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A Visit to the Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

The auction fired up late Thursday afternoon and the room was packed with bidders and spectators. Screens show off the bikes as well as bid status.

The auction fired up late Thursday afternoon and the room was packed with bidders and spectators. Screens show off the bikes as well as bid status.

Auctions can be a great place to learn about old motorcycles, especially when it’s the two big ones in Las Vegas. For over 20 years MidAmerica Auctions, based in Minneapolis, has produced a sale in Las Vegas and now offers nearly 600 bikes for sale. Bonham’s the British auction house started selling in Las Vegas a few years ago. They too have a great and large offering. Since the audience, the bidders at these sales are hard core old bike enthusiasts, the National Motorcycle Museum sets up a display to meet and greet the attendees and tell them what’s new at the Museum. This year we’ll also make a few photos at the sale and post them so that you can enjoy some Las Vegas motorcycle auction highlights. Among the bikes at the sale were also two pieces of art that have been donated to the Museum. Each sold on Thursday. All sale proceeds went to the National Motorcycle Museum.

Not all the bikes are bikes at the sale are stock. Here a CB750 Honda full custom now dubbed a CB838CR. About all that's Honda is the motor!

Not all the bikes are bikes at the sale are stock. Here a CB750 Honda full custom now dubbed a CB838CR. About all that’s Honda is the motor!

Triumphs are popular and frequent sellers at motorcycle auctions, so values are pretty well known but few expected the final sale price on this all original unrestored 1967 Daytona; over $16000 !!!! Unrestored bikes are gaining in value.

Triumphs are popular and frequent sellers at motorcycle auctions, so values are pretty well known but few expected the final sale price on this all original unrestored 1967 Daytona; over $16000 !!!! Unrestored bikes are gaining in value.

Among the visitors to the MidAmerica auction are Dee and Jerry Wood. "I've always wanted a Pan and with how I have busted up my legs road racing, it's gotta be an ElectraGlide!" This one is an original paint bike and pretty nice.

Among the visitors to the MidAmerica auction are Dee and Jerry Wood. “I’ve always wanted a Pan and with how I have busted up my legs road racing, it’s gotta be an ElectraGlide!” This one is an original paint bike and pretty nice.

Rich King raced this Honda RS750 built up by Missile Racing in Iowa. These bikes are very uncommon so it'll be interesting to see what money it fetches.

Rich King raced this Honda RS750 built up by Missile Racing in Iowa. These bikes are very uncommon so it’ll be interesting to see what money it fetches.

1915 Harley-Davidson.

1915 Harley-Davidson.

Certain items are set up for electronic bidding. Touch screens let you views auction lots, register to bid kind of like a silent auction.

Certain items are set up for electronic bidding. Touch screens let you views auction lots, register to bid kind of like a silent auction.

Bimotas are great Italian bikes but only recently gaining in value. This Suzuki powered SB2 is very original and fetched over $20,000.

Bimotas are great Italian bikes but only recently gaining in value. This Suzuki powered SB2 is very original and fetched over $20,000.

Most agree this could be the finest original paint 1915 Harley in existence. After nearly 100 years it's got great patina and just has not been messed with, as we say.

Most agree this could be the finest original paint 1915 Harley in existence. After nearly 100 years it’s got great patina and just has not been messed with, as we say.

1 comment

  1. Harry P Campbell

    When do they have the auction in los vegas for English bikes?

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