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News Feb 2023

Waterbusa, Feb 28

hayabusa windscreen

Perhaps not the ideal weather to be borrowing a new Gen 3 Hayabusa. More to come on this bike.

Meanwhile you can see our Gen 1 profile here;

And our Gen 2 video review here;

Plus the Gen 3 factory development story here.

Norton Commando MkIII - market watch, Feb 28


Good quality Norton Commandos seem to be firming up in price in the USA at the moment. This MkIII with 5500 miles (8900km) on the odo sold recently through Bring a Trailer for Au$43,400 (US$29,250, GB£24,250).

That's consistent with the trends we saw earlier in the year at the Mecum Las Vegas auction. Good quality early 1960s BSA and Triumph twins were also tracking well at that event. However the USA market for these machines (including the Norton) seems more buoyant than the Australian.

See the Classic Two Wheels 1973 Commando 850 review;

Plus our Commando series profile here;

And the MkIII in our shed.

Suzuki GS1000S - today's auction tempter, Feb 27

Suzuki GS1000SUp for auction with Shannons is this 1980 Suzuki GS1000S, which gives the impression of being a very presentable runner rather than a concours machine. It's carrying an estimate of Au$8-12,000 (US$5-8000, GB£4-7000). If that's right, it looks like it could be good value.

wes cooley ama

This (including the GS750S, GS1000E plus the GS-G shaft series) was the generation that established Suzuki as a credible maker of big performance motorcycles and in this form made the connection with then USA AMA Superbike hero Wes Cooley (above).

See our GS series feature.

And the three-way period comparo from Classic Two Wheels between this model, a Kawasaki Z1000 MkII and Honda CB900FZ.

See the main auction page here.

Flashback: Doing the Time Warp, Feb 26

triumph t160 plus Kingswood

It all seemed perfectly normal from where muggins was sitting. There we were, listening to the burble of the v-eight in the snout of the Kingswood as it happily worked away at its task, while in the rear view mirror you could see the gentle sway of a single headlight, reassurance that the trailer hadn’t suddenly dropped its bundle...see the full story here.

Market watch: Moto Guzzi V50 Monza, Feb 25

Moto Guzzi V50 Monza

A V50 Monza is a rare sight on the market in any shape, and particularly in this sort of condition. Sold recently through Collecting Cars, the 1981 model is said to have undergone an extensive resto.

It sold for Au$10,950 (US$7400, GB£6200). See the listing here.

Ian Falloon says of this model: "Lino Tonti managed to create a brilliantly compact motorcycle. Though the 90 degree V-twin closely followed the layout of the larger bikes with its chain-driven central camshaft and pushrod-operated valves, in many other respects the design was highly innovative, incorporating several technical advances over the larger twins." See the full story here.

Highway Heritage, Feb 25


We recently got to play with a current Harley Heritage tourer/cruiser, which turned out to be an easy thing to get along with. See the story here.

Big numbers for late Ducatis, Feb 21

ducati panagale

Over the years we’ve got used to the idea of classic Ducati motorcycles fetching some pretty hefty prices. At the top of the tree of course is the green frame 750 SS, which these days is worth in the vicinity of Au$300-400k (US$200-300k, GB£180-230k).

However we’re now seeing late-model limited edition machinery fetching big money. A few recent sales of post-2000 models have seen prices pass the Au$50k mark. For example this 25th anniversary Panigale, dubbed a 916 though it’s an 1100 V4, recently fetched $66,000 (US$45,000, GB£38,000). It was sold through Collecting Cars and is one of 500 made.

              999R xerox

Meanwhile a 2005 999R in superbike warpaint scored a similarly impressive result. A low volume version (up to 327?) with just 10km on the odo, it went for Au$64,000 (US$44,000, GB£37,000), again through Collecting Cars.

Flashback: Benelli Tornado Tre 900, Feb 18

Benelli tornado tre 900

Benelli’s bold re-entry into the motorcycle market was a stunner, but they’re hard to find locally...see the story.

Top Gun pairing, Feb 15

KAwasaki GPz900R

Something for the avid fan of eighties Kawasakis: Shannons has both a 1984 GPz900R and GPz750R coming up in its auction, which starts next week. The 900 has an estimate of Au$12-16,000 (US$8-11,000, GB£7-9000), while the 750 is at Au$8-14,000 (US$6-10,000, GB£5-8000).

The 900 series, in red similar to the one shown here, was made famous by its appearance in the 1986 movie Top Gun, where it was the machine ridden by Tom Cruise.

More significantly, it was Kawasaki's first top-echelon liquid-cooled sports bike and led to a whole new lineage of sports and sports-touring machines that went through GPZ1000RX, ZX-10 and ZZ-R series.

kawasaki gpz750r

Its 750 'little brother' is less well known and would be an interesting one for the collector.

kawasaki gpz900r

We bought a 900R out of the Northern Territory some time ago as part of our ongoing fly-ride program – see the story here.

Flashback: Kawasaki ZX-12R, Feb 5

Kawasaki ZX-12R

Kawasaki’s ZX-12R was meant to be the top performance dog, but things didn’t quite work out that way. It deserved better and is under-rated...see the story here.

Auction record-breakers & bargains, Feb 3

              top 10 las vegas

Mecum has released the top 10 results from the giant annual Las Vegas sale, in which some 1000-plus machines crossed the block over several days.

The results are strictly for investment bikes and it's interesting to see pre-WWII machines dominating.

Early four-cylinder machines are definitely on the march. Ace, Henderson and Indian fours from the early 1930s and before are now routinely fetching over Au$210,000 (US$150,000, GB£120,000).

BMWs from the 1920s are also very much in favour, with a 1925 R32 and 1925 R37 fetching Au$310,000 (US$220,000, GB£180,000).

Also of note was the sale of a concours-standard 1938 Zundapp K800 with sidecar, which fetched Au$264,000 (US$187,000, GB£152,000).


While the top-sellers got the attention, the same auction was also a pretty good place to pick up some sharp buys. For example a 2002 Suzuki TL1000R with 18,2000km (11,300 miles) on the odo, Yoshimura slip-ons and stock mufflers, all in great shape, went for Au$9300 (US$6600, GB£5400).

buell xb9r

If that were a bit much for the budget, you could have scored a 2003 Buell Firebolt XB9R in what looked like excellent condition for just Au$3100 (US$2200, GB£1800).

See the top 10 here.

And the full results here.

Suzuki TL1000 series profile.

Buell XB9R profile at Motorcycle Specs.

Ducati auctions, Feb 1

Ducati MHR

Shannons has an auction coming up on Feb 21-28, which includes 47 motorcycles among which is this 1983 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica.

Online descriptions have yet to be completed, however we did briefly see this one in the Brisbane showroom. It seems complete and in decent shape with some paint repair (to the clear on top of the fuel tank) required.

The estimate is broad: Au$28-34,000 (US$20-24,000, GB£16-19,500).

ducati 750 sport

Meanwhile a 1974 Ducati 750 Sport we featured a few days ago ended up selling with Collecting Cars for Au$65,500 (US$46,200, GB£37,500).

See our 750 Sport backgrounder.

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