STATE­SIDE STYLE

Classic Bike (UK) - - AUCTIONS -

Fol­low­ing the re­sound­ing success of their March sale at the Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum, en­tries are com­ing in thick and fast for H&H’S sum­mer sale at the same venue. There are some fas­ci­nat­ing ma­chines con­signed and they don’t come much more un­usual (in the UK at least) than the 1971 Nor­ton Com­mando Hi-rider, which is one of what must only be a hand­ful of the cus­tom-styled Com­man­dos to be reg­is­tered in the UK from new. The Hi-rider was aimed at the US mar­ket, but this orig­i­nal match­ingnum­bers ex­am­ple – in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and in run­ning order – has never left the UK. It’s es­ti­mated to make £7500-8000.

There are some in­ter­est­ing race bikes among the early con­sign­ments, too. A 1961 Nor­ton Manx 30M, pre­pared back in the day by Ray Petty for Derek Min­ter and John Cooper, is ex­pected to make £33,000-36,000. An ear­lier restora­tion, the en­gine was checked over by mar­que ex­pert Ge­orge Beale in 2007, since when the bike has re­mained un­used. And there’s a lovely trio of early Ja­panese light­weight rac­ers, owned by former racer and mo­tor­cy­cle dealer Phil Kersey. A brace of 1967 Suzuki TR50S, re­quir­ing recom­mis­sion­ing, are es­ti­mated at £10k-15k, while a 125cc Yamaha As1en­gined sprint bike, orig­i­nally built and cam­paigned with a Bul­taco en­gine, is be­ing of­fered with­out re­serve.

A 1972 Us-im­port 350cc Kawasaki S2, fully re­stored by Kawasaki triple spe­cial­ists, the Wake­field-based Triples Work­shop, is es­ti­mated at £5000-6000.

Rare 1971 Nor­ton Com­mando Hi-rider: £7500-8000 es­ti­mate

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