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1923 Henderson ‘K Model Deluxe ‘ with sidecar – FOR SALE

This restored K model Henderson Deluxe is currently being sold via blind auction. The deadline for bidding is AEST 18:00pm on Wednesday 30th August 2017. All bids must be submitted in writing and emailed to karen@kbcmotorcycles.com.au by this deadline. For additional information about this sale process, please see our how to purchase link above. The bike can be viewed during museum opening hours at the National Motor racing Museum in Bathurst, NSW or via this recent video.

The motorcycle with sidecar outfit was restored back in the 1980s and was fully operational. It was taken on a number of rallies with the family on board. In between rallies, it was housed in Kevin’s garage until 2011 when it was moved to its current display stand at the National Motor Racing Museum in Bathurst.

The motorcycle has sustained minor damage from a leaking battery (which has since been removed from the battery case) and from an article recently falling onto the paintwork on the front mudguard.

1914 -15 Henderson ‘Long Tank’ project – SOLD

This very early 1914-15 detroit model Henderson ‘long-tank’ project is an extremely rare and desirable collection that Kevin had been building on for many years. It includes an original hub in near perfect conditon, a complete original engine with carburetor attached and the parts for a second engine including manifolds. The fenders/mudguards are original along with the handlebars and various other parts. We are including a magneto, headlight, seat and early Corbin speedo with long cable. Once restored, this will be one of the world’s rare and desirable motorcycles.

Note that the front forks were made approximately 15 years ago and it is likely that Kevin built the tank. It is possible that the frame is one that Kevin modified from a slightly later model (extended to make it longer, see photo). The footboard has been recently cast.

This collection is being sold as seen in the photographs. There will be no viewing as the parts are now in storage.

This is being sold under blind auction. There has already been interest in this collection so we expect serious offers only. Please email us your offer in $AU by the 17:00 (AEST) deadline of September 30th, 2016 to karen@kbcmotorcycles.com.

More information about this process can be found on the How to Purchase page.  As usual, this is a ‘blind’ auction so we do not publicize the offers we receive or the sold price so please do not ask us for this.

1921-23 Henderson K Deluxe Engine and parts – SOLD

Henderson K Deluxe Engine and spare parts 1921-1923

Collected as spares for one of Kevin over many years for his Deluxe outfit. They are now being sold separately as a single lot.

Online Auction via our Ebay page – follow this link. 

Auction closes Saturday 25th of July, at 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.

1924 Harley Davidson JE project starter – SOLD

Engine number: 24JE 1485

Parts for a 1924 JE model Harley Davidson including frame, forks, wheel, hub, 2x 1200cc barrels, flywheels, crank cases,chain cover, ignition coil (photographed separately) partial battery box cover, front and rear mudguards, oil pump, cages and various other smaller engine parts.

The frame is still in reasonably good condition with its grease and mud covering helping to protect the metal from severe rust.

This is either an excellent starter kit for someone looking to build an early Harley Davidson or would be great spares for someone.

This collection was sold on ebay in October, 2014.

1926 J model Harley Davidson twin engine – SOLD

engine number: 26J7137

1000cc 1926 Harley Davidson twin engine currently for sale by auction on ebay ending in Feb 2015.

1926 JD Harley Davidson 1200cc project – SOLD

engine number: 26 JD 9724

Kevin ran a 26 J model Harley Davidson since the 1980s and had built up a strong collection of spare parts including an entire second engine. We have carefully collected all of these together to create this incredible motorcycle restoration project which includes:

  • 1200cc JD engine with generator/distributor
  • gearbox
  • Frame
  • Forks
  • handlebars
  • Spoked wheels with hubs and spare rim
  • Complete petrol tank with caps and oil pump
  • Carburettor
  • ignition coil
  • main switch box parts
  • 2 mudguards and stays (1 x unrestored, 1 x under restoration and spare rear flap)
  • chain cover
  • headlight parts including stays
  • footboards
  • front and rear stands
  • exhaust pipe
  • battery box
  • half seat pan
  • reproduction messinger leather cover
  • spare con rods
  • …and more

This is most of a 1926 JD Harley Davidson and it is now on sale through ebay – please check our listings.

1929 Henderson Streamline ‘KJ’ – SOLD

For collectors, the Henderson KJ Streamline really needs no introduction. Even without its blue paint, this is already a beautiful looking Henderson KJ project and it is now up for offers.

The bike was never completed by Kevin but those who knew his love of this model, knew that he had collected parts for it since the 1970s – even digging them out of people’s gardens. His focus on collecting period correct pieces and his mechanical knowledge shows here in the quality of the parts and the restorations already undertaken. Kevin’s intention was to ride this bike when it was completed and this is relected in the calibre of what is on offer.

We have pulled the KJ parts together for display and viewing purposes and the engine has been loosly built up but the purchaser will need to undertake a rebuild.

However, Kevin’s massive long-term collecting for this project has resulted in a remarkably complete KJ project which includes:

  • a rare original aluminium tank,
  • a sand-blasted crank case with no cracks or welds
  • dashboard with full collection of meters including a Corbin speedo, cable, drive and ring gear,
  • a full set of the streamline cylinder barrels in near mint condition
  • Bullet style headlight
  • Timing gears and cogs that are in fantastic sharp condition
  • Correct and near perfect manifolds
  • Flywheel assembly
  • Bosch FF4 magnento
  • Front and rear mudguards/fenders (one stay is missing)
  • Horn
  • Switch
  • Henderson nuts and bolts
  • New JP pistons
  • Rebuilt battery box
  • Bearings and fork springs
  • Correct Handlebar internals
  • Correct footboards and connections (though found shortened and will need extending)
  • New (unfinished) exhaust

The project is not 100% complete and various smaller items will still need to be located by the buyer.

We have tried to photograph the parts fully here but as we are offering a single viewing day on Sunday November 23rd 2014,  we highly recommend that serious purchasers or their agent, come to look this over.

Viewing – please contact karen@kbcmotorcycles.com to make an appointment

Date: Sunday 23rd November, 2014

Times: between 09:30am and 16:00pm

Location: The Australian Motorlife Museum, Integral Energy Recreation Park, Darkes Rd., Kembla Grange. 2035.

If you are interested in buying this, you will need to make us an offer in writing prior to the deadline of 17:00pm on Sunday 23rd November, 2014. Click here for full details on the blind auction process we are using.

1917 Henderson ‘G model’ project – SOLD

The Henderson factory was established in Detroit and started producing Henderson motorcycles from 1912. In 1917, the Henderson brothers sold the company to Schwinn and manufacture was later moved to Chicago. The G model was produced prior to the move, making it popular amongst those who collect Detroit models.

The 1917 Henderson was also a record breaker, breaking “Cannonball” Baker’s transcontinental record (across America) that had been set two years earlier on an Indian Twin. Hendersons are considered by many to have been the fastest bikes of the era and with this also classed as a veteran motorcycle in Australia, a G model Henderson is a particularly special motorcycle to own .

This is now open for offers as per our blind bidding system.  Our deadline is at 17:00 AEST on Saturday 07/03/15. Please read our instructions on the link above and email any questions you may have to karen@kbcmotorcycles,com. Please also include your phone number.

In some circumstances, we can arrange a Skype/FaceTime/google video call viewing ahead of the deadline day. Please contact us at least 48 hours ahead in order to arrange this.

We often get asked by bidders to help them with ballpark figures and we suggest that people do some research and look at what similar bikes are selling for. As a project, we obviously do not expect bids to be as high as a running bike would receive but please be aware that a veteran Detroit model 1917 Henderson, even as a project, will be a particularly collectable bike.

We tend to suggest you simply offer us the price you are prepared to pay. We also say that you shouldn’t be put off making an offer by assuming you will be beaten. You never know – you may have the winning bid!

Please follow this page to get email updates if you are interested in this bike. The link is at the bottom of the page.

1928 Harley Davidson OHV 350cc – SOLD

engine no: 28BA3537

This 1928 OHV Harley Davidson 350cc was a project bike that was almost fully restored by Kevin. He collected and carefully restored its components over many years. It has only recently been put together for viewing purposes in order to show what a magnificent motorcycle it was going to be.

The 1928BA was closely related to the racing single of the day   known as a Peashooter and these too have come to be called “Peashooters”. They were sold by Harley Davidson as a speedy road bike to rival the sales of the Indian Prince at the time. Closely related to the Harley side valve ‘Pup’, the OHV version is a much rarer and faster beast.

This particular bike has matching crank-cases but has not had its engine and gearbox rebuilt yet. It is being sold with the main components for these in seperate crates along with various other parts (please be aware that the carburettor displayed in the parts photographs is no longer included in this package as a much better one was located and attached to the bike as shown).

As can be seen, this bike has most of the difficult to locate parts already such as  the switch box, front and rear stands, chromed tank plate, battery box, mudguards (fenders) and stays, ignition coil, generator, front and rear lights. It requires very few items to finish it off and most of them, such as the exhaust, are easily purchased. Some further restoration work will be required – sticky tape on the tail light is not a good look!

Note that there is also a 1926 Peashooter model in this collection. Both bikes will be available for viewing at the same place on the same day. However, the blind auction for the 1926 bike will end the following day – 24 hours after this one ends.

The two bikes look great together!

Viewing – please contact karen@kbcmotorcycles.com to make an appointment

Date: Sunday 7th December, 2014

Times: between 09:30am and 16:00pm

Location: The Australian Motorlife Museum, Integral Energy Recreation Park, Darkes Rd., Kembla Grange. 2035.

If you are interested in buying this, you will need to make us an offer in writing prior to the deadline of 17:00pm AEST on Sunday 7th December, 2014. Click here for full details on the blind auction process we are using.

It is hoped that collection of this Harley project by the successful buyer may be made as soon as the following day. Buyers will be responsible for arranging and paying for all packing, packaging, freight, insurance, customs clearance, duties and taxes and any other costs incurred to transport the bike and parts from the agreed collection point. We can put you in contact with a professional international freight company which specialises in antique vehicle transport.