long been part of Vincent folklore, and Egli handed that mantle to Frenchman Patrick Godet. Godet now stands in his own right as the foremost Vincent modifier and restorer in the world, and this is a bike he created. Behind the new world record holder, this was the most expensive Vincent to change hands in Vegas. This Godet Vincent sold for $107,250
The Henderson Four was one of the largest and fastest motorcycles of its time, and though it was produced from 1912 until 1931, 1917 was the last year of production of the "true" Henderson Four lineage, as the company was purchased by Schwinn in October of that year, and production was moved from Detroit to Chicago and the company became known as Excelsior-Henderson. The Henderson Four was the first production motorcycle to be capable of exceeding 100 mph and many celebrity owners ensued, among them Henry Ford (who bought a 1917 model just like this one) and aviator Charles Lindberg. The most important celebrity owner for motorcycle enthusiasts is of course, Steve McQueen and this bike (Lot S95) was formerly owned by McQueen and purchased at the Steve McQueen estate auction in Las Vegas in 1984 by E.J. Cole. Cole's collection sold in March, 2015 and this bike fetched $209,000 with commissions, only to reappear at auction in 2017 in Vegas and sell for a disappointing $93,500. Appearing again one year later it sold for $110,000.
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The Henderson Four was one of the largest and fastest motorcycles of its time, and though it was produced from 1912 until 1931, 1917 was the last year of production of the "true" Henderson Four lineage, as the company was purchased by Schwinn in October of that year, and production was moved from Detroit to Chicago and the company became known as Excelsior-Henderson. The Henderson Four was the first production motorcycle to be capable of exceeding 100 mph and many celebrity owners ensued, among them Henry Ford (who bought a 1917 model just like this one) and aviator Charles Lindberg. The most important celebrity owner for motorcycle enthusiasts is of course, Steve McQueen and this bike (Lot S95) was formerly owned by McQueen and purchased at the Steve McQueen estate auction in Las Vegas in 1984 by E.J. Cole. Cole's collection sold in March, 2015 and this bike fetched $209,000 with commissions, only to reappear at auction in 2017 in Vegas and sell for a disappointing $93,500. Appearing again one year later it sold for $110,000.
Harley-Davidson began producing a single-cylinder 500cc machine in 1905, and while a twin-cylinder motorcycle appeared in Harley-Davidson's press as early as 1908, there is no record of a twin-cylinder machine being sold until the Model 7D appeared in 1911. This bike is an incredibly rare survivor, with matching case and cylinder serial numbers, of that first year production of which few remain. For Harley aficionados, this is considered by some to be the Holy Grail of collectible early American motorcycles. It was the second most valuable motorcycle to change hands in Las Vegas in 2018 at $154,000
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Harley-Davidson began producing a single-cylinder 500cc machine in 1905, and while a twin-cylinder motorcycle appeared in Harley-Davidson's press as early as 1908, there is no record of a twin-cylinder machine being sold until the Model 7D appeared in 1911. This bike is an incredibly rare survivor, with matching case and cylinder serial numbers, of that first year production of which few remain. For Harley aficionados, this is considered by some to be the Holy Grail of collectible early American motorcycles. It was the second most valuable motorcycle to change hands in Las Vegas in 2018 at $154,000
The sheer volume of the offering of Mecum's offering in Las Vegas was immense, as could be seen by the numbers of some otherwise scarce models such as the Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, the most coveted of American Classic motorcycles. The 1945 EL above was the most expensive Knucklehead of the weekend at $99,000, well ahead of a 1941 EL Knucklehead at $68,200, a 1946 E Knucklehead at $60,500, a 1947 FL Knucklehead at $57,750, a 1938 EL at $46,000, and a 1948 model at $44,000.
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The sheer volume of the offering of Mecum's offering in Las Vegas was immense, as could be seen by the numbers of some otherwise scarce models such as the Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, the most coveted of American Classic motorcycles. The 1945 EL above was the most expensive Knucklehead of the weekend at $99,000, well ahead of a 1941 EL Knucklehead at $68,200, a 1946 E Knucklehead at $60,500, a 1947 FL Knucklehead at $57,750, a 1938 EL at $46,000, and a 1948 model at $44,000.
Several legendary names surround this restoration, which had been built specifically to be ridden in the first Cannonball endurance run. No corners were cut. Reproduction parts were limited to the sheet metal and handlebars. Good value at $60,500
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Several legendary names surround this restoration, which had been built specifically to be ridden in the first Cannonball endurance run. No corners were cut. Reproduction parts were limited to the sheet metal and handlebars. Good value at $60,500
$60,500 | 1946 Harley-Davidson E KnuckleMecum | Lot F161 | Auction Link
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$60,500 | 1946 Harley-Davidson E KnuckleMecum | Lot F161 | Auction Link 
The 1915 Harley-Davidson Model 11 twin 3-speeder has long been a favorite of antique motorcycle collectors, being one of few machines of the pre-1916 era with a proper gearbox. This bike might well have sold for more than the $71,500 it fetched as apart from a recent and stunning restoration, it won the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Rally winner before it was restored. The Cannonball is considered the ultimate old-bike test, so ... a fabulous machine with a modern provenance.
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The 1915 Harley-Davidson Model 11 twin 3-speeder has long been a favorite of antique motorcycle collectors, being one of few machines of the pre-1916 era with a proper gearbox. This bike might well have sold for more than the $71,500 it fetched as apart from a recent and stunning restoration, it won the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Rally winner before it was restored. The Cannonball is considered the ultimate old-bike test, so ... a fabulous machine with a modern provenance.
Only 10 of these famous motorcycles were ever made, and they made news all around the world for their futuristic design at the time. This bike was the most famous of the 10, has just 48 miles on the odometer. A remarkably low price at $33,000 does not seem commensurate with the historical significance of the bike.
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Only 10 of these famous motorcycles were ever made,  and they made news all around the world for their futuristic design at the time. This bike was the most famous of the 10, has just 48 miles on the odometer. A remarkably low price at $33,000 does not seem commensurate with the historical significance of the bike.
Restored a decade ago with many personal touches, such as an electric starter being fitted, this 1953 Black Shadow has done just 150 miles since that restoration. Good buying at $60,500.
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Restored a decade ago with many personal touches, such as an electric starter being fitted, this 1953 Black Shadow has done just 150 miles since that restoration. Good buying at $60,500.
One of Gerrit Wolsink's early motocross bikes that was restored by Vintage Iron. Excellent price for a two-stroke, which tends to make us feel there's a history to this bike that we don't know about.
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One of Gerrit Wolsink's early motocross bikes that was restored by Vintage Iron. Excellent price for a two-stroke, which tends to make us feel there's a history to this bike that we don't know about.
As we wrote previously regarding the 1974 Ducati 750 GT that fetched $17,050, the Ducati 750 Sport prices at auction have risen with the tide caused by the 750 SS. The Ducati 750 SS is now selling into the stratosphere (like this one for $176,000), and this 750 Sport was the highest priced Ducati of the Vegas auctions. If there is a great irony about all of this, the reputation all stems from Paul Smart's win at the Imola 200 race in 1972, and a few years ago, that bike sold at auction for just €70,200. Anyway, this appears to be a bevel-driven 750 sport motor with a Dr. Desmo kit fitted.
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As we wrote previously regarding the 1974 Ducati 750 GT that fetched $17,050, the Ducati 750 Sport prices at auction have risen with the tide caused by the 750 SS. The Ducati 750 SS is now selling into the stratosphere (like this one for $176,000), and this 750 Sport was the highest priced Ducati of the Vegas auctions. If there is a great irony about all of this, the reputation all stems from Paul Smart's win at the Imola 200 race in 1972, and a few years ago, that bike sold at auction for just €70,200. Anyway, this appears to be a bevel-driven 750 sport motor with a Dr. Desmo kit fitted.
Great value at $9,350, this 1958 racing bike with gorgeous hand-formed metal tank, guards and fairing was one of many bikes which wore the BSA Gold Star name over a very long time frame that extended from 1938 to 1963. They also came in 350 cc and 500 cc variants. If you are into BSA Gold Stars, the most expensive one ever to go to auction was a working cutaway version that was estimated to sell for between $250,000 and $350,000. It didn't sell, but it truly is living, moving art, and it was just one of many priceless motorcycle artifacts from the Herb Harris Collection. Numerous Gold Stars went to auction in Vegas with a 1956 BSA B34 Gold Star Scrambler fetching $19,800 and a stunning 1951 B34 Gold Star Road Bike with 734 miles on the clock was passed in when bidding stopped at $20,000.
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Great value at $9,350, this 1958 racing bike with gorgeous hand-formed metal tank, guards and fairing was one of many bikes which wore the BSA Gold Star name over a very long time frame that extended from 1938 to 1963. They also came in 350 cc and 500 cc variants. If you are into BSA Gold Stars, the most expensive one ever to go to auction was a working cutaway version that was estimated to sell for between $250,000 and $350,000. It didn't sell, but it truly is living, moving art, and it was just one of many priceless motorcycle artifacts from the Herb Harris Collection. Numerous Gold Stars went to auction in Vegas with a 1956 BSA B34 Gold Star Scrambler fetching $19,800 and a stunning 1951 B34 Gold Star Road Bike with 734 miles on the clock was passed in when bidding stopped at $20,000.
The most valuable variant of the Triumph/BSA triple-cylinder 750s of the late 1960s and early 1970s is the Hurricane X75 styled for the factory by Craig Vetter., and three went to auction in Vegas. The above bike was the most expensive at $28,050, with another 1973 model X75 being passed in with a high bid of $24,000 and a third from the 1973 model year fetching $12,650.The most valuable Triumph Hurricane X75 sold to date fetched $38,200 (£24,150) at Bonhams' Autumn Staffordshire Sale in 2012, while the auction record for a three-cylinder 750 was a BSA Formula 750 racer which fetched $104,760 at a Mecum auction in January 2014.
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The most valuable variant of the Triumph/BSA triple-cylinder 750s of the late 1960s and early 1970s is the Hurricane X75 styled for the factory by Craig Vetter., and three went to auction in Vegas. The above bike was the most expensive at $28,050, with another 1973 model X75 being passed in with a high bid of $24,000 and a third from the 1973 model year fetching $12,650.The most valuable Triumph Hurricane X75 sold to date fetched $38,200 (£24,150) at Bonhams' Autumn Staffordshire Sale in 2012, while the auction record for a three-cylinder 750 was a BSA Formula 750 racer which fetched $104,760 at a Mecum auction in January 2014.
This 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead FL sold for $57,750
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This 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead FL sold for $57,750
One of the early sandcast Honda 750 models with under 30,000 miles on it, restored to museum quality with many NOS parts, the price of the original sandcast CB750s can sometimes really skyrocket if two people want them. This one fetched $32,450, but there is one rarer: there were four original prototype bikes and one of them sold at auction on eBay for $148,100 in 2014.
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One of the early sandcast Honda 750 models with under 30,000 miles on it, restored to museum quality with many NOS parts, the price of the original sandcast CB750s can sometimes really skyrocket if two people want them. This one fetched $32,450, but there is one rarer: there were four original prototype bikes and one of them sold at auction on eBay for $148,100 in 2014.
This is one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever built, with art deco styling, a reliable 800cc four-cylinder engine and footboards and heating from the rear exhaust pipe during winter. I'd imagine it gets more than a tad "toasty" in warmer weather but reliability and stunning looks will help an owner overlook a few foibles. At $58,300, this is the most expensive Zundapp K800 we've ever seen, and as an aside, the engine in this motorcycle is a close relation to the engine which subsequently became one of the best-sellers in history in the Volkswagen Beetle.
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This is one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever built, with art deco styling, a reliable 800cc four-cylinder engine and footboards and heating from the rear exhaust pipe during winter. I'd imagine it gets more than a tad "toasty" in warmer weather but reliability and stunning looks will help an owner overlook a few foibles. At $58,300, this is the most expensive Zundapp K800 we've ever seen, and as an aside, the engine in this motorcycle is a close relation to the engine which subsequently became one of the best-sellers in history in the Volkswagen Beetle.
Only 10 of these famous 1980 Kawasaki Mystery Ships were ever made, and they made news all around the world for their futuristic design at the time. This bike was the most famous of the 10, has just 48 miles on the odometer. A remarkably low price at $33,000 does not seem commensurate with the historical significance of the bike.
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Only 10 of these famous 1980 Kawasaki Mystery Ships were ever made, and they made news all around the world for their futuristic design at the time. This bike was the most famous of the 10, has just 48 miles on the odometer. A remarkably low price at $33,000 does not seem commensurate with the historical significance of the bike.
The most valuable variant of the Triumph/BSA triple-cylinder 750s of the late 1960s and early 1970s is the Hurricane X75 styled for the factory by Craig Vetter., and three went to auction in Vegas. The above bike was the most expensive at $28,050, with another 1973 model X75 being passed in with a high bid of $24,000 and a third from the 1973 model year fetching $12,650.The most valuable Triumph Hurricane X75 sold to date fetched $38,200 (£24,150) at Bonhams' Autumn Staffordshire Sale in 2012, while the auction record for a three-cylinder 750 was a BSA Formula 750 racer which fetched $104,760 at a Mecum auction in January 2014.
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The most valuable variant of the Triumph/BSA triple-cylinder 750s of the late 1960s and early 1970s is the Hurricane X75 styled for the factory by Craig Vetter., and three went to auction in Vegas. The above bike was the most expensive at $28,050, with another 1973 model X75 being passed in with a high bid of $24,000 and a third from the 1973 model year fetching $12,650.The most valuable Triumph Hurricane X75 sold to date fetched $38,200 (£24,150) at Bonhams' Autumn Staffordshire Sale in 2012, while the auction record for a three-cylinder 750 was a BSA Formula 750 racer which fetched $104,760 at a Mecum auction in January 2014.
The 900SS is now rising with the marketplace of the 750 SS, 750 S and 750 GT, with this 900 SS fetching $47,300
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The 900SS is now rising with the marketplace of the 750 SS, 750 S and 750 GT, with this 900 SS fetching $47,300
A matching-numbers, fully-restored, 1951 Vincent Series C Black Shadow in faultless condition, this bike was bid to just $60,000 before being passed in, which was exactly half the reserve price.
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A matching-numbers, fully-restored, 1951 Vincent Series C Black Shadow in faultless condition, this bike was bid to just $60,000 before being passed in, which was exactly half the reserve price.
The 2011 post apocalypse sci-fi movie Priest contained many quite radical motorcycles made for the film by designer Ron Mendell and this bike was one of them. Based on a Suzuki Gladius, it apparently rides well. Sold for just $4,500.
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The 2011 post apocalypse sci-fi movie Priest contained many quite radical motorcycles made for the film by designer Ron Mendell and this bike was one of them. Based on a Suzuki Gladius, it apparently rides well. Sold for just $4,500.
One of Gerrit Wolsink's early motocross bikes that was restored by Vintage Iron. At $16,500, it fetched an excellent price for a two-stroke, which tends to indicate there's a history to this bike that we don't know about.
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One of Gerrit Wolsink's early motocross bikes that was restored by Vintage Iron. At $16,500, it fetched an excellent price for a two-stroke, which tends to indicate there's a history to this bike that we don't know about.
As can be seen from the design of this restored 1939 Jawa 250 Special, the company was once at the forefront of motorcycle engineering. once exporting to over 120 countries, the name Jawa may well rise again now that it has been purchased by India's Mahindra, and the $29,700 paid for this fully restored two-stroke masterpiece could turn out to be quite an investment.
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As can be seen from the design of this restored 1939 Jawa 250 Special, the company was once at the forefront of motorcycle engineering. once exporting to over 120 countries, the name Jawa may well rise again now that it has been purchased by India's Mahindra, and the $29,700 paid for this fully restored two-stroke masterpiece could turn out to be quite an investment.
This older restoration of a rare late 1928 Indian Four sold for $99,000
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This older restoration of a rare late 1928 Indian Four sold for $99,000
On one of several occasions when the Indian brand was revived only to fail again, Velocette Thruxton machines were sold as Indians. This 1970 Indian is one such bike. It failed to sell, attracting a high bid of $30,000 against an undisclosed reserve.
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On one of several occasions when the Indian brand was revived only to fail again, Velocette Thruxton machines were sold as Indians. This 1970 Indian is one such bike. It failed to sell, attracting a high bid of $30,000 against an undisclosed reserve.
This 1938 Indian Super Six is a masterpiece made in period circa 1939-1940 by fusing together two 1938 Indian type 438 4-cylinder motors together to create a six-cylinder 1966cc engine. This is the second time this bike has been to auction, having first gone under the auctioneer's hammer in June, 2017 where it received a high bid of $100,000 (effectively $115,500 with commissions), but was passed in. This time it was bid to $73,000 and passed in, with a deal done after the auction to secure a sale at $77,000. The full story of the construction of the bike and frame can be found in the Auction Catalog Description.
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This 1938 Indian Super Six is a masterpiece made in period circa 1939-1940 by fusing together two 1938 Indian type 438 4-cylinder motors together to create a six-cylinder 1966cc engine. This is the second time this bike has been to auction, having first gone under the auctioneer's hammer in June, 2017 where it received a high bid of  $100,000 (effectively $115,500 with commissions), but was passed in. This time it was bid to $73,000 and passed in, with a deal done after the auction to secure a sale at $77,000. The full story of the construction of the bike and frame can be found in the Auction Catalog Description.
One of the five Indian twins produced between 1912 and 1915 that went to auction during the Vegas motorcycle auction week, this very original 1912 Indian Twin Board Track Racer fetched $82,500 to top the listings. Others fared a little less well, with a 1914 Twin Board Track Racer passed in at $30,000, a 1912 Twin Board Track Racer sold for $44,000, a 1915 Twin Board Track Racer sold for $49,500 and a fully restored Indian Twin roadster sold for $55,000.
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One of the five Indian twins produced between 1912 and 1915 that went to auction during the Vegas motorcycle auction week, this very original 1912 Indian Twin Board Track Racer fetched $82,500 to top the listings. Others fared a little less well, with a 1914 Twin Board Track Racer passed in at $30,000, a 1912 Twin Board Track Racer sold for $44,000, a 1915 Twin Board Track Racer sold for $49,500 and a fully restored Indian Twin roadster sold for $55,000.
This 1941 Indian 441 Four comes from the last full year of production for this elegant and powerful model. An older restoration, this bike sold for $101,750
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This 1941 Indian 441 Four comes from the last full year of production for this elegant and powerful model. An older restoration, this bike sold for $101,750
The ultimate flathead. Long after side-valve engines had been consigned to the scrapheap, long after the Japanese hordes with their DOHC four strokes and ear-piercing two-strokes had arrived, Harley-Davidson's KRTT Road Racers kept defying the laws of physics by winning. This 1968 KRTT is one of the very last of a special breed of old school racing. It sold for $44,000
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The ultimate flathead. Long after side-valve engines had been consigned to the scrapheap, long after the Japanese hordes with their DOHC four strokes and ear-piercing two-strokes had arrived, Harley-Davidson's KRTT Road Racers kept defying the laws of physics by winning. This 1968 KRTT is one of the very last of a special breed of old school racing. It sold for $44,000
The photogenic Altoona was Indian’s hottest racing model of the 1920s. The Altoona Speedway was a 1.25-mile (2-km) board track located in central Pennsylvania which was the home of the American Board Track Championship races during the 1920s. Winning Altoona was so important that a winning machine might adopt the track name as its own, as was the case with many other bikes and cars which won at other famous venues such Daytona, Bonneville, TT and IOM, Le Mans ad infinitum. On July 9, 1926, "Curley" Fredericks lapped Altoona at an average speed of 114 mph (183 km/h) in a race, the highest speed ever recorded on a circular track, and the Indian racer was immediately dubbed the "Altoona."The record price for an Altoona was set at the E.J. Cole Collection auction, when a 1928 model fetched $247,500. At less than a third that price, fully-restored, this bike represents great value.
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The photogenic Altoona was Indian’s hottest racing model of the 1920s. The Altoona Speedway was a 1.25-mile (2-km) board track located in central Pennsylvania which was the home of the American Board Track Championship races during the 1920s. Winning Altoona was so important that a winning machine might adopt the track name as its own, as was the case with many other bikes and cars which won at other famous venues such Daytona, Bonneville, TT and IOM, Le Mans ad infinitum. On July 9, 1926, "Curley" Fredericks lapped Altoona at an average speed of 114 mph (183 km/h) in a race, the highest speed ever recorded on a circular track, and the Indian racer was immediately dubbed the "Altoona."The record price for an Altoona was set at the E.J. Cole Collection auction, when a 1928 model fetched $247,500. At less than a third that price, fully-restored, this bike represents great value.
If you want a collectible bike that is a bit different, goes fast, handles and stops well, will appreciate in value and never give you any trouble no matter how many miles you put underneath it, this is one of the best. In SFC form, these bikes won many major endurance races in the early seventies mainly because they could lap at record pace for 24 hours at a time. At $9,900, this 1975 Laverda SF2 represents excellent value
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If you want a collectible bike that is a bit different, goes fast, handles and stops well, will appreciate in value and never give you any trouble no matter how many miles you put underneath it, this is one of the best. In SFC form, these bikes won many major endurance races in the early seventies mainly because they could lap at record pace for 24 hours at a time. At $9,900, this 1975 Laverda SF2 represents excellent value
Fabulous value at just $41,800 for this beautifully restored 1916 Pope 1000cc v-twin, which had a 70 mph (110 km/h) top speed, and was the fastest production motorcycle in the world when it was introduced. The record for a Pope 1000cc v-twin was set at the E.J. Cole Collection auction in March, 2015 where a 1915 model sold for $126,500 (inc comms).
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Fabulous value at just $41,800 for this beautifully restored 1916 Pope 1000cc v-twin, which had a 70 mph (110 km/h) top speed, and was the fastest production motorcycle in the world when it was introduced. The record for a Pope 1000cc v-twin was set at the E.J. Cole Collection auction in March, 2015 where a 1915 model sold for $126,500 (inc comms).
Erik Buell's motorcycles are revered the world over, and we have watched his rise and fall and rise and fall with fascination and admiration. His motorcycles have always been state-of-the-art, and I have been a breathless devotee for decades. This motorcycle didn't sell, but it did receive a high bid of $110,000. It is the very first production bike to wear the Buell name, built in 1984 and entitled the Buell RW750 Production Racer. Only two were ever produced, and they spawned a royal lineage.
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Erik Buell's motorcycles are revered the world over, and we have watched his rise and fall and rise and fall with fascination and admiration. His motorcycles have always been state-of-the-art, and I have been a breathless devotee for decades. This motorcycle didn't sell, but it did receive a high bid of $110,000. It is the very first production bike to wear the Buell name, built in 1984 and entitled the Buell RW750 Production Racer. Only two were ever produced, and they spawned a royal lineage.
Erik Buell's motorcycles are revered the world over, and we have watched his rise and fall and rise and fall with fascination and admiration. His motorcycles have always been state-of-the-art, and I have been a breathless devotee for decades. This motorcycle didn't sell, but it did receive a high bid of $110,000. It is the very first production bike to wear the Buell name, built in 1984 and entitled the Buell RW750 Production Racer. Only two were ever produced, and they spawned a royal lineage.
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Erik Buell's motorcycles are revered the world over, and we have watched his rise and fall and rise and fall with fascination and admiration. His motorcycles have always been state-of-the-art, and I have been a breathless devotee for decades. This motorcycle didn't sell, but it did receive a high bid of $110,000. It is the very first production bike to wear the Buell name, built in 1984 and entitled the Buell RW750 Production Racer. Only two were ever produced, and they spawned a royal lineage.
Rokon made some radical motorcycles in its day, and this was one of the most successful and radical of them all, the 340 Enduro. This bike from 1975 was sold with 0.5 miles on the odometer. It had only ever been started once.
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Rokon made some radical motorcycles in its day, and this was one of the most successful and radical of them all, the 340 Enduro. This bike from 1975 was sold with  0.5 miles on the odometer. It had only ever been started once.
An older restoration, at $16,500 this Moto Guzzi Falcone 500cc single was Italy's very relaxed version of the 500cc single. Fabulous fun to ride, with a gentle, loping motor.
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An older restoration, at $16,500 this Moto Guzzi Falcone 500cc single was Italy's very relaxed version of the 500cc single. Fabulous fun to ride, with a gentle, loping motor.
This Japanese market 1958 Honda Benly 125 was produced before America even had a Honda dealer, though Honda had already been producing complete motorcycles for a decade prior to this. When it was built, Honda was preparing to compete at the 1959 Isle of Man TT races for the first time with a racing version of the Honda 125 cc Benly, and Kihachiro Kawashima would leave not leave Japan to establish Honda's first overseas base, American Honda Motor Co, until June 10, 1959. It sold for $7,975
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This Japanese market 1958  Honda Benly 125 was produced before America even had a Honda dealer, though Honda had already been producing complete motorcycles for a decade prior to this. When it was built, Honda was preparing to compete at the 1959 Isle of Man TT races for the first time with a racing version of the Honda 125 cc Benly, and Kihachiro Kawashima would leave not leave Japan to establish Honda's first overseas base, American Honda Motor Co, until June 10, 1959. It sold for $7,975
No sale for a motorcycle with plenty of star power. The Ferrari-themed Honda VTX 1800 has only 10,000 miles on the clock, thanks to being trailered to shows, where it "consistently wins Fan Favorite, Best Paint and Construction at both motorcycle and car shows" according to the auction description. Was selling with the themed trailer but bidding only reached $7,000.
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No sale for a motorcycle with plenty of star power. The Ferrari-themed Honda VTX 1800 has only 10,000 miles on the clock, thanks to being trailered to shows, where it "consistently wins Fan Favorite, Best Paint and Construction at both motorcycle and car shows" according to the auction description. Was selling with the themed trailer but bidding only reached $7,000.
Later models of the Ducati Super Sport such as this 1978 model 900SS are now rising in value with the marketplace originally based on the first Ducati 750 SS, then 750 S and and 750 GT. This 900 SS fetched $47,300
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Later models of the Ducati Super Sport such as this 1978 model 900SS are now rising in value with the marketplace originally based on the first Ducati 750 SS, then 750 S and and 750 GT. This 900 SS fetched $47,300
One of Suzuki's very first motocross bikes, it is little wonder that this 1967 Suzuki RH67 MX became one of the most expensive two-strokes ever sold when it fetched $33,000. As the auction description so accurately states, "this bike is the foundation of a tremendous lineage of dominating Suzuki MX racers and is incredibly important historically."
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One of Suzuki's very first motocross bikes, it is little wonder that this 1967 Suzuki RH67 MX became one of the most expensive two-strokes ever sold when it fetched $33,000. As the auction description so accurately states, "this bike is the foundation of a tremendous lineage of dominating Suzuki MX racers and is incredibly important historically."
Long before the Japanese manufacturers gave us the sophisticated turbo motorcycles of the eighties, such as the Honda CX500 Turbo, the Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo, the Yamaha XJ650 Turbo and Suzuki's XN85, Kawasaki bolted together a special turbo for the American marketplace, selling small numbers of a potent but fragile beast. Motorcycle Classics tells the full story of the 1978 Kawasaki KZ100-ZIR-TC. Get the right one of these, and you have a very fast motorcycle available to you.
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Long before the Japanese manufacturers gave us the sophisticated turbo motorcycles of the eighties, such as the Honda CX500 Turbo, the Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo, the Yamaha XJ650 Turbo and Suzuki's XN85, Kawasaki bolted together a special turbo for the American marketplace, selling small numbers of a potent but fragile beast. Motorcycle Classics tells the full story of the 1978 Kawasaki KZ100-ZIR-TC. Get the right one of these, and you have a very fast motorcycle available to you.
An older restoration, this 1928 model Indian Four sold for $99,000
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An older restoration, this 1928 model Indian Four sold for $99,000
With a significantly advanced engine for its time, this Jefferson is a rare motorcycle. This sale for $60,500 is believed to be a record for both the model and the marque.
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With a significantly advanced engine for its time, this Jefferson is a rare motorcycle. This sale for $60,500 is believed to be a record for both the model and the marque.
Extremely rare with a fascinating tale behind it, this 1909 Yale 500cc Single would be near identical to the first to cross America in 1903. We know of only one of these that has been sold before, by Bonhams in 2008 for $23,400, so if the high bid of $35,000 for this bike had been accepted, it would probably have been a record for the model. The reserve was $40,000 but no common ground could be found.
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Extremely rare with a fascinating tale behind it, this 1909 Yale 500cc Single would be near identical to the first to cross America in 1903. We know of only one of these that has been sold before, by Bonhams in 2008 for $23,400, so if the high bid of $35,000 for this bike had been accepted, it would probably have been a record for the model. The reserve was $40,000 but no common ground could be found.
The Velocette Thruxton was one of the last of the successful British singles, made from 1965 onwards for for production and endurance racing. It had a top speed of 120 mph and handling identical to the company's World Championship bikes, which had won at the very demanding Isle of Man TT course. Named after the Thruxton circuit at which this model won both 12- and 24-hour races. This particular bike has just received a total, nut and bolt restoration, which explains its $38,500 price.
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The Velocette Thruxton was one of the last of the successful British singles, made from 1965 onwards for for production and endurance racing. It had a top speed of 120 mph and handling identical to the company's World Championship bikes, which had won at the very demanding Isle of Man  TT course. Named after the Thruxton circuit at which this model won both 12- and 24-hour races. This particular bike has just received a total, nut and bolt restoration, which explains its $38,500 price.