Motorcycles associated with AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers in one way or another, whether raced, ridden or designed, were sold at auction recently in Las Vegas.
Mecum Auctions (www.mecum.com) sold AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Broc Glover’s 1989 KTM 250 factory motocrosser and more at its annual Vintage and Antique Motorcycle Auction Jan. 22-27, 2019 at the South Point Hotel and Casino.
Here are some of the bikes that sold and the dollars they earned.
1989 KTM Works 250 Broc Glover factory motocrosser. $26,400. Glover raced this hand-built, factory works machine on the World GP circuit in Europe in 1989. The 250cc machine was later sent over to the U.S. for Glover and other KTM riders to compete on. Mecum Auctions says that after its service to the company, it was completely restored by a KTM mechanic to its current condition.
Dubbed the “Golden Boy” by the motorcycling press of the day, Glover was one of the leading racers in the history of AMA motocross. In all, Glover earned six AMA National Motocross Championships.
1969 Penton 125 Six Days from the collection of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and MX legend Brad Lackey, $9,900. AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer John Penton was one of the most influential figures in the development of off-road motorcycle racing in America during the 1960s and 1970s. A national champion rider, Penton went on to develop a legendary brand of off-road motorcycles that bore his name. Thousands of riders learned to ride on Pentons.
1970 Rickman-Hodaka Micro Metisse. $18,700. Brothers Derek and Don Rickman, who were inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2007, were successful motocross racers in England in the 1960s. After tasting victory on the track, the Rickmans began designing and building their own motorcycle frames.
Designed by the Rickman brothers, this machine is number 323 of 412 produced. It was been restored by master builder Steve Stavrakakis for his personal collection and has zero time on 100cc single-cylinder Hodaka Ace 100 E series engine. The engine still has the original inventory/shipping tag attached.
1973 Triumph X75 Hurricane. $25,300. AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Craig Vetter founded the Vetter Corporation, a company that became famous for its touring and sport fairings for motorcycles from the late 1960s into the 1980s. Vetter’s designs, including the Hurricane, were so innovative and influential that they inspired directions in motorcycle design.
The U.S. distributor of Triumph and BSA asked Vetter to give a fresh look to the new BSA 750 Rocket III. Vetter gave the machine a dramatically different look by redesigning the gas tank, seat, side panels and even the exhaust system and engine-cooling fins. The Vetter-designed BSA prototype had an American hot rod look to it. Unfortunately, BSA was in its final days and the bike never made it to production. Triumph revived Vetter’s concept a few years later with the release of the limited-edition Triumph X75 Hurricane. Only 1,200 were produced.
1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica. $11,000. This machine was called the Wes Cooley Replica, because it looked like the race bike used by AMA Superbike racer and later AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee Wes Cooley, who won AMA Superbike Championships in 1979 and 1980. He gave Suzuki its first AMA Superbike title in 1979.
The GS1000S has a 997cc, air-cooled dual-overhead-cam, inline-four engine that pumped out a claimed 90 horses at 9,000 rpm.