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HARLEY-DAVIDSON AND BONHAMS AUCTION ONE-OF-ONE LIVEWIRE MOTORCYCLE FOR COVID-19 RELIEF

All proceeds will go to United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response & Recovery Fund
 
MILWAUKEE (May 12, 2020) – Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Bonhams will host an exclusive motorcycle auction with proceeds, excluding taxes and fees, to be donated to United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. 
 
Up for auction is a one-of-one LiveWire® motorcycle customized by Harley-Davidson for this moment and accompanied by an exclusive delivery experience. The auction will be held digitally from Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 – Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 by Bonhams to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
 
“We are all affected by the current situation, and the impact it has on the most at risk portions of society,”said Jon Bekefy, general manager of brand marketing at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “As a longtime partner of the United Way, and inspired by their continued resilience in this crisis, Harley-Davidson is honored to have a part to play in the relief effort and to inspire our community about the open road ahead.”
 
In addition to the custom LiveWire motorcycle, the winning bidder and one guest will take part in an exclusive delivery experience and “behind-the-scenes” Harley-Davidson tour. This private, hosted experience will include an archival tour of the Harley-Davidson Museum. It is an unparalleled look at the heritage and future of Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
 
The LiveWire model up for auction is an exclusive version of Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle. The custom LiveWire motorcycle features a one-off paint scheme and unique graphics package created by the Harley-Davidson styling and design team for this opportunity. This model also features a full array of carbon fiber Genuine Parts and Accessories including carbon fiber Speed Screen Blade, Tail Section Cowl, and Tank Trim, and the motorcycle will be signed by members of the Davidson family.
 
“The Harley-Davidson design team created the custom paint and graphics on this motorcycle to accentuate the natural forms of the LiveWire,” said Bekefy. “It’s a very unique and stunning motorcycle that is truly one of a kind.”
 
To mark the historical significance of the motorcycle, the LiveWire model being auctioned is number #500 of the 500 “First Strike” edition LiveWire electric motorcycles. The First Strike edition LiveWire models are specially numbered versions created to celebrate the first 500 units produced by Harley-Davidson
 
This auction is available for participants from the United States.
 
“When entire communities come together to support people in times of need, organizations like United Way are able to make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide. “The funds raised by auctioning this customized motorcycle will allow us to better provide needed services for individuals and families recovering from COVID-19 and support our efforts to bring communities back stronger than before. Thank you Harley-Davidson, Bonhams, and everyone involved in supporting this special event.”
 
The auction will go live online here and opens for bids on Tuesday, May 12th at 10:00am EST, closing at Tuesday, May 26th at 4:00pm EST. All proceeds, excluding taxes and fees, will be donated to United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. Potential bidders can find more info about the bike and prize package at Bonhams.com/LiveWire.
 
Learn more about the LiveWire motorcycle at Harley-Davidson.com/LiveWire
 
Harley-Davidson recognizes that we all need to do our part to help flatten the curve. We encourage you to act responsibly and stay up-to-date on U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and other regional guidelines. 
 
 
About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson has stood for the timeless pursuit of adventure and delivered freedom for the soul with an expanding range of leading-edge, distinctive and customizable motorcycles in addition to riding experiences and exceptional motorcycle accessories, riding gear and apparel. Learn more at h-d.com.

BONHAMS’ 8th ANNUAL LAS VEGAS AUCTION

OUTSTANDING VARIETY OF RARE COLLECTORS MOTORCYCLES TO BE OFFERED AT BONHAMS’ 8th ANNUAL LAS VEGAS AUCTION
 
Genuine red Rapide and original condition Knucklehead, along with exemplary SS80, 750S America, several racing Ducatis and more, join world-class assembly.
Los Angeles – December 1st, 2017 – First was the Australian speed record-making and multiple race-winning 1951 Vincent Black Lightning owned and ridden by Jack Ehret – unquestionably one of the most important motorcycles in existence. Now Bonhams is pleased to announce the addition of further rare and important motorcycles to highlight its famous January event.IMG_0495
From the hallowed Vincent marque, a brand for which Bonhams holds the world auction record, is a matching numbers 1950 Rapide Series C Touring Model in original Chinese Red, one of just 76 ever produced. In highly original condition, this rare machine will be accompanied by another highly desirable Vincent, a matching numbers 1950 Black Shadow Series C. Also English, and also tremendously sought after, is a 1926 Brough Superior SS80 from one of the most legendary motorcycle manufacturers in history.
From the United States is truly a standout machine – a 1938 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead in original, unrestored, running condition. Just two owners from new, it was purchased by the vendor from the son of the original owner. With the interest in Knuckleheads having exploded recently, this time-warp motorcycle is sure to bring strong interest.
Italian offerings include an exemplary 1975 MV Agusta 750S America that is also just two owners from new and has the four-into-four race exhausts and a tank autographed by John Surtees. And from the world-renowned Silverman Museum Racing Collection are four exceptional motorcycles of remarkable pedigree: 1954 Ducati 125 Marianna Sport, 1955 Ceccato Corsa 75 SOHC, c.1956 Ducati 100 Gran Sport and 1958 Ducati 125 Grand Prix Racer.
Says Andy Barrett, Bonhams’ Motorcycle Specialist, “We’re delighted to be returning to the world-famous Rio for Bonhams 8th annual Las Vegas sale with some exceptional machines to accompany the exquisite Vincent Black Lightning. There are some outstanding classic, vintage and pioneer examples already consigned, such as the 1926 Brough Superior SS80 and original 1938 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, and we’re looking forward to what promises to be another stellar sale.”
“I am very excited to have joined the Bonhams team for what will be my first Las Vegas sale,” says Bonhams’ newest Motoring Department appointee, Craig Mallery. “There are some truly remarkable machines and I am looking forward to seeing Las Vegas transformed into the center of the world for collectable motorcycles.” 
 
To learn more about the Thursday, January 25th auction at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, including how to register to bid and order a catalog, visit bonhams.com/vegas.

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BONHAMS ANNOUNCES SENSATIONAL MOTORCYCLE DISCOVERY

The ex- Hubert Chantrey Brough Superior 750cc BS4 – Estimate £80,000-120,000
They were believed to have been destroyed, but earlier this year, eight long-lost Brough Superior Motorcycles were discovered in a Cornish village.
Unveiled for the first time in more than 50 years, ‘The ‘Broughs of Bodmin Moor’ will be offered at Bonhams Sale of Important Collectors’ Motorcycles at Stafford on 24 April 2016.
“This is one of the greatest motorcycle discoveries of recent times,” said Ben Walker, International Director for Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycle Department. “A lot of mystery surrounds these motorcycles, as very few people knew that they still existed, many believing them to be an urban myth. There was a theory that they still existed somewhere in the West Country, but few knew where, until now.”
“Stored in barns for more than 50 years, the motorcycles were discovered whole, in parts, and some were partially submerged under decades of dust, old machinery parts and household clutter.”
“This is the last known collection of unrestored Brough Superiors; there will not be another opportunity like this. Only eight four-cylinder machines were built, and the example in this collection is the final one to be re-discovered.”
Jonathan Vickers, Bonhams West Country motoring specialist, added, “The discovery of these Brough Motorcycles in Cornwall is historically significant; we’re delighted that these machines will now be offered for sale on an international platform for the first time in more than half a century.”
Brough Superior motorcycles are incredibly rare, powerful machines of the pre-war era. Dubbed the Rolls-Royce of motorcycles, they’re famed as the bike of choice for aficionados such as the playwright George Bernard Shaw, and T.E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia, owner of eight models.
 1938 Brough Superior 982cc SS100 Project – Estimate £60,000-80,000
The late-vendor, Mr. Frank Vague, was an avid member of the Brough Superior Club. He acquired the majority of the collection in the early 1960s; they’ve since remained unused for some 50 years.
“There is a strong market for unrestored, highly original motorcycles,” added Ben Walker. “Bonhams regularly achieves world record breaking figures for Brough Superior motorcycles, including unusual projects, which appeal to the enthusiast and collector of the brand. It would be great to see these back on the road, as they are all restorable.”
The motorcycles which form ‘The Broughs of Bodmin Moor’ Collection are:
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