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For the second time in less than a month Prince William has boosted his street cred by showing off his love for high powered bikes and in particular the Ducati motorcycle.
The Prince was seen riding through the streets of South London as he headed off to let off steam in a five a side football match with friends.
Prince William’s Ducati could hit 130mph
It is reported he was riding a Ducati Hypermotard, which costs around £14,000 new, and can hit a top speed of 130 mph.
The Prince’s trip to his footie engagement was made at a far more leisurely pace however.
The 35-year-old Prince, the current Duke of Cambridge, famously rode around London on a motorbike on the eve of his wedding to Kate Middleton.
Kate is clearly not a fan. She has said that William’s love of motorcycles “fills her with horror” and in response he promised his biking adventures would be put “on the back burner” when he became a father.
Prince’s old Ducati did 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds
William previously owned a £20,000 Ducati, which can go from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds. He was last seen riding it the night before his wedding in 2011.
Regarding the Ducati, Kate is on record as saying: “It always fills me with horror when he goes out on it. I’m terrified. Hopefully, I’m going to keep George off it.”
The Duke has been a keen biker since passing his test as a 19-year-old.
And last month he visited Triumph Motorcycles in Leicestershire, donned a helmet and put the company’s latest model through its paces.
Prince William’s Ducati insurance quote from Bikesure
But what would it cost the heir to the throne to insure his Ducati?
According to Bikesure, the motorcycle insurance experts, The Prince’s postcode, good driving record, job and previous experience with high-powered bikes would all help drive his insurance premium down.
He would probably end up with a fully comprehensive quote costing £1,800, but that would exclude him taking pillion passengers, “we wouldn’t want him taking his nan on the back” explained Bikesure’s Tom Clancy.
Bikesure could offer the Prince flexible payment terms
He added: “We don’t have his occupation – Prince, Duke of Cambridge, Heir to the Throne – on our quote system but naturally, him being who he is would attract a load in itself, there’s not exactly more of a high profile rider out there in the UK.
“If he were to have a bike in Sandringham/Anmer and only use it around there then he could expect to be paying around £650.”
If finances are a little tight with a third child on the way, Bikesure offers flexible payment options.
Prince could easily reduce cost of his Ducati bike insurance
He could also drive down his insurance further by joining a recognised motorcycle enthusiasts club, fitting Thatcham-assured security devices, such as locks and a tracker, and agreeing a limited mileage package.
Bikesure pride themselves on finding motorcycle insurance bespoke to their customers and the machines they ride, even if they are heir to the throne.
An all-electric Harley-Davidson motorbike is set to hit the road in the next 18 months.
The pledge from the manufacturer of the “great American freedom machine” comes four years after “LiveWire”, a prototype all-electric Harley-Davidson was revealed.
Up to $50 million a year to develop all-electric Harley-Davidson
The company is set to splash out up to $50 million a year on electric motorcycle technology.
The Harley aim is to become the No1 brand in the electric motorcycle market.
Harley’s new motorcycle, which has not yet been named, will have range of around 50 miles and acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in four seconds.
By comparison, Zero’s SR hits 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, and the Mission R racer has a top speed of more than 150 mph, with a sub-3-second sprint time.
Research firm TechNavio has predicted sales of electric motorcycles will grow 56% by 2020, even though the industry as a whole is seeing demand dip.
The all-electric Harley-Davidson makes good sense
As we all become more aware of the way our transport choices affect the environment it makes good sense to choose electric to get around.
Especially so when you consider the way a clean electric machine can positively impact your bank balance.
With exceptionally low running costs it is only logical that the insurance costs for your electric bike are also kept to a minimum too.
Bikesure specialises in offering cover for unique motorcycles – including electrics – at very reasonable prices.
Bikesure will find the perfect policy for an all-electric Harley-Davidson
With access to a wide variety of insurance companies, no matter what the make or model of electric scooter or electric motorcycle – even if you are lucky enough to reserve an all-electric Harley-Davidson – Bikesure will be able to find the perfect insurance policy for you and your ride.
Can you believe it’s been a year since the last edition of our comprehensive guide to electric motorcycles? But what’s happened in the 12 months since? Which, if any, of the ultra-cool concepts dragged themselves out of development hell and into a shop? Join Bikesure, the freewheeling insurance broker, as we give the future of transport another look.
The good news is the government’s electric vehicle subsidy has come into effect, with grants of 20% of a bike’s value, up to a maximum of £1,500, available for new buyers.
Exact sales figures are difficult to find, but at a time when sales of motorcycles are down almost entirely across the board, we shouldn’t be too surprised that electric ones are still a niche product. We do have statistics for France, which saw 194 electric motorcycles bought in 2016, and KTM have admitted that they’ve sold 3000 in total so far.
Of course, while the infrastructure and technology for more widespread adoption of electric vehicles is in its infancy, this means that most companies are essentially leaving their towels on the sunlounger, staking a claim on a market still being constructed.
New looks for old faces
The Zero S
Zero, who are arguably the joint market leaders right now, launched the Zero S in mid-2017. This has a smaller battery and half the range of their standard DS which not only helps make it more manoeuvrable but also allows it to be driven by people without their full license. Of course a £10k beginners bike appeals to shall we say, a limited market, but if you’ve got it, flaunt it. Especially if you don’t need to travel very far.
The rest of Zero’s range is also being gradually improved, with shorter charging times and more powerful batteries giving 10% more range. This is all good, although if you rushed out and got one last year you might be slightly annoyed.
Energica have also had a pretty good year, with the Ego becoming the first electric production bike to compete on the Isle of Man TT Zero race. The latest addition to their stable of high quality machines is the Esse Esse 9, named after the Italian road originally built by the Romans which goes through what is now known as the Motor Valley. Taking its cues from a retro style of bike, helps it stand out from other electric bikes. Just to illustrate the size of the market for electric vehicles, Energica are planning on making 400 bikes in 2018.
As well as catching up with old pals, we get to say hello to some new friends. This is being driven to a large degree by China, which is investing heavily in electric vehicles while discouraging combustion engines. However the focus is largely on cars, as China doesn’t have the same motorcycle culture as other countries.
Evoke are one of these manufacturers. They’re aiming at the same kind of market as Zero and Energica, although they are somewhat easier on the wallet. Their Urban S is available in the region of £7k, with a cool modern design that means you can get an EV on a non-millionaire’s budget.
The Super Soco TS1200R
Even cheaper is the offering from another new company, the Super Soco TS1200R. Costing around £3k without the government discount (£2.3k with), it lacks a lot of the polish that its more expensive cousins have – the bodywork is mostly plastic, plus its maximum speed is a stately 30mph – but if you’re considering a moped or scooter to get you around town then this is another option.
With the revival of interest in classic designs in recent years, it’s nice to report that electric bikes are beginning to respond to this trend instead of just recapitulating modern sportsbikes.
While there’s no guarantee it’ll get made, the Denzel Café Racer is up for pre-order now and is due to ship around May 2018. Obviously importing from China is fraught with difficulties but it might be an idea to talk to the UK dealer and ask whether they have any plans involving this new bike.
The offroad segment of the electric motorcycle market is small but, as so often, perfectly formed. KTM, they of the 3000 sold to date, are the de facto kings of this particular hill. Their 2018 model the E-XC will obviously take advantage of the same incremental improvements in tech that everything else does, but will also be offering a new purchasing model. Basically, you buy the bike, at a price comparable to standard motorcycles – before leasing the charger and battery from KTM for a monthly price. This will enable the battery to be upgraded when possible, and they say the price of the lease will cost about the same as the price of filling it up with petrol. Of course not having to pay for petrol is part of the appeal of getting an electric bike, and you’ll be paying to charge it anyway but perhaps it’ll tempt a few more buyers.
Finally, and no doubt destined to be cult favourites in years to come, is the electric motorcycle from Kalashnikov. Initially aimed at the police and military, it will make its first public appearance during the 2018 World Cup. There’s no indication that it’ll get made into a commercial product but if it did it’d probably do pretty darn well.
Enter the scooter
While motorcycles get the attention, it’s the humble scooter that’s been doing the majority of the heavy lifting in the electric vehicle market. Back in July 2016 we took a deep dive into what was available, and nothing world shattering has happened since. From the previous article, e-Rider have two new models – the Moda at £2295 and the Model 30 City for just under £2k.
eGen have also expanded their range, importing the Torrot Muvi and the Scutum Silence from Spain. The Muvi is in the £2.5-3k price range while the Scutum starts at £3k and goes all the way up to £4k, dependent on battery. The Scutum is carving a niche in delivery companies over in Spain.
Govecs are another brand mostly focused on the commercial market. While they’re still not particularly focused on personal transport or the UK market, they’re working with the German scooter share app Elly, which is a model that’s crying out to be launched in the UK, especially with the success bicycle hiring app Ofo is having as it gradually rolls out.
Another German-only product we can only hope someone imports here is the Schwalbe, due to be launched this summer. That square headlight fitting is officially nice.
Here come the hot swappers
While we’ve seen some incremental improvements in battery capacity, we’re still waiting for that technological breakthrough that’ll allow for long distance journeys without the hours long recharge times.
Taiwan’s Gogoro scooter sharing service shows one possible approach, most specifically the swappable batteries.
Honda have also announced a scooter with standardised swappable batteries, which could work with a similar system where owners swap out discharged batteries for new ones at a network of stations. This helps to bypass the waiting times for recharging but would rely on setting up a fair degree of infrastructure to make it worthwhile, which will be a fairly massive barrier especially outside of major cities.
The expensive models
Rondine are an Italian company integrating cutting edge technology and stylish design. Available in off-road, naked and café racer variants, each bike is made on demand whenever a sale is made. This is in order to reduce waste and minimise their environmental impact.
Current king of the expensive bikes has to be the Light Rider from Airbus (yes, the plane people). It’s a prototype which uses cutting edge materials and 3D printing to produce a super strong and super-light motorcycle with a power to weight ratio comparable to supercars. A small run of street legal versions of the Light Rider are planned, but with this level of tech you just know that it’s going to cost a lot of money.
While money is the biggest limiting factor, sometimes distance is too. For example Ubco make a satisfying on/off-road bike with plenty of customisability. But as they’re based in New Zealand, it would be expensive to import here.
Finally, you can’t buy the Munro 2.0, one of the bikes we mentioned last year whose design we were rather taken with. That is, you can’t buy it unless you pre-ordered it in China last year. Which is a shame, as it still looks great and we’re pretty convinced that it’d do well if it ever reaches these shores.
So, how has the passage of time affected your opinions on electric motorcycles? Would you consider buying one? Sound off in the comments!
If you are a motorcycle lover you’ve probably dreamed of owning a brand new big boys’ bike – well here’s a four year old Harley-Davidson CVO that will ride like it’s brand new because it has just four miles on the clock. Yes, four miles!
CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) motorcycles are rare models created by Harley-Davidson for the factory custom market.
Every year since 1999, Harley-Davidson has created limited-edition customisations with larger-displacement engines, more expensive paint designs, and additional accessories not found on the mainstream models.
Harley-Davidson CVO – don’t be put off by the price
CVOs are more expensive than the models from which they are derived, but buyers don’t seem to be put off by the hefty price tag.
The Harley-Davidson CVO coming up for auction is expected to fetch as much as £24,000 when it goes under the hammer.
It is a 2014 model although it was not registered until November 8 2016 and it has been kept as part of a private collection.
It has been started occasionally, but it has not been ridden, hence the delivery mileage of just four miles.
Finish of Harley-Davidson CVO is stunning
The finish is stunning – Molten Silver and Black Diamond with forged iron graphics, and a beefy 1800cc engine to give a suitably guttural roar.
When launched there was an 18 month waiting list and this is thought to be the only one available with delivery mileage.
If you are lucky enough to own a perforamnce motorcycle like this you will want to know the best way to protect it.
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Deep in the Red Sea is a cargo of Norton 16H motorcycles from World War II – with the wreck now a popular destination for deep sea divers.
The Nortons, especially manufactured for military use, were consigned to Davy Jones’ locker with other military vehicles when SS Thistlegorm, a British armed Merchant Navy ship, was sunk on October 6, 1941.
It went down after being bombed by the German Luftwaffe while at “safe anchor” near what has become the Egyptian tourist destination Sharm el Sheikh on the Red Sea.
And in February 2018, a panoramic image of the cargo of Norton 16H motorcycles landed German Tobias Friedrich the title Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018.
Norton cargo found by Jacques Cousteau
The wreck of SS Thistlegorm was first re-discovered in the early fifties by TV documentary maker, marine conservation pioneer and co-developer of the aqua-lung, Jacques Cousteau.
He raised several items from the wreck, including a Norton, the captain’s safe, and the ship’s bell.
The SS Thistlegorm is now one of the most important and popular wreck diving sites in the world.
The award winning picture, called Cycle War, triumphed over 5,000 images submitted for the competition by photographers throughout the world.
Norton pictures “stitched together” to make panorama
Friedrich said: “I had had this image in mind for a few years, but it is impossible to capture in one photo, because there is not space inside the wreck to photograph this scene in a single frame.
“My solution was take a series pictures and stitch them together as a panorama.”
“The artistic skill is to visualise such an image and the photographic talent is to achieve it.”
Norton picture “perfectly lit and composed”
Another judge added that the picture was “perfectly lit and composed” and predicted there would “never be a better shot” of the Norton cargo.
As well as the Nortons, the ship’s cargo included, Bedford trucks, Universal Carrier armoured vehicles, BSA motorcycles, Bren guns, cases of ammunition, and 0.303 rifles as well as radio equipment, Wellington boots, aircraft parts, railway wagons and two LMS Stanier Class 8F steam locomotives.
The locomotives were intended for Egyptian National Railways and the rest of the cargo was for the Allied forces in Egypt.
The Norton 16H was manufactured between 1911 and 1954 – the “H” denoting the Home Model as opposed to the “C”, for Continental export.
British Army ordered 100,000 Norton motorcycles
Norton was the main military motorcycle supplier prior to World War II and supplied almost 100,000 machines to the British Army after the outbreak of hostilities in September, 1939.
British Army Nortons were also supplied to Commonwealth forces such as Australia, New Zealand, India and Canada.
If you are lucky enough to own an ex military Norton 16H you will be aware the are riding a classic from the heyday of British motorcycle manufacturing. Make sure it is suitably protected by getting a quote from Bikesure, the classic motorcycle insurance experts.
Anyone who loves motorcycles will have a dream motorcycle collection either; a top ten, a dream bike or a motorcycle bucket list. The machines they’d love to own, if they had their druthers. The urge to collect is strong, even if the cash flow is weak and the storage space is inadequate. But you don’t need to be a millionaire to have an enviable classic bike, or even an impressive collection of them. Join Bikesure, the freewheeling insurance broker, as it looks into the cheapest ways of starting your own collection of classics.
We here in the UK love a bit of the old vintage style, and motorcyclists are no different. It’s estimated that about a third of all motorcycles on the road are classic or vintage, and the market for these bikes is at least 10% of the entire industry. While prices are rising, it’s still possible to snag something truly special for a relatively small amount of cash.
With the internet making it easier than ever to connect buyers to sellers, there’s never been a better time to start building a collection.
Obviously if you do start gathering a load of old machines, you should be prepared for the extra work involved in keeping them running. There’s a good network of companies and enthusiasts offering supplies and spare parts for them, but many older and more obscure marques will be more difficult to find.
Legendary bikes like the Brough Superior command incredible prices even when they’ve been left to rot in a barn for decades, with spare parts or even modern recreations costing considerable amounts of money.
But the history of motorcycles isn’t defined just by the biggest names, and it’s easy to start a collection from companies that don’t have the same stellar reputation, for a fraction of the cost.
Obviously, discovering cool old bikes and getting them for cheap is more of an art than a science, and there’s no doubt that it’s possible to find some incredibly rare stuff for cheap if you’re at the right place at the right time, especially if you’re mechanically minded and don’t mind renovating some truly broken old bikes. The internet has hyper-charged this process, with popular auction sites and facebook barn find groups helping.
For the purposes of this article we’re assuming that you’re looking for a relative bargain. Relative. What follows is a guide to some of the brands of yesteryear that you can pick up decent examples of something in the region of £4000. This is “about” what you’d expect to shell out if you were fixing up a more decrepit machine, factoring in time and parts etc.
As long as we’re talking classics we might as well go way back. BSA are one of those British manufacturers that have a legendary reputation, but were pretty much destroyed by the arrival of Japanese competition.
Gold Stars, the original café racers, naturally go for considerable wedge, with prices generally starting at around £15k but easily capable of going higher. If you’re able to avoid the lure of the bike that everyone else wants then you should be able to find a C12 for about £4k. If you don’t mind fixing one up you can go even cheaper, with a bit of luck.
Sunbeam: yours won’t look this good
An old British brand that originally started making motorbikes in 1912, the Sunbeam name was sold to other companies before ending up owned by BSA in 1943. Their S7 and S8 bikes were based on the BMW R75, the design of which was snaffled up by the British as part of the general scramble to divvy up German manpower and tech following the end of World War 2. Less common than some of the bikes on the list it’s still possible to find a selection of bikes throughout their production run for slightly over £4k. For fans of that classic chopper/bobber look they’re ideal.
Ariel Red Hunter: it has some red on it
Lots of British companies got swallowed up by the BSA mothership during the declining years of the industry, and Ariel is one of them. You can find versions of their Red Hunter range from the early 1950s for around £4k. Ariel were responsible for some of the earliest and best grass track sports bikes, and Red Hunters were ridden by multi-champion Sammy Miller in the 1950s. The tangled family tree of British motorcycle companies being what it is, Ariel went on to buy out Triumph.
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AJS M18: little known fact – classic motorcycles like to hang out in fields with their friends
An important company from the first half of the 20th century that would later – sing along, you know the words by now – be absorbed into an even more successful company during the decline of the British bike industry in the 1960s (in this case, Norton-Villiers). Déjà vu? Never heard of her.
Their AJS M18 exemplified one of the reasons Japanese companies were able to be so successful, in that it was based on a design from the 1930s that – with minor changes – remained in production until the 60s. It’s another brand that sits in that find-something-for-£4k “sweet spot”.
Excelsior: redder than the bike with red in its name
Now here’s another brand that’ll give you plenty of credibility. Often credited as Britain’s first motorcycle manufacturer, their first “motor-bicycle” was released in 1896. The good news is these are – relatively speaking – massively bargainous, with various models showing up for under £2k. Which could well mean they’re an absolute nightmare to keep running, but that credibility. Think of the credibility.
Moto Guzzi: because the seventies were nearly 50 years ago.
Oldest continually operating European manufacturer in existence, it’s pretty easy to find cheap models from throughout their history, to one degree of workingness or another. Ideal for the repair heads out there, as long as you don’t mind devoting extra time and money for additional parts, you can easily get some of that Italian style.
Benelli Leoncino: arguably even redder. Also note the rad lion mudguard ornament
While this manufacturer is older than Moto Guzzi, their break from production robs them of more noteworthy bullet points. Another gift for collectors on a budget, a Benelli from the ‘50s can be had for anything in the region of £1-£3k.
B120: it was also available in red, but blue is more common
It’s all very well to focus on all the British bikes that didn’t quite make legendary status, but what if you’re looking for one of their replacements? While the first Universal Japanese Motorcycles are generally thought to date to the late sixties, some of the earlier models like the B120 or the T20 (AKA the Super Six) can be picked up for a relatively small fee. This is pretty good for machines which have retained their cult status for so long, and there remains a community of modders who still race them.
Montesa Impala: daringly has a white bit
The Catalan brand is best known for the Impala, originally launched in 1962. With a reputation as an extremely reliable bike, its eye-catching design and notable features including the guitar shaped seat have made it a cult hit in Spain. It’s relatively easy to find them within the £4k sweet spot, although sportsbike collectors should also keep an eye out for Cota, the trial bikes based off the Impala which has an even more eyecatching design. These are still in production, being released by Honda in the UK, but it’s possible to find original 70s versions for very little money.
Greeves Challenger: Made with purest green
Started by Invacar inventor and motorcycle collector Bert Greeves in 1953, Greeves motorcycles were initially started as a sideline from the disability buggy business but quickly became one of the best regarded sports bikes of their era. If you’re looking for some post-war sportsbikes to add to your collection, it’s easy enough to find something at a relatively sane price.
3TA: lookin’ like a snack
Triumph are, of course, legends. Pretty much everything they’ve put their name to is highly regarded and sought after. It’s still possible to find the good stuff at something approaching a sensible price, and the Triumph 21, or the 3TA as it was renamed, is high up there. With a 350cc engine and some absolutely beautiful late-50’s styling, it’s an underappreciated machine from one of the best manufacturers ever.
If you’re a collector with any tips, secrets or stories you want to share, sound off in the comments!
The motorcycle used in the film was in fact a post war 1961 Triumph TR6 Trophy disguised as a German BMW R75 motorcycle.
Film is based on real mass POW camp breakout
Despite that, The Great Escape is based on a real mass World War II POW camp break-out.
Based on the book of the same name, it was a first-hand account of the escape from Stalag Luft III in Sagan (now Żagań, Poland).
Stalag Luft III was built and billed as the camp that no one could escape from and imprisoned there were the most notorious escapees from British and American armed forces.
Ultimately 76 prisoners escape but only three made it to freedom. The rest were recaptured, 11 returned to Stalag Luft III and the remainder killed.
The famous Triumph TR6 motorcycle stunt comes when escapee Steve McQueen, who plays USAAF Captain Virgil Hilts, is being chased by columns of German soldiers.
After a number of close shaves McQueen reached the Swiss border but was confronted by a series of barbed wire fences, with the Germans still in hot pursuit.
The Triumph TR6 stunt “famed but failed”
He manages to jump the first fence but comes to grief on the second, higher one, after the Triumph is shot at and damaged. Despite the ultimately failed motorcycle stunt the moment is writ large in film legend.
McQueen did much of the riding for the film himself although Bud Ekins performed the famous motorcycle stunt scene.
Some years later McQueen raced a Triumph TR6 at a number of events in the United States.
Inspired by the heady mix of danger, petrol fumes and burning rubber? Wondered how to become a motorcycle stunt rider?
If wheelies, skids, jumps and high speed two wheel tricks are your thing there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make a career out of becoming a motorcycle stuntman – but it will require a shed load of hard work.
There are no university or college courses to teach you how to become a motorcycle stunt rider, but the British Action Academy is the closest thing there is to motorcycle stunt school.
Learning to be a motorcycle stunt rider is a BLAST
The British Action Academy offers regular seminars and courses through its British Live Action Stunts Training (BLAST).
BLAST is aimed at anyone who is seriously considering a career as a professional stunt performer.
It is the UK’s only industry Health and Safety approved stunt training course and it is run by leading stunt performers and coordinators – guys and girls that have been there, seen it, done it, and survived to tell the tale – over three days of intense theoretical and practical training.
Designed for experienced stunt performers who want to polish their skills as well as newcomers trying to break into the stunting profession, BLAST will put you through a series of realistic stunt scenarios testing you to the limits of physical and mental ability.
Every motorcycle stunt rider must join Equity
Once that course has whet your appetite you will be more determined than ever to go on and work as a professional motorcycle stuntman. To do that in the UK you must be at least 18 years old and signed up to the British Equity Stunt Register.
You will have to work for at least three years as a Probationary Member of the Register, a further minimum of two years as Intermediate Member when you will be able to perform supervised stunts, before progressing to Full Membership, and a further period of not less than five years to become a fully fledged Stunt Action Co-ordinator, meaning you can perform stunts and plan and supervise stunts for others.
Because of the potentially dangerous, hazardous or specialist aspects of the work, career progression for Stunt Performers is strictly regulated by the Joint Industry Stunt Committee.
The stunt rider must keep meticulous stunt records
Logbooks must be kept providing evidence that stunts have been performed in a wide variety of disciplines – so even if you want to specialise in motorcycle stunts, you will have to be proficient in a diverse set of stunt skills.
But in whichever discipline you specialise, endurance and flexibility are key qualities you will need. A sudden phone call might require you to traipse across the country at short notice for a shoot and because the stunt team plays second fiddle to the acting cast, stuntmen usually get the wrong end of the filming schedule which can mean long hours, extreme conditions and antisocial hours.
You will also need the ability to get along with the stars of the show – the actors that you will be needed to perform as a stunt double for.
If Johnny Hallyday’s old rock and roll Street Glide Trike is too hot to handle, how about getting to grips with a 1969 Honda Z50A Monkey Bike once owned by Beatles legend John Lennon?
It is set to go under the hammer in March and is expected to fetch around £30,000.
The 1969 Honda Z50A was used by Lennon to get around his rambling country estate near Ascot in Berkshire between 1969 to 1971 before being sold for just £250.
Similar versions of the tiny trials bike have recently sold at auction for more than £5,000.
Lennon’s old Honda Monkey Bike is being sold by H&H auctions
The Monkey Bike will be available at H&H Classics’ National Motorcycle Museum Motorcycle Auction in Solihull in the West Midlands on March 4.
Supporting documentation supplied for the sale include photographs showing Lennon riding the Monkey Bike with son Julian on the back in February 1970.
Lennon later sold it to Henry Graham, the owner of Motor Cycle City in Farnborough in 1971.
Monkey Bike was used to ferry current yachtsman owner around foreign ports
Later the same year, current owner John Harington – a yachtsman from Weymouth – bought the Honda for £250 and, not believing it was owned by the Beatles star, took it on his boats and used it to get around his foreign ports of call.
However, after seeing images of Lennon on the bike, Harington conducted his own research and the authenticity of the Honda Monkey Bike and its famous former owner were confirmed in 2011.
Having kept the Monkey Bike for 47 years, the last six of which have been spent displaying it at events and shows, the bike is now being offered for sale, though with no official reserve price.
“Lennon’s old Monkey Bike is in full running order”
H&H Classics said the machine was unrestored with largely original parts, and that it was in full running order.
A similar model, previously used by Beatles band mate Ringo Starr and also reported to have been owned by Lennon, was sold by Bonhams in 2008 for £36,000.
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We all know trikes are fun and the fun probably doesn’t get much better than with this 2010 Harley-Davidson FLHXXX Street Glide Trike.
The FLHXXX Street Glide Trike looks much like a two-wheeled Harley touring bike from the front, save for a few changes to the rake angle, front stabilization strut and the braking set-up.
The Street Glide Trike was based on a new chassis that had been specifically designed for a three-wheel application.
Street Glide Trike – “probably not for anoraks”
This is not really a machine for the anoraks, but they may want to know the rake was increased to 32 degrees, while the forks were stretched by 1.775 in., enhancing steering control by reducing effort by up to 25 per cent.
Additionally, a steering damper minimizes wobble and lessens bump steer when negotiating turns.
Power comes from a twin-cam 103 V-Twin with electronic fuel injection. It delivers 101 foot-pounds of torque at 3,500 rpm and is mated to the same six-speed Cruise Drive transmission used on Harley’s other touring machines.
It’s fast. Very fast. So, importantly, bringing the Street Glide Trike to a halt are dual front discs and a dual-disc rear brake system.
Street Glide Trike was owned by rocker Johnny Hallyday
This fully customized FLHXXX Street Glide Trike was originally owned by French rock and roll legend Johnny Hallyday and was kept at his home in Los Angeles.
The unique Buckwild paint job features traditional flames, very much fitting Hallyday’s rock persona.
Other custom features include a Bluetooth stereo system, Battistinis shifters, brake pedal, derby cover, footboards and Thunderheaders to ensure this custom trike announces its arrival.
Hallyday was seen many times riding this bespoke Harley around Southern California before he sold it to the current owner in 2016.
Included with the sale is the original California registration and insurance card noting Hallyday’s ownership as well as a copy of the California title.
Street Glide Trike is valued at £60,000
The Street Glide Trike is being offered for auction by RM Sotheby’s in Paris on Wednesday, February 7..
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