▲ For sale: 1925 AJS Model E1 V-twin. Looked at another way, Andy Tiernan doesn't just sell
Classic bikes for sale
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Looking for a classic motorcycle? Or maybe something that's not quite so classic? Okay, cast your bleary peepers over our listings and see what's currently for sale. The sellers are waiting right now to do a little honest horse trading.
Some of these guys are dealers who we know personally. Others we know only by reputation. Some are private sales. But if we had any reason to doubt any of them, they wouldn't be on this page.
We don't update this feature anywhere near as often as we'd like. But then, the economy is still just trickling along at present. There really isn't a whole lot happening, and prices are all over the place. So just be patient, if you will, and keep checking.
These adverts are FREE on Sump. Just send us a decent snap or two plus the relevant details and we'll handle the rest. Ads will stay live for a month or so (or longer) and then they'll come down when we get around to it unless you notify us otherwise. Meanwhile, keep buying and selling. That's what makes the wheels go round.
And one more thing: If you need some tips and advice on HOW TO WRITE A GREAT MOTORCYCLE FOR SALE ADVERT, follow the link you've just passed and we'll share a few of our own thoughts on the subject.
AUCTIONS FOR 2020
Check out some of the lots on offer at the Bonham Las Vegas Sale on 23rd January 2020. Note that we're not making any kind of point here. It's just a selection of bikes to give you some idea of what's on offer, and what estimates are being posted. We'll update as and when.
Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, Caesar's Entertainment Studios, Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Thursday 23rd January 2020
1973 Norton Commando 750cc Roadster
Engine number: 235155
1966 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet Scrambler
Frame number: 65HA 8003
Engine number: A65HA8003-Y
1979 Honda CBX1000
1980 Laverda Jota 1000cc
Engine number: 1000 6597
2008 Ducati 1098 1000cc
Frame number: ZDM1XBEW08007673 Engine number: to be advised
National Motorcycle Museum
Tuesday 7th April 2020
1960 650cc BSA A10 Custom
Registration number: 616 NBB
Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000
1930 490cc Norton CS1
Estimate: £25,000 - £27,000
Note: We've removed most of the private adverts from this section. They were out of date. However, anyone with a bike that was advertised here is free to re-list. Just drop us an email and we'll sort it out.
1952. 500cc. Non matching Numbers. Decent chrome. Starts and runs fine. Dave Hills centre stand. A good usable machine. Ride away. Seaton, Devon. Realistic price. £18,950
Cosmo Classic Motorcycles 21b Marina, St Leonards-On-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex, TN38 0DP. Telephone 01424 437719
Harley-Davidson Fat Boy
Harley-Davidson Super Glide
FX1200 Boat Tail
Verralls The Old Forge, Quick's Yard, off High Street, Handcross, West Sussex, RH17 6BJ. Telephone: 01444 400678. www.verralls.com
Indian Big Chief
1946. 1,200cc. £26,000
1948. 500cc. £24,500
Classic Super Bikes Fleet, Hampshire. Mobile: 07809 894777
Norton Dominator 88
Price: £14,500 SOLD!!
Andy Tiernan Old Railway Station, Station Road, Framlingham, Nr. Woodbridge, Suffolk. IP13 9EE. Tel +44 (0)1728 724321
Triumph Bonneville T120R
1972. 750cc. Morgo. Originally registered on the 21st of February 1972, this late 650 model is fitted with a Morgo 750cc conversion & benefits from having matching numbers. This is a machine that we handled just over a year ago, selling it to a regular customer, a motorcycle engineer in Norfolk. He spent around £2,000 carrying out a complete engine strip/rebuild & fitting new tyres. We are very happy to handle this Triumph once again. Comes with the latest DVLA V5C registration document, benefits from free road tax under the 'Historic Vehicle' class & has an MOT until the 19th of September 2019, although it is MOT exempt. £5,650.
(October 2019) SOLD!!!
Scott TT Replica
(October 2019) SOLD!!!
Velocette Viper Sports
Wanted: 500cc sloper
Rigid if possible. I have a BSA C15 Trial, 64 year, with spare road engine. Recently overhauled. Never run, for part-ex. I also have a modern Ducati Multi Strada 1000DS that can be traded in if anyone is interested. It's a 2004 model and in good condition. Lots spent.
Wanted. Immaculate condition 1970-1974. 01278 722614 or 07793 086905.
Velocette MAC 350cc
Looking for a pre-war Velo Mac with girder forks. Will consider anything.
Please call Stuart on: 07881 818919
Velocette MAC 350cc
Wanted: in good order (doesn't need to be concours condition). Must be a girder fork model up to 1947. Cash waiting for a nice example. Please call Mike on: 07746401106
Model A, B or C and Scott wanted from any year any condition. WHY? Contact Frazer Sloan. Tel: 07500 953928
JAP V-twin engine
Sunbeam S7. Perfect or restoration project, cash waiting. Phone or text. Carl on: 07971346406.
Sideways Amal carburettor
They mounted them sideways on some bikes, before the war. Carburettors that is (keep it clean now!). Anyway, it was to clear the magdyno, here’s a pic. That's a Triumph, but my ‘37 New Imperial needs one too. Amal 4 (brass) or 74 (horrid zinc alloy) with a 23/32” bore (or thereabouts). Or just the float chamber. Can you help? Please call Rick on 07940 115802
Sunbeam S7 Delux
Original toolbox and or pressed carb cover wanted any condition considered, call Peter on 07790778062 thanks
BSA Bantam Bushman
I am looking for a BSA Bantam Bushman, either a D14 bushman, D13 Bushman, or a B175 Bushman. Any condition considered (like the one in the picture). I don't want to beg, steal, or rob one. Fair price paid. But must be a genuine Bushman. Am willing to travel to collect and will pay cash for the right bike/bikes. I am not a dealer, just a collector.
Classic bike dealers, engineers, mechanics and experts
Buying a motorcycle?
Check our quick guide and reduce the chances of getting ripped-off
1. Know exactly who you're buying from. That means you'll want to compare the name on the log book with any other ID that the seller is willing to provide. How's that? Too embarrassed to ask for supporting ID? Okay. Then just take a chance. It's your money. Tip: ask for a utility bill. And yes, anything can be faked. You'll just have to be as vigilant as possible. And if the seller's name isn't on the log book, find out why. Either way, get the seller's name. As for fingerprints, that might be going too far. But it depends on how much is at stake here. So if an opportunity to get some dabs comes your way, you might at least consider it. Being ripped-off hurts.
2. Take a snapshot of the seller. So okay, almost no one is going to actually do this; certainly not when face-to-face with a prospect.
But if you've got a helmet camera or a dashboard camera, leave it running when you meet. Either way, pretty much no rip-off artist will let you have his mugshot.
But if you're contemplating a long-distance sale, use Skype to get a look at the person who's after your cash. Skype is simple to set up (for both parties), and you can record your conversation with additional software (often free on the web). Most legitimate sellers won't mind. But okay, some will. Once again, you'll have to decide if you want to take a chance.
3. Take a friend to witness the transaction, ideally someone fairly big and competent looking. If you make the deal at a private house, try and ascertain that the seller really lives there. More than once, people have used false addresses coupled with stolen bikes and forged documents. So look for evidence of genuine habitation (hint: ask to use the loo or something). But NEVER meet someone at a remote location or somewhere that in any way looks or feels wrong. If you must, you might ask a local bike dealer to witness the sale; for a small consideration. Some will oblige.
4. Beware of any unusual payment instructions or conditions—and reject anything that has the words "WESTERN UNION" on it. Bank transfers can also be dodgy. Ditto for PayPal. Once again, we favour hard cash, on the nail, with a witness—and then immediately take the bike away together with the relevant documents.
5. Don't send money without seeing the bike. Up close. And personal. It's easy to get over excited about a particular sale. However, that excitement tends to cloud rational judgement. So at the very least, talk to a friend; ideally a non-biking friend who will look at the deal and the conditions more objectively.
6. Does the seller have a landline or just a mobile phone/cell phone? Once again, you're looking for more evidence of habitation. Landlines aren't foolproof. But they score more points in favour of the seller. Whatever number you get, run it online and see what happens.
7. Did you check the bike online? No? Well run a search before you visit a seller. Where was the motorcycle advertised? When? What's the email address? Etc. A Google reverse image search is a useful tool. It will check if the picture appears elsewhere—but it's not foolproof. Just be alert.
8. Is the bike as described? Do your homework. And we repeat, ask how long the seller has owned it? Long-term ownership usually turns up spares, manuals, receipts, etc. If the seller has none of this, find a good reason why not. And if the bike has no log book, or if the log book is in the post, our advice is to abandon the sale. Just tell the seller you'll come back when the documents are in order.
9. Does the seller has a vehicle on the driveway? Okay. Take the registration number. Discreetly. And apply the same caution to a male or female seller (although we've never actually encountered a female con artist; not as far as motorcycle sales are concerned). If you have any doubts about the address, you might consider accidentally turning up at the house next door and asking for the seller by name. See if the neighbours don't know him or her. Could be very revealing.
10. Any doubts, misgivings, fears, apprehensions or suspicion, just walk away. You can always call the seller when out of reach and politely explain your concerns. If the seller doesn't accept this, move on to the next bike.
11. New or old, you might want to HPI check the bike and see what it turns up. It will cost a tenner or so, but could be the best tenner you ever spent.
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