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There are some stunning bikes for sale at the Las Vegas auction this month



These are our pick of the motorcycles for sale at the Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction later this month.

Bonham’s are hosting their seventh, annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction at the Rio Hotel & Casino on Thursday, January 26th and once again there are some stunning – or at the very least, interesting – machines up for purchase.

We’ve taken a quick look through the catalogue and have chosen those bikes that we’d love to be able to throw our (imaginary) cash at…

1958 Ducati 125 GP

$100,000 – 130,000 | £82,000 – 110,000

This fully restored 125 GP racer was designed by the legend that was Fabio Taglioni and proved an unbeatable machine in its class.

It’s famed for being a landmark design in the history of motorcycles, because it was on this machine that Taglioni debuted their ‘desmodromic’ valve actuation method.

Plus, it just looks so beautiful.

1912 Harley-Davidson X8E Big Twin (once owned by Steve McQueen)

$100,000 – 120,000 | £82,000 – 98,000

It’s been certified that Steve McQueen rode this bike at least once at a ‘pre-1916’ motorcycle rally. But whilst that McQueen ownership might be the reason that this bike is of interest to many, it’s also possibly the reason for the slightly less than perfect paint finish.

The rumours are that McQueen and his friend Von Dutch took a red rattle-can of paint to the bike after a late night whiskey session.

1955 Vincent 998cc Black Prince

$90,000 – 120,000 | £74,000 – 98,000

Okay, so first things first, we need to admit that we’re suckers here for body work. If it’s got any additional fairing on it, then we’re in…

So this Vincent hits all of our right buttons. Philip Vincent designed the Series-D as the ultimate ‘gentlemen’s motorcycle’, believing that weather protection and an enclosed engine and gearbox would make the bike far more clean and tidy. The model didn’t last however, and just six-months after production begin, the series D stopped being built.

Just 200 of these enclosed models were built.

1912 Flying Merkel Twin Belt Drive

$110,000 – 150,000 | £110,000 – 120,000

If you’re at all familiar with the story of motorcycling in North America, then you’ll know the name Merkel.

Joseph Merkel was one of the brightest innovators of early US motorcycles and it’s pretty well noted that Mr Harley and both Davidson lads took advantage of Merkel’s frame designs for their prototype machine.

This V-Twin is a 1912 example of the ‘Flying Merkel’ that was the first of the V-Twins produced by the company. Available in either Royal Blue or Merkel Orange, this restored version also comes with an extra bottle of the Orange paint used during the restoration.

1936 Crocker ‘Hemi Head’

$500,000 – 600,000 | £410,000 – 490,000

The Crocker has been referred to as the ‘Brough of the US’; it’s a marque with mystique and reverence. That’s why this one of only seven surviving ‘Hemi Head’ Crockers is commanding such a high price.

Crocker himself worked at Indian early on in his career and even ran a business that supplied Indian’s engineering department with components for a while. But this V-Twin was developed with Paul Bigsby in 1935 and began the ‘Bobber’ craze long before it really took hold towards the end of World War II.

1976 Honda MT125 Elsinore

$1,000 – 1,500 | £820 – 1,200

With all of the exorbitant prices being offered, it’s a relief to see something a little more palatable on the menu.

And with the current Scrambler trend showing now signs of abating, why not spend a fraction of the new Ducati or BMW Scrambler price on this original Honda two-stoke beauty.

At 40 years old, it may need a little care and attention, but with just 1300 miles on the clock, it’s barely been run in.

For a closer look at the whole auction, you can check out the entire catalogue online here.

This time next year Rodney

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Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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