For sale: 1936 BSA G14 1,000cc V-twin combination. At Sump, we don't own or ride outfits. But we can see the appeal— and the disadvantages. Regardless, if we were into outfits, something solid and classy and evocative such as this handsome "pre-war" sidevalve would suit us very nicely. The real problem, perhaps, lies in finding some appropriate roads (which is getting harder and harder to do these days). Here's what Andy Tiernan has to say about this motorcycle: "Priced at £23,500, and registered new on the 31st of March 1936 in Gloucestershire, this is a bike we handled previously & are very happy to have through our hands once again. Fitted with an extremely attractive saloon sidecar, this makes for stunning outfit! A lot of money has been spent on this combination over several years. As it has only done a very low mileage only since the work was carried out, it will need careful reintroduction to the road, making adjustments as required. History comes in the form of an old buff logbook, past MOT certificates & older computerised V5 documents. The bike comes with the latest DVLA V5C registration document, and is registered for free road tax under the 'Historic Vehicle' class and has the [dubious?—Ed] asset of being MOT exempt." www.andybuysbikes.com


August 2023


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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

Lot 105
Frame number: 235155

Engine number: 235155
Estimate: $11,000 - $13,000
(£8,500 - £10,000)

1966 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet Scrambler

Lot 111

Frame number: 65HA 8003

Engine number: A65HA8003-Y
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $8,000 (£4,600 - £6,200)

1979 Honda CBX1000

Lot 124
Frame number: CB1-2001251
$7,000 - $9,000
£5,400 - £6,900

1980 Laverda Jota 1000cc

Lot 135
Frame number: K453523075208

Engine number: 1000 6597
$ 20,000 - $25,000
£15,000 - £19,000
€18,000 - €22,000

2008 Ducati 1098 1000cc

Lot 141

Frame number: ZDM1XBEW08007673 Engine number: to be advised
$7,000 - $9,000
£5,400 - £6,900


National Motorcycle Museum
Coventry Road
West Midlands
B92 0EJ UK


Tuesday 7th April 2020



1960 650cc BSA A10 Custom
Lot number not yet assigned

Registration number: 616 NBB
Frame number: EA714245
Engine number: DA101850

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

1930 490cc Norton CS1
Lot number not yet assigned
Registration number: WP 490
Frame number: 43750
Engine number: 49275
MOT exempt

Estimate: £25,000 - £27,000



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BSA Rocket Goldstar. Beautiful bike only owner 2 months but too modern for me. This bike was new in 1963, written off in 1965 then put back on the road by a main dealer using a New BSA RGS frame (the frame is a blank entry on the factory records Hence the 66 D reg plate). It rides and runs as you would expect looks stunning very very hard to fault. I have just had the competition magneto rebuilt. This bike has all genuine rocket goldie parts, with double damped forks, RRT2 gear box, competition mag, Eddie Dow twin leading front brake, Dunlop WM-1/ 2 rims, plug in headlight, finned tappet covers, foat bowl extension, finned sump plate, Finned rocker oil feed, carb bellmouth. Engine mods include.

SRM B. S. A specialist bottom end modded with new crank.
Carrillo rods.
Crank balanced by MPS engine research to suit rods.
Genuine RGS barrels.
New genuine BSA cam.
New genuine BSA followers.
Genuine RGS cyl head, superbly ported.
New seats/ guides etc by cyl head shop.
Dynamo converted to belt drive by Rockerbox Farnham.
New timing cover and primary chain case.
Garter seal mod behind clutch.
Carb body bored and slide sleeved.
etc etc.

Still has the original REVETTS dealer supplying sticker on the rear mudguard.
The bike runs and rides as new, and handles/ stops like a new machine". Reg number EDX 65D
For sale in Seaton, Devon. Telephone: 01297 599171
Price £21,000

(September 2021)

Velocette Thruxton. 1966. This Velocette is one of 7 Thruxtons manufactured by L Stevens. 7 each were given by Veloce to Stevens and Seymour for racing and promoting the Velocette brand. Stevens was a main dealer and racer in London. It is Full Thruxton Spec and on the Thruxton Register. Silver Tank, Blue Frame, GP Carb, Competition Manual Magneto, Twin Leading Shoe Front Brake, Alton Electric Start (latest Alton Up Grade), 12 volt, Low miles. This beautiful bike is on the Thruxton register, was built in 1966 by Stevens of London (Velocette main dealer, so a quality built classic machine, a super little bike. Bike located in Seaton, Devon. Telephone: 01297 599171
Price £21,000

(September 2021)


Cosmo Classic Motorcycles 21b Marina, St Leonards-On-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex, TN38 0DP. Telephone 01424 437719


Vincent Rapide
1950. 998cc. All Matching numbers. Buff log book and v5c. Older restoration. Showing 1274 miles. Superb condition. Dispatch records and factory test sheet. Vincent owners club certificate. £55,000.

(October 2019)

Harley-Davidson Fat Boy
1990. 1,340cc. US import now UK registered. Matching numbers. Getting very rare these days. A true H.D collectors model. Pillion seat included. Superb unmarked paintwork. Showing only 11350 miles. Superb condition. £14,995

(October 2019)

Harley-Davidson Super Glide

FX1200 Boat Tail
1971. 1,200cc. US import now registered with UK V5C. Original US title. Matching numbers. New Avon Roadriders fitted on flanged alloy rims. Original H.D chrome rims included. Totally original and unrestored bike. This actual bike is featured in Hugo Wilson’s book ‘The Ultimate Harley Davidson’. Superb condition. Miles showing 26,750 believed genuine. £19,995

(October 2019)

Verralls The Old Forge, Quick's Yard, off High Street, Handcross, West Sussex, RH17 6BJ. Telephone: 01444 400678. www.verralls.com

1946. 350cc. £6,750

(October 2019)





Indian Big Chief

1946. 1,200cc. £26,000

(October 2019)




Norton International

Model 30

1948. 500cc. £24,500

(October 2019)



Classic Super Bikes Fleet, Hampshire. Mobile: 07809 894777
Landline: 01252 625444. csb@classicsuperbikes.co.uk

Norton Dominator 88
1958. 497cc. Really easy to live with. Starts first prod, goes and handles really well, looks lovely and everything works as it should. A fun bike to ride and it's a Featherbed framed Norton twin with that cool cafe racer style whilst retaining standard flat bars and footrests. Paintwork is a homemade rattle-can job but it looks nice and it's been put together well enough. Not matching numbers but it's the correct engine dating from 1955 in a 1958 frame and all the numbers are factory stamps. Norton Owners Club dating certificates on file confirm the provenance of both engine and frame and it's registered on a correct for 1958 age-related number. This bike has spent some time at Classic Bike Workshop for recommissioning and re-engineering work which has resulted in a pretty oil-tight engine now running smoothly and quietly with a new clutch just fitted. There is an anti-wet sumping tap fitted and it should be noted that the speedometer is a modern replica unit. Excellent quality stainless front rim and spokes fitted, looks like the original rim on the rear. Cool bike for the price. £5,950

(October 2019)

1958. 594cc.  The R69 was one of the lowest production-run models; less than 3,000 manufactured before it became the R69S of which over 10,000 were made. This machine 353589 was produced in the middle of the production run in 1958 and it retains its original matching numbers engine. Just taken back in exchange and very welcome too. New pictures will be published after the workshop have checked it over and they will show the same condition improved with a new stainless exhaust system and mirrors. Restored and rebuilt by an experienced marque specialist in Sweden and running extremely well, we gave it a "first" service when we first had it and the oil drained clean so no contamination from the restoration processes which is key on these). It runs faultlessly and the restoration work looks to be of a high standard. Swedish documents are in order on file and it's now registered in the UK on a correct age related number. One owner on the V5C; a gentleman known to us and he's only done a couple of hundred miles on the bike so it's still fresh from the rebuild and restoration. A truly lovely old boxer twin in traditional black with white pinstripes.

Price: £14,500 SOLD!!

(October 2019)

Norton Commando
1968. 750cc. A very early matching numbers Commando in exclellent condition and presented in the iconic style of the slightly later "Fastback". Many rare early features remain so could be taken back to original spec with the older style silencers and a few detail changes, or enjoyed as it is with the classic Commando look. First registered in Sweden and only recently imported from there, next owner will be the first UK owner on the V5C. The Commando has just ememrged from Classic Bike Workshop with a host of invisible improvements that will ensure enjoyable and trouble-free riding for the next owner. Happy to report that the engine is one of the quietest mechanically and the usual technical checks indicate all is well within. The electrical system has been completely renewed with a new cloth-covered wiring loom, all new connectors and completely re-wired electronic ignition system strobe-timed to perfection. The carburettors have also been rebuilt with new parts and gaskets where necessary. New oil and oil supply lines, valves adjusted to correct clearances and a host of detail improvments have transformed this machine into something that will go as good as it looks. Lots of original parts have survived including the fibreglass bodywork and fuel tank, which currently contains Aspen ethanol-free fuel to preserve it. The frames on these early models were all recalled for replacement with the braced frame and this one has been done properly so no worries there. It's really very nice indeed.
Stop Press: proper centre stand now fitted, exhausts re-mounted with new brackets and fittings, engine set up to perfection and running perfectly...new pictures to follow will show improvements! £11,500

(October 2019)


Andy Tiernan Old Railway Station, Station Road, Framlingham, Nr. Woodbridge, Suffolk. IP13 9EE. Tel +44 (0)1728 724321
andybuysbikes@aol.com (Viewing strictly by appointment)

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
1930. 500cc Originally registered in London on the 2nd of August 1930 this lovely Scott has come to us from Herefordshire where it has resided since 2017. Has good history in the form of an old buff logbook, past MOT certificates & road tax discs. Runs well, see report below. Comes with the latest DVLA V5C registration document, is registered under the 'Historic Vehicle' class for free road tax & is MOT exempt. £9,650

(October 2019) SOLD!!!

1955.750cc. This very striking Triton is fitted with a late Triumph unit T140E 5 speed, electric start engine. We are offering this bike on behalf of a customer who is unfortunately selling to finance a divorce. Comes with the latest DVLA V5C registration document, is eligable for free road tax under the 'Historic Vehicle' class & is MOT exempt. Price was £14,000, now reduced to £11,750

(October 2019)

Velocette Viper Sports
1962. 350cc. First registered in Hertford on the 19th of March 1962, this streamlined Viper Sports has come to us from a local engineer who is thinning out his collection, a very pretty motorcycle. Has good history in the form of its original buff logbook & an older V5 document. Comes with the latest DVLA V5C registration document, is registered under the 'Historic Vehicle' class for free road tax & is MOT exempt for road use. £7,750.

(October 2019)




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.

Triumph T100R/C

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

Sunbeam S7
I have a Sachs B805 (Only 150 made), immaculate, only 4k miles, worth £4000 as a part ex. Tel: 01767 650049

JAP V-twin engine
Looking for a Mk2 JAP OHV 1000cc-1100cc V-twin engine from 1946 - 1955. Will consider any condition engine, or engine parts or what have you. Call Eric 01344 883961.

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.

07788 316911



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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.


Beware of Western Union


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.


Dodgy motorcycle numberplates


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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