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    Default MidAmerica Auctions January Results

    MidAmerica Auctions held their annual motorcycle auction in Las Vegas a week or so back. The auction results make for interesting reading plus there are some nice pictures of the various bikes that sold or didn't.

    Link here to the results.

    A nice '72 Yamaha XS650, a bike I've always wanted since I rode one when they came out in late '71, sold for a mere $2900. I've seen beaters sell for almost that much. Sigh.

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    O'Doug, thanks for that. Very interesting. As you say, some of the bread and butter stuff went for quite reasonable money. There were several, too, that could have come back to England and made me a happy camper. Others though, geez! Some of the bikes that didn't sell, even though they attracted excellent bids, lead me to finally accept that classic bikes are now just a commodity for speculators. Sad.

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    I've got the sister to this one sitting out in the shed. I'm second owner, it's got about 1500 miles on it. I'm embarassed to confess how much it has deteriorated since I parked it. At a top bid of $3500, I could've bought this one cheaper than I can restore/refurbish mine.

    Good stuff, Doug! Thanks for posting.

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    Just think how good that Beautiful Black Bonnie would look with a nice hard-tail on her...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthRider View Post
    Just think how good that Beautiful Black Bonnie would look with a nice hard-tail on her...

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    Thanks for posting that. I liked the Whizzer with wooden side car. I see a Suzuki Rotary sold for $9000. I have been haggling over one, nearby. I can buy it for $3000, might be a money maker.
    The kaw Z-1R that I bought for $1000 sold for 9000, I sold Mine for $4500.
    prices for indians seem to be al over the place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthRider View Post
    Just think how good that Beautiful Black Bonnie would look with a nice hard-tail on her...
    The gas Girlings are probably rusted into one piece units by now. So the hard tail's been taken care of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arby View Post
    The gas Girlings are probably rusted into one piece units by now. So the hard tail's been taken care of.

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    I think the bikes that brought the bigger $ when others of their type didn't, like the Suzuki RE5, must have been exceptional examples. There are two Rickmans that sold, one an original Triumph powered bike in fine condition for $20k and then a very similar bike but recently restored with newly refurb'ed Kaw 900 motor added to it. I think Kaw version brought $12k for what amounted to very similar bikes but originality being the key matter. At least that's my take on it. The Vintagent Blog has an interesting analysis of the auction.

    In the mean time, I've made the picture of the '72 Yamaha XS650 my Windows wallpaper so as to torture myself further.

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    Thanks Doug. There's a lot of interesting stuff on the Vintagent blog. I shall return there again and again..

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