THE MOTORCYCLE AUCTION
The AMCA Board would like to thank all vendors and buyers for their support of the motorcycle and motorcycle parts auctions for 2021.
For further information regarding the auction please contact the following
MOTORCYCLE AUCTION : Antony Gullick 0415 284 620
SIGNIFICANT PARTS and MEMORABILIA AUCTION
VL Phill 0427 407 398
1924 AJS D Model
This bike was recently wheeled out of a shed where it had been for the last 50 or more years. To find a 97 year old motorcycle so complete and in such condition is incredibly rare in the 21st century.
Formerly suppliers of proprietary engines, the Stevens brothers of Wolverhampton diversified into manufacturing complete motorcycles, setting up A J Stevens & Co in 1909. Endowed with an effortlessly flexible motor and built to A J Stevens' traditionally high standards, the firm's long-running V-twin was one of the most effective and popular sidecar tugs of its day. First seen in 631cc form in 1912, the V-twin remained a fixture of the AJS range into the early 1930s, latterly with a 998cc engine. In 1924 AJS catalogued the models B/B1/B5 with 349cc side valve, B3 349cc overhead valve, B4 competition 349cc overhead valve and the flag ship model D with 799cc V-twin side valve.
This incredible machine is a unique chance to grab a piece of history, it could have an oily rag restoration or be totally restored.
Price guide A$22 - 26,000
1957 Harley Davidson Panhead
This 1957 Harley-Davidson FL Panhead is a rare and extremely collectible model from the last year rigid frames appeared on the Big Twins. As a development of the EL Knucklehead, by 1957, the FLH Panhead had its “bugs” worked out and all the improvements the factory made to that model had been incorporated. In many ways, these last-year machines are the best of the breed and the best to buy for riding. The FL Panhead was introduced in 1948 with springer forks and a rigid frame, and it gained telescopic Hydra-Glide forks a year later. Eight years after that, the 1957 Panhead was the last to feature a rigid frame before the introduction of the Duo-Glide in 1958. While the Duo-Glide brought Harley-Davidson into the modern era, it was significantly heavier than the Hydra-Glide it replaced—60 pounds heavier, in fact. While the rigid frame was technically inferior, the saddle was sprung on the vertical seat tube and was very comfortable for extended riding, even over rough surfaces. This bike is ready to ride away and rally.
Price guide A$20-25,000
1983 Honda GL650 Silverwing Interstate
1983 Honda GL650 Silverwing Interstate.
Rare if not unique in Australia, I imported this bike from the USA in June 2014. It had 9184 miles on the odometer and was in original unmolested condition with all its factory accessories. It has now done 15800 miles and remains in the same condition. Below is a potted history of the bike and the reason I chased one down in the USA and brought it to Australia.
The Bike: When it was new, the 1983 Honda GL650 Silverwing seemed like a sure-bet winner for Honda. The basically identical GL500 had been successful for several years prior and before the GL, there had been the CX – the first of the series to use the transverse “twisted” 80 degree pushrod V-twin, which was (being a Honda) a better-engineered, better-built and more potent loose copy of Moto Guzzi’s engine of similar layout.
The GL650 was significantly updated. The “650” CC engine was completely re-engineered to handle the 22% higher power output. The connecting rods, rod bolts and main bearings were all upgraded. Cylinder studs are beefier. A finned, bolt-on oil pan was added to increase total oil capacity to 4.1 quarts. The intake valves in the “650’s” heads are larger.
The cooling system got a thermostatically triggered electric fan. There was also a new maintenance-free automatic cam chain tensioner system.
The GL650 also has a new-design, strengthened transmission with different ratios that help it get slightly better gas mileage than the 500 – despite the extra displacement and additional 14 hp. Larger diameter 37 mm front forks and higher-rate springs, along with steel frame tubes that were bigger and stronger than the ones used for the 500s.
The Ride: The first thing you notice is how light the bike is. It has a curb weight just over 500 pounds, or not much more than a current-year standard without any fairings at all – and hundreds of pounds less than a new Goldwing. It’s an easy bike to “walk” in close confines, such as trying to fit it into a spot in your garage. And it is an easy bike to ride at a fairly aggressive pace, too – if you want to do that. Though you sit high in the saddle, you can still squeeze the tank between your legs, shift your weight down onto the pegs and heel the thing over to fairly aggressive lean angles. The limiting factor here is clearance – which you’ll run out of long before you exceed the bike’s safe limits.
The suspension features air-assist on both ends – with Honda’s Pro Link monotube shock in the back. you can easily tailor this bike’s settings to your size and preferences – all without any tools. The 650 feels strong, both off the line and in the middle ranges with reserves enough to comfortably maintain 75 mph with the tach reading about 5,000 RPM – a bit more than halfway to redline at 9,500.
But it was only produced in one year – blamed at the time on a 45% USA Gov. tariff designed to support Harley Davidson, who had filed for bankruptcy.
The GL650 is a great bike, it has the power – and the legs – to operate as a long-distance tourer. Yet it it also nimble enough (and economical enough) to serve as a commuter, too.
It’s a long-lasting bike. Many are still out there today in the USA and Europe– Parts are plentiful via Ebay, and in Australia it’s a one-off and ultra-rare bike.
Price guide A$4,500-6,500.
1960 Harley Davidson Topper. 164 cc Two Stroke.
The Harley Davidson Topper was the only motor scooter that the company produced. Production began around 1960 and ran until 1965. This is believed to be a 1960 model with a 164 cc 3 stroke engine. Something unusual to complement a Harley collection.
Price Guide $3,000 – 4,000.
1928 Indian 101 Scout
45 c in (750cc)
This machine underwent a full restoration c.2008 with attention to every detail prior to it being rallied and ridden for several years before being acquired and displayed in a personal collection. Recently recommissioned and mechanically serviced, this is an excellent example of perhaps the most iconic and desirable Indians produced in Springfield. The 45ci motor produces plenty of power in this lightweight and very nimble machine. The machine has all the correct and hard to find instruments, including the 80mph Corbin speedometer and assembly. The wheel rims have been upgraded to the well base Kelsey Hayes rather than original clincher rims, primarily for safety and the ease of obtaining better quality tyres. Still retains its original 6V electrical system, with the genuine DU7 Splitdorf Generator and correct Splitdorf Magneto . A new battery has been fitted with all lights and instruments operating as they should. In original red livery with the iconic Indian tank logo, the machine is accented by tasteful gold pin-striping. Beautiful nickel-plated finishes on the brightwork, including the cylinders and heads really make this bike stand out. This is an excellent investor bike with the values seeing significant growth in recent years. Conversely, a great vintage rally bike with nothing to spend on the machine.
Price guide A$55 - 65,000.
1937 Velocette MSS 500cc
Here we have a very interesting 1937 500cc MSS Velocette. This bike was the personal rally bike of Aussie racing legend Eric Debenham. Like everything that Debo owned he made sure it worked well, and was happy to be non original if that made it work better. This bike has been owned by the current owner who bought it from Eric prior to his passing and has left it exactly as Debo had it including the hard wood fence paling in the battery box! It recently has had the dynamo restored by Chris Zock and is sporting new tyres and tubes. This is your chance to own a bit of Aussie history, and the bike is ready to rally and enjoy.
Price guide A$13,000 – 17,000
1917 James 225cc Two Stroke
Very rare 1917 James. James were an interesting manufacturer from the UK who, unlike many British manufacturers used all of their own parts, engines, gearboxes etc. This bike is a 225cc two stroke originally out of the Parker collection. It is a runner and runs on pre mix, but also has an oil pump for hard long hills, it has a 2 speed gearbox with no clutch and has the unique "pineapple" finned barrel. There is a compression valve for starting and stopping , which also acts as a brake. Other features are:
2 new tyres
Gas lights and generator'
Bosch ZE1 magneto
Chain primary and belt final drive.
This bike offers excellent value for someone looking for a veteran motorcycle.
Price guide A$9 - 11,000
1981 Kawasaki Z1
This 1981 Z1000 Kawasaki project case is very complete and is a great way to own one of these iconic machines.
1976 Suzuki RE5 Rotary
According to the register this is the second last RE5 to leave the factory. A very nice running machine that has been recommissioned after being taken out of storage for many years. This is an excellent example of a rare Japanese motorcycle form the 1970's that would be a succesful AMCA judging candidate, due to it's originality and condition. This machine presents well and would complete any Japanese motorcycle collection.
Price guide $18,000 - 23,000
1931 Harley Davidson DL 750cc Project
Harley Davidson 1931 DL Project. Many additional parts.
Price guide $8,000 - 12,000
1980 Kawasaki Z1R Mk II
Original Paint Survivor Bike. Brake system has been overhauled. Fully serviced with the carbs being balance and tuned. Original 4 into 2 pipes. Correct mag wheels. New blinkers fitted. New battery fitted. Bike has had a steering damper, oil cooler and air pods fitted back in the day. Good running bike ready for club rego.
Price guide $18,000 - 22,000
1984 Yamaha TY250 Trials Bike
Yamaha 1984 TY250 Factory Trial Bike. Mono shock. Original condition. Good running bike.
Price guide $3,000 - 5,000