Starting tomorrow (June 24th), Bartlett Auctions is selling the inventory of Foggy Mountain Motorcycle Museum, the creation of Glen (Rodger) and Carolyn Noseworthy. “Now faced with unexpected health concerns, they have decided to downsize their collection of more than 100 motorcycles and hundreds of pieces of incredible memorabilia, specialty tools, jigs and motorcycle rarities.” The main event is on June …
This Eldorado was a “rehab project” for the seller, who almost passed away from cancer surgery approximately 5 years ago. Now he’s having some leg trouble after a knee replacement and 5 hip surgeries, so this bike needs a new caretaker.
Suzuki called the RE5 the future of motorcycling, thanks to its innovative rotary engine and distinctive styling. It was a bit too outrageous, and it didn’t work out. The ’76 (and final model) was a neutered slightly from a stylistic standpoint (like ditching the “tin can” speedoin an attempt to make the bike more conventional.
Introduced in 1965, the Suzuki K15 (also known as the Hillbilly) was a 2-stroker for the trail with features like a skid plate, luggage rack, and swappable sprockets.
With a combination of 196 bikes and 12 kits, Bimota produced 208 examples of the YB5. #46 is currently in North Carolina at Bimota Spirit.
Post Sale Update: This Desert Master sold for $5,500 after 25 bids on eBay in Granada Hills, California. Introduced along side the 450 CR and WR, the Desert Master was a rare sales flop from Husqvarna in the early 70s – that makes them hard to find today.
The name told you all you need to know: when the V-Max debuted in 1985, it was a cruiser dedicated to speed. Reviewers and consumers responded positively – it instantly won Cycle Guide’s “Bike of the Year” award and it barely had any changes for the next 22 years. It was arguably the definitive muscle bike, and Yamaha produced a …
Post Sale Update: This Interceptor sold for $3,250 after 3 bids on eBay in Brookline, New Hampshire. Launched in 1984 in response to America’s desire for a bigger Interceptor, the Honda VF1000F was the flagship of the V4 line…until Honda brought us the VF1000R just a year later.
MSRP on a brand new 2020 Z900RS is $11,199, plus a $410 destination charge and the usual fees. But someone bought a leftover 2019 model (in the much better root beer/orange paint) just three months ago and is letting it go for $7,800.
With an engine derived from the GSX-R1100, the Suzuki RF900R was designed as a entry-level bike in the sport-touring market, undercutting the competition by about $1,500. Despite the pricing, you still got a solid sport-tourer with odd styling that Suzuki claimed was “inspired a stingray.” Sales weren’t great.
Following up on yesterday’s look back at the BMW K1, reader Wynkin de W shares a rare example of the K1’s final form that’s “new in box”. That’s usually a phrase you hear with toys, but is seems apt in this case considering how this crate has a viewport!
Post Sale Update: This custom Scrambler sold for $12,305 on Iconic Motorbike Auctions in Marina del Rey, California. When Nathan and I went to the Quail last year, we got to enjoy a new category – one dedicated to the new Ducati Scrambler.
A seller in Conifer, Colorado has 3 classic Rudges with a bonus Sunbeam Lion that he’s selling as a set after forty years of ownership.
Otherwise known as the T500, the Suzuki Cobra was very short-lived. Sort of. After just one year, Ford told Suzuki that the Cobra name was already accounted for, and that they should figure out another model name for their 500cc two-stroker.
I got to spend a couple of hours with a BMW K1 this week, and while that isn’t enough time for a comprehensive breakdown, I thought it’d be nice to mix it up from the usual reviews of brand new stuff and reflect on a classic. Here are my five biggest takeaways from my time with this fascinating German oddball.