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No Reserve – 1995 Triumph Daytona Super III

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Considering that just 179 of the 805 Triumph Super IIIs ever built made it to the US, I see a surprising amount of them for sale. What’s also surprising for a bike this rare is how cheap they can be snapped up for. In fact, I’ve just featured a Super III in an upcoming Smart Money article in Motorcyclist for …

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Military Vehicle – 1999 Harley-Davidson MT500

In America, Dual-Sport, England by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

The history of the MT500 is pretty unique. The bike actually finds its origins in Italy at the beginning of the 80’s with the brand SWM (Speedy Working Motors) specialized in the creation of bikes for off-road races. The design was then picked up by the British company Armstrong-CCM (formed in 1971 with the leftovers of BSA’s racing department) that …

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1973 Triumph Trident

In England, Standard by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: Though the BIN was $6,500, this Trident stalled and did not meet reserve with 23 bids up to $6,200 on eBay. The Triumph Trident was the obvious solution to the engineering limitations of twin cylinder engines that had previously reigned supreme. Isle of Man TT racing bikes derived from the Trident took the production class wins from …

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1951 Vincent Comet Series C

In England, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Comet did not meet reserve despite 7 bids up to $16,700. While both V-twin models of the Rapide and the Black Shadow were the real stars at Vincent, the company lasted as long as they did because of the singles. The Meteor and the Comet, both singles with a 500cc engine, were a real revolution in …

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1973 Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail 500

In Dual-Sport, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Trophy Trail did not meet reserve despite 22 bids up to $5,800 on eBay. The Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail 500 was based on a trials machine designed for off-road use. For just two years (’73-’74), Triumph built the Trophy Trail, also known as the Adventurer, which was fairly successful in competition events such as the ISDT.

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Needs Tuning – 1969 Greeves Ranger

In Dual-Sport, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Greeves was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Founded by Bert Greeves, the Greeves motorcycle company started when Bert was mowing his lawn and thought of mounting a lawnmower engine to the wheelchair of his disabled cousin to help with mobility. That led to a government contract, and Bert was inspired by his success …

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2000 Triumph Adventurer 900

In Cruiser, England, Less than 5k by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Adventurer sold for $2,150 after 9 bids on eBay. The Triumph Adventurer combines the smoothness of their 900cc triple with a laid back, standard frame. A larger front wheel and longer forks set it apart from the Thunderbird, giving it a relaxed sense and riding style. It can’t be described as sprightly, but is that really …

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Black Shadow Spec – 1953 Vincent Rapide

In England, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Rapide did not get any interest at the opening bid of $65,000. In 1917, while serving as a prisoner during WWI, the British Royal Flying Corp pilot Howard Raymond Davies imagined a motorcycle design that he wanted to create at the end of the war. In 1924, with his partner EJ Massey, he launched the brand …

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1973 Triumph X75 Hurricane

In Custom, England by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Hurricane did not get any interest at the asking price of $26,900. At the end of the 60’s, British motorcycle makers like BSA/Triumph were facing the end of their supremacy. Japanese makers were growing and while the Brits were doing their best with 650cc twin cylinder that leaked oil, the Japanese were preparing 750cc inline fours …

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2015 Royal Enfield Continental GT

In Cafe Racer, England by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Enfield was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Royal Enfield is a brand steeped in British history that has been given new life thanks to Indian investment. The Continental GT was once Britain’s fastest 250; a title to be proud of. The current model has deviated as little as possible from the formula, remaining …

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2011 Triumph Tiger 800

In England, Touring by AbhiLeave a Comment

Triumph introduced the mid-sized Tiger in 2011 to very little fanfare. I personally never cared for this bike, but several people I trust in the industry swear by it thanks to its 3/4 size compared to big ADV bikes, excellent ergonomics, and a hell of a triple that owes its existence to Triumph’s famous 675 with longer stroke and less …

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1951 Vincent Rapide Series C

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Rapide did not meet reserve despite 20 bids up to $49,100 on eBay. The baby brother to the legendary Black Shadow, the Vincent Rapide was sold from 1936-55 in 3 distinct ‘Series’. The final run was the Series C, which commenced in 1949. It offered the Rapide as a base model and the Black Shadow as …

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1989 Honda GB500 TT

In England, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This GB sold for $5,500 after 13 bids on eBay. Every once in a while, for a variety of reasons, a good bike goes unsold. The Honda GB500 Tourist Trophy was a replica of a 60s racers that competed in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. It had a 500cc single, gorgeous lines, weighed less than 400lbs, …

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1966 Triumph Thunderbird

In England, Standard by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Thunderbird did not meet reserve despite 4 bids up to $3,100. Foreign manufacturers often have to tweak their models to make them more desirable to the massive American market. I can certainly speak for myself and at least a few other motorcyclists in saying that I would always be happier with “more.” The Triumph Thunderbird, or …