Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018|2 a.m. Winter season weather makes January a bleak time for bike riders in much of the United States, however an event in Las Vegas provides a warm area on the calendar.
The yearly Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction has actually turned into a meeting place for bike lovers around the globe, stated Ron Christenson, president of Mecum’s MidAmerica Motorbike Division. Although the sale is the centerpiece, Christenson stated bike groups like the Antique Motorbike Club of America have actually started convening coinciding with it.
” In our 27 years in Las Vegas, we’ve seen it end up being the mecca for classic motorcycle individuals,” he said. “It’s really become a social event there.”
This year’s auction begins today at South Point with 4 days of sales and associated occasions.
More than 1,200 bikes are arranged to go on the block, varying from costly rarities to non-running project bikes for home mechanics.
In 2015, the auction set a record of more than $13 million in sales, with a 92 percent sell-through rate.
This time around, a rising economy and a strong group of bikes for auction have organizers feeling positive.
” I think the economy has actually made individuals believe maybe I will put my cash into something I can touch,” Christenson said. “We saw this back in the big boom, too, in the early 2000s, where obviously individuals were putting some money into the stock exchanges, however there was likewise the reward to put it into something tough and cold.”
If you’re interested in purchasing or just coming as a spectator, here are a couple of things to know:
– This year’s stock includes motorcycles from numerous impressive collections. They include more than 160 off-road bikes from Tom Reese’s Moto Armory, which Christenson said houses “some of the very best motocross bikes on the planet.” Collector Bob Weaver likewise is providing bikes from his collection of low-mileage 1970s and 1980s superbikes, much of which are street-legal variations of racing bikes.
– There are still plenty of brought back and unrestored bikes for purists, however “cafe racer” type bikes are hot. The term came from England, where bicycle riders would speed from cafe to coffee shop on production bikes they had actually personalized with racing-style handlebars, solo seats, shortened fenders, high-performance engine parts and other adjustments aimed at minimizing weight and enhancing horsepower. Now, the design is back.
” You’ll see a ’60s or ’70s stock bike– an Accomplishment, a BSA, a Harley-Davidson– and they have a retail worth of $8,000 to $10,000 at the auction,” Christenson said. “However if someone has souped up the motor and put disc brakes on it, better exhausts, punched out the motor to 80 to 90 horsepower compared to the original 40 or 50, put the larger tires on it with brand-new suspension and forks on it that makes it handle like a brand-new motorbike but looks old, it’ll bring $15,000 to $20,000.”
– Early American models also are appealing to purchasers.
” I’m talking back to 1911 to 1920,” Christenson stated. “And not just the Harley-Davidsons and Indians. I don’t think a great deal of people understand that in 1912 and 1913, there resembled 200 makers of motorcycles simply in the United States alone. World War I took most of them out, and exactly what took the rest of them was that they just could not keep up with the innovation of Harley and Indian.”
– Bidder registration is readily available for $200 at the auction, which includes admission for two individuals to each day of the occasion. General admission tickets are available at the door for $30, with kids 12 and younger confessed totally free. Doors open at 8 a.m. daily, with bidding starting at 1 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
– The Las Vegas auction has taken advantage of a tech interruption. Christenson said one factor the Las Vegas sale has actually grown is because of the web’s impacts on swap meets, which as soon as were magnets for collectors and classic bike lovers.
” You used to be able to obtain all the parts you required for your 1915 Harley at a swap fulfill, now you can purchase it on the web and there’s not much reason to go to one,” he stated. “So Las Vegas has actually kind of changed a great deal of that, just since the swap satisfies are not like they utilized to be.”
To find out more, see the Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction page.