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Why Yamaha’s Motorcycle Riding Robot is a Sign Of Things To Come

The future is here

Yamaha’s motorcycle-riding Motobot may seem like a gimmicky way to show off their tech prowess, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg for Yamaha; check out how they plan to become a global tech company, and why projects like the Motobot are only the very beginning of what Yamaha has in store!

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Captain America chopper a ‘fake’

by Mark Hinchliffe | Motorbike news

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Peter Fonda on Captain America in Easy Rider

The auction sale of a Captain America chopper from the 1969 cult film Easy Rider has fallen through and the matter could end up in court.

The only surviving chopper from Easy Rider was sold for a $1.7m in October, but when doubts about the bike’s authenticity were raised after the sale, it’s alleged the buyer backed out.

After the auction, Easy Rider actor Peter Fonda said the bike wasn’t one of the originals.

The chopper was partially destroyed in the film’s finale and rebuilt by Grizzly Adams actor Dan Haggerty who was a bike fettler for the movie.

Three other bikes used in the film were stolen even before the movie hit the cinemas.

Haggerty has authenticated and sold two Captain America bikes, while Fonda has authenticated at least one other bike, but later withdrew it, saying he had been duped by Haggerty.

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Is this the real Captain America?

Gordon Granger, of Texas, bought a supposed original Captain America in 1996 from Haggerty for $63,500. Haggerty later said it was not an original.

The bike offered at auction was owned by Michael Eisenberg, a Los Angeles real estate agent and collector of Hollywood memorabilia. Eisenberg bought the bike in early 2014 from John Parham, a Midwestern motorcycle parts magnate who had bought it from Haggerty 12 years earlier.

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Captain America and Billy

He says he intends “to litigate and turn the negative into a positive. I am perhaps destined to keep the bike and display it publicly in a world class museum.”

New king of the auction

The bike was momentarily the most expensive sold at auction, but that position has now been taken by a 1915 Cyclone board tracker once owned by Hollywood legend McQueen.

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The 179km/h bevel-driven OHC V-twin bike sold for $986,000, just a few dollars short of $1 million, at a Mecum auction in Las Vegas at the weekend.

It was part of the 50-year E.J. Cole family collection of 225 motorcycles that yielded total sales of $15.6m, the most ever achieved by a single vintage motorcycle auction.

The other significant sale was a 1907 Harley-Davidson strap tank single dubbed the “Mona Lisa of Harley Davidsons” which went for $825,000, which makes it the second most valuable bike sold at auction.

Another McQueen-owned bike, a 1917 Henderson 4 sold for $240,000.

Of the motorcycles offered at the auction, 23 sold for $100,000 or more, and the average sale price overall was more than $50,000 each.

Historic Brough motorcycles discovered in Cornwall barn

  • 14 December 2015


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    Image copyright Adrian Brown
    Image caption The Brough Superior motorcycles were discovered in a barn on Bodmin Moor

    A collection of rare motorcycles has been discovered in Cornwall after being kept in barns for decades.

    The Brough Superiors had been stored in barns for more than 50 years, according to auctioneers Bonhams.

    The eight motorcycles, which date from between 1926-1939, were collected by Frank Vague who died earlier in 2015.

    Bonhams said the motorcycles were the “last known collection” of unrestored Broughs and the most expensive would have a guide price of £80-£120,000.

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