Coventry-Eagle Flying-8 police pursuit motorcycle

Old Victorian police pursuit bike at auction

It seems police have always had high-powered pursuit bikes with this 100mph (160km/h) Coventry-Eagle Flying-8 dating back to the 1930s. It was designed to pursue villains on the fastest bike of the day, the Brough Superior. On Sunday (April 22, 2018), it will feature at the Bonham’s Spring Stafford Sale where it is expected to …

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Jack Ehret's Vincent Black Lightning collection valuable

Aussie Vincent Black Lightning sets world record

On Australia Day, an Australian speed-record-holding 1951 Vincent Black Lightning has set a world record at the Bonham’s annual Las Vegas motorcycle auction. The 1951 Vincent Black Lightning sold for $US929,000 ($A1,155,000, €748,500), making it the most valuable motorcycle ever sold at auction.  The record was previously held by a yellow 1915 Cyclone owned by …

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Indian Collection

American motorcycle collection for sale

An important collection of classic American motorcycles has joined an Australian speed-record-holding 1951 Vincent Black Lightning heading for auction in January. The New England collection of Indian, Harley-Davidson, Henderson and Excelsior comes from the private collection of noted businessman James Jalbert. It will be part of Bonhams’ world-renowned Las Vegas motorcycle auction on January 25. …

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Reitwagen wooden motorcycle replica

First wooden motorcycle replica at auction

A replica of the first motorcycle, which was made of wood, is being auctioned in the UK this weekend and expected to fetch up to $A24,000. The first motorcycle was the 1885 Reitwagen made by German inventor Gottlieb Daimler, late of Mercedes-Benz fame. An un-named craftsman used detailed drawings and photographs of the original to …

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1973 MV Agusta 750S collector

Italian motorcycles whet collector appetites

A significant European collection of 16 Italian motorcycles is a highlight of the Spring Stafford Sale on April 23, 2017, that should whet the appetite of any collector. Bonhams Motorcycle Department secured the bikes for the Spring Stafford Sale from one collector with a passion for Italian brands such as MV Agusta and Ducati. The sale will be held at the …

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Rare Australian race leathers at auction

Two sets of race leathers with historic Australian racing history are being offered at the Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale on April 23. Apart from a host of interesting race and barn-find bikes, the race leathers of Mike Hailwood (pictured above) and Graeme Crosby will be of interest to Aussie racing fans. Hailwood’s 1978 Bathurst Grand …

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Ducatis at Bonhams as Vegas auction

Ducati bonanza at Las Vegas auction

Nearly 40 Ducatis, including 15 from the famous Silverman Museum Racing Collection, are up for sale at the seventh annual Bonhams Las Vegas sale on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at the Rio Hotel & Casino. They will feature alongside Ewan McGregor’s Panhead and a host of other collectible bikes. The Ducatis include street singles and scramblers …

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Ewan McGregor selling Panhead at auction

Ewan McGregor selling Panhead at auction

Star Wars actor and noted motorcycle world traveller Ewan McGregor is selling his 2012 “Indian Larry” Panhead Chopper at a Bonhams auction in Las Vegas on January 26. Ewan famously rode around the world on a BMW R 1150 GS Adventure in Long ay Round and a BMW R 1200 GS Adventure in Long Way …

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1949 Indian-Vincent Factory Prototype

Rare hybrid Indian Vincent for auction

Long before amateur custom bike builders fused Triumph engines into Norton featherbed frames to make the Triton in the 1960s and ’70s, Vincent and Indian collaborated on a couple of hybrid prototypes that were stillborn projects. In 1948, the manager of Indian Motorcycles, Ralph Rogers, and the director of Vincent HRD, Philip Vincent, agreed on a …

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1912 Flying Merkel Twin at Las Vegas auction - Vincent

Highlights of Las Vegas motorcycle auction

The seventh Bonhams’ Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction is expected to again feature some highly desirable bikes and paraphernalia, as well as attracting record prices. In the past, the annual January auction has featured bikes belonging to Easy Rider stars, photos from Ewan McGregor’s and Charley Boorman’s Long Way Down, Mike Hailwood race bikes, Evel Knievel bikes …

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