Rev your engines for Bonham’s December Motorcycle Sale

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 The December Sale – Collectors’ Motorcycles, Spares and Memorabilia

ONLINE, MILTON KEYNES | 1 – 11 DECEMBER

Rev your engines for Bonhams’ highly anticipated December Motorcycle Sale, a dazzling showcase of Collectors’ Motorcycles, Spares, and Memorabilia hosted by Bonhams’ Motorcycle Department from their dedicated Motorcycle facility in Milton Keynes.

A captivating timed online auction is set to unfold between the 1st and 11th of December, with bidding closing from midday on the 11th. Bonhams’ timed auctions are set to become a regular feature following the recent successful sale of The Forshaw Race Bib Collection, which drew white glove results.

James Stensel, UK Head of Department over at Bonhams Motorcycles said:

“Buyers and sellers alike have long requested more sales throughout the calendar, but with the added ease of buying and selling through digital convenience, which is exactly what we set out to achieve when establishing our dedicated motorcycle facility, centrally located on the outskirts of Milton Keynes.

We are delighted to provide a range of top-notch auction preparation services including:

Professional photography

Cleaning services

Research

Cataloguing

Secure storage

Valuation services for Probate and Insurance

These online auctions complement our hugely popular and successful live Spring/Autumn Stafford Motorcycle Sales held in collaboration with Europe’s largest classic motorcycle shows, The International Classic MotorCycle Show and The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show”.

Public Viewing / Complimentary Auction Appraisals

Mark your calendar for the public view day on Thursday, December 6th. The Bonhams team will be opening their doors to the public between 09:00 and 17:00. Immerse yourself in the world of two-wheels with a complimentary cup of tea in hand, as you explore 30 carefully curated motorcycles, with the opportunity to delve into their rich history files. It’s the perfect chance to find the perfect ride for the upcoming season or a unique Christmas gift for a loved one.

Bonhams’ friendly staff will be on hand to guide you through the lots on view and the bidding process, as well as offering complimentary auction appraisals throughout the day. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a first-time buyer, the December Sale provides a welcoming backdrop to discuss your prized motorcycle or collection.

With motorcycles ranging from barn find projects to modern-day marvels, the December Sale promises an extraordinary opportunity for enthusiasts and collectors to own a piece of motorcycling history. Whether seeking a vintage relic or a high-performance superbike, this auction is a celebration of the diverse and enduring appeal of two-wheeled wonders.

Highlights include:

The 1921 Rudge 499cc Multi Project (£4,000 – 6,000 – to be offered Without Reserve), a true relic of motorcycling history. The Multi, developed as an improvement over the Mabon variable gear, is a testament to Rudge’s innovative spirit. Offered directly from a deceased’s estate, the motorcycle has been carefully stored, awaiting the touch of a passionate collector. Though in need of recommissioning or possible restoration, its charm lies in its untouched character accumulated over time.

An unusual three-wheel gem, the 1934 BSA 9hp TW-34 Sports (£8,000 – 12,000), a rare front-wheel-drive BSA sports car. This unique vehicle, acquired dismantled in 2009 and meticulously restored, showcases the intersection of vintage style and engineering prowess. Boasting a new ash body frame and powered by a 9hp, four-cylinder, side-valve engine, this BSA offers a glimpse into the bygone era of automotive craftsmanship.

The 1939 Triumph 498cc Tiger 100 (£15,000 – 20,000), fitted with the desirable bronze cylinder head, represents Triumph’s top-of-the-range sports roadster from the pre-war era. An older restoration last run in 2012, this Tiger 100 beckons for recommissioning, promising a thrilling ride once revived. Its iconic design and historical significance make it a coveted piece for collectors.

Fast-forward to the 1990s, and the ‘Seeley-Suzuki’ 500cc Replica Racing Motorcycle (£8,000 – 10,000) emerges as a tribute to racing heritage. Constructed with a replica of the late great Colin Seeley’s famous frame, housing a Suzuki T500 motor, this machine embodies the spirit of racing innovation, and offers prospective bidders a rare and dynamic entry into classic racing.

The 1990 Norton 588cc F1 (£15,000 – 20,000), resplendent in John Player Special livery, epitomizes Norton’s last endeavour to fuse style with the renowned rotary engine. Boasting two owners since new and residing with the current oner since 2004, it encompasses a factory-rebuilt engine with molybdenum-coated end-plates, elevating its performance and displays just 14,587 miles. With race-inspired design, a Spondon frame, White Power forks, Brembo brakes, and unique specifications, the F1 stands out as a pinnacle of British motorcycle engineering. Enhanced under the care of the current owner, including a twin-radiator conversion, this sought-after Norton comes with a rich history.

Number ’62’ of the limited production run of 300, the 1997 Ducati 916 Senna II (£16,000 – 20,000) pays homage to Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna. Distinguished by its dark grey palette, 916SPS chassis, and Pankl con-rods, this edition stands as a superior variant of the iconic Ducati 916 Strada. With a mere 8,855 kilometres on the odometer, it boasts just two prior owners and has been in the possession of the current vendor since August 2013. Maintained with care, recent timing belt replacement by Signature Moto in March 2022 enhances its allure. Complete with documentation, including V5C and MoT, this Senna II is a rare gem.

The 1975 Ducati 750 GT (£16,000 – 20,000), a landmark v-twin, embodies the legendary design of Fabio Taglioni. This one-owner gem, expertly upgraded, carries the spirit of Ducati’s post-war legacy. Originally supplied by Johnson Yamaha, its Isle of Man registration reflects a storied history. Enhanced with Lucas RITA ignition, and thoughtful modifications, it’s a unique blend of heritage and innovation. Notable features include a Yamaha RD400 instrument console, Japanese switchgear, and a Honda CB500T master cylinder. Offered with Isle of Man documents, purchase agreement, and rare spares, it’s an exquisite testament to Ducati’s enduring legacy.

The 1999 Kawasaki 676cc W650 Custom by Deus Ex Machina (£6,000 – 8,000), featured in ‘The Book of Deus,’ celebrates nostalgia with its retro-inspired design. A standout feature at The Bike Shed III event and showcased in the Ace Café 75th Anniversary Special magazine, this W650 street tracker captures the essence of the 1960s. Crafted by Deus Ex Machina, known for their innovative customizations, it exudes style. Acquired by the current vendor in 2018, this special motorcycle comes with build sheets, service invoices and an MoT until October 2024, just begging to be ridden!

The 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera (£38,000 – 42,000), number ‘040’ of 500, exemplifies the pinnacle of Ducati engineering. Based on the Panigale R, it boasts a feather-light dry weight of 155kg, powered by a 200bhp Superquadro engine. With a mere 3,976 miles and one owner, this Superleggera’s rarity is matched by its pristine condition. Meticulously stored, it features an Akrapovic exhaust box. Accompanied by its Ducati wallet, manual, and service booklet, last stamped in 2017, this ultimate v-twin superbike comes with an MoT until May 2024.

For more information visit www.bonhams.com/motorcycles or contact a member of the team:

E: [email protected]

T: +44 (0) 20 8963 2817

2024 Bonhams Auction Schedule

The Bonhams team look forward to welcoming you to both their live and online auctions throughout 2024. Bonhams 2024 Live Motorcycle Sales
The Spring Stafford Sale – The International Classic MotorCycle Show, 20 -21 April 2024
The Autumn Stafford Sale – The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, 12 – 13 October 2024
Bonhams 2024 Online Motorcycle Sales
The January Motorcycle Sale – Online, 12 – 22 January 2024
The February Motorcycle Sale – Online, 16 – 26 February 2024
The May Motorcycle Sale – Online, 10 – 20 May 2024
The June Motorcycle Sale – Online, 14 – 24 June 2024
The July Motorcycle Sale – Online, 12 – 22 July 2024
The August Motorcycle Sale – Online, 16 – 27 August 2024
The November Motorcycle Sale – Online, 8 – 18 November 2024
The December Motorcycle Sale – Online, 6 – 17 December 2024

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