Facts and Trivia Feb 2016


In one day I have seen more vintage motorcycles than I have seen in my entire life. It happened in Vegas this past New Year’s. I spend early January riding with my brother-in-law, David, in the Nevada desert after an epic New Year’s Eve party at Danny Koker’s bar “Vamp’d.” Bonhams AuctionA few days after New Year’s the Bally’ss Casino on the Vegas strip was hosting the Bonham Vintage Motorcycle Auction, I happen to know a guy who knows a guy who knew a guy who could get us in a day before the auction for a sneak preview of the classic bikes that were up for auction. We were then escorted into a very large convention room. That’s when I saw “THE HOLY GRAIL”. Before my eyes were 241 vintage motorcycles, some of which are extremely rare and very significant in the history of motorcycle evolution.
It would be an understatement to say that I was quickly overwhelmed. I placed my gloves on the seat of a red vincent 2motorcycle next to me so I could take some picture. The next thing I hear is my brother-in-law saying: “HEY BRO when was the last time you put your gloves down on the seat of a 1929 Crocker!” Well, the truth is that I never even thought that I would see a 1929 Crocker.
With all of these important motorcycles to tell you about, I will write about one or two of them each month this year in my “Facts & Trivia” column. Today I want to tell you about the Red Vincent, yes I did say RED. As a matter of fact when I was on the loading dock at the Bally’s Casino the Red Vincent was the first bike I saw. It is red vincent 1a rare 1951 “one-of-one” Black Shadow variant in Chinese Red. When it comes to two-wheeled objects of lore, you can’t do much better than a Vincent Black Shadow. In its day Vincent’s were considered overdesigned making them more expensive than other motorcycle companies of the day who were competing for price, but today the overdesign is appreciated and adds to its rarity. Vincent records show that only 15 of this variant were produced and out of those this was the only one painted red.

It was estimated to sell at auction for between $300,000 to $350,000. The Vincent exceeded all expectations and sold for $434,000.
I will tell you about some of the other notable machines in future Issues of FTM such as: Steve McQueen’s Triumph, Evel Knievels Ironhead, 1928 JHD Harley Racer, and of course the 1929 Crocker.

Trivia Question of the Month:

Question: Honda motorcycles became a stiff competitor for Harley-Davidson in the United States, what year did Honda come to America:
A.) 1949
B.) 1959
C.) 1969

If you think you have the answer, email “Bo” at Hogshoppe@aol.com
Look for the answer in next month’s issue of
“Full Throttle Magazine.

Answer to last month’s trivia question:
Question: Harley-Davidson is known for its long standing patriot history. In 1984 H-D received a contract with the U.S. Navy to manufacture what?

Answer. Artillery shell casings.

Bo’s Monthly Words of Wisdom:
Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead of you!
“Live to Ride or Step Aside”
Written by Bo
“The Hog Shoppe”

One Response

  1. 1959 Honda America CA


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