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!
PARTS AND MEMORABILIA is open for business! Got some nice but unused stuff hanging around? Projects that gotta go? Don't get off on the ebay thing? Send a pic and price it right, we'll get it posted! Inventory is building, so keep an eye on the items offered!
The auctions in Las Vegas are history, and prices held up very nicely on all fronts. Full details can be found on the MidAmerica Website: www.midamericaauctions.com
The BIGGER auction news is that RM Microcar Museum Auction that was held in Mid-February, just outside of Atlanta. I had gone to pick up a neat King Midget, maybe an Isetta, and the museum owner Bruce Weiner had a few bikes that looked reasonable as to expected prices. The estimates on those little foreign three and four wheelers seemed high, but who knows, right?
Well, his Vespas went for top dollar, between $7-10,000 the first day, and some of the microcars TOPPED $120,000-keep in mind the 15% Buyers premium on top of that. Memorabilia and models were OFF THE CHARTS, as were the vending machines: a coin-op motel clock, like those at the motel I grew up in in Cincy- went for $7500! YIPES! A toaster made out of a Honda gastank went for $1750--a Cuby motor went for $1250! Then a 16" Vespa MODEL sold for $7000-HUH!? Things were getting crazy by midday Saturday, then someone paid $322,000 for a 1958 FMR Tg500 Tiger--what the heck is that!
All in all, if that auction is any indication of our economy, people are throwing money at hard assets again--and bikes have a much broader appeal than most of the stuff that was at that auction. There won't be another auction like that for a long time, so I assume those buyers plan to buy a large casket, and take their microcars with them! For full details and prices go to: www.rmauctions.com.
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!!