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Motorcycle royalty

05 Oct 2017

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You’re looking at about $400,000 worth of motorcycles here.

These three vintage bikes were in Docklands a month of two ago. The riders were a bit lost, and were looking for the best way to get to the Tasmanian ferry at Port Melbourne.

Docklands News assisted with directions, but they didn’t turn the bikes off and were loath to let the revs drop, presumably because:

The bikes would stall; and

Do you know how hard it is to start these things?

Two of the bikes were Vincent Black Shadows. Anyone old enough to know would remember these as the superbikes of the day. Hunter S Thompson wrote: “If you rode the Black Shadow at top speed (125 mph) for any length of time, you would almost certainly die.”

Fewer than 1700 were made which, of course, means that surviving examples have become very valuable.

On Saturday, September 2, a 1951 model sold at auction in Britain for $138,521. Now that’s hot.

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