Premium auctions thrive

Premium auctions thrive despite pandemic

Auction houses such as Bonhams have continued to thrive during the pandemic in a virtual way, demonstrating that there are still riders out there with both taste and money! Two high-end motorcycle dealers tell me the current appetite for premium motorcycles is similar to post 9/11 when people thought “I may as well get the …

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Harley Duo Glide headlines Shannons auction

Shed find Duo Glide headlines auction

A 1960 Harley-Davidson FL Duo Glide that spent 37 years sitting in a shed in Queensland headlines Shannons’ Timed Online Classic sale later this month. The bike is one of seven motorcycles crossing the “virtual auction block” from 20 May to 3 June 2020. The highest bid lodged by close of bidding on June 3 buys the …

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LiveWire for pandemic recovery

Electric LiveWire aids pandemic recovery

Harley-Davidson has donated a customised electric LiveWire motorcycle autographed by the Davidson family to be auctioned to raise funds for the United Way Worldwide COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. The special edition LiveWire also has custom paint and carbonfibre accessories including screen, tail and tank trim. It is being auctioned online at with auction fees waived. The …

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Last Vincent Rapide headlines auction

This Vincent Rapide, believe to be one of the first Series-A Rapide’s manufactured and possibly the last Vincent-HRD motorcycle to leave the factory in 1959, will headline the Bonhams Summer Stafford Sale in August. The rare machine is expected to fetch £190,000 – £220,000 ($A380,000 – $A440,000) at the August 15-16 auction, alongside the 40th International Classic …

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Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale

Morbidelli collection finally goes to auction

A collection of motorcycles gathered over 40 years by motorcycle manufacturer and Grand Prix boss Giancarlo Morbidelli will be offered for sale at auction on 25-26 April 2020. The collection was to be sold at the annual Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale on 18-20 October 2019. However, the auction was postponed due to a delay in the administrative …

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Elvis Presley's Harley-Davidson golf cart

Elvis Presley’s Harley golf cart for sale

From 1963 to 1982, Harley-Davidson also made golf carts and the most famous, belonging to Elvis Presley, is now up for grabs. Harley did some strange things during the AMF years and this is one of the strangest! Golf cart The Elvis Harley golf cart is powered by a single-cylinder two-stroke engine but we don’t know …

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Shannons rare RC30 and Walter Wolf special

Rare classic motorcycles at Spring Sale

Two very rare classic motorcycles — an RC30 and a Walter Wolf special — are coming up for sale at the Shannons Sydney Spring Auction on 18 November 2019. The 1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 ‘Homologation Special’ and 1986 Suzuki RG500 ‘Walter Wolf Special Edition’ come from the same private collector. They are among 11 classic …

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bargain Pope with holy Harley custom for auction charity

Pope’s Harley sells for bargain price

A Harley-Davidson signed by Pope Francis has sold at the Bonham’s Autumn Stafford sale in the UK for a bargain at less than half what it was hoped to fetch. The bike was sold for the bargain price of £42,000 (almost $A80,000) which is a tidy sum that will benefit Catholic Overseas Missions. However, it’s not …

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Number Plate

Early motorcycle number plate sets record

One of the earliest motorcycle number plates to come to public auction, ‘4’, has sold at auction for $150,000, setting a Victorian record. The plates sold at the weekend Shannons Motorclassica plate auction and was only tipped to fetch up to $80,000. There are two because motorcycles used to have a front number plate as …

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bargain Pope with holy Harley custom for auction charity

Holy Harley auctioned for charity

A Harley-Davidson signed by Pope Francis is the holy highlight of the Bonham’s Autumn Stafford sale in the UK on 19-20 October 2019. The 2016 Custom Cycle “White Unique” is estimated to fetch up to $A180,000 when it is offered for sale on 20 October, 2019, with all proceeds to be donated to charity. White …

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