Want to own a factory racer that won an AMA championship? Now’s your chance.
Mecum Auctions (www.mecum.com) will be selling AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Jeff Ward’s 1984 AMA Motocross National Championship-winning Kawasaki SR125 at its annual Vintage and Antique Motorcycle Auction. The auction is set for Jan. 22-27, 2019, at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The auction house also will sell AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Broc Glover’s 1989 KTM 250 factory motocrosser, a 1969 Kawasaki H1 Mach III from Hall of Famer Brad Lackey’s collection, and various other motorcycles related in one way or another to AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers.
The Mecum auction features close to 2,000 motorcycles for sale each year.
1985 Kawasaki SR125 Jeff Ward factory motocrosser. Ward raced this bike to win the AMA 125cc Motocross National Championship in 1984. It is a hand-built, one-off works machine. Kawasaki gave its works machines the “SR” designation, for Special Racer.
Mecum Auctions says that this SR125 was the last full works/non-production 125 that Wardy raced, in 1985, because the AMA in 1986 instituted what became known as the “production rule.” That rule was meant to control costs and rein in the huge advantage factory race teams had up to that point.
Because of the rule, the factories could no longer build one-off machines chock full of titanium, magnesium and trick parts unavailable to other racers.
Ward won seven AMA national championships and proved to be perhaps the most versatile rider in the history of the sport, winning 125cc, 250cc and 500cc national motocross titles.
1989 KTM 250 Broc Glover factory motocrosser. 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.
1968 Husqvarna CR250 Edison Dye/Torsten Hallman bike. AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Edison Dye owned this 250cc machine, and Hall of Famer Torsten Hallman raced it in all four events of the 1968 Inter-Am motocross series. The bike sported the No. 1 plate in 1968.
Dye is considered by many to be the father of motocross in the United States. In the late 1960s, he brought over many of Europe’s top motocross stars to race against the scrambles racers of America. Hallman was one of the men responsible for introducing motocross to the United States. He was a four-time World Motocross Champion when he came to the United States in the late-1960s as part of Dye’s efforts to popularize both the Husqvarna motorcycle brand and the sport of motocross.
1971 Penton 125 Six Days. 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. This is one of those machines, fully restored.
1969 Kawasaki 500cc H1 Mach III Brad Lackey bike. "This beautiful, first-year 1969 Kawasaki H1 Mach III two-stroke triple shows less than 90 miles since a full restoration,” Mecum Auctions says. “It’s a wild machine, capable of 12.7-second quarter-mile times, with a top speed of 122 mph. Better than all of this is the Brad Lackey connection, a man who raced for Kawasaki on the dirt, and no doubt had considerable fun lofting the front wheel on this machine.”
“Bad Brad” Lackey was one of America’s pioneering motocross racers of the 1970s and 1980s. In 1972, Lackey won the AMA 500cc National Motocross championship. In 1982, after a decade of trying, he became the first American to win the 500cc World Motocross Championship.
1970 Rickman-Hodaka Micro Metisse. 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. 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 were so innovative that they inspired directions in motorcycle design. He designed the Triumph X75 Hurricane.
This unrestored 750cc, three- cylinder four-stroke is believed to have 4,207 original miles. It was built in November 1972. The sale includes a framed 16 x 20 Hurricane print that Vetter has personally inscribed: “To the owner of Triumph Hurricane TRX75 PH01471, may you always enjoy my 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.
1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica. 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.