Classic Harley News: Motorcycle Cannonball 2016

While still not confirmed, the classic motorcycle world is pretty convinced the next Motorcycle Cannonball, which is held every two years, will be for motorcycles 100 years or older.

1916 Harley Twin classic motorcycle

So our question is what does this do to the desirability and prices of 1916 and older Harleys?

Buzz Kanter, of American Iron Magazine, with his 1915 Harley twin at the start of the first Motorcycle Cannonball in 2010.

Buzz Kanter, of American Iron Magazine, with his 1915 Harley twin at the start of the first Motorcycle Cannonball in 2010.

The first Motorcycle Cannonball was open to 1915 and older motorcycles back in 2010, and the prices went through the roof for complete motorcycles and spare parts needed by the riders along the way.

Almost 2 years away and the riders and perspective riders for the 2016 Motorcycle Cannonball are already scouring the field buying up 1916 and older motorcycles and parts.

They are already fewer on ebay and when they are the auctions are getting progressively more expensive. The auction results in Las Vegas and other locations will also be an interesting measure of this trend.

On the other hand, you have to wonder if so many people riding sure old motorcycles so far (across the US in the case of the Motorcycle Cannonball), are more people discovering the fun and functionality of these classic Harleys? There was a time when even dedicated classic motorcycle collectors and riders dismissed the older “total loss” bikes as impractical? And a lot of people still shy away from motorcycles without front brakes (introduced by Harley in 1928).

We’ll see….

 

 

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