Whether you're looking to build a motorcycle collection or already have one and want to take it to the next level, this month represents the opportunity of a lifetime. On Jan. 24 Bonhams auction house is staging its epic Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction and the lineup is truly eye-popping, with incredible bikes of all eras. We consulted motorcycle expert, author, adventurer and Bonhams consultant Jared Zaugg on the best of the best:
"Often called the 'Ferrari GTO of two wheels,' the Black Lightning is regarded by many as the holy grail of motorcycles and holds the world record for most expensive bike ever sold at auction. Possessing the golden combination of rarity, evocative design, forward-thinking engineering and racing success, the British-made bike is simply unmatched in the collector world. And this is the earliest most original example in existence." Est. up to $400,000.
"In the archives of popular culture, few motorcycles have more of a 'wow factor' than the Husqvarna model the King of Cool rode in the film On Any Sunday. Now, the auction house most closely associated with him is offering one of the Hollywood legend’s very own Huskys (he owned several). It comes with DMV paperwork and an invoice connecting McQueen so all the boasting done with your friends can be backed up." Est. up to $60,000
"Before Ducati ever got into racing there was MV Agusta - the winningest GP motorcycle of its day. This is a super fast, agile and damn handsome little Italian rocket that's perfect for zipping around congested city streets or blowing down empty country roads in style. Plus, as a collectible classic it'll only go up in value. So go ahead and rationalize it as an investment - just don't ride faster than your guardian angel can fly." Est. up to $12,000.
"The world's first true superbike was in fact this German-made Münch Mammoth, an innovative inline 4-cylinder behemoth that set the standard well before Honda's blockbuster CB750 was unveiled. 'It was simply the fastest, most powerful, most expensive bike of its time,' wrote moto-historian Hugo Wilson of the outrageous, menacing-looking machine. Well made, pioneering and rare, they are quite a collector's bike." Est. up to $135,000.
"Starting in the '70s Bimota established as one of the world's foremost producers of exclusive, limited edition, high-performance motorcycles with a reputation for quality second to none. Technical innovation has also long been their hallmark, while on the world's racetracks Bimota-framed machines have won hundreds of races and numerous championships. This DB1SR is a Ducati-powered machine, and only 153 were ever made." Est. up to $25,000.