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2013 MidAmerica Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

Michael (l) stood stage side and the significance of his offered collection, as this 1919 Excelsior he on several small tracks America. The factory racer was to the bullpen unsold.


May 3, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NEV. 10-12–For the past 22 years Auctions has managed to gather aficionados and fans together for a to buy and sell every mode of under the sun during their sale in the desert sprawl of Sin

The company auctions off cars, memorabilia, parts and all things related, but for the gathering at the South Spa and Resort this January, it was all the motorcycle.

Motorcycle maniacs all over the world came to titles at the South Point as MidAmerica Auction held

There were 600 motorcycles, to be and the 780 registered bidders, which the highest attendance in the auction’s were definitely doing than just kicking With a reported $6 million in the joint was jumping as motorcycles hands in record numbers, but the part of the three-day event is getting to run into friends and road stories. A good of attendees this year just regular Joes.

certain that the serious of swapping titles is center for the MidAmerica auction, but it’s obvious that while the city that’s known for parties, one has to participate in some of the culture. MidAmerica, however, their audience well and a welcome dinner and benefit at the beginning of the event, as well as track races each of the nights.

There really is reason to leave the well-appointed The races are great fun to watch and made us curious for years as to how the manage to stay upright on the indoor cement. Turns out spray the surface with old soda (as in Dr.

Pepper, we’re which serves to provide level of stickiness, even some riders still themselves sliding sideways the hay bales at the course’s edge. In the scheduled activities, there are the gaming tables, stage and slot machines to capture attention, as well as the several bowling alley and movie that are housed on premises.

The 1923 Board Track owned by Michael Lange a high bid of $205,000.00, but did not sell

we were focused on the motorcycles and as we into the task of watching the action, we noticed several had motorcycles for sale, which a reflexively raised eyebrow. our motorcycle galleries start off stock, one has to wonder what’s on, but this year the same were also buying. It it’s simply a matter of over their exhibitions, so an eye out for new items at some of your local motorcycle museums.

We a whopping 71 MV Agustas listed in the The comprehensive collection of the marque, by the Mecum Auctions out of Wisconsin, was offered for sale as one impressively lot, but was shown here in lots with all but six being of which were the modern-era

Prices seemed remarkably and we found ourselves realizing for the cost of a street bike one own a respectable vintage motorcycle. were selling for about though the median price to be more in the $60,000 range for the bikes.

Dale Walksler Brett Donohue’s 2004 only Sporty to ever the Iron Butt—and it came an assortment of “accessories”

Dale from the Wheels Through Museum in Maggie Valley, Carolina, was on hand to do some of his own and one of his purchases was a 2004 Sportster. known for his vintage collection, it was a to both Dale and others he bought the modern motorcycle.

“I believe it,” Walksler THUNDER PRESS . “I just had to it.” The bike came with a thick layer of after having been since its rider, Brett from Donohue Harley-Davidson in St. Minnesota, rode it in the Iron competition in both 2007 and As the only Sporty to ever in the Iron Butt, Brett third in the competition and the bike has on display ever since.

The Sportster came complete maps, helmet and assorted from the trips. For $6,000 was thrilled to take ownership.

The exciting representation of a rare was the 1912 Pierce Flat Single offered for sale by a that had owned the prestigious for 100 years. The extraordinary machine was with its original paint and knobby tires, as well as the seat, headlight and horn. It was to be able to inspect such a and impressive piece of history up and not from behind the barriers of a exhibit in a museum.

Auction came prepared to buy at both the and MidAmerica Auctions held in Las

The 1909 Pierce Motorcycle from Buffalo, New York, from the prestigious Pierce Motor Car Company that was for its luxurious automobiles. After a production of their costly and four-cylinder motorcycles, the company bankrupt in 1914, a scant years after its inception.

The on display for bidders had a hefty single-cylinder engine known as the climber,” with power to the extremely rare two-speed hub via a belt drive. The motorcycle for $133,000 and represented the highest price of the MidAmerica Auction. An restored example of a Pierce, a Pierce Single that was displayed at the National Motorcycle in Anamosa, Iowa, was sold by its owner for $40,000.

This calls to the collecting crowd, as as the vintage-curious and the riders who are looking for a cruise on a piece of history. in the latter group was a gathering of alumni who participated in both the and the 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball. of the more than three-dozen riders attending the auction the opportunity to hold a sort of reunion and caught up with other throughout the course of the

During the Friday evening from the business of buying and the road warriors shared adventures over dinner at a directly below the amassed offered for sale one floor up. of the riders had been anxiously on motorcycles with an eye on what make for a good Cannonball in the 2014 run, even no one knows for sure if there will be a 2014 run or what the year for motorcycles might be organizer Lonnie Isam has yet to to another Cannonball adventure. An is expected in April, but that did not the prospective entrants from goals of purchasing the perfect

Dale Walksler and Doug admired Buck Carson’s (l) acquired antique BSA

Case in would be Buck Carson, the rider from the 2012 Cannonball, who found himself the owner of a … little BSA a future run in mind. The little S29 Sloper (1929) model came from England, had been in the U.S.A. for a few years and complete with the original kit and period equipment. Carson won the gal for a reasonable bid of $17,000.

Buck as he declared, “She’ll be a great for the next Motorcycle Cannonball, if she the cutoff year.” Carson an 85-year-old BSA in the 2012 Cannonball.

Carson, Buck’s father and of Carson Classic Motors, was on hand. Dedicated to the preservation and of antique motorcycle history, Classic Motors is a private of motorcycles that keeps the Carson men busy. Not directly to the public, the father-and-son team restorations of their motorcycles and the Carson was thrilled to win top bid for a motorcycle he admitted as having been on his list of a number of years.

“This will be my daily Carson beamed, as he displayed the Indian Chief he won for a mere “I’ve wanted one of these for a time and other than the that the shipping company put on it, perfect.” There was, the issue of the key the seller had forgotten to which Mike did not consider a since the hand-written letter the had sent along describing the of the bike more than up for the key.

Proud Texan Carson took possession of immaculate 1946 Indian for a mere $23,000. Although the forgot to include the key, it did with a hand-written letter the bike’s history.


The matter of shippers did seem to be an issue not for MidAmerica, but also for Bonham, who their third annual auction down on the strip at the hotel. We heard of a disgruntled from the Bonham auction who was reimbursement for the damage done to his during shipping, and he issued a for owners to check out the small and reputation with the shippers chose before entrusting prized antiques to any company.

We the sales floor at Bally’s evening after the auction and a highly coveted Bonham’s catalogue that had been by its owner. These beautifully catalogues are prized publications (we several from past This year we were to the party and were disappointed to all 200 issues had sold out early.

we were thrilled that the owner had left one atop the pile for us find. Motorcycle were equally good for with the highest price for a bike that sold after the auction closed.

The BMW Rennsport 255 Kompressor, purchased by an collector, sold for $480,000, bringing Bonham’s total to just over $2.8 After a seriously tense of bidding, another of the marque was won for a bid of $167,800. A post-war era 1954 model BMW Rennsport was also by an American collector.

Items at this auction prestigious private collections America, Asia and Europe, as as pieces from the Springfield and the DuPont family.

Several Cannonball riders met for dinner the weekend in Vegas

Not all motorcycles with a vintage pedigree, but most were noteworthy the same. An enthusiastic new owner who was smitten with her purchase out one such example. Wendy from California was sitting on, pictures of and absolutely in love her newest acquisition: the Roland Flores Custom 450F Single.

The colorful bike was by Toyota for the “Artists of Inspiration” at the IMS motorcycle show where we had it displayed in Northern California in 2008. Black with and a Japanese anime theme, the was done by a well-known graffiti who’s since gone

“No one bid on it,” the incredulous Wendy us, “because I believe no one there what it was due to interest and age of the bidders. venue to sell that so I scored! The art alone is worth than I paid, not to mention the which is an awesome race She also bought a 1962 flat tracker.

Turns out is known for her racing in both and vintage classes and in 2010 was the woman to compete in Catalina Prix, a race that had not run since 1958.

Meanwhile, at the southernmost point of the city MidAmerica was busily pushing across the stage, there remarkably fewer bikes rolled into the “second area. After watching the here for the past several we noticed considerably more of the yellow “Sold” tags to the bullpen bikes than in the past, with a reported 88 of the motorcycles changing hands, but not all given a new life with owners.

One bike of note did not go to a new home was renowned bronze Jeff Decker’s Vincent custom. With an asking of $125,000, the spiffy little with the artist’s signature would return home its creator.

Another bike that be loaded up by its owner was the 1923 Factory Board Track owned by restorer Michael Michael had several bikes his collection offered and this garnered a lot of interest. The bike in as raced and running after been run in the 2002 Syracuse New Mile and taking first with a whopping 105 mph on the radar.

raced for exhibition at the Chicago Fair in 1933, the bike was until World War II and then by John Giorno before added it to his own collection. Lange and showed the bike with its paint on the original Firestone tires, taking several across the United States its rebuild in 2004. This was a true piece of history, but a high bid of $205,000, did not sell.

By the end of the after the flat track bidding battles, adoption and parties, we found our heads We’d enjoyed the company of and heard dreams for the future as we what 2013 would for the motorcycle industry. If the sales in Las are any sort of an indicator, it appears buyers are ready to spend on motorcycles again.

With buyers from around the we can only hope that is being preserved as people in antique iron.



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