Auction Preview – Suzuka 8 Hours 2019

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This Saturday, BH Auction is hosting the ‘first ever auction of collectible motorcycles at the Coca-Cola Suzuka 8 hours Endurance Race. BH stands for “Best Heritage”, and it’s hard to argue with that title when you see some of the beauties that are going up for sale!

There are just 18 lots, but some of them are very, very cool. My top three are:

1.) 1982 Honda RS1000 – a different RS1000 won the ’81 Suzuka 8 Hour (and had moderate success in US-based races as well). This is claimed to be a factory built body and the engine has a privateer RSC kit. Estimated to sell between $74,210 and $92,762 – the most expensive estimate of the auction.

2.) 2018 Kagayama Katana-R – this is basically a 1996 GSX-R 1000 motor surrounded by a custom steel (yes, steel) frame and carbon fiber bodywork that’s been styled to look like an original Katana and go very fast in the process. I’m in love – I just weirdly wish it looked a little more stock. For more photos and information, check out Young Machine. Estimated to sell between $37,105 and $46,381.

3.) 1994 Goodman HDS 1200 – I had never heard of this bike before and BH provides no information, which meant I got to do a little digging! The name comes from the builder, a gentleman named Simon Goodman out of Great Britain. He built just 17 examples by combining a Norton Featherbed-style frame with a Sporster 1200 motor. Components included Marzocchi forks, Koni shocks, Brembo brakes, and 18″ magnesium wheels. Claimed top speed was 125 miles per hour, and wet weight was 450 pounds. I found a couple of period advertisements but they’re too small to make out all the details: page 1 / page 2. Estimated to sell between $23,185 and $32,459.

Click here to look at all the lots. If you find that the text is in Japanese, find the “JP” logo in the top right corner of the site and change it to “EN”.

This bike-uriousity brought to you by Greg S!

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