A Bevy of Classic Motorcycles Cruise Vegas

Lovers of classic motorcycles will have a treasure trove of choices this weekend in Las Vegas as an auction brings together historic names.

First reported last week, the world’s largest vintage and antique motorcycle auction, the 26th annual Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction is slated for Jan. 25-28, 2017, at South Point Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas. The previous story highlighted one-of-a-kind Japanese bikes including names such as Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki

Also being featured in the auction, two major collections from a Gasser-racing legend and a major East Coast collector which are expected to turn heads this weekend.

The first of the two collections hails from Jack “The Bear” Coonrod, a Gasser-racing legend, featuring 20 vintage machines from early American makes to later models from across the pond. Among featured consignments from Coonrod’s collection are a 1973 Triumph X-75 Hurricane (Lot F107), from the model’s first and only year of production, a 1912 Indian Board Track Racer (Lot S116) assembled by Coonrod himself, and a 1915 Harley-Davidson 11F Twin (F108), the first year Harley-Davidson motorcycles featured a three-speed transmission and an engine-driven oil pump.

The second collection features 78 motorcycles from a Major East Coast Collection, ranging from Harley-Davidsons and Indians to a vast selection of motocross machines of varying vintage. Featured consignments from the Major East Coast Collection include two new-in-crate 1992 Harley-Davidson Daytona 50th Anniversary motorcycles (Lots F220 and F269), a 1931 Henderson KJ “Streamline” Four (Lot S151) from the final year of production, and a 1981 Maico 490 Mega 2 (Lot F245), a one-year-only model considered by many in the motocross industry to be the best open-class motocross machine ever built.

Readers who are tempted by the classic motorcycles being featured can register for Mecum Las Vegas 2017 online in advance for $100, $200 at the auction, both include admission for two to each auction day. Bikers in the area who just want to check out the bikes, general admission tickets are available in advance online for $20 per person, per day, and for $30 at the door and online once the auction begins. Four-day passes are available for $60. Children younger than 12 receive complimentary admission.

Finally, if a biker can’t make it, they can watch a live stream of the entire auction which will be presented online.

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