Every October there’s a three day party in Birmingham, Alabama, for motorcyclists of all persuasions. Unlike most brand-specific get togethers, this event honors one and all, from the beginning of motorcycling history to the wonderous two-wheeled technology of today. The event is kid-friendly, exceptionally well organised, incredibly welcoming and spotlessly clean. Here are the nine reasons why the Barber Vintage Festival is the one motorcycle happening you cannot say "no" to.
The strength of the English motorcycle collecting world was on display this week in the United Kingdom, when Bonhams' Stafford Autumn Sale weekend realized
GBP£3.6 million, becoming the biggest (highest grossing) motorcycle
sale ever seen in Europe. The most discussion regarding the sale was not
the beautifully restored top-selling motorcycles but three "basketcases" that sold in the top six lots for US$400,039, $365,454 and
$144,113 respectively (a 1934 Brough Superior 1,096cc 11-50HP Project) –
three of the four most valuable basketcases in history.
Early 20th Century Harley Davidson motorcycles are rare enough items in themselves. But when one surfaces that was uncommon even when new, and from a line of racing models largely destroyed over the years in the pursuit of speed, you know that you probably have an exceptionally scarce item on your hands. So when a barn-find Harley-Davidson racing machine and sidecar is found after 50-plus years in storage in Australia and then sent to auction, the bidding is sure to be fierce. With a final winning bid of AUD$600,000 – and a new Australian auction record – that was certainly the case.
Two new special Softail models with high performance engines, two new Dark Custom Sportsters and the return of the Road Glide Ultra spearhead Harley-Davidson’s 2016 line-up.
A 1970 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide owned since new by screen icon Marlon Brando has sold for $256,000 at Julien's Hollywood Legends auction in Hollywood. The sale price puts Brando's Harley comfortably inside the top 50 motorcycles ever sold at auction.