Bikes of Mecum Vegas 2024


1978 Yamaha TZ750 Mecum Las Vegas 2024
A military of bikes has descended on Las Vegas, actually, essentially the most spectacular array of bikes we’ve laid eyes on shortly—and one of the best half is—they’re all on the market. Mecum’s thirty third Annual Classic and Vintage Motorbike Public sale options 2,000 bikes, and there’s dang close to one in every of every little thing, from street racers to bobbers, and flat trackers to choppers.

Whereas the public sale is already underway, many of the big-ticket tons gained’t cross the block till January 27. Be happy to comb by means of the 66 pages of tons your self, however in case you’re pressed for time, these are the six machines we’re lusting after.

1924 BMW R32 Mecum Las Vegas
1924 BMW R32 The 1923 R32 mannequin was the primary bike to put on the BMW badge, and it’s a machine that would educate a course on useful magnificence. Utilitarian, however finely handcrafted within the particulars, the R32 is a formidable accomplishment for a model that was nonetheless studying the way to construct bikes.

1924 BMW R32 Mecum Las Vegas
World Conflict I and the Treaty of Versailles meant that BMW may not produce plane engines, and the corporate pivoted to industrial engines and tools to remain afloat. A few of its flat-twin engines discovered their method into bikes, and after merging with BFw in 1922, BMW launched into a clean-sheet design for its first bike.

In contrast to the BFw Helios, BMW’s designers realized the cooling advantages available by orienting the 494 cc engine longitudinally, and the boxer configuration stays an indicator of the model 100 years later. The R32’s shaft drive is one other system that may persist with BMW for many years, and the bike additionally featured a recirculating wet-sump oiling system, which was unusual for the time.

1924 BMW R32 Mecum Las Vegas
Lot F175 is an early second-year model of the R32 with a surprising restoration by marque specialist Hubert Fehrenbach. It’s match with quite a few über-rare elements, together with a gorgeous entrance wheel-driven speedometer and non-compulsory Bosch lighting bundle and horn. The rear brake can be a specialty merchandise, consisting of two impartial friction pads using on a dummy rim, with one activated by a hand lever and the opposite by foot.

Offered in its fantastically restored state, this 1924 R32 highlights BMW Motorrad’s craftsmanship from its founding years, in addition to the early plane affect in its building. A star of the public sale, Mecum estimates the bike will convey between $200,000 and $250,000.

1957 Mondial Biabero 250 Mecum Las Vegas 2024
1957 Mondial 250 cc Bialbero Grand Prix After profitable the three Grand Prix titles from 1949 to 1951, to not point out each 125 GP race they entered in these days, FB Mondial was hanging up GP racing—no less than on paper. Discuss quitting whilst you’re forward. Whereas Mondial was reallocating property into its street bike choices, they hadn’t stop the sport fully, and top-tier race machines might be had with the best credentials.

1957 Mondial Biabero 250 Mecum Las Vegas 2024
Shedding Carlo Ubbiali to MV Agusta, Tarquinio Provini joined the Mondial ranks, and the rivalry between the 2 riders would peak in 1957. They duked it out all by means of the season within the 125 class, with Provini on the brand new two-shaft Mondial 125, and Mondial gained the tight factors race for the championship.

Extra to the purpose, Mondial had developed a 250 cc GP racer alongside the 125, this one an all-new DOHC with a shaft-and-bevel drive for the cams. Shod in a few of the most dramatic aero options of the day, the 250 sports activities an enclosed aluminum dustbin entrance fairing and tail part, and simply seven 250 Bialberos had been inbuilt whole.

1957 Mondial Biabero 250 Mecum Las Vegas 2024
Stamped with engine No. 250-1, this bike is strongly believed to be the machine Provini raced within the 1957 Italian Nationwide Championship, and the bike he rode to second place within the 1957 Grand Prix World Championship within the 250 cc class. Hypothesis apart, the bike has been restored by a few of Italy’s finest and took Better of Present on the 2017 Quail Motorbike Gathering.

Because it was Provini alone who piloted a bevel-gear 250 in 1957, this one is more-or-less watertight, and people credentials translate to {dollars}. Mecum expects this Mondial 250 Bialbero to convey $160,000 to $190,000.

1978 Yamaha TZ750 Mecum Las Vegas 2024
1978 Yamaha TZ750 ‘If it appears to be like proper, it flies proper,’ goes the outdated aviation adage, and I can not think about something trying extra ‘proper’ than this 1978 Yamaha TZ750. One in every of simply 161 constructed, this TZ750 is an immaculate instance of Yamaha’s dominant ’70s street racer.

1978 Yamaha TZ750 Mecum Las Vegas 2024
Born to problem the three-cylinder 750s from Suzuki and Kawasaki, Yamaha’s 750 began out as a water-cooled 700 cc two-stroke, primarily two 350 twins put along with 4 pipes—good for greater than 115 hp. The chassis was a conventional double cradle with normal suspension till the brand new ‘monocross’ rear was developed. By triangulating the rear arm and inserting a single rear shock in a cantilever association, maneuverability, stability and curb weight all had been improved.

1978 Yamaha TZ750 Mecum Las Vegas 2024
By 1975, the TZ had grown to its full 750 cc displacement, and the competitors was far within the mud. Yamaha’s TZ chalked up 9 consecutive Daytona 200 wins from ’74 on and smashed lap information on all of the quickest circuits. Not solely did it change 750 cc street racing ceaselessly, however the TZ fully rewrote the ebook on sport bike design, famous as one of many 5 most influential bike designs by journalist Kevin Cameron.

1978 Yamaha TZ750 Mecum Las Vegas 2024
This explicit 1978 TZ750-E has considerably of an attention-grabbing story, as reported by Mecum. Lengthy story brief, the bike was as soon as raced by Steve McLaughlin till a battle arose together with his mechanic over compensation at Laguna Seca. When McLaughlin arrived for observe, the mechanic was gone, together with the bike and the transporter. Washing his arms of the ordeal, McLaughlin wrote the bike off and moved on to keep away from paying the mechanic’s lien.

Some 20 years later, marque specialist Jeff Palhegyi was in a position to discuss that very same mechanic into promoting the TZ, and a complete restoration commenced. Good down to each nut, bolt and wire tie, this TZ750 is our hands-down decide of the litter. Handy, that Mecum estimates its value to be a affordable $45,000 to $50,000.

1975 Kawasaki KR250 Mecum Las Vegas 2024
1975 Kawasaki KR250 Kawasaki was nonetheless enjoying catch up in 1975 after its relative absence from GP racing within the Sixties, however the KR250 was simply the machine to place Workforce Inexperienced again on the map. Match with a slew of Kawi skunkworks elements and raced by none aside from Yvon Duhamel, it’s no shock Mecum expects this KR to convey an enormous stack of dollars.

1975 Kawasaki KR250 Mecum Las Vegas 2024
Improvement of the KR250 started in 1974 underneath Nagato Sato, who drafted a brand new tandem-twin design with one cylinder immediately behind the opposite, with their cranks joined by gears. Slimmer, and permitting for asymmetrical inlet timing and higher switch porting, the brand new design confirmed nice promise, however the KR didn’t actually grow to be the bike to beat till the late ’70s.

The brand new KRs made their debut at Daytona in 1975, the place this machine was piloted by Yvon Duhamel. The outcomes weren’t distinctive, as Duhamel retired early and his teammate Ron Pierce completed thirteenth, however let’s not neglect that we’re speaking about an all-new bike.

1975 Kawasaki KR250 Mecum Las Vegas 2024
Duhamel’s leathers aren’t the one attention-grabbing historic elements included in Lot F125, because the bike is match with many upgrades and works elements. Many of those are documented in The Kawasaki Story – Racing and Manufacturing Fashions from 1963 to Current Day, together with the KR750 radiator, 12,000 rpm growth chambers and single Monroe air shock.

Sporting a shiny restoration by Stephen Wright and match with these priceless elements, it’s no shock that Mecum expects this Kawasaki KR250 to convey between $110,000 and $140,000.

Supercharged Vincent Land Speed Racer
1952 Vincent Land Pace Racer I perceive this crusty outdated battle horse isn’t precisely everybody’s definition of eye sweet, however you should hear me out on this one. It is a barn-find 1952 Vincent Black Shadow Collection C that was extensively modified to run at Bonneville within the Sixties. Not cool sufficient for you? Wonderful, it’s additionally supercharged—bam.

Supercharged Vincent Land Speed Racer
Mecum is unclear as to who we owe for the existence of this splendidly unholy creation, aside from it was raced on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1969 by James Moore of Santa Cruz. They began by punching the 998 cc Vincent twin out to 1,046 cc, after which added an enormous Zoller-type supercharger. Greater than half the dimensions of the engine by itself, the large huffer required the development of an extended and decrease subframe simply to suit it on the bike.

Supercharged Vincent Land Speed Racer
The supercharger drive is straight out of Mad Max, as a second outboard main chain with a tensioner sprocket is used to spin it—think about the effectivity there—and the entire thing is shod in a crude metal protect. The remainder of the bike is a combination of cool era-correct velocity elements, together with a Lockhart rear disc brake and Brampton girders. All stated and accomplished, it’s a wonderful tribute to man’s quest for velocity.

Mecum figures Lot F228.1 is price between $45,000 and $60,000, and mentions the selection is yours to excellent it as is, or return it to inventory. In case your intentions are the latter, for the love of God, don’t let me discover you.

1974 Harley-Davidson RR250
1974 Harley-Davidson RR250 Final, and probably least as there’s no pre-auction estimate, is that this gorgeous 1974 Harley-Davidson RR250. Mecum’s data is proscribed on the bike, however I simply can’t move up black and orange HD street racer.

1974 Harley-Davidson RR250
The bike was purchased new by a flat observe racer named John Basore, who reconfigured the machine for street racing after the AMA accredited the mannequin for blacktop. Whereas it appears to be like rattling good from a distance, a more in-depth inspection reveals bumps, bruises, touch-ups and tech-inspection stickers—that’s proper, this factor is unrestored.

The bike has spent retirement in varied museums and collections, and I feel I’ve a gap in my front room the place this would slot in properly. [Mecum]

1974 Harley-Davidson RR250