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Rare BMWs Hit Auction Block

A collection of more than 20 classic BMW motorcycles, representing eight decades of the Bavarian machines, will hit the auction block this weekend in Switzerland.

The Bonhams auction returns to Bonmont Golf and Country Club in Cheserex, Switzerland on Sunday 20 September 2020.

It will be followed on 10 October 2020 by another Bonhams auction at Barber Motorsports Museum, in Alabama, featuring several rare BMWs including a 1928 BMW R57.

The Bonmont auction features classic and modern vehicles, but the highlights will be two exceptionally rare and sought after 1920s BMWs.

A 1927 BMW R42 is estimated to fetch up to $US53,000 while a 1928 R57, one of only 1006 produced, is estimated to reach as much as $US85,000.

Post-war motorcycles offered include a 1976 BMW R90S (up to $20,000) and a 1982 example of the BMW R80G/S (up to $US15,500), the ‘gentleman’s green laner’ model which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Also featured in The Bonmont Sale is a 1977 Honda CB500 Swiss police motorcycle (up to $US16,500) which served in the cantons of Frebourg and then Solthurn, estimate.

You can view the online catalogue here: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26261/.

Ducati Scrambler 1100

The Bonhams Bonmont Sale will be held on Sunday 20 September starting at 2pm (CEST).

It will be a traditional live auction, with an auctioneer at the rostrum and bids will be accepted from clients in the room (respecting social distancing and all local COVID guidelines), with limited public admission by prior appointment.

Check out our top 10 tips for buying at auction.

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Rare Motorbikes Up For Auction

Rare veteran and vintage motorcycles from noted Victorian collector and enthusiast Warren Hicks will feature at the Shannons Timed Spring Online Auction from 11-18 November 2020.

The six special motorcycles built between 1907 and 1925 are being offered with no reserve, so they could sell for reasonable prices.

The rarest of the six is the circa-1907 Zenith Bi-Car, frame No 3, which is the only known example to exist of this radical design with its front wheel hub-centre steering. It is the motorcyle at the head of this article.

It is being offered in ‘barn find’ condition and has not been seen in public since 1974.

The Zenith is expected to attract strong international interest in the $A50,000-$A70,000 range.

A circa-1914 American Excelsior V-Twin 1000cc ‘Two speed’ is being offered complete but not run since 1978.

Excelsior V-Twin 1000cc

The Excelsior is powered by a 1000cc V-Twin engine and has cast iron footboards and a foot brake pedal.

It is also the first two-speed motorcycles, with its left handlebar grip operating the clutch.

The bike is expected to sell in the $A40,000-$A60,000 range.

A circa-1910 FN ‘Four’, presented in complete and original but unrestored project condition, is also very rare as a four-cylinder early single-speed, shaft-drive motorcycle.

FN Four

The bike has been with its current owner since 1970 after beginning its local life in Broken Hill.

It is expected sell in the $40,000-$50,000 range, with a package of parts, including spare four-cylinder engines.

The very rare circa-1922 Stranger V-Twin 538cc ‘two-stroke’ motorcycle being offered at the auction is one of two known survivors worldwide out of just 20 made.

Stranger V-Twin

Kawasaki Nosilu

The only other known survivor, is in a British museum.

Purchased in Adelaide in 1957 and last ridden in 1975, the Stranger had a chain/belt drive and no front brake.

In the post-World War I Vintage motorcycles, there is a circa-1922 KG Cito Special 500cc OHV and a circa-1925 Villiers-engined Diamond 147cc.

The 500cc OHV German-built KG Cito is one of just three believed to exist today, as the company was taken over by Allbright in 1923.

Equipped with shaft-drive and a Bosch generator for its electric lighting, this very rare early German motorcycle is expected to fetch $A40,0000-$A50,000.

The Diamond 147cc is the last of the chain-cum-belt motorcycles built.

The ultra-lightweight bike has no front brake, clutch or kickstart and is expected to bring $A5000-$A8000.

Check out our top 10 tips for buying at auction.

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KTM sells RC16 GP bikes as sales fall

Despite KTM Group’s boss saying sales were up during the pandemic, the Austrian company has suffered a one-third sales slump as it offers two rare RC16 race bikes for sale.

In the first six months of 2020, sales of KTM Group motorcycles, which also includes Husqvarna and Gas Gas, were down 33% from 135,711 to 90,331.

This is despite several reports that CEO Stefan Pierer said they were not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and had hired more people.

Certainly sales are strong in Australia.

KTM off-road sales here were up 36.6% and road bike sales up 21.6% while Husky sales rocketed 59.8% for trail bikes and a whopping 134.9% for road bikes. Gas Gas sales are not available.

RC16 saleKTM RC16

Meanwhile, KTM Motorsports is selling two race-prepared KTM RC16 factory MotoGP bikes from last year’s season.

This is a very rare opportunity.

The only other time we can recall MotoGP bikes being sold was in 2012 when Ducati sold Casey Stoner’s 800cc Desmosedici for about $A455,000 and Valentino Rossi’s bike for $A444,000.

They were sold because the series moved from 800cc to 1 000ccc.

The unspecified 2019 KTM race bikes will come with a Pol Espargaro’s racing leathers and helmet, other merchandise and a VIP MotoGP hospitality weekend in 2021.

KTM is asking about $A475,000 each for the bikes.

If you’ve got that sort of money after raiding your superannuation, send an email to [email protected].

KTM will compile a list of buyers and make a final decision on the lucky buyers.

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MV Agusta launches 5-day flash sale

Desperate times require desperate measures and MV Agusta Australia has just launched a “5-Day Flash Sale” with discounts up to $5000.

We don’t know how sales have been going for the brand as they no longer belong to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries which collates sales figures.

However, this move seems to indicate sales have been slow.

While sales slumped in April after the coronavirus lockdown began, they picked up in May and hit record highs in June.

However, dealers are now reporting a very slow July.

Flash sale

MV Agusta importers Urban Moto Imports has now launched a 5-Day Flash Sale starting at noon today (28 July 2020).

That means dealers must be opening on Sunday morning until noon!

They are offering a discount of up to $5000 across the Brutale range and up to $4000 across selected Dragster (MY18-19) models.

The offer includes limited-edition models such as the Brutale 800 Pirelli (pictured above), Brutale 800 America and Brutale 800 RR LH44 ($2000 off). Click here for all offers.

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Motorcycle sales explode in June

Motorcycle sales have exploded in June due to the easing of pandemic restrictions, end-of-financial-year sales and access to superannuation.

Sales of motorcycles, scooters and TV/UTVs in the second quarter of the year were up 24.5% to 52,838 over the same period in 2019.

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries official figures show a huge turn-around over the first quarter when sales were down 2.5%.

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June quarter sales

Significant sales

FCAI boss Tony Weber says the increase is “significant and signals improving conditions for both members and dealers”.

FCAI CEO Tony Weber is learning to ride a motorcycle NGK
Tony Weber

However, there is concern among dealers that the boost was in some part due to customers buying their dream bike with superannuation funds and that the end of the financial stimulus Jobkeeper payments in September could lead to another downturn.

The biggest rises during the quarter were in ATVs which jumped 50.9% to 14,545 and off-road bikes which were up 42.4% to 20,885.

Tony believes their success is due to people holidaying at home instead of overseas and the government’s instant asset write-off program which makes the purchase of farm machinery and equipment attractive.

What’s next?

However, it is of concern that expensive and high-profit-margin road bikes were down 2.7% to 15,243, while scooters were also down 12.8% to 2166.Road bike sales

That’s on the back of a 7.8% decrease in road bike sales in the first quarter and a 14.1% drop in scooter sales.

Honda claimed the top spot in the June quarter, with 12,563 sales for a 23.8% market share, followed by Yamaha with 12,344 (23.4%), Kawasaki 6545 (12.4%), KTM 4391 (8.3%) and Suzuki with 3594 (6.8%).

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Are motorcycle sales defying pandemic?

Anecdotal evidence and reports from around the world suggest that the motorcycle market might be surprisingly defying the COVID-19 crisis with increasing sales.

Dealers tell us that after the lockdown started to ease, sales have increased substantially, especially among premium motorcycles.

One dealer told me he believed customers had adopted the view that they may as well enjoy themselves while they still can!

Defying the lockdown

That may just be the case as sales have been defying the dismal economic trend in some countries since the easing of lockdown restrictions.

KTM factory Virus meme pandemic coronavirus Covid-19KTM factory

KTM Group boss Stefan Pierer says they have actually increased global sales during the pandemic and had not had to lay off any staff. Most of the sales have been in off-road bikes for their group which also includes Husqvarna and Gas Gas.

The US has experienced its best performance since 2016 in the first four months of the year compared with a 12% drop in car sales. Interestingly, off-road bike sales have increased while road bike sales are down.

That could be why Harley-Davidson has slowed production and last week sacked 90 staff at their York Vehicle Operations in Pennsylvania and 50 at their Tomahawk facility in Wisconsin.

Harley-Davidson 115th anniversary 110th 105thHarley’s Pilgrim Road factory where a worker tested positive for coronavirus

They are not along in the jobs cutback with Triumph Motorcycle slashing 400 jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic as well as their plan to move more production from Hinckley to Thailand.

Australian sales

defyingFirst quarter sales results

Australian motorcycle sales in the first quarter of this year were understandably down, but only by 2.5% compared with countries such as Italy which was down 65% due to the coronavirus.

Sales figures for the second quarter are expected to be released later this week.

We don’t expect they will be near as bad as car sales which show a continued steep decline.

In May alone, car sales were down a massive 35.3% which was the 26th consecutive month of negative growth for the market.

It’s not just the pandemic that is causing the sales collapse, but also the ongoing drought, late-summer floods, bushfires, tight lending conditions, unfavourable exchange rates and political uncertainty. 

While the first and second quarter motorcycle sales results may be promising, there is still plenty of pessimism for the coming quarter when the pandemic recession really starts to hit.

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Aldi confirms annual motorcycle gear sale

Aldi Australia has confirmed its annual motorcycle gear sale will return, but has not yet named a date nor confirmed whether the pandemic will delay the sale.

The sale is usually held on one of the first Saturday’s in August, but was pushed back to the end of the month in 2019.

An Aldi Australia spokesperson says their motorcycle Special Buy theme “continues to return every year as a result of its popularity and following from motorcycle enthusiasts, who are after quality gear for great prices”.

“Like with all our products, we continue to improve our range by making necessary changes,” they say.

They would not confirm a date nor say whether the pandemic would cause a delay.

We will publish the sale date and list of products and prices as soon as it is available.

Sticky situation

Aldi helmets Ray SchrieverRay with the sticky helmet

It follows a recent claim by Sydney rider Ray Schriever that the silver paint on Aldi helmets he bought in 2015 had crazed and become sticky, despite limited use.

“The helmet was sticky all over. I took it to the sink and gave it a wash but the sticky mess just congealed or balled up,” he says.Aldi helmets Ray Schriever

The Aldi Australia spokesperson says:

Before 2016, a different type of paint was used on the motorcycle helmets and after listening to our customers feedback we learnt that the helmet would sometimes become sticky if stored in damp conditions for a long period of time. As a result we worked with our business partner to improve the paint and the new formula was introduced in 2016. The safety of the helmet has never been impacted, the sticky surface was an aesthetic fault only. It does not damage the shell, the EPS liner or the structure of the helmet. Our helmets come with a 12-month warranty.

We do not suggest this paint issue would also affect helmet integrity in the event of a crash.

However, we do note that most helmet manufacturers recommend you replace your helmet after five years of regular use, anyway.

In Ray’s case, the helmets had not had regular use.

Aldi claims all its rider gear meets proper safety standards.

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Warning on online sales scammers

Riders are warned to be cautious about buying a motorcycle or other vehicle online after a surge in scammers.

In the latest scam operation, the vehicle is offered at a very cheap price by a member (usually female) of the armed forces who needs to sell quickly as they are being posted overseas.

The buyer is asked to submit payment into an escrow account which ends up in a bank account in Romania or Poland and the vehicle is never delivered.

So far this latest scam operation is only targeting cars and is being investigated by Victoria Police.

However, it is similar to scams that have been operating for online second-hand motorcycle sales and is becoming increasingly more common.

Among the many scams are sellers attempting to shift bikes which are unsafe to ride, have a hidden history or are stolen.

The used vehicle market can be a dishonest and dangerous place to conduct business.

But by being aware of common scams and how to avoid them, you should be able to find a reliable, safe and affordable motorcycle second-hand.

Here are a few of the more common scams to keep a look out for.

eBay, Gumtree and Craigslist scam

Ebay, Gumtree, Craigslist and other similar websites have become huge marketplaces for buying and selling used motorcycles. 

Unfortunately, there are many scams out there so always be wary with this route.

As in the above scenario, the seller demands a large downpayment to hold the motorbike. Once this has been received, communication ceases and they disappear.

Clocking2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 scams

Clocking involves winding back the odometer to make the bike appear newer (this is also very common with used cars).

Avoid this scam by looking for screwdriver marks around the casing, seeing if the general condition matches the mileage and by checking MOT and service documents to see if the displayed mileage adds up.


You may think that you have found a huge bargain due to the surprisingly low asking price. However, you will then understand why when the police pull you over for riding a stolen bike.

Avoid purchasing a stolen motorbike by carrying out a vehicle history check, which will also uncover anything else that the seller may be trying to conceal.

This is available from the Personal Properties Security Register in Australia and companies such as HPI in the UK.

You should also be wary of low prices and sellers attempting to speed up the process.Motorcycle theft stolen motorcycles sick skunklock scams

Beating the scammers

Beating the scammers requires you to be sceptical. It sounds awful, but never trust anyone you don’t personally know.

Always view the bike in person, or have a close and trusted friend check it for you.

Do all the relevant checks on the bike’s bona fides. Click here for more information.

If they want you to pay into a third-party or escrow account, insist that you select the account.

Online sellers can also be scammed out of their bike. Click here for details and tips on how to beat the scammers.

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Harley-Davidson plans to Rewire for future

Harley-Davidson will expand “profitable iconic heritage bikes” while committing to branching out to adventure touring, the new Streetfighter range and electric motorcycles under their new Rewire strategy.

German-born interim CEO Jochen Zeitz (pictured above with an electric Harley LiveWire) has spelt out his five-year Rewire vision in his first public statement since taking over as interim CEO after Matt Levatich was sacked in February.

He made the announcement at the first-quarter results earnings call which revealed a global 17.7% drop to 40,430 motorcycle sales, 20.5% crash in overseas sales (16,707) and a 15.5% domestic slide (23,732).

It’s better than some countries such as Italy where total motorcycle sales are down 66%.

In Australia, Harley was only down 8.7% in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, compatriot Polaris announced Indian Motorcycle sales were “up low-single digits percent” (they never reveal actual unit sales) while “North American retail sales decreased high-single digits percent”.

Both Harley-Davidson and Polaris have withdrawn annual sales estimates in the current unprecedented lockdown.

New strategy

Jochen says under his five-year Rewire strategy they will “continue to expand beyond traditional products and markets”

That means continuing with the More Roads strategy introduced by Matt to train more new riders and introduce 100 new models in 10 years.

They include the electric LiveWire and other electric products, plus the Pan America Adventure model and the Streetfighter and Custom range all with water-cooled Revolution Max engines.

Harley Revolution Max platform includes Pan America and Bronx StreetfighterHarley Revolution Max platform includes Pan America and Bronx Streetfighter

However, Jochen says they have “over-indexed on new riders and new market growth and lost focus on critical profit sources”.

“We made progress with our product line and to some degree our customer base, but profit is lagging and our expectations are unreasonable, especially given the economic environment that we are likely to encounter, as the COVID-19 ripple effect would likely be with us for some time,” he says.

He is calling for the More Roads strategy to be “reassessed”.

His Rewire strategy is his “playbook for the next few months, leading to a new five-year strategic plan which we’ll share when visibility to the future returns”.

To implement the plan he has launched an internal management restructure and established a CEO Roundtable of “select dealers and former Harley-Davidson leaders”.

The Rewire part 1

The first part of the new strategy is to “enhance our core strength and better balance expansion into new spaces”.

We expect that means more traditional cruisers and tourers with some easing of new products in new areas such as adventure touring.

Hardcore Harley fans should be happy, although many will just want Harley to bring back the V-Rod and Dyna.

He doesn’t make any commitment to a return of those models but says “we’ll expand our profitable iconic heritage bikes to excite our existing customers”.

“We also remain committed to adventure touring, Streetfighter and advancing our efforts in electric,” he says.

The Rewire part 2

The second part of the strategy is to concentrate on “markets, products and customers that offer the most profit and potential”.

While that includes domestic sales, Harley will “narrow our focus, time and energy in the most critical countries and market segment that can move the needle for us today”.

We don’t expect that to mean any winding back of the throttle in traditional markets such as Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

However, the difficult market of China may be one that suffers as they “simplify the market coverage model and take costs out of the process”.

The Rewire part 3

The third part of the strategy is to change timing for the launch of new models.

Harley has traditionally launched its new range in August at the global dealer meeting with maybe one or two mid-year model releases in February/March.

That always seemed strange given August is near the end of the northern hemisphere riding season.

Jochen says they will “reset” new product launches “for the first time in our recent history to align with the start of the riding season”.

Pandemic measures

Harley-Davidson 115th anniversary 110th 105thHarley’s Pilgrim Road factory where a worker tested positive for coronavirus

Harley switched off the assembly lines at its factories in March due to the Pandemic and last month made cuts to costs starting with the CE and Board of Directors’ salaries and include “temporary layoff” of all global staff.

Jochen says the closure of facilities and temporary suspension of manufacturing enabled them to clean and prepare the workplace to protect workers.

“We are gradually resuming production in a measured way that is safe for employees and will continue to require all employees enrolled that allow them to do so, to continue to work from home to minimise the number of people in each facility,” he says.

Polaris, which owns and produces Indian Motorcycle, also introduced a range of cost-cutting measures including boss Scott Wine suspending his own salary for the rest of the year to cope with the impact of the pandemic.

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Aussie motorcycle sales surprise

Motorcycle sales in the first quarter of this year were understandably down, but only by 2.5% compared with countries such as Italy which is down 65% due to the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the Australian market has also had to deal with drought, bushfires and floods over the same period.

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries data shows 17,977 motorcycles, ATVs and scooters were sold during the first three months of 2020.

That compares with 18,438 in 2019 when sales were down 14.9% on the 2018 first quarter.

FCAI chief executive Tony Weber says the market has been “remarkably resilient given the circumstances”.

The 2.5% drop is surprising given total market sales were down -10.2% in the month of January following last year’s slump of -6.1%.Motorcycle Sales

However, it’s still very tough for the dealerships which are staying open and trying various sales tactics as well as some offering free pick-up and delivery to service your bike.

The biggest dealership network, MotorCycle Holdings, which includes TeamMoto stores, has seen a dramatic drop in share price from around $1.80 in February to 64c.

MCH went public in 2016 at about $2.50 a share and peaked at $5.22 at the end of 2017.

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Road bikes and scooters reported a decline while off-road bikes and ATVs showed increases.

Taking over as market leader, Yamaha recorded a 21.1% share of the national market, followed by Honda with 20.3% and in third place, Kawasaki with 11.3%.

Scooters suffered the biggest fall, with a 14.1% decline in sales during the first quarter. In this segment, Honda held a 33.1% share, followed by Suzuki with 21.9% and Vespa with 17%.Motorcycle Sales

Road bikes also suffered a significant 7.8% decline over the quarter.  Harley-Davidson still leads the segment with a 18.9% market share, followed by Yamaha (17.7%) and Honda (14.1%).

Off-road motorcycles held their own with a 1.3% sales increase.  Yamaha again topped the segment with 27.8% share, followed by Honda with 24.3% share and KTM in third place with 20.7% share.

The ATV/SSV segment was the biggest positive for the industry with an overall increase of 8% over the corresponding quarter last year. Polaris topped the segment with a 27.9% share, followed by Honda with 21.6% share and then Yamaha with 19.6% share.

Missing in action

While the above results are compared with the first half of 2018 with the same brands, it should be noted that 23 minor manufacturers are not included in the official FCAI figures.

They are mainly small-volume importers Norton, Hyosung, VMoto, Benelli, Bimota, Bollini, CFMoto, Confederate, Daelim, EBR, Kymco, Laro, Megelli, Mercury, MV Agusta, Norton, PGO, Royal Enfield, SWM, SYM, TGB, Ural and Viper.

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