Red­fern Mo­tor­cy­cles’ fi­nal fling

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The old­est name in Har­ley-David­son spares in New South Wales, Red­fern Mo­tor­cy­cles held its fi­nal sale in May with the en­tire con­tents auc­tioned off. Es­tab­lished in the in­ner-city Syd­ney sub­urb of Red­fern in the late 1940s Red­fern Mo­tor Cy­cles was the place to ac­quire vin­tage and clas­sic H-D items, as well as be­ing an Au­tho­rised Har­ley-David­son Dealer back in the day. How­ever it was the older mo­tor­cy­cles and parts and ser­vice that had Red­fern be­come an institutio­n to rid­ers and en­thu­si­asts. Owner Tony Blain says, “Sto­ries of the 1940s Red U-Model Out­fit cir­cu­lat­ing around Syd­ney laden with goods (I think Fri­days was the drop off and pick up of chrome day), and John John­son’s abil­ity to lo­cate items in what many might call a “pile” of parts scat­tered around, not to men­tion his brute strength - he could carry a mo­tor in each fist, from the top en­gine mount at the same time! I used to visit weekly in the late 1990s, the high­light of my week, and in 2000 when John re­tired I was of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase, which I did. The Auc­tion last week closed the door to the Aus­tralian legacy, Red­fern Mo­tor Cy­cles, how­ever the mem­o­ries will never di­min­ish or fade – an Aussie institutio­n!” Fol­low­ing the auc­tion on May, 3,4 and 5, Tony added, “The auc­tion was fan­tas­tic, with 100% sell through, and sales ex­ceed­ing our ex­pec­ta­tions. Of the 500 or so bid­ders, ev­ery state in Aus­tralia was rep­re­sented, as were 17 coun­tries from around the world. It was stream­ing live around the world with bids ac­cepted from the floor and on-line. The Red­fern in­ven­tory is be­ing shared glob­ally with en­thu­si­asts putting to use these clas­sic items – a win/win for all. I thank Keith Levy, his fam­ily and staff from Man­shed Auc­tions, auc­tion­eer Tony Ga­han, who of­fered over 1,300 items over the week­end, John and the John­son fam­ily for es­tab­lish­ing Red­fern Mo­tor Cy­cles, and the best of the best, Mr Shaun Wil­son.”

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