Motorbikes, Motorcycle Insurance

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Lovers of Classic motorbikes are gearing up for the big H&H Auction at The National Motorcycle Museum in the West Midlands on Tuesday, December 12.

The National Motorcycle Museum is largest British motorcycle museum in the world and originally opened its doors in October 1984 with a collection of 350 Classic motorbikes.

The collection now boasts more than 1,000 machines, fully restored to the manufacturers’ original specifications.

The museum attracts around 250,000 visitors a year and one of the biggest draws is the comprehensive cross-section of British machines, spanning the “60 Glorious Years” of motorcycle manufacturing in this country.

There are already two dozen motorcycles slated for sale at the auction, but here the experts from Bikesure, the Classic motorbikes insurer, pick out their favourite five going under the hammer.

Bikesure’s favourite Classic motorbikes going under the hammer

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  • We love the iconic and eminently collectible white and yellow 1964 Triumph T120 Bonneville 650cc. The pre-auction estimate £8,000-£9,000. It has been family owned for the past 30 years and is in good overall condition.
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  • Another Bonneville, but this black beauty is an America 865, a relative spring chicken only registered in 2011. Valuation has it as an absolute snip at £2,000 to £3,000. The sale notes confirm this is the original bike, with just 2,000 miles on the clock, and left in storage for the past two years.
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  • What about this 1960 Velocette Venom finished in black with an estimated of £6,000-£7,000? The bike comes with the original log book and manuals. It is unrestored but running and has the original tank/seat & carburettor.
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  • Another Classic motorbike from 1960, the Royal Enfield Constellation 700cc with no reserve. This machine was a fairytale barn find. Currently owned since 1971 and stored for the past 15 years. Sales notes confirm it will require recommissioning. The bike comes with a history file including manuals, original buff log book and receipts.
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  • Or, back in the slow lane, this 1940 Scott Autocycle Deluxe (98cc) really catches the eye and is valued at £800-£1,000. It has been museum displayed for many years and it may need some work before taking it for a spin. At almost 80 years of age, it is, of course, MOT exempt.

All hammer prices are subject to a buyer’s premium of 15% incl. VAT (@ 20%).

If you are planning to visit The National Motorcycle Museum for the H&H sale check out our guide to bidding and buying at auction.