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Icon Defined – 1929 Henderson KJ

In America, Cruiser, Vintage by Tom WackerLeave a Comment

In American motorcycling 3 manufacturers dominate any discussion. Harley Davidson, Indian and Henderson. From 1912 to 1931 they were generally considered as the cream of the American market. They led the market with a flair. In 1925 Henderson introduced a 45 CID V-Twin that HD and Indian BOTH copied, and which lives on today in the 883 Sportster.

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1939 Gilera Saturno 500

In Italy, Vintage by Tom WackerLeave a Comment

Another marquee I had never heard of…but in this case, probably should have. Gilera was an Italian motorcycle company that was in business from 1909 to 1969 when it was acquired by Piaggio. By 1939 the company had 3 500 cc models and would dominate the racing world with them right after the war. They had 2 four cylinder models …

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Rare Restoration – 1936 Douglas Endeavour

In England, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Endeavour did not get any action at the BIN of $45,000. The Endeavour was a groundbreaking bike for Douglas, and their marketing materials reflected that notion with descriptions like “the motorcycle of the age, a masterpiece on who wheels…silent, safe, light, luxurious. The last word in engineering practice and design.“. Despite all that, very few were …

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Stuck Motor – 1913 Harley-Davidson Model 9E

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Post Listing Update: This 9E project did not meet reserve despite 77 bids up to $33,900. Featuring a “7-8 horsepower” engine, the Model 9E was a twin that had a roller chain transmission. 1913 got a few refinements over the previous year, including larger inlet and exhaust chambers, more clearance between the tires and mudguards, wider forks, and more. MSRP …

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Ending Soon – 1930 Indian 101 Scout with No Reserve

In America, Sport, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Indian Scout was introduced in 1920 – eight years later the 101 Scout was released and some motorcycles consider it to be the most iconic Indian motorcycle ever built thanks to a bevy of racing-inspired upgrades. Said upgrades included a stronger frame, improved suspension, a longer wheelbase, and a front brake. However as the Great Depression took hold, Indian …

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Cannonball Participant – 1929 Henderson KJ

In America, Sport, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: After 20 bids, this Henderson sold for $45,100. In 1928, Henderson stole Arthur Constantine away from Harley-Davidson and put him in charge of redesigning their DeLuxe. The next year, Henderson released the KJ, also known as the Streamline. This example has been with the same family for years and ran in the Cannonball Rally in 2012.

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1915 Indian Big Twin

In America, Cruiser, Featured Listing, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

6-18-16: This Big Twin is back up for sale, find it with bidding up to $34,100 here on eBay. The last Indian to feature the F-head engine in a cradle-spring frame, the Big Twin is one of the milestone bikes of Indian’s long history. 1915 was the last year of production before Indian stopped racing efforts to help with the …

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1913 Flying Merkel

In America, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

Built between 1911 and 1915, the Flying Merkel is one of the most iconic American motorcycles of all time. These are so cool that I’m going to break my personal rule of only featuring bikes with asking prices because I just want to make sure you’re aware of it.

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1939 Rudge Special

In England, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Listing Update: This Rudge Special did not get any interest at the opening bid of $22,000. Rudge-Whitworth ceased operations in 1939 so they could switch to radar production for the war, making this one of the last bikes to roll out of the British factory. The Special was a touring version of the Ulster, which was one of Rudge’s most …

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Needs Some Work – 1939 Indian Bonneville Sport Scout Racer

In America, Race, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: After 53 bids on eBay, this Bonneville Sport Scout sold for $21,000. In 1939, Indian released “Bonneville” versions of the Sport Scout and Chief after Fred Ludlow set 750cc and 1,200cc records in Bonneville on Indian powered bikes. The “Bonneville” bikes got you high comp pistons, longer-duration cams, and the option of magneto ignition. This example was last …

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1914 Fabrique National (FN) Single

In Standard, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

Gun enthusiasts will recognize FN as a Belgian manufacturer of a wide variety of guns – my favorite of which is probably the F2000 bullpup assault rifle. But between 1901 and 1967, they also made some motorcycles, including the world’s first four-cylinder bike, and the single you see here in front of you.

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In Italy – 1939 Taurus G27

In Italy, Sport, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

I really struggled to find more information on this bike, and I’ll be really impressed if one of you guys or gals knows more about the Taurus marque. At this point, all I’ve got is that it’s Italian and that a few years back, someone tried to update the marque to modern times with a custom based on a Royal …