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Fours flying at Shannons, May 19

Suzuki GSX-R1100K

Classic Japanese fours are pulling strong bidding just two days into a week-long auction at Shannons.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is a 1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100K. With a little under 30,000km (17,400 miles) on the odo, the bike is reported to be in exceptional "collector-grade" condition.

Bidding is already at Au$18,500 (US$12,900, GB£10,400), which suggests it will easily reach the Au$20-25,000 estimate (US$14-17,400, GB£11-14,000). See it here.

See our GSX-R1100 profile.

Honda CB750-Four K2

Meanwhile a 1972 Honda CB750-Four K2 is also getting plenty of interest. A restored example, it is running an 810 Yoshimura kit and is otherwise standard. It's said to have done 6000km (3700 miles) since the rebuild.

Bidding is at Au$21,000 (US$14,600, GB£11,800), well within the $Au$15-25,000 estimate (US$10-17,400, GB£8-14,000). See it here.

See our CB750-Four profile.

See the auction catalogue here.

Aermacchi Sprint, May 17


It's not often you'll see one of these on the market, a 1973 Aermacchi Sprint 350 – branded Harley-Davidson. The Sprint four-strokes were on offer in the USA from the late 1960s.

This one is a restored 1973 model, on the market in Brisbane via Facebook at Au$8750 (US$6100, GB£5000).


This comes from a time when Harley decided to have a crack at the small bike market with a range of gear from the Italian maker, and the Sprint 350 was the top of the range. You can still get parts for them via MotoItalia in the USA.

harley dirt bikes

Also offered were 250s, plus a range of two-stroke dirt bikes.

Cafe Caviar, May 16

Harley-Davidson XLCR

Factory cafe racer for the caviar fan. One of Willie G's early progeny from the late 1970s.

See the specs and backgrounder at Motorcycle Specs.

Ducati 750 Sport, May 15

ducati 750

From Ian Falloon:
Long before that eventful day at Imola on April 23, 1972 (when Ducati won the race with the 750 racers), Ducati directors Milvio and Spairani sanctioned the development of a more sporting 750...more here.

Godet Vincent, May 14

Godet Vincent

A rare find anywhere in the world and particularly on the local market, is this 1968 Godet Egli Vincent Black Shadow. Listed as a 1968 build, it's said to be a one-owner machine ordered direct from Patrick Godet.

Located in the Noosa hinterland in Queensland (Australia), it's on the market via Facebook for Au$105,000 (US$73,000, GB£60,000). See a backgrounder on these machines from Motorcycle Classics. If the reality matches the description, we'll be surprised if it isn't snapped up.

Rainey at FOS, May 12

Wayne Rainey - pic by Lou Martin

Former GP star Wayne Rainey will be riding for the second time since his race career was abruptly ended in a crash back in 1993. This time it's at the Festival of Speed at Goodwood in June, on a modified version of his 1992 500cc championship-winning Yamaha YZR.

That's him in the pic, giving Australian photographer Lou Martin some cheek.

More here at Goodwood's site.

Here's a clip from the 2013 meeting, with a lot of familiar faces from eighties and nineties.

Flashback: Big Green Bomber, May 10

Kawasaki ZX-12R

Big green bomber - Kawasaki ZX-12R. Wouldn’t mind adding one to the shed…see our profile.

Fuji Go-Devil, May 9

We have to admit this was a new one us. Perhaps another brand that sank without trace? Fuji's main business turned out to be bicycles, until it filed for bankruptcy in 1998.

Fuji Go-Devil

The Go-Devil was built in Japan from 1964 through to 1967, and was marketed with the catchline "just what you need and nothing more". Power was from a bespoke 50cc two-stroke engine.

Norton buys back its history, May 9

Norton motorcycles

UK MCN reports the revived Norton Motorcycles is in the throes of buying back its history, with 55 machines covering 76 years pulled together as a collection.

The fleet was sold by collector Ian Loram (above left, with Norton CEO Robert Hentschel.) See the report here.

Yamaha RZ500 auction, May 7

Yamaha RZ500

Arguably more popular now than when they were new, Yamaha RZ500s are hot property on the auction circuit.

This one is on offer at Grays, with 54,000km showing on the odo and claiming recent engine and cosmetic restoration. Bidding is nearing Au$30,000 (US$21,200, GB£17,200) with three days to go. See the lot here.

See our model profile;

And our feature on a nice restomod version.

Flashback: Antiques Roadshow, May 7

Holden kingswood triumph t160

Indulging in our own little time warp...see the story here.

Bagger bruisers, May 6

Bagger racer

Meet Cory, from Indian Charlotte. He and his bagger recently won a race in what is now a hotly-contested national six-round King of the Baggers series in the USA, fought of course between Indian and Harley-Davidson.

We reckon it's pretty entertaining racing. See a highlights package from Daytona this year, with a race won by former MotoGP international Jeremy McWilliams.

Yamaha 1985, May 4

Yamaha 1985

It was a huge year for Yamaha, with some iconic machines in its stable, such as the mighty V-Max, FJ1100, FZ750 five-valver and the XJ900 evergreen all-rounder.

See our FJ1100-1200 series review and our FZ750 profile.

Honda Scrambler, May 3

Honda Scrambler

Wouldn't it be great to see a modern version of this?

See our brief profile of the original.

Get an AJS, May 1


AJS 7R - see the specs and profile at Motorcycle Specs

Gixxer goodness, May 1

Suzuki GSX-R1100W

Later models like the one above gained more sophistication, power and a little weight and as a consequence were sometimes criticised for being not as sports-focused as the early variants.


However time has been kind to them and increasingly they're seen as an interesting option for collectors.


Speaking of early variants, there's a tidy-looking G model for sale in Queensland, listed on Bikesales for Au$18,000 (US$12,700, GB£10,100).

See our GSX-R1100 range overview

Want earlier news & views? See our archive.


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