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Early American – 1911 Yale Single

In America, Cruiser, Vintage by Tim Huber0 Comments

10-12-17 Update: This bike did not sell on Craigslist so now it’s up on eBay and we can see what the market thinks of it. Bidding is currently up to $24,100 with the reserve not yet met here on eBay. 10-12-17 Bonus Action: If you really love old Americans, the seller also has a 1912 Marsh-Metz but the difference between …

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Original Paint – 1913 Flying Merkel

In America, Vintage by Abhi0 Comments

Built between 1911 and 1915, the Flying Merkel is one of the most iconic American motorcycles of all time. The brand actually started back in 1902 as a bicycle builder, but a year later the founder (Joseph Merkel) started slapping single-cylinder motors on bicycles and his pursuit of motorcycling was official. They were pioneers in certain technology like a spring …

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Keystone Framed Factory Hillclimber – 1923 Harley-Davidson Twin-Cam

In America, Off-Road, Race, Vintage by Tim Huber0 Comments

Hillclimbers are some of the most interesting historically significant motorcycles out there. As high-dollar auctions like Bonham’s and Mecum have demonstrated, the right hillclimber in good condition can be worth a literal fortune. One of my favorites is the 1928 Excelsior Big Bertha Hillclimber that sold at a Vegas Mecum auction earlier this year for $117,500. This 1923 H-D Twin-Cam …

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In Belgium – 1913 Indian Board Track Racer

In America, Race, Vintage by Tim Huber0 Comments

Board Track racers are fascinating machines for a myriad of reasons. For starters they’re pretty much uniquely American – which is an increasingly rare feat in the two-wheeled racing world – they possess an undeniable historical significance and they flat out exude an old-school cool and simplicity to them. This beautiful four-valve (two for each of its two cylinders) Factory …

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Big Twin Custom – 1931 Harley-Davidson VL

In America, Custom, Vintage by Abhi0 Comments

Post Sale Update: This custom VL sold for $22,000 after 25 bids on eBay. This beautiful VL is currently setup as a flat tracker but it’s titled/registered and it comes with everything needed to run it on the street as well. I really hope the next owner decides to go the street route, but I’ll love this bike either way.

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1924 Indian Scout

In America, Vintage by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Indian introduced the Scout in 1920 and the run continued until WWII. It would be one of Indian’s best selling models of all time and some consider the second generation Scout (1928-31) the best motorcycle made by Indian. The first generation Scout was somewhat underpowered but by the second generation the motor and handling had improved which led to legendary …

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1916 Indian Powerplus with Side Car

In 3 Wheels, America, Vintage by Abhi0 Comments

The Indian Power Plus was a successful roadster and canvas for racing bikes, especially with Erwin “Cannonball” Baker (after whom the Cannonball Run was named after). Hemmings called this “the engine that changed American motorcycling.” Today we’ve got an example that forgoes the racing pedigree for the utility of a sidecar.

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1920 Excelsior Series 20

In America, Cruiser, Vintage by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Excelsior introduced its first motorcycle in 1905 after starting in the bicycle business. In 1910 Excelsior introduced their first V-Twin and by 1911 the company had been bought by Ignaz Schwinn of the bicycle firm that bore his name. 1915 saw the introduction of the ‘Big X’ V-Twin, a 61 CID power plant that would carry on to 1925. The …

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1 of 1 – 1913 Harley-Davidson Forecar

In 3 Wheels, America, Vintage by Abhi0 Comments

How much would the last of something be worth? In a world that is dominated by scarcity, real or imagined, what is the value of ‘the only one known to exist’? This Harley Davidson Forecar is the only one, and it’s for sale. The Forecar was introduced in 1913 in response to a perceived need for delivery vehicles in the …

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Ending Soon – 1917 Colson Bicycle with Smith Motor Wheel

In America, Small Displacement, Vintage by Abhi0 Comments

The Colson Corporation sold bicycles between 1917 and 1953, typically through retailers like Goodyear and Firestone. So why are you seeing one on a page about motorcycles? Because this first year Colson bicycle is equipped with a Smith Motor Wheel! Around 1910, Arthur William Wall developed a direct drive motor wheel to power a bicycle – it was the first …

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1946 Ariel Red Hunter 350

In England, Standard, Vintage by Ted Clough0 Comments

We recently featured one of these in December, so it is a little unusual to see another pop up on Craigslist. Maybe the owner got motivated after the recent auctions, as some of the older, collectible bikes were fetching serious money, especially the pre-war American twins. Alas, this is neither pre-war, a twin, or American, but that makes it more …

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1938 Velocette MSS

In England, Sport, Vintage by Tom Wacker0 Comments

The 1930s were the absolutely the heyday of British singles. BSA, Triumph, Norton, Velocette, Sunbeam, Rudge, New Hudson, Excelsior, HRD, New Imperial and Royal Enfield all made 500 CC singles during the 1930s. No doubt one of the best of the lot was the Velocette MSS. Introduced in 1935 the MSS continued in the Velocette catalog until 1968 (None made …

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5 Rarities in Italy

In France, Italy, Less than 5k, Sport, Vintage by Abhi0 Comments

A elderly gentleman in Carini, Italy has a collection of bikes, most of which he has owned for over 30 years. Unfortunately, he is getting old and needs to sell some motorcycles, so a group of his friends are helping out. They’ve currently got 5 bikes up on eBay, and all are said to be “in beautiful restored condition” and …