‘New’ Ducati Supermono Goes Up For Auction

Here’s a bike you won’t see offered for sale very often, as a ‘new’ Ducati Supermono goes up for auction at the H&H Classics bike sale at the National Motorcycle Museum on Wednesday, 20th July, 2022. It’s been built from new old stock, and the replica/continuation has been built by supermono expert Alistair Wager.

The Ducati Supermono has styling designed by Pierre Terblanche and other parts created by Claudio Domenicalli and Massimo Bordi, including the 550cc four stroke desmodromic single cylinder engine which used a dummy connecting rod to act like a second piston and create a balance similar to a V-twin more usually identified with the Italian motorcycle manufacturer.

Designed to compete in the Sound of Singles class and also featured as a supporting series for World Superbikes from 1994 until 1997, just 40 bikes were built in 1993, with a larger 572cc engine being used for a futher run of 27 constructed in 1995. Built for handling and a light weight, carbon fibre bodywork and parts were complimented by magnesium for the case covers, chain adjustment covers and triple clamps.

This 'new' Ducati Supermono goes up for auction in July 2022Allen Millyard 1976 Kawasaki KH500 “KH Five”, along with a hose of classics including Vincent Black Shadows and Rapides, a 1975 MV Agusta America, a 1973 Triumph X75 Hurricane, and the unusual 2017 Avinton Collector GT, along with a lot of other more affordable bikes, including many with no reserve price (for example, a 1994 MZ Skorpian Sports or a 1993 Ducati 900SS). You can see everything on offer on the H&H Classics site, here, along with bidding details and information if you want to attend.


Allen Millyard 1976 Kawasaki KH500 “KH Five” Up For Auction

There’s no shortage of desirable motorcycles for sale at the moment, including this Allen Millyard 1976 Kawasaki KH500 “KH Five” up for auction on July 20th, 2022. It’s one of a number of interesting machines open for bids at the next H&H Classic Bikes event, which is taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum.

A standard Kawasaki KH500 is already fairly sought after, as the two-stroke triples were known for fast acceleration. And a reputation for catching out unwary riders. But famed builder Allen Millyard decided to take two of the original engines, and create this 850cc, five-cylinder example a friend in 2005.

Check out the rare 850cc Allen Millyard 1976 Kawasaki KH500 all of the lots on the H&H Classics site, with everything from a personally tempting 1994 MZ Skorpion Sports with no reserve, to 1922 Matchless H2 around £20,000 or a 2017 Avinton Collector GT predicted to reach between £23-27,000.

Alternatively, catch up on all our latest coverage of new, classic and custom Kawasaki motorcycles, here. Or mix up your window shopping by browsing the classic Kawasaki KH500s currently for sale on eBay.


Rare 1955 Maserati Tipo 160/T4 Up For Auction

You might associate the Italian manufacturer with cars, but you could pick up a two-wheeled example for less than you might think on the 6th April, 2022, with a rare 1955 Maserati Tipo 160/T4 up for auction. And with an estimate of £9,000 to £11,000.

The eldest of the Maserati brothers, Carlo, started out by building single cylinder engines to mount on bicycles, winning races on them at the turn of the 20th century. So it was a bit of a return when Maserati, now owned by Adolfo Orsi, bought up the Italmoto motorcycle company and produced the Tipo 125/T2, based on a DKW design, and the Tipo 160/T4 which was based on the Italmoto 160 tourer.

The rare 1955 Maserati Tipo 160/T4 up for auction on April 6th, 2022
The rare 1955 Maserati Tipo 160/T4 up for auction on April 6th, 2022

The 1955 Maserati Tipo 160/T4 features a 158cc single cylinder four stroke built by the company, and putting out a claimed 7.5hp when new. You get a four-speed gearbox, kickstart and chain drive, but no clocks of any sort. So you’ll have to guess the top speed you can manage.

The example up for auction also has a sports seat, alloy rims and period correct tyres, having been restored in the last few years by a previous owner. It’s been part of a private collection, and comes with a current V5C, but needs some recommissioning before you’ll be able to ride it.

You could own a rare Maserati for much less than you might imagine...
You could own a rare Maserati for much less than you might imagine…

It’s part of an auction by H&H Classics taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022. And not only is the rare 1955 Maserati Tipo 160/T4 up for auction, but there’s also a matching 1955 Maserati Tipo 125/T2 on offer with an estimate of £6,000 to £8,000. So for potentially under £20,000, you could own the most important two motorcycles produced by the Italian brand (they also offered mopeds and 175cc and 250cc models during their brief time in production).

As you might imagine with an auction at the National Motorcycle Museum, the pair of Maserati bikes aren’t the only items of interest. A total of 206 motorbikes and scooters are up for sale on the day, with some of the most interesting lots including:

  • 1951 Vincent Black Shadow special order (Estimate £70,000 – £80,000)
  • 1929 Coventry Eagle E120 (Estimate £60,000-£70,000)
  • 1952 Manx Norton 500 (Estimate £60,000-£65,000)
  • 1956 Manx Norton 350 (Estimate £27,000-£30,000)
  • 1949 Vespa V11T (Estimate £25,000 – £30,000)
  • 2001 Ducati MH900E (Estimate £22,000-£26,000)
  • 1960/1 Honda CR110 (Estimate £22,000-£26,000)
  • 1991 Norton F1 Rotary (Estimate £20,000-£24,000)
  • 1999 Ducati 996 SPS (Estimate £18,500-£22,500)
  • 1988 Suzuki RG500 Gamma (Estimate £11,000-£15,000

And there are Velocette Thruxtons, BSA Gold Stars, Ariel Square Fours, and all the types of classics most of us spend days and nights dreaming about riding and owning at some point. A few of the bikes which jumped out at me include the Ducati 996 SPS which apparently has 1 mile on the clocks, the RG500 and an RD350LC, a couple of 1970s MV Agusta race bikes both estimated at £5,000 to £7,000, and a homologation model 1982 Suzuki Katana GSX1000SZ.

You can keep up with all the latest on new, classic, and secondhand motorcycles, here. If you’re thinking about bidding in the auction, you’ll need to register with H&H Classics, and viewing starts from 9am on Wednesday 6th April, with the vintage scooter auction from 11am, and the classic motorcycles going under the hammer from 1pm.


Zero Mile Mint 1982 Yamaha TZ500 Racer Up For Auction

It’s not often that you see a mint 1982 Yamaha TZ500 racer up for auction. And it’s even more unusual when it’s never been ridden, completely original, and showing 0 miles on the clocks. In fact, the only signs that it’s 40 years old are two small cracks near the seat and on the rear fairing.

Not often you see a zero mile mint 1982 Yamaha TZ500 racer up for auctionAside from 2 small cracks in the bodywork and the clutch seals, everything is unused and original
Aside from 2 small cracks in the bodywork and the clutch seals, everything is unused and original

The TZ weren’t quite as successful as other production racing motorcycles like the Suzuki RG 500, but Dutch rider Jack Middelburg did win the 1980 Grand Prix on one, beating Graziano Rossi and Franco Uncini.

rs, you could buy this mint 1982 Yamaha TZ500 Racer up for auction
It’s hard to believe after 40 years, you could buy this mint 1982 Yamaha TZ500 Racer up for auction

Race motorcycles are generally rare to find in completely original condition, especially as any bike used on track will either end up modified or repaired as it goes through one or more seasons of competition. But not only has this bike never been ridden, it’s even still wearing the original tyres, and has spent a lifetime being carefully stored in private collections in the UK and Italy.

The 1982 Yamaha TZ500 is in stunning condition after four decades in private collections
The 1982 Yamaha TZ500 is in stunning condition after four decades in private collections

Obviously the fact that there’s a zero mile mint 1982 Yamaha TZ500 racer up for auction means it’s likely to receive substantial bidding. And while it’s a shame to see any classic bike not being used, it’ll be a brave buyer who intends to put the first-ever mileage on the clocks after 40 years, especially as the switchgear, and even the grey foam seat pad, are entirely unused.

Apparently the only thing that’s happened to it in four decades has been replacing the clutch seals due to the lack of use.

The auction is being held by Collecting Cars, and ends on Friday February 11th, 2022 at 7.30pm if you fancy putting a bid in. The current highest offer stands at £30,000, which is a substantial amount of money, but considering the rarity of a 1980s GP bike in this condition, it’s likely to end a lot higher!

Check out more on new, custom and classic Yamahas, here. And if you can’t quite stretch to a mint 1982 Yamaha TZ500, why not check out all of the secondhand Yamahas currently for sale on eBay to see if there’s a more afforable option for you?


A Mint 2016 Honda RC213V-S Has Broken Auction Records

Normally it’s vintage bikes which cause bidding to get out of control, but a mint 2016 Honda RC213V-S has broken auction records after selling for a whopping £182,500.

It’s become the most expensive Japanese motorcycle ever sold at auction. But the price is more understandable when you remember that the RC213V-S was built as a MotoGP bike for the road, with a limited number hand-built by specially-trained Honda engineers. And this example has never been ridden, and it’s still in the original flight case with just one mile on the clock.

The listing by CollectingCars.com included details such as the fact the bike has been registered, and kept on a trickle charger despite never being unboxed.

This mint 2016 Honda RC213V-S has broken auction recordsoriginal list price in Europe was €188,000.

Honda debuted the Honda RC213V in MotoGP in 2012 with Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, and the model has taken a total of seven constructors championships, along with six world titles for Marc Marquez. So you’d imagine the road version is pretty special, especially as it shares around 80% of its parts with the MotoGP bike.

It features a hand-fabricated aluminium frame with carbon-fibre body panels and titanium fasteners for a small, lightweight chassis which feels like a 400cc sportsbike in size and the 170kg weight as standard. Power comes from the 999cc four-stroke V4 engine putting out 159bhp as standard, and you get MotoGP accessiroies including the full-adjustable Ohlins TTX25 gas forks at the front and TTX36 suspension at the rear, forged Marchesini magnesium 17″ wheels and a host of rider aids. The slightly larger wheels (the MotoGP bike used 16.5inch rims) are some of the main differences from the Honda race machines, along with stainless steel brakes, a sequential manual gearbox and a bigger steering angle.

This particular example has already been fitted with the full HRC Race Kit supplied for the Honda RC213V-S, which boosts power to 215hp and shaves 10kg from the weight to reach a featherlight 160kg, with extras including a recalibrated ECU, a titanium exhaust system, a front ram duct, a race-pattern quickshifter, a data logger and a remote control cable for the front brake lever.

For more on new, classic and custom Honda motorcycles, click here. And if you have the cash available, the occasional example of a Honda RC213V-S appears on auction sites like eBay, with a current example listed at just £199,000 for an unregistered bike with the serial number 007.