Old School Offerings at the Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

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  1. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    By chance my work took me to Las Vegas this weekend at the same time as the Mid-America Motorcycle Auction. Thought I'd share some photos. (In retribution my wife dragged me to see an evening show by singer/performer Davy Jones of "The Monkees" fame. It actually was pretty good):lol3

    Some of the older iron:

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    These are two different "Flying Merkels"
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  2. assquatch20

    assquatch20 Hoss Cat

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    Those are fantastic. I wish I could just find one of those in the woods somewhere.
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  3. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    Old "Dust Bin" racers:

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    I found one of these in a backyard in the 80's. I could have hauled it home for $500.00. The old thing was in disrepair but complete. Had an aircraft style steering yoke. I think it was a 1955 Messerschmidt. It had a yellowed plexi-glass bubble canopy. Had a rear mounted Villers 200cc motorcycle engine. I think these particular mini cars are bringing up to $30k restored. Restoration costs would be huge. I always wondered what happened to it. Even tried to follow up years later but the owner had moved and the rig was gone.
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  4. redduc

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    Just got back from the auction yesterday; some Very cool
    stuff there. A fellow sitting behind me bought 2 old speedway racers in a row 140K and 170K. A Brough Superior SS100 sold for 240K. Lots of neat less expensive stuff as well though, Honda dreams and CB77's. Pretty much anything you could imagine. All in all, a great weekend
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  5. Cordless

    Cordless Two Wheel Addict

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    That old Douglas has a special place in BMW history. It just needed a 90 degree adjustment.

    Thank you for the photos.

    Now I wonder what those old gems brought in $$.
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  6. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    The Auction is fun to attend. Everything ends up quite expensive with the fees, premiums, etc...etc....Out of reach for poor slobs like me.
    I splurged and bought a "Moto Guzzi" T-Shirt.:lol3
    Quite amazing, the amount of money changing hands there. Some of the high dollar bidders looked like they could be in a soup line. Must be nice to have that kind of "play money".
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    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    A few more specimans:

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    A Norton Navigator...never heard of one...
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    This Velocette is so funky looking , it is cool. Built in panniers
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    A Rokon found its' way there...2WD anyone?
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    Lots of Indians there
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    Honda 750 Rickman. There was a Kawasucki 900 Rickman next to it.
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  8. Aah5

    Aah5 russ

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    The Douglas, 7th pic from the top, is the same as the one I used to own. This is the only time I have ever seen another example either in the flesh or a picture of a restored one. 1928-600cc Tourer, side valve, 3 speed with gas lights. Sold mine, unrestored but complete and running in original condition, about 10 years ago to fund a new purchase for $3000 Aus.
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  9. Mark.F

    Mark.F Been here awhile

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    Nice pictures.
    Over here in a UK magazine there was an advert for that auction, with a impresive list of bikes for sale.
    Out of my league though:cry
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    Lastly:

    Sunbeam

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    Another Velocette
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    Carbon Fiber & Billet
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    A BMW Toaster, minus the Toaster Tank...
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    My wife liked this little Hummer
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    Super clean early SX-650

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    Nice Old Zundapp KS with Hack

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  11. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    wow, nice bikes!
    I saw 2 that are big on my want list, a Sunbeam S7, & a Douglas flat twin
    I rode a sunbeam once, what a nice smooth ride. Just sorta floats along.
    And I just want a Douglas cuz of the name :lol3

    Of course theres others on my dream list, (Munch, Brough & Crocker)

    but in reality, I can get a Sunbeam or a Douglas one day.
    The others? probably not......

    the carbon fiber bike is a Confederate Wraith. A friend of mine has 2 of them. He also has the Sunbeam I rode, but it just sits in his garage, & he wont sell it to me :(

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  12. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    OH boy, that brings back memories. :yikes
    I got the "honor" of riding one of these back around '87 when my Dad had his shop.
    Without doubt, THE WORST bike I had ever thrown a leg over. To this day, nothing compares.
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    This is my baby.......
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    which ISN'T for sale. :lol3
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  13. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    And I just want a Douglas cuz of the name :lol3



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    The Douglas also is RTW bike as ridden by Robert Fulton in the 1930's.

    He rode through Iraq too.
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  14. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    Sorry Doug, In England they refer to the Sunbeam as a "gentilemans tourer"....I'm not sure you fit that discription...:lol3...
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    What are you trying to say?


    I have the fulton book, that was a fun trip!

    Doug
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