Next month, Mecum is offering up over 50 motorcycles (and a whole bunch of fascinating cars) at the tail end of Monterey Car Week.
1.) 1948 Moto Guzzi Dondolino – Italian for “rocking horse”, the Dondolino was one of a series of privateer racers from Moto Guzzi back when they were a world power in motorcycle racing. The Rocking Horse featured a 500cc OHV single that produced 33 horsepower, and the whole package weighed just 282 pounds. This is one of approximately 100 examples, and it spent some time in the MC Collection of Stockholm after it was discovered and restored in Italy.
2.) 2012 OCC Bio Diesel – built by Orange County Choppers and featured on the show American Chopper, this bike was created for National Biodiesel Day back in 2012. It’s called Susie the Biodiesel Bike and it’s said to get over 100 miles per gallon, which means it hasn’t used up much fuel as there’s just 65 miles on the odometer. The motor is a 3-cylinder turbodiesel that was provided by a renewable energy company called CIMA Green – though in 2016 the owner of that company was found guilty of fraudulently selling biodiesel incentives.
3.) 2014 Lotus C-01 – designed by Daniel Simon, the Lotus C-01 was a Lotus in name only. It was a collaboration between Mr. Simon and the Holzer Group, co-owners of Kalex (who made the chromoly trellis frame). It utilizes a KTM RC8-R V-Twin, carbon fiber bodywork, Brembo brakes, Ohlins shock, Sachs fork, carbon fiber wheels, and plenty more. Mecum knows of only two examples in the US (they offered another one at Monterey back in 2016, it did not meet reserve with a high bid of $190,000. I never found this to be a particularly attractive bike, but it’s hard to hate the Martini Racing livery.