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 [email protected] 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.
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 [email protected].
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.
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.
Auction closes Saturday 25th of July, at 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.
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)
- 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 [email protected] 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.
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!
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A mostly complete and extremely rare and desirable in-line four cylinder Ace motorcycle circa 1925. Said by some to be the pinnacle of Bill Henderson’s achievements.
The engine was restored by Kevin and appears to turn. The parts were collected by him but it was never completed. We have since assembled much of it with the help of another Ace owner to give an indication of how spectacular the bike will be when it is fully restored and to check for completeness. The frame has been undercoated and the wheels and tank painted. It comes with a box of spares and additional parts that were not put into the bike as yet such as the front fork spring.
This is available for sale through our blind auction process.
Please email your private bids to [email protected] by the deadline of 12:00 midday AEDT Monday December 14th, 2015.
Viewings of the bike can be arranged by prior appointment. Note there will be no viewings available after November 26th, 2015. Please contact us about a viewing by emailing [email protected].