2-18 Update: This Cotton is back up for sale with some better photos and bidding at the opening bid of $9,000 with the reserve not yet met here on eBay.
Considered by some to be the best Indian ever made, the Indian 101 Scout was introduced in 1928 as an upgrade of the Scout that was initially introduced in 1920.
I adore police bikes, and this classic Harley is a beautiful example of an ex-California Highway Patrol motorcycle. Too bad the pictures are all so tiny.
Between 1911 and 1954, Norton produced a series of bikes all around a 490cc side-valve engine. These bikes were referred to as the 16H – H stood for Home, as in a domestic model. The 16C (Colonial) was introduced in ’21, and had more ground clearance for roads in poor condition.
A first year example of one of Edward Turner’s best known designs, this Triumph Speed Twin enjoyed a “no-expense spared” restoration some time ago and has since sat in display. Somebody get this beauty back on the road!
Post Sale Update: After 39 bids on eBay, this Scout sold for $27,600. In 1920, Indian introduced the Scout alongside the Powerplus to offer a smaller bike in its lineup. For nearly 30 years, the Scout continued on as one of Indian’s most celebrated bikes – some loyalists still think the 101 Scout of the late 20s was the best …
Based out of Galesburg, Kansas, the Shaw Manufacturing Company produced engines to attach to bicycles to convert them to motorcycles, among other products.
This Sunday, Bonhams is hosting the Bond Street Sale, where two classic British motorcycles will be on the block. Both are amazing and eye-wateringly expensive – it’s not every day when you see a bike that makes a Series C Black Shadow seem pedestrian.
Post Listing Update: This GTP did not meet reserve despite 22 bids up to $6,526 on eBay. Velocette started out building motorcycles with two-stroke engines. The culmination of their two-stroker line was the Velocette GTP, a lightweight bike that was produced for 16 years.
10-20 Update: This BMW R63 is now up for sale on eBay, where bidding is up to $18,100 with the reserve not yet met. Find it here on eBay. The BMW R63 was one of the German firm’s first 750cc bikes – the R63 was the sport model compared to the touring R62. It introduced the concept of electric lighting …
You guys seemed to enjoy the R35 from two days ago, so let’s go with another classic BMW – the R12, an incredibly popular bike in its day. In fact, almost 30,000 were made, 2/3 of which were civilian models (the rest built for the Wehrmacht), making this the most successful BMW until the R75/5 came along.
By the time production had ended, the BMW R35 was the German firm’s most successful motorcycle in history. It was introduced in 1937 and was capable of about 100km/h (60mph).
Zundapp had tremendous success in the 30s with the K series of bikes, the smallest of which was 200cc, and the largest of which was the Zundapp K800.
Not many people know about the old British motorcycle manufacturer, but let me pass along a story about their first motorcycle. Instead of a normal gearbox-based transmission, Zenith developed something called the “Gradua”, a variable pulley that could change the length of the drive belt. Competitors complained, so several racing clubs banned the bike. Zenith responded by including “BARRED” in …
Founded in 1894 through the merger of two bicycle makers, Rudge-Whitworth moved into motorcycle production in 1911. They made a name for themselves with some technological innovations (such as the Multi gear system which allowed for 21 speeds) and some racing success. After starting with a 499cc single, their new model in 1924 was called the Four. But the name …