Auc­tioned bike prices down­right de­press­ing

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - MIKE HAN­LON

WHILE Mon­terey Car Week’s raft of auc­tions are pri­mar­ily about cars, there’s al­ways a smat­ter­ing of top-class mo­tor­cy­cles go­ing to auc­tion.

With Mid-Amer­ica auc­tions — Amer­ica’s largest mo­tor­cy­cle auc­tion house — re­cently be­com­ing part of Mecum, many of Mecum’s lots fea­tured le­gendary mo­tor­cy­cles.

Sev­eral of the ma­jor auc­tion houses also in­cluded mo­tor­cy­cle lots in their cat­a­logs, too. Auc­tion sell-through rates were down on the car side of things, with spec­tac­u­lar ex­cep­tions for very spe­cial of­fer­ings, but all the mo­tor­cy­cle re­sults were down­right de­press­ing, with many spec­tac­u­lar mo­tor­cy­cles be­ing sold for well be­low es­ti­mate and many more not even at­tract­ing bids of half their es­ti­mate.

Good­ing & Com­pany sold one of the orig­i­nal 400 batch of the Du­cati 750 SS for a worl­drecord price, but there were no other mo­tor­cy­cle high­lights in the en­tire five days of auc­tions.

This is both good and bad news for the en­thu­si­ast be­cause some of the bet­ter mo­tor­cy­cles are clearly still avail­able for sale and the next big round of mo­tor­cy­cle auc­tions isn’t un­til Jan­uary in Las Ve­gas, so that knock­ing you hear, might be op­por­tu­nity.

PHOTO: MECUM AUC­TIONS

Es­ti­mated to sell for be­tween $90 000 (R1,2 mil­lion) and $110 000, this 1929 BMW R63 at­tracted a high­est bid of just $67 000 and is still avail­able. The R63 is very rare, as it was pro­duced in low vol­ume and was the first 750cc over­head valve mo­tor­cy­cle BMW pro­duced. In the com­pany’s cen­te­nary year, it was an even more in­ex­pli­ca­ble re­sult.

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