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Ex-Hailwood Honda RC174

Ex-Hailwood Honda RC174
How about this for a rarity...!  It's coming up for sale on 13th April at the H&H Auctions at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, UK.  It's one of two in existence and the only one in private ownership and without doubt one of the most important racing motorcycles in the world. Honda's ultimate six-cylinder racing motorcycle - like many of mankind's greatest creations - was both rooted-in, and yet divorced from, its era. A handsome but predominantly conventional design, what made the RC174 so special was its engine. Some four decades after the multiple grand prix runner had retired from frontline competition, Honda sanctioned a tiny series of ...

Posted February 21, 2011 by Nigel in Bikes | 1 comment

721,703 miles on a Vincent..

1955 Vincent Black Prince
Bonhams are to sell a truly unique motorcycle which has spectacularly covered over 1 million kilometres at the hands of one careful owner. It will be auctioned at the International Motorcycle Show in Staffordshire on April 24th 2011 and has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £35,000 - £40,000. Fondly nicknamed Vinnylonglegs, this 1955 Vincent Black Prince is probably one of the most travelled motorcycles in existence, having regularly toured Europe to notch up its staggering 721,703 miles. Northumbrian born Vincent enthusiast Stuart Jenkinson bought his new 998cc Black Prince from St. Andrew’s Motors in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1955. Since then he is the only person who ...

Posted February 8, 2011 by Nigel in Bikes | 3 comments

Interesting Bikes – 1930 Henderson Streamliner

1930 Henderson Streamliner
Here's a machine that really caught my eye. The article comes from the Knucklebuster blog, so all credit to these guys for unearthing this beauty. I took these photos at the Rhinebeck Grand National Meet where the newly restored bike was unveiled. The bike belongs to Frank Westfall from Syracuse, NY. According to some info I found online, the bike was originally built by O. Ray Courtney in 1936 and is based on a 1930 K.J Henderson. The bike is powered by inline four cylinder (not a scooter as some have said, check the shot of the motor below) and as I’m sure you can ...

Posted January 3, 2011 by Nigel in Bikes | 1 comment