Our 10 favourite bikes from the RM Sotheby’s Duemila Ruote sale

Some 150 motorcycles are set to go under the hammer at the mammoth RM Sotheby’s Duemila Ruote auction later this month, and that’s just a small fraction of the circa-750 lots offered in total. After much deliberation, we’ve chosen our 10 favourite bikes…

While the condition of the 150-odd motorcycles, poised to be sold on 25-27 November by RM Sotheby’s in Milan, is largely unknown, there are still many tantalising two-wheeled machines on offer, a large proportion of which boast very attractive estimates. From a large array of vintage Jawa Speedway bikes mostly expected to fetch less than 1,000 euros to modern scramblers and superbikes, collectors and enthusiasts will no doubt be out in force looking to bag a bargain.

Choosing just 10 bikes was, as you’d expect, rather difficult, but we’re rather happy with our final selection (particularly if it could be had for as little as the estimates suggest). While the BMW R 51/3 (est. 6,000-8,000 euros) is the ideal bike on which to arrive at the Goodwood Revival, the 1962 Norton Manx 40M (25,000-27,000 euros) could be the perfect bike to race at the prestigious event. Contrast those two classics with the eighties-tastic BMW K1 (8,000-10,000 euros) and the brutish green 2004 Triumph Thruxton 900 (8,000-10,000 euros), and you’ve got a collection that reflects the wild eccentricity of one ambitious collector. You can find the entire catalogue for the RM Sotheby’s Duemila Ruote sale listed in the Classic Driver Market. 

Our 10 favourite motorcycles...