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