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Adler M 100 RS
Adler M 100 RS

Daytona Auction 2012

is to go

For a quarter century, one of the favorite during Daytona Motorcycle has been the J. Wood Motorcycle conducted for many years at the old Armory, but more recently at the University gymnasium in nearby In late 2008, it was announced Bator International had acquired the with auctioneer Jerry continuing as a consultant.

Heretofore, no has been made about a event, and rumors grew the winter that the famous Acution was …. But not so. To the pleasure of Jerry Wood (pictured left) has announced that a event, which will be its Anniversary, is on.

In cooperation with Auctioneers, LLC. J Wood and will host the event at County Fairgrounds in Deland on 16, with preparation and consignment place on the 14th and 15th.

explains, “Our company has with Garner for many and I am pleased we will have the to team up again to keep the tradition of a Daytona motorcycle alive. We are grateful for the support of all who have worked to make it

Jon Szalay:

Preserver of memories

Within the sea of curiosities that is the swap meet, Jon Szalay’s is perhaps the most curious. A robotic head for which you can the jaw work and the eyes move and left; a heavy hand-held gizmo used clothing to cut layers of fabric; an ancient carburetor that looks it might be better suited for sausage; dilapidated mechanical that still function as as they did when made than a century ago.

And and banners and photos and all kinds of odd big and small that can command attention for hours. People up, see something that triggers a memory from long, and smile. Or laugh. Or even

Jon Szalay preserves memories.

(pictured above right) was in Perth Amboy, New Jersey in 1963. Frank, his father, ran a engine repair business, lawn mowers, and had a franchise as a minibike dealer.

Szalay “I was one of six children, and we were Broncos from the age of 6 or 7. I learned mechanical things in dad’s including an appreciation for small This learning would Jon well in later years, but it was not the powerful influence in the formation of his He explains, “One of the big events in my was reading Eric Sloane’s Reverence for Wood.” Written in and now out of print, Sloane’s book in Szalay a passion for wood and a love of early American and wooden artifacts.

By the age of 12, he was restoring professionally. Szalay relates, loved this work, and I was motivated. I knew it is what I to do to earn my living.”

When the moved from Perth to South Jersey, Jon found in an area that thrived on He developed a good business of and repairing furniture for dozens of antique shops, and building for the kiosks on the board walk. He “Some of my high school were my best customers.

school was out for the summer, many of were involved in small catering to the tourist trade. I a complete set of showcases for math

By 17, Jon had earned enough to buy his own building, an bank that had been circa 1915 in Barnegat, on the Jersey shore (pictured Szalay explains, “This had been abandoned a long and one day it came up for auction. My dad and I decided to it out, and I ended up buying it for He adds, “I couldn’t sign the papers.

Dad had to do that for me, but I for it and it was all mine.” The interior was a wreck, and Jon set making it habitable. He relates, turned the president’s office into a living area. It had a fireplace.

There was a lower that I turned into my and the lobby became a showroom for my Jon wasn’t even out of high when he moved into the He jokes, “I finished school in 1981, then the other classes I ever were at the University of Hard

Szalay got more involved antique motorcycles in the 1980s. dragged me to a flea market,” he “and I really liked of the bikes there. But I didn’t I could afford a big Harley or an Rather, Jon was drawn to small, and early engines. He says, the early years, when a fell apart, the farmers the engines.

That’s what For the really old stuff, the late century stuff, usually the was the only thing left.”

Jon to use his fabricating skills to recreate motorcycles around such One example, a gorgeous 1901 was selected for one of the Guggenheim The Art of the Motorcycle (pictured above right). He has several Thomas’s and currently has a Thor, a 1912 Emblem a 1909 Coloradothe only one to existand two pre-1915 Indians as in progress.

From his restoration of early machines, Szalay has off yet another specialty business. (pictured left). “Missing or carburetors are often what in the way of finishing one of these machines. So I making early and functioning carburetors.” To build carburetors, Jon had to his own sand-mold and casting process. will only start an authentic, original carburetor to my molds, he says. I can do aluminum and but I am still trying to learn to do iron.” His production includes carbs for eight-valve Indians, and and Curtiss carbs, in addition to the Pokorney carb used by and other early brands.

As as Jon loves early Americana, motorcycles, he does not regard a big-time collector. “I am a he says. “I restore people’s property, and if it is mine I eventually sell it.” is the perfect mentality for the kind of who has become known as thanks to a hit show a “picker.” In fact, Jon and television picker celebrity Wolfe have been for more than ten years, before Wolfe became and “picking” became a household Jon says, “He’s a great When he is working on the East he sleeps on my couch. And when I go out for the Davenport meet, he and I would go up and down the Mississippi River.”

on the fact that he built his in a defunct bank, Szalay it First National Antique However, over the ensuing decades, he has become so skilled and that his clientele is indeed He holds membership in the leading guilds, and is currently doing for clients as far west as Minneapolis. He “The bad economy has slowed down a bit, but I still about four of me to keep up my commitments.”

Szalay reports that it is not to put in 16-hour days, which is too to do when your job is just a doorway from your “But,” he says, “I it and I am still very motivated.” He “You walk into the in the morning and see five or six different There’s a stain that you put on a the night before, and you can’t to see how it has turned out.

Or a carburetor to break out of the mold (below Or furniture you have glued is ready for the next step You can just go from one fascinating to the next, and it never gets

But you would be wrong if you conclude Jon Szalay is nothing but work. in 2010, for example, he managed to away long enough to in the famous pre-1916 Cannonball Rally with a 1911 Expecting that the odds against a 1911 completing the route (the motorcycle of was the two-speed 1915 Harley), outfitted his van with a mini shop, including a lathe.

It a smart plan, because he many sleepless nights parts for his bikehe broke two the bikes of other contestants. explains, “I was out of spare but I found a fork lift rod was exactly the right length, but else was wrong about it. It was a beefy thing that I had to down, and I had to make a bushing to its lower end.” He continues, made it all the way to Santa Monica, but I think I got a night’s sleep the whole run. Usually you up all night just trying to the bike run all of the next day.” He “It was the most grueling yet experience I have ever

Slazay’s description of the Cannonball more like a nightmare, but a devotee of early Americana Jon considers it a dream. He asserts, dream’s not over! I’m ready for the next cannonball.

The I plan to ride is in my shop now.” Then, with a he adds, “Well, its only a right now. Actually, its half a frame.” While continues working long to preserve other people’s today he has at least begun to time to make some of his own.

To access his web site, here. To see a video of Jon Szalay on the Rally, click here .

steps into

motorcycle arena


For several leading auction houses the world of art and automobiles, such as and RM, have taken an interest in the and classic motorcycle markets. But America’s largest collectible auctioneer, Dana Mecum, of Mecum Auctions, has stepped the ring, and intends to make a statement later this by auctioningas a single lotwhat is the largest private collection of MV in the world.

About a year Mecum, which generates 60 percent of all automobile auction in the United States, teamed up Motorcycle Hall of Fame Gavin Trippe to explore in collectible motorcycle sales. (pictured below right), as of Mecum’s new motorcycle division, is no to large-scale special events.

It was his that organized America’s Motocross Grand Prix at Raceway in 1973, maintained the as a major fixture for more a decade, and secured regular on ABC’s Wide World of In motorcycle road racing, he AMA national championships at Laguna and the old Ontario Motor Speedway, and the Trans-Atlantic Match Race that helped bring a of American riders onto the stage.

Mecum’s competitors, as RM, appear to be pursuing a strategy to traditional and less well-funded auction companies out of business, as by RM’s decision earlier month to run a motorcycle auction on the weekend and in the same city as Auctions, a company that has a leading annual motorcycle in Las Vegas. Bonhams hosted a event as well, and both learned that trying to Mid-America at its own game may not be an easy

Mecum, it appears, will a different strategy. Rather organize motorcycle-only auctions, has begun to bring motorcycles its well-established automobile auctions. explains, “We’re not trying to over the business of motorcycle Veteran motorcycle collectors where and how to get bikes, and it would they are quite comfortable with the companies they patronized for many years.

we are introducing motorcycles to our traditional customers. When they onto the idea that can own six or ten fine collectible motorcycles for the and space of a single car, begin to take a serious

Trippe adds, “Automobile are used to spending more also, and they find the of collectable motorcycles attractive and affordable.” As evidence, he points to the that at Mecum’s January in Kissimmee, Florida, a 1975 XR750 dirt track sold for $27,000, and a Harley-Davidson Scrambler went for $9,000 below left). Both he points out, are significantly than such motorcycles would have earned at a motorcycle auction, and were by a collector who had come there to buy

The fact that Mecum has a different approach and plans to lightly into collectible sales does not suggest the company is going to keep a low To the contrary, they intend to the world community of vehicle sit up and take notice. Trippe “At Monterey this August, we are offering a collection of 75 MV as a single lot.

No one has ever anything like this Most auctioneers feel to have a single MV cross the because with 64 world and more than 3,000 victories to its name, MV Agusta is one of the prestigious brands in the world.”

He “Our offering will a representative of every model back to the birth of MV in 1945, as as one of the first Grand Prix bike, the 1953 125cc that the Late Les Graham to victory at the Isle of Man that helping MV collect the FIM Manufacturers Carlo Ubialli used the bike to win the World Title the year. It’s an absolute gem of Grand Prix mechanical

Trippe believes that involvement in motorcycle sales benefit the business as a whole. For Mecum’s auctions, he points are regularly carried by the Discovery’s new Channel, which has developed one of the largest television audiences in the He explains, “Discovery is seen in 200 That’s exposure that the motorcycle collecting community buy at any price.”

In support of its interest in the collectible market, Mecum is opening an and show room in Laguna California, which will be by Trippe. To learn about and its schedule of events, click To read Gavin Trippe’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame click here. To reach concerning Mecum motorcycle e-mail gavin@mecum.com .


Miles claims he was raised by and enjoys running with but this does not seem to get in the way of his a fine motorcycle artist . He likes BMWs.

I really the smell of printer’s ink, so I am to announce that very we will launch a regular entitled Motohistory in Print in Magazine .

With all the attention to vehicles these days, in Speyer, Germany recently a working replica of history’s electric car . built by Englishmen Ayrton and John Perry 130 ago. Wait a minute, it has wheels. By Jove, the world’s electric car was not a car, it was a motorcycle!

Stoner is hosting one of his Classic Meets at the Medina, Ohio Fairgrounds on February 18. If you enjoy meets, be sure to make one. He says it will be his before he and Kit retire to spend time on their motorcycles.


Jerry Hooker . of “Motorcycling Through History the Golden Age of Post cards,” has put of his collection of post cards and up for sale on eBay . To purchase his click here .

Surely, the qualifies as one of history’s most and fascinating motorcycles. Watch it run .

Rafferty . author of major reference works such as Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Motorcycles, has launched Motojones . a web a website devoted to motorcycle art in and action photography from the days of the 20th century to the

Here’s a lovely video of BMWs .

The registration deadline has extended for the 2nd Annual International of Motorcycle Studies Conference . to take place in Colorado June 7 through 10. Here’s how to .

A rocket-powered motorcycle is ready to history at Bonneville. Read it at Rocky Robinson’s Salt

There’s a documentary film Ron Finch in the works. You can watch a and even help fund the To read our feature about (pictured left), go to Motohistory Views 5/31/2010.

The National Museum will have a at the Chicago International Motorcycle February 10 through 12. For more click here .

Did you know Ariel is alive and well, and in Mount Vernon, Ohio. web site has a nice history as well.

Not long ago we published an with Louis Rocket Re . a Knievel tributeer (see News Views 7/10/2011). Now you can more about him at the Motorcycle web site.

Bonhams reports the DuPont family collection of an parts recently fetched $1 at auction .

Kevin Schwantz headline the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Breakfast at Daytona International on March 16. Tickets are $75. here to get yours now.

month we reported on the Seaba Motorcycle Museum (see News Views 12/10/2011) in Oklahoma. Here’s a news on Oklahoma City’s KFOR .

The Through Time Museum is its first 2012 weekend February 3 through 5.

The Antique Foundation web site has republished our Motohistory feature about poster artist Don Bradley .

how to make motorcycles from watch parts .

Wall of . watch it on Vimeo or hear and Richard Thompson sing it.

Last month we reported on the Station Motorcycle Museum Motohistory News Views Here are more pictures .

no reason your garage has to be boring.

Here are pictures the Vintage Iron Motorcycle in Miami, Oklahoma.

Read John Cooper and his Moon-eyed at SuperbikePlanet .

Watch Don Vesco and the Bird at Bonneville, 1975.

For his Women of Harley series, David Uhl has chosen the perpetually Gloria Tramontin Struck . more about it at Cyril Cyril Huze .

Throttleyard has a story about the wartime that was later civilianized to the Indian Papoose .

The new Rickman book is available in the United from Motorsport Publications . To our review of this book, go to News Views 11/12/2011.

As great stuff recently in Lawrence’s Rider Files . as a piece about the old Marlboro Raceway and an ugly picture The Rock showing why motorcycles no race there.

Outstanding two-strokes

we shouldn’t forget:

Four, the 1950s

By Ralf

Editor’s Note: For Parts One Three of this series, see News Views 6/20/2011, 10/18/2011 respectively .

The postwar in Germany prior to 1948 characterized by the recreation of democratic institutions to overcome the chaos of of homeless and to set requirements for reviving a German economy. Due to fuel individual transport by car or motorcycle was with only a few exceptions. was by train or, more likely, an leftover bicycle. But most walked to reach their

With implementation of the new German Deutsche Markin June the German economy picked up creating the opportunity for many motorcycle brands to restart of mostly proven and updated designs.

But not all agreed with obvious and economical approach. Riedel, who was a senior designer Ardie prior to the Second War, and known for designing the two-… boxer starter-engine for turbines built by the Victoria factory (pictured above envisioned a new design for a small under his own brand name. In he began to envision a simple but motorcycle, the Imme R100.

His was to combine a modern technical with cost effective considering that any kind of raw like steel and aluminum, or goods like steel were still in short His technical layout was bold and and simplicity was paramount. When the (pictured right and below was presented to the public in 1948, its turned heads, as it still today.

The single central which forms the main and its headstock is of the same diameter. At its end it meets another cross-the-frame which is the pivoting point for the drive train. This the longish exhaust pipe to as a single-sided swing arm for the rear The complete engine/exhaust/swing arm arrangement around its mounting point on the and moves with the rear when the rear suspension is

A reinforced fender, the stay of the luggage rack, and the swinging arm a kind of cantilever triangle and a single shock absorber against the main frame The front brake’s normal is deleted and replaced by a single which braces in a thick that is the single element of the wheel’s suspension. The front and wheels are interchangeable.

The Imme’s engine is a simple piston two-… engine producing Using a three-speed gearbox, the machine can accelerate easily to a of 50mph. Under full the little engine hums a feisty bee, hence the on the tank.

Riedel further an already simple design by a main bearing with a overhung crankshaft. This was altered with the Model D.

But the impressive detail of the whole is its look. Germans call it which means “power a look that Benelli and owners of later times became familiar with. By 1950, Riedel had sold an 10.000 copies for a very low of 775DM, which would financial woes that Riedel to close his Immenstadt-based at year end in 1951.

A second of his unique motorcycle, featuring a twin, was planned, but never put production. Only three were built.

A successor ZMG, attempted to build a modified 175cc twin below left), but only 25 motorcycles were made production ceased. By then, for such a simple, small motorcycles had come to an unexpected How quickly the times were is evidenced by the fact that Volkswagen had built its 100,000th which would soon put in a dire situation throughout

But still, and into 1955, sales boomed while and faster motorcycles were more popular.

The reason I the Imme outstanding is because of its approach to manufacturing a modern, and affordable small motorcycle. It fit a very difficult but short of time when the purses of were very slim

Adlerwerke, from Frankfurt, has a history regarding bicycles and dating back to 1880. It was by Heinrich Ludwig Kleyer Dec.13 1853, died May 9 who was a mechanical engineer with from Technical University of His first commercial motorcycle, the 1, was built in 1901.

Adlerwerke one the more successful motorcycle in Germany after the turn of the and its success continued until until the first buzz for in Germany was over. But this is a in itself and will be the subject of a article.

While the oldest of Heinrich Kleyer (pictured the bicycle, was continuing to be built, the of Adler typewriters and Adler became more and more from an economic point of The model #7 (left) is certainly the famous typewriter from the Kleyer Group.

Almost with the fabrication of motorcycles, began car production. Its output for about 20 percent of market in Germany before the First War. Among the most Adler cars of the inter-war were the Adler Trumpf of (below right), designed by Röhr and the Trumpf Junior, in 1934. These were cars featuring front drive and independent suspension on wheels.

Thus, Adler had the third largest car producer in In 1935, the Adler 2.5 liter, as the Adler Autobahn (below was developed by new chief engineer Jenschke. Its streamlined shape was revolutionary at the time.

During War II, Adler produced, among things, machine tools and chassis and engines. To maintain production, Adler employed and concentration camp inmates 1944. All told, about such laborers were and those who survived up to 1945 sent on a fatal … to Buchenwald, or died at the camp

Today, a commemorative plaque this sad history, mounted the former main entrance of the plant in Frankfurt.

Adlerwerke in (pictured right) was about destroyed from bombing the Second World War, and four branch firms in the part of the country were In 1948, the remaining part of the factory was occupied by American which would not allow to be resumed immediately. When CEO Ernst Hagermeier was released internment in the summer of 1948, was hope for a new beginning, but a setback the following year when than a thousand machine from the factory floor confiscated as reparation.

Despite problems, it had been possible to typewriter and bicycle production in As it became apparent that the machine tool and Adler car could not be revived, the idea of the company as a motorcycle producer on. A team around director Friedrich and engineer Alfred with a cl ean sheet of paper to the new Adler M100 motorcycle.

production began in October The new Adler was priced at 845DM, and successfully continued until

Many German motorcyclists who had 100cc or 125cc models the late 1940s and beginning now dreamed of owning a 200cc or This was a demand that planned to address with a fresh design, the M200 (above left) (bore 48 x 54). Next came the in 1952, which was nearly the bike with a larger (54 X 54).

Even though the twin is a piston port it is far from simple. The engine is with progressive details resulted in a straight forward that is still impressive Its basic layout was good for a decade of service at least, far into the sixties under the influence of successful tuners and

To learn more about the of an Adler twin, I visited the (aerie) of Markus Voltz, a owner of several Adler and who inherited his enthusiasm about from his father. Markus a small fleet of Adler (above right), and was so kind as to me a dismantled M200 twin for its technical discussion for Motohistory.

If you back to get a better look at the twin motorcycle, you will its comparatively small stature, low on 16-inch wheels. The overall is typically German for the 50s. The teardrop tank and the implied of the engine’s smooth castings, includes the gearbox and is absent of any components (even the carburetor is hidden) gives it an extremely look (pictured left).

Big and a stout double loop add to the impression that the motorcycle be a good touring bike, indeed, it is. While you may appreciate qualities, you may run the risk to missing its character, expanded and defined by its two-… engine.

While the power of 11.4 hp for the 200cc and 16hp for its sister model of capacity was class-leading but not exceptional, the does hyde the enormously status of the engine package as a We’ll look at some details to better understand

The reason two-… twins so few up to the time is mainly because of problems between the two halves of its crankshaft, which is needed to separate pre-compression on each Additionally, the alignment of a built was not easy to mass produce. To these concerns, engine Felix Dozekal designed a tunnel crankcase with an longitudinal separation that the middle main bearing of the (above right).

Both halves wereinserted from side, th en connected by a single To make torsional movement the two halves impossible, and to guarantee alignment, a self-centering Hirth tooth coupling was

used left). But the most interesting of the crankshaft is its connection with a The single inner side of crankshaft-half is bored out hollow, the hand part includes a thread for the bolt, and the right the screw itself.

But how can you tighten centrally located screw the crank web covers access? into that additional in the right side’s crank web right) and you will see the external on the bolt’s head, which can be by a special tool, screwing shafts in place!

While the is a left-hand, you actually turn the tool clockwise for tightening the tool and screw mesh two gears, making the driven rotate in the opposite direction as the Clever, huh?!

Of course, layout has its limits and shortcomings. it is expensive to manufacture. And, the limits of the Hirth tooth is the second concern. With its M250 power output of @ 5,600rpm, later increased to @ 6,000rpm with the 1954 MB and Sprinter series bike, is no problem. The crankshaft will up forever.

The real save for the crank on the long run is about or accordingly 8,500rpm, which was the of a 1955 water-cooled Adler RS racer. There is even reliability up to 28 -30hp @ 9,500rpm. engines continue to be a favorite for tuning, but I was told by former racer Reinhard Scholtis much output can break the off the crank’s coupling at its base.

His own racing machine delivered up to and 10,500 rpm (double the engine’s power at twice its intended His last racing season on the was as late as 1967, before he to a used Yamaha TD1B in

But let’s return to consideration of the 200 and 250 engines. The complete crankshaft is by three main bearings, the ones in a separate bearing which is bolted into the on four studs (left). All bearings are roller type.

The drive, located next to the main bearing, has helical cut and reduces gearbox main speed at a numerically high of 1:3,44 against the crankshaft.

On the left side is the multi-plate (right). This is an unusual for this item, since it is found on the main shaft of the in most designs of other But there is a reason for this: As the turns with crankshaft the effective torque per revolution is by the same value as the primary reduction.

The clutch diameter can with a given friction number in comparison to a conventional of a clutch on the main shaft. The mass of 1.4kp reduces the of stalling unexpectedly because of too flywheel effect.

The bare (left) weights only and the clutch doesn’t take much of the spontaneous throttle On the right side of the crank, the and ignition plate is mounted, adds considerably to the overall of the engine. The alternator is heat and tends to be the weakest design of the engine.

But to be fair, it must be that the total closing the right side-cover without any provokes failure.

The gearbox is a unit of flawless manufacturing reflecting Adler’s knowledge gear trains learned machine tool manufacturing. like the crank, the gearbox’s are pushed into the cases the side and fixed with bearing shield. The gear seem to be a bit weird today, a low first, good graduation to and third, but a big step up to the very fourth gear.

But in the 50s, stepping made good because a low first gear the clutch when starting standstill with high of a passenger or even a sidecar. gear of the M250 will about 80kph in a hurry, so lorries or cars on a country was easy and fast. The relatively fourth gear was for cruising or where the Adler 250 could 120kph.

When you take a on the crankcase from above, removed cast iron (left), you will see the cast-in of the two transfer ports per cylinder. You can see the the gas stream is intended to flow: To the backside cylinder wall it starts the typical loop of the scavenging method.

While layout works with results, one can’t help but what could be the results if the cross section of the transfers enlarged to feed maybe transfer ports in an adapted Before you accuse me of delivering a manual for Adler twins, I can you I have already seen M and MB250 engines equipped Yamaha DS6/7, or even modern Suzuki X7, cylinders. Of this is not easily done but it can be done.

It is necessary to machine the rear part of the cases and missing passages by welding on aluminum, because the original section cast into the is designed for a single carburetor

Take a look at this Adler MB250 with and pistons from a Suzuki as well as cylinders from a X7, including its complete exhaust It imitates an MB250S with its mufflers. Of course, I only these examples of advanced disease to underscore the enormous of the original Adler engine.

fully exploited these qualities of the M200 to the MB250 the Adler RS (pictured right) Its initial development dates to 1953 as an idea and conversion of employee Helmut Hallmeier, work was executed without the of Adler business management. machined the crankcase for the adoption of two altered the exhaust port and took part as a privateer in road racing events.

His results soon came to the of Hermann Friedrich who gave the light for the development of a batch of racers. Engineer K urt Grassmann was for engine development and Willy became official racing The first M/RS type left), still an air-cooled version of a modified Adler was sold by Adlerwerke in only 12 to 15 in 1953 and 1954.

A second version of the air-cooled RS in 1954 (pictured right) got a new to get rid of the outdated plunger rear It featured a different front as well. Another update year included the development of for the 1955 season (pictured left), a feature that be retrofitted to the 1954 racing While the maximum power was not reliability of the new two-ring piston was

Sadly, a problem with plugs emerged due to over-cooling of So some racers like preferred to use the air-cooled heads or up with designs of their No complete racing machines sold in 1955 and beyond.

biggest success came as as 1958, when Dieter won the German 250 national championship and got in the WorldChampionship as well. This took place one year Adler had closed its doors in of 1957.

Adler’s famous not only propelled street and road racers, but there was a Six Day model which took in the ISDT in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1956. riders Willi Bilger, and Walter Vogel (pictured right) took away personal gold medals and a one for success as a team. Only 20 of these ISDT machines built.

Even a motocross was designed in 1956 (pictured Its 20hp twinwas the most engine in the Adler line, power only in comparison the RS. While success was only in the motocross sport, its talent at many grass track

Here the revvy, powerful the engine was put to good advantage below).

If there remains any that the Adler was one of the great of the 1950s, consider that it soon be chosen by Suzuki and as a model for their Colleda and YDS This, I believe, stands as of its importance in the history of world development.

Report: Las Vegas


By Jerry Wood

Vintage Motorcycle collectors and had a lot of reasons to travel to Las Vegas year. Twelve hundred were lined up to be offered in different auctions over a period.

The first and most to me, as well as a lot of other Collectors, was the auction that began on morning. Bonhams were enough to have been the DuPont estate. The DuPonts the Massachusetts-based Indian Motorcycle from 1930 to 1945.

You tell from the collection these bikes were not your average rich toy collection. These people motorcycles.

The casual observer think that the stuff was in Condition, as the collection had suffered being in a barn without the of temperature control. Some of the and parts had not only rust, and grime, but had also suffered the of birds nesting above

To a true enthusiast, it was absolute all being sold with no Prices of the parts quickly past the cataloged estimates. A carburetor that was booked at to $500 sold for $2,600. An Indian twin muffler was estimated for $100 to $200 was bid to

Keep in mind that and memorabilia had a 25% buyer’s premium, so the price for the rusty muffler was a $3,750.

Motorcycles were to be sold at noontime. A British is very different than the American auction. The British are civilized and polite; they chant. I found it refreshing for but it was just a bit slow.

When did get to the bikes they started the DuPont collection.

Following the set by the Hartung Estate in November, the barn find prices through the roof. A very 1940 Indian four its magneto missing sold for a price of $38,000. A 1953 Black Shadow (pictured left) that had everybody sold for $105,000 bid price, add the 15% premium and that bike out the door for $120,700.

Consider a mint restored 1953 Shadow (pictured above sold for $80,000 a few days at the Mid-America auction and perhaps folks just might more old bikes the way they them.

When it came to the bikes, much of the real was over. If consignors had reasonable the bikes were sold. with high reserves home with the people who them.

Thursday night, had its traditional dinner and auction of 50 motorcycles and some memorabilia. The was well attended and prices very normal retail. bikes have dipped a bit the hard times and some risen. Early barn are very hot, as we discussed, but were not many of those at Point.

The trend for the motorcycles to at retail prices continued for the two days. When the reserve was set too the bikes went home the original owners.

Auctions had the same venue at the same at the Rio just a few miles away, and I that that dinner was not well attended, and the prices bikes brought were bargains. Auctions America had motorcycles and collections

offered at no

I left my wife at South (Mid-America) and went over to the Rio to see was going on over there. of the bikes consigned to Auctions were collections of bikes had not been run in some time, or work.

To say that the crowd was would be an understatement. At 9 a.m. you count the warm bodies on fingers. They started at 10 with an extremely thin

In New England we had a term for an auction no one showed up. We called it Dollar day at the The prices were way low but to Auctions credit, they sold of the bikes regardless of price.

As the day on, some of the dealers who were at Point started showing up, but the were generally wholesale.

The were even better if you what you were doing and the bikes. One machine was advertised as a Triumph Bonneville with bodywork (above left) and the was $750 to $2,500. You could see the downtube frame in the photograph, so I that it was probably a numbers bitsa bike.

Upon inspection, I found the bike to be a matching numbers T120 a single downtube frame and a That, my friends, is a ‘59 the Holy Grail. It was the bargain of the

Later on I saw the guys who bought the looking it over. I said You what that bike is you They replied Yes, and we that you did as well. I was second on the bike and don’t even why I braked so early.

I did get a treasure at Bonhams, though. The DuPont 1952 Triumph TR5 with 1760 miles on it was my machine of the 1,200 offered, and it is now in my And no, I am not going to restore it ever.

It be gently, lovingly relieved of the droppings and ridden at various as soon as I can get it in rideable condition.

For about the big Las Vegas auction visit The Vintagent .

What is best Friend?

Recently, the who organize Canada’s motorcycle distributed a news release by an attention-grabbing photo of a Vincent Prince and a German Shepherd, a study in grace and stateliness. For me, it the question, “What, really, is best friend, a fine dog or a motorcycle?” I pondered the advantages and of each.

They are similar in both the Shepherd and the Vincent a bark and a bite, especially for who underestimate them or approach casually. Both will your commands. most of the A dog is loyal, the Vincent not so much is a gold-digger who goes to the owner the biggest wallet.) You don’t to feed a Vincent (well, in a way you

You don’t have to follow a around with a scoop sometimes you do). A couple of Shepherds can make more Shepherds. You can park two beautiful in a lonely barn for years, and you come back there are only two Vincents.

And you can’t a Vincent to bring you your

It’s a quandary. I really them both. To learn about the people who distributed fine photo, click .

There’s a lot for the Harley-loving motohistorian in the issue of American Iron . Jim Babchak’s “American Iron feature is about the Harley 45; in its history dating back to and specifically about a gorgeous example owned and painstakingly by Dwight Weisz. Part II of Petersen’s “Techline” feature the technical details of Shovelhead from 1966 through

Matt Olsen devotes his Tech” column to early and rims. Finally, there is a about speedster Denis and man who has devoted his life to capturing and the ultimate world speed for motorcycles. It’s out of his grip but the article explains how he hopes to that soon. For more about American Iron . here .

As usual, the January/February of Motorcycle Classics is chockablock good stories and photos classic motorcycles and vintage events. “Chockablock” is Brit for how Americans might say “jam-packed,” but it appropriate since this contains stories about how the made Japanese motorcycles the joy of riding a Vincent Rapide, and a review by Alan Cathcart of a Norton and the all-news Norton 961. Continuing the Brit theme, the “tomorrow’s classic” presents the Royal Enfield (1952 through ’62), the AJS 18/Matchless G80 (1946 through and the Ariel VH Red Hunter (1832 ’59).

There are also about the 1953 AJS Model 18S and how to your Norton to electronic But this issue is not all British. are stories about vintage and the Honda 350 Four, introduced in To subscribe to Motorcycle Classics . here .

In the March IronWorks . Siegal’s “Seasoned Citizens” tells the story of the famous boat tail Harley-Davidson FX, the whose styling customers hated but that lived on to alter that image of the and open a new market niche would one day become the largest niche in the American market. As Siegal delves into technical and cultural aspects of the explaining how itonce its odd “boat was replaced with more seat and fendertapped into the of a generation that had been on to a two-wheeled version of the American by the picture “Easy Rider.” issue also contains an by Doug Mitchel of the recent Lee auction, which turned a of hoarding into a $4 million (To read our account of the Hartung go to Motohistory News Views To subscribe to IronWorks . click .

The January issue of the Missouri/Southern issue of Thunder Roads contains coverage of a special about this history of track racing to took recently at the Feasting Fox Restaurant in St.

It was an appropriate venue for “Motorcycle Track Night” because the built in 1913 by brewer is across the street from was once known as Priester’s one of America’s early, high-banked track racing facilities. The include large-screen projection of and movies dating from to 1928, plus videos board track history Dale Walksler’s “Time a project of the Wheels Through Museum.” Thunder Roads is free of charge a places bikers frequent. For more click here .


In to our review of the Reading Motorcycle 100th Anniversary history (see Motohistory News 12/4/2011), Rae Tyson writes:

By the Ed, I was delighted to see the piece on the new Reading Motorcycle Club book. I completed a major story on the of motorsports in Pennsylvania (for a magazine) and had an opportunity to work those guys. I was absolutely with the job they did.

if you didn’t know the club or the area — the 100th book represents an impressive I initially found about the when I viewed an exhibition at the County Museum on the history of in the Reading, PA region.

About our to various renditions of Vaughn ’s “ Black Trousers ” (see News Views 12/18/2011), Stambaugh writes:

Your about Vaughn Monroe right) in this month’s shook a few cobwebs loose memories of sitting in front of the old white with my mother and watching him sign on with his Racing with the moon. I them thinking that he was the hottie, as the ladies say today!

to find out what a dedicated he was.

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