Motorcycles The 10 most expensive motorcycles sold at Mecum Indy 2020
motorcycles in the future with 1,200 cm³? - Rumors of rule changes in the Superbike World Championship
Gregorio Lavilla, Sports Director of the Superbike World Championship, has confirmed that an increase in the displacement in the Superbike World Championship is currently under discussion. © 2snap. Superbike World Championship motorcycles, at least if they are equipped with a four-cylinder engine, must not currently exceed the displacement limit of 1,000 cm³.
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If you wanted to be among the top 10 motorcycles at Mecum Indy, you could have bought or sold anything from rare turn-of-the-century American bikes to Japanese and British ’70s superbikes, to 2000s American iron. Whatever your taste, let’s look at the top 10 motorcycles at Mecum Indy 2020.
Knuckleheads are all about the engine. The stampings must be correct and looked over with a fine-tooth comb, every part verifying it is original from the year. Any deviations detract greatly from the value. When one of these valuable engines is in a chopper, you get an interesting combination of a valuable engine in a custom and chopped package. Love it or hate it, these have a cult following and some riders love ’em. To some it’s a lifestyle play, to others it’s an art play.
This factory-crated 1982 Honda CBX shows that originality is still king
Photo by BaT/SeeItBuyItOver the last couple of years, several new-in-crate motorcycles have popped up for sale and sold for big money. As bike values overall have been increasing, the crated values have followed, climbing exponentially. Maybe you think a storing away a motorcycle still in its original wrapper is a form collecting, or, perhaps, cruel abuse to […] The post This factory-crated 1982 Honda CBX shows that originality is still king appeared first on Hagerty Media.
Combine one of the best-sounding motorcycle engines ever made with classic ’70s naked-bike styling and you get one of Honda’s most recognizable models. With, collectors are buying up clean CBXs and paying top dollar for them. Just make sure the exhausts are original and don’t have rust at the welds to the headers, as this is a big sticking point for CBXs. This one looks to be in 2- (Good minus) condition and sold for .
To some, a classic Harley covered in grime and rust (or patina, as some call it) looks better than a perfectly restored bike. The Servi-car here fits the bill. These Servi-cars were built by Harley to serve utilitarian purposes and often got put into police duty, but nowadays they are mostly admired at parades or shows rather than pulling over Al Capone’s luxury sedan or serving parking tickets in New York. This one has a patina that can only come from years of service wear and tear, followed by being tucked away in a barn for years, and the buyers paid up for it. It sold for
10 collectible motorcycles to watch
Photo by Carol GouldJust like cars, motorcycles are treasured collectibles. Despite their desirability, however, they trade hands on average at far lower values than cars. The car auction record, too, is nearly 50 times that of the motorcycle auction record. Generally, the lower end of the bike market is full of nostalgia-driven purchases; the top is littered with […] The post 10 collectible motorcycles to watch appeared first on Hagerty Media.
2007 Ridley Autoglide Classic Trike
If the buyer of the Servi-car wanted something a little more modern, then this is the ticket. Ridley is a small manufacturer that I’d never heard of until today, but it appears that its main product is an automatic-transmission trike. At a time when drivers and riders are valuing usability over collecting dust, an automatic trike will appeal to many as a way to get out and explore.
2001 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide
From old Knuckleheads to new Sportsters, Harleys are synonymous with beingvcustomized in a minor or major way to fit a rider’s personal style. This Dyna Super Glide is not one of them, and it likely will remain untouched and on display for many years to come. It was previously owned by Jay Leno, displayed on The Tonight Show stage for 30 days, and was signed by each guest. Then Leno auctioned it on eBay to benefit the Twin Towers Fund. The price then was $360,200—that’s about 1719 percent more than it went for this time around.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Are These Cars Headed to the Same Mecum Auction
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Are These Cars Headed to the Same Mecum AuctionThese four take the cake:
The Z1 was Kawasaki’s answer to Honda’s first superbike, the CB750, and it was a better bike in many ways. As Japanese superbikes are finally getting the respect they deserve in the collector market, due to their historical significance, style, and power (collectors want to ride their bikes nowadays). Don’t expect to see these disappear from the road though; owners are still out there using them as reliable transportation. The first-year, but the later Z1A and Z1B are creeping closer. This one sold for
1975 Norton Commando 850
It shook. It leaked. It rattled. It flexed. Then it got bored-out 100cc, two disc brakes, and an electric start, and it became the bike it always should have been. In the late ’60s and ’70s, the Brits were always playing catch up with their Japanese rivals, who always seemed to provide the customer more for less, and in a more reliable package. No one was able to provide the soul and character of the British bikes, though, and they defined an era of motorcycling for the Boomer generation. This Commando brought an extremely high price, selling for nearly
Courageous plan: Indy 500 to take place in front of 100,000 spectators
© Imago The Indy 500 normally take place in front of 250,000 spectators The organizers of the 500 miles from Indianapolis, which were moved from May to August, plan with no fewer than 100,000 spectators. "In the gigantic area with a capacity of 250,000 visitors" would be "not even 50 percent of the seats occupied", said J. Douglas Boles, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Triumph Hurricane takes the prize of one of the most “70s” 1970s bikes. The Hurricane had a psychedelic style with bright orange paint and swooping bodywork designed by Craig Vetter, made famous by creating fiberglass touring fairings at a time when manufacturers weren’t attaching them stock. The Hurricane was limited to 1200 units and launched at a time when BSA went bankrupt and the British market struggled to touch the heels of the technologically advanced Japanese bikes coming in fast. Nowadays, the limited production and unique styling bring top dollar, and this one sold for, partly due to pent-up COVID demand.
1918 Indian Board Track Racer
Indian board track racers strike a chord with most any racing enthusiast, and they bring back an era of racers risking their lives far beyond any risk seen today. Values for these fluctuate vastly, based on what reproduction parts are present, their known history, and overall condition. Like with the Servi-car above, however, patina, rust, and grime only add to the appeal, and board track racers are often seen with faked patina. This one looks like a solid example that’s missing a few parts.
This one-of-four 1970 Coronet is a heavy-hitting Hemi
Photo by MecumThe 426 Hemi didn’t just set the benchmark of performance in the ’60s and early ’70s, it utterly dominated motorsports until rules made it no longer feasible to run. While the Hemi was a fearsome beast both on and off the track, relatively few buyers opted to stuff the elephant motor under the hood of […] The post This one-of-four 1970 Coronet is a heavy-hitting Hemi appeared first on Hagerty Media.
1911 Pierce-Arrow Four
Four cylinders and about 700ccs weren’t just for the CB750. The Pierce Four was introduced 60 years earlier, in 1909, as the first four-cylinder American motorcycle. It could only muster a max speed of 60 mph, but that was fast for the day, especially when it was able to do it with minimal vibration from its smooth engine. Early models had fixed gears and no clutch, but this 1911 model brought in more usability with a clutch and two-speed transmission. The bike is likely destined for a personal collection or museum, but with the popularity of events like the Motorcycle Cannonball, it just might happen to be out on the road one day.
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6 vintage motorcycles to buy based on your favorite car .
Photo by MecumYou hang around folks who love vintage cars enough and you’ll inevitably meet vintage motorcycle guy or gal. They mean well, love all things with oil pumps (and some without) but will take every opportunity to espouse the virtues of the under-appreciated vintage motorcycle world. “You can store a dozen in the space of a […] The post 6 vintage motorcycles to buy based on your favorite car appeared first on Hagerty Media.