Welcome to Brad's Bikes!
When my wife told me to get a hobby in late 1999, little did she know where it would lead!
It started innocently enough, with a 1975 Norton 850 Commando, which I drove home in 30 degree weather - and I'd never had anything larger than a Kawasaki 400cc previously!!!
A Hobby That Grew...
January found a 1974 Triumph Trident in the garage, along with a trailer-that's trouble! The rest is history, now having many more bikes than my age in years! Keep in mind that I'd stopped riding more than 25 years earlier! My, how all that has changed!
Check out the bikes from around the world under Photo Gallery , and visit the special guests under Family and Friends! Interested in getting your first or next vintage bike? Check out our Current Offerings inventory!
So the BIG January auctions are over with, and the big news of course was the purchase of Midamerica Auctions by Mecum. Word has it that this auction ran much quicker than when Ron at MidAm ran it, and alot of early auction stuff ended up in the For Sale Corral as no-sales, not hitting reserve. But the crowd got used to the pace and stuff sold, and although one dealer said that prices were up and down, most bikes seemed fairly priced. Some Nortons went for fair prices(1974 850 for $7500), but come on: a 1970 Combat 750 for $22,000?! A couple of Fastbacks went for $9000, a good price for those, while 750S models were in the mid $12's plus. Bonnevilles went on the high side, typically in the high teens, with a 1959 going for $21,000. That 1967 Triumph Tiger 500 went for silly money at $16,500-hey buddy, it's a 500! A 1965 BSA Hornet for $13,000-we could not have guessed that! And a 1958 Ariel Sq4 for $33k, really? Jap stuff and HD's were mainly up, and of course Italian stuff continues to rise.
Meanwhile the other auction, Bonhams, seemed to do well, although average stuff including some Jap bikes, seemed to go cheap. Several Triumph TT Specials ranged from $15-25k, while a Hurricane only got to $17,825. Someone really wanted a GB500 in a crate, bring $13,800, but small dirtbikes went reasonable. The Ducatis left over from last year's auction debacle seemed to do well, no doubt enough to cover the storage costs for the last year. Steve McQueens 1935 Indian Chief seemed like a relative bargain at only $80,500.
Enjoy the ride, and thanks for visiting!
For those of you new to the website, please note: All of us enjoy vintage motorcycles in the "purist" sense, and hope you do too! We are glad to offer an opinion on the value of a vintage motorcycle, feel free to email us a picture! We'll also consign your bike to the website for a nominal fee, only when it sells. Email brad for further details at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This website is intended to be viewed by those sharing this passion, for relaxation purposes only - enjoy the ride!!