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Triumph To Auction Off Scrambler Used In Jurassic World

Triumph To Auction Off Scrambler Used In Jurassic World

Triumph Motorcycles will be auctioning a piece of cinematic memorabilia when the iconic Scrambler ridden by Chris Pratt in Jurassic World goes under the hammer on July 23, 2015.

Anybody who watched one of the highest grossing movies of all time will recognize the Bonneville-based Scrambler from one the film’s most iconic scenes, or as I’d like to describe it, the only time in history that a Triumph, or any other motorcycle for that matter, rode in concert alongside a pack of raptors.

The auction will take place on eBay and the proceeds from the sale will go directly to The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, the British bike brand’s self-appointed fundraising partner. Whoever wins the auction will not only take ownership of a motorcycle that appeared in one of the most lucrative films in history, but he - or she - will also have the distinction of owning just one of three Scramblers that were customized specifically for the film. That’s a pretty good distinction to have, especially when one of its owners is Pratt himself while the other is displayed at Triumph’s headquarters in the UK.

Needless to say, this will be one of the few times that a really unique Triumph motorcycle will be up for grabs to the public. I don’t know how much it’s going to sell for, but I don know that it could be a hot ticket when the auction goes live on eBay at 7 pm GMT (3 pm ET) on Thursday, July 23, 2015. The auction will remain live for the next days, ending on Sunday, August 2, 2015.

Prepare to strategize on your bids, ladies and gentlemen. Chances are, you’re going to compete with a lot of people for this particular piece of Triumph and Jurassic World history.

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Auction For Erik Buell Racing's Assets Scheduled For July 21

Auction For Erik Buell Racing’s Assets Scheduled For July 21

The fate of Erik Buell Racing will be decided on July 21, 2015 when the shuttered company goes up for auction. According to a post on its Facebook page, the sale of the company’s assets will be done through a bidding process between a number of potential buyers. No details were given on where the bidding will take place, only that it will be done at an event “managed by the receiver.”

Once the winning bid is attained, the legal court will still have to decide on whether to approve the bid or not on July 23, 2015.

EBR also clarified that the sale will be comprised of assets in large lots. What this means is that anybody who makes a bid for the company would be bidding on a number of EBR-owned properties, including unsold motorcycles, leftover parts inventory, and intellectual property. These properties have been grouped together with the idea that it can not only meet the company’s debts to its creditors, but also open the possibility, small as it may seem, of the new owners reviving the brand altogether.

That scenario is what everybody, including myself, is hoping for. But there’s also the possibility that bidders only purchase the company’s basic assets, which would make it more difficult to see EBR return as a company. Hopefully, that scenario doesn’t happen, but we all know that these auctions can go in so many different ways.

The good thing is that we’ll know soon enough what happens to Erik Buell Racing. Cross your fingers that whoever ends up winning the bid will see that it’s worth it to bring the company back from the grave.

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Brando's Harley Sells For $256,000

Brando’s Harley Sells For $256,000

The late Marlon Brando didn’t just portray and influence the biker lifestyle in The Wild One, he actually was an avid motorcycle enthusiast in his personal life long before the 1953 hit movie. One of his rides just fetched over a quarter-million dollars at a Julien’s Hollywood Legends auction. The 1970 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide, with black sheet metal and “gangster whitewall” tires, had only 13,859 miles on the odometer when it was purchased by a lucky, and apparently well-heeled, enthusiast for a staggering $256,000.

Mr. Brando bought this sled on April 8, 1970, and was the original owner, leaving it pretty much stock and keeping it in very good condition. The engine is what the old boys called a “Shovel-Pan.” It had the Shovelhead top end with the old Panhead bottom end, evidenced by the peanut-hull shaped gearcase cover on the right side that accommodated the generator drive gear that ran off the cam gear, as opposed to the nosecone-style cover used on the later Shovelheads that replaced the generator with an internal alternator housed within the primary-drive cover.

This detail adds a bit of rarity to the bike, in addition to the star power bestowed upon it by its original owner, especially since the 1970 FLH model is listed as having the nosecone/alternator setup. This makes me believe that either this is not the original engine, or perhaps it is actually a 1969 ½ (maybe?) sold as a 1970 model. Whatever the case, the new owner must be tickled pink to score such an interesting and iconic sled. I only hope that said owner actually rides it (carefully) and doesn’t relegate it to a museum display.

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Marlon Brando's Old Harley-Davidson Up For Auction

Marlon Brando’s Old Harley-Davidson Up For Auction

A 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide has been put up for auction at Julien’s Auctions on June 27, 2015. This isn’t just your regular classic Harley, though, because a certain Hollywood icon once owned this particular bike. That actor was Marlon Brando, who many of us remember for his iconic roles in the Godfather, Apocalypse Now, and Julius Caesar.

The history behind this specific Harley FLH Electra Glide began in 1970 when Brando first purchased it. Fast forward to 2015 and the Electra Glide is about to get a new owner, who could end up forking as much as $400,000 to own it.

That’s Julien’s Auctions pre-auction estimate of the bike, although something that once belonged to Don Vito Corleone himself could fetch a lot more than that. From what I’ve gathered, past motorcycles owned by Hollywood legends have commanded huge sums of money.

A recent example is music legend Jerry Lee Lewis, who auctioned off his 1959 Harley-Davidson for $385,000 in January 2015. That winning bid is a stout one, but still pales in comparison to the Harley chopper ridden by Peter Fonda in the 1969 movie Easy Rider. That one sold for a whopping $1.35 million, making it the most expensive auction price for a motorcycle in history.

I don’t know if Brando’s ’69 FLH Electra Glide will hit that number, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it approaches seven figures. These pre-auction estimates are typically on the conservative side, especially when it comes to celebrity-owned items. If I we’re to make a guess, I think Brando’s Harley could sell for somewhere close to $700,000.

Fortunately, the auction is in two weeks so we won’t have to wait too long to find out how much it’ll go for.

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Tron Electric Light Cycle Fetches $77K At RM Auctions

Tron Electric Light Cycle Fetches $77K At RM Auctions

Back in March 2015, I brought to your attention a cool replica of the Tron Light Cycle that was going up for auction at an RM Auctions event. The auction has since concluded and the Light Cycle turned out to be quite the catch, fetching $77,000 despite initial projections that the bike would only sell for as high as $40,000.

If you recall, the now previous owner of the bike is Paul Andrews, considered by many as one of the most well-known automotive collectors in the US. Back in 2012, Andrews commissioned a third-party manufacturer to build a working replica of the Light Cycle. The end result was nothing short of remarkable as Andrews found himself owning a bike that not only looked exactly like the one used in the Tron movies, but also featured a 96V motor that’s powered by lithium batteries.

This replica Light Cycle is a fully functional motorcycle that can be used legally on the streets provided it has a license plate and the new owner collects the necessary papers to make it eligible for public roads.

RM Auctions didn’t disclose the identity of the winning bidder, but I gotta say that whoever forked out $77,000 to own this replica Tron Light Cycle scored himself a pretty good deal.

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James May and Richard Hammond Nets A Combined $117K From Bonhams Auction

James May and Richard Hammond Nets A Combined $117K From Bonhams Auction

James May and Richard Hammond may be sitting idle these days, but the two former hosts of Top Gear found themselves on the busy end of auction activities at the Bonhams event this weekend. May and Hammond were both in attendance to auction off a handful of their classic motorcycles and as expected, all 12 bikes from their combined lot found new owners by the time the event had finished.

May, in particular, had eight bikes up for auction, including a 1974 Yamaha FS1-E that fetched £7,475, or about $11,400 based on current exchange rates. He also had a 1979 Suzuki TS250 that sold for £2,185 ($3,330), a 1973 Honda CD175 that sold for £1,725 ($2,630), and a 2010 Yamaha SR400 ‘Grievous Angel’ that sold for £10,350 ($15,780).

Meanwhile, Hammond’s four-bike lot also garnered significant attention, none more than his 2010 Norton Commando 961SE, which reached a high bid of £15,180, or well over $23,000 based on current exchange rates.

The two hosts combined to make a total of £77,625 ($118,400) from the auction. The amount may not be as big as some of the checks they cashed when they were still hosting Top Gear, but it’s still enough to at least afford them a few month’s worth of groceries and house repairs.

For its part, Bonhams came away as the biggest winner from auction after selling 86 percent of the lots it had consigned for the sale, totalling a cool £2.2 million ($3.3 million), including £275,900 ($418,000) for the top lot of the event, a 1939 Vincent HRD Series-A Rapide.

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James May To Auction Off 1974 Yamaha FS1-E "Fizzie"

James May To Auction Off 1974 Yamaha FS1-E "Fizzie"

With all the drama surrounding the status of Top Gear, one can only imagine that James May has a lot of downtime on his hands. He’s also technically unemployed so with no checks coming in the mail, May has decided to auction off his motorcycle auction at the Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale on April 26, 2015 with hopes of scoring a pretty hefty price to pay for his hair grooming.

Ok, that last part was a joke. But the truth of the matter is that May really is selling off some of his bike collection at the Bonhams event. One bike, in particular, that’s getting a lot of attention is his 1974 Yamaha FS1-E, one of the most iconic mopeds in history that once laid claim to the title of being the fastest 49 cc two-wheeler in the world.

The story behind the bike, affectionately called “Fizzie,” is equally fascinating. According to May, he brought the FS1-E from Hammond back in 2011 after the latter gave it a full restoration in 2007. Upon owning Fizzie, May only used the moped for roughly 50 miles, so the bike is basically still in fully restored condition.

The bike isn’t expected to fetch a premium price at the Bonhams auction. In fact, its estimated auction price is just at £2,000 to £2,400, which is about $2,920 to $3,550 based on current exchange rates. But considering that Fizzie was owned by two-thirds of the former Top Gear troika, that alone could bump up the bidding price a little bit higher than its estimate.

It’s also not the only bike May will be auctioning off at Bonhams. He’s also sending a 1979 Suzuki TS250, a 1973 Honda CD175, and his Yamaha SR400 ‘Grievous Angel’, which was custom built by Australian custom shop Deus Ex Machina back in 2010.

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Tron: Legacy Replica Light Cycle Up For Auction

Tron: Legacy Replica Light Cycle Up For Auction

I’ve always fancied myself riding a bike down the street and then have every passerby trying frantically to pick their jaws up from the floor. There are only a handful of bikes that can command that kind of attention and one of them is going to hit the auction block really soon.

The Tron Light Cycle, or at least a one-off replica, is going to be auctioned off at an RM Auctions/Sothesby’s event in Texas on May 2. While it’s not exactly the original light cycle used in Tron: Legacy, this version is actually a lot better because it’s fully functional and has a direct-drive 96V electric motor that runs courtesy of a lithium battery pack and is mated to computer-controlled digital electronic transmission. Yep. it’s a light cycle that works and is fuel-efficient. Sign me up!

The owner of the bike is Paul Andrews, who as many of you know, is one of the most well-known automotive collectors in America. But he and his son Chris are also passionate about motorcycles and just because they wanted to, they decided to commission a third-party manufacturer to build them a working replica of the Light Cycle. It’s unclear how long they’ve had this beauty in their garage, but after deciding to sell off some items in their collection, the father and son duo looked at the Light Cycle and thought to themselves that it deserved to have a new owner.

So the Light Cycle is headed to an RM Auctions/Sotheby’s event in Texas on May 2 where I expect it to be one of the most highly anticipated pieces in the auction. It’s reportedly still in “as-new condition” so at the very least, the new owner will get a lot of good miles and stares for it. It has no reserve price and the estimated bid price is pegged at just $25,000 to $40,000, making it a can’t-miss bargain for fans of the movie franchise and fans of cool bikes in general.

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Steve McQueen-Owned Motorcycle Sells For $775K At Mecum Auctions

Steve McQueen-Owned Motorcycle Sells For $775K At Mecum Auctions

Motorcycle collector EJ Cole’s massive collection was auctioned off on March 20 and 21, 2015, and as expected, a lot of his motorcycles fetched hefty auction prices. One bike, though, stood above everything else, selling for $775,000, thus becoming one of the most expensive motorcycles in history.

The motorcycle in question is a Cyclone Board Track Racer, a model created by Joerns Motor Manufacturing Co. that traces its origin back 100 years.

It’s cool enough that the bike has lasted this long and remains in tip-top shape, albeit through a restoration job. I’d be remiss if I also forgot to mention the obvious fact that it’s really more like a bicycle that has a motor attached to it, and it once held the top speed record at 111 mph despite its rather quirky appearance. But what really drove its price up is the fact that it was once owned by none other than Steve McQueen.

Much respect to EJ Cole for taking care of this classic bike, but I reckon it wouldn’t have reached three-quarters of a million in the auction if it didn’t count McQueen as one of its past owners. It still isn’t as expensive as the chopper used in the film “Easy Rider” - that one sold for $1.35 million, making it the most expensive bike in history - but $775,000 isn’t anything to sneeze at.

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Kawasaki Donates Ninja ZX-6R To The American Indian College Fund

Kawasaki Donates Ninja ZX-6R To The American Indian College Fund

Kawasaki is considered one of the biggest bike manufacturers in the world. That’s a status the company has earned over years of excellent bike production. But with success, there’s always that responsibility to give back to the community in one form or another. Kawasaki knows this more than most, which is why Kawasaki Motors Corp USA has announced its intention to donate a Ninja ZX-6R sportsbike to the American Indian College Fund. Oh, and the bike was signed by the cast of the Lone Ranger so that’s an added benefit, right?

The AICF, known for providing students with scholarships, will be hosting its 25th anniversary gala in Los Angeles on April 11, 2015. That’s where the Ninja ZX-6R, as well as a two-night stay in Kauai, Hawaii and a Kawasaki Teryx tour at Kipu Ranch, will be auctioned for the benefit of the organization.

Proceeds from the silent action will directly go to AICF as the organization continues its mission of providing scholarships and other financial means of support to Native American students. The organisation’s work yielded more than $6 million in the past two years, providing 6,452 students with college scholarships.

Kawasaki’s involvement in the auction goes to show how much value the bike manufacturer puts, not only in education, but in seeing that today’s youth receive a proper college education that they can all put to good use in the future.

Something like this isn’t the kind of thing Kawasaki actively promotes to gain brownie points. That’s up to people like me who understand the importance of this kind gesture, but also appreciates the way Kawasaki continues to uplift countless lives even if it’s not required of them.

Well done, Kawasaki.

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Most Valuable Motorcycle Collection Set For Auction On March 20

Most Valuable Motorcycle Collection Set For Auction On March 20

There comes a point in every collector’s life that you decide to finally dispose of your life’s work. For whatever reason, this always happens and depending on what you’re collecting, you find some kind of way to let go of all the things you’ve collected, better if you can make some money out of it. EJ Cole is one such person. He’s at the point in his life where he’s ready to finally move on with his life and get rid of his collection. On March 20 and 21, he’s going to do just that when puts up what is arguably the most valuable motorcycle collection in the world up for auction.

In case you’re wondering what constitutes Cole’s collection, auction house Mecum, which will facilitate the proceedings, says that the man has more than 220 of the rarest bikes in the world, spanning a collection that began more than 50 years ago. But this is the exciting part. According to Mecum, all of them must go. It’s the mother of motorcycle firesales and it’s going to be epic.

I don’t have the space to write down Cole’s entire collection, but perusing through the list revealed some astonishing gems, including a 1907 Harley-Davidson Strap Tank that’s could become one of the world’s most expensive motorcycles, topping out at an estimated price of $1 million. This kind of price might be peanuts for car collectors, but a motorcycle reaching eight figures? That’s a rare occurrence even by today’s standards.

The Harley Strap Tank is the crown jewel of Cole’s collection, but he also has a handful of six-figure classic bikes, none more prominent than a 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer that was once owned by none other than Steve McQueen. This beauty is estimated to fetch as much as $750,000, which you know, is a lot of green backs. Cole also has a 1911 Flying Merkel Board Tracker valued at $400,000, a 1942 Crocker valued at $350,000, and a 1913 Minneapolis Model S twin that could fetch $170,000.

In other words, Cole will likely walk away from the auction a very rich man.

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Pope-Blessed Harley Davidson Sells For $52K At Bonhams Auction

Pope-Blessed Harley Davidson Sells For $52K At Bonhams Auction

Harley-Davidson models with celebrity signatures are pretty cool items to have. But how often is it for somebody to own a Harley that has the signature of the Vicar of Christ in it. One such Harley, a FLSTC 103 Heritage Softail Classic, was auctioned off at a Bonhams event in Paris, carrying with it a signature from no less than Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and received by Pope Francis.

Yep. The former pope signed it and the current pope received it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you turn a standard Harley FLSTC 103 Heritage Softail Classic into a certified collectible.

Apparently, the signature of Benedict XVI was more than enough for the bike to attract its fair share of bidders. Having it received by Pope Francis added even more appeal to what is already a one-of-a-kind motorcycle. In the end, the holiest of Harleys went to a telephone bidder who surprised a lot of people by stepping up with a bid of €46,000. That’s about $52,000 based on current exchange rates.

The $52,000 may be a lot of money for a Harley, but this particular one is special for all the right reasons. Besides, the winning bidder has a history of collecting Harleys that have had audiences with the pontiff. Remember Pope Francis’ 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide that was sold a year ago at the same auction? The bidder who bought that model is the same one that scooped this one up.

In the end, the Pope-blessed Harley auction will go to a good cause as proceeds of the auction will be sent to the Stowarzyszenie Przyjazny Świat Dziecka (Friendly World Association), a Polish non-profit organization that provides care and support to children and families.

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