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Battle of the Bikes

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Two motorcycles, a Norton and a Honda, which battled it out for sales in the early 1970’s are included in the Charterhouse specialist auction of classic can vintage motorcycles in June at the Haynes International Motor Museum.

“The market for classic motorcycles continues to get stronger, with interest particularly in motorcycles from the 1970’s” Commented George Beale. “It will be quite interesting to see if the Norton Commando 750 or the Honda CB750K1 will sell for the most money at the auction as they were quite comparable bikes back in the day.”

For many, the mention of a Norton stirs happy memories, but with many favouring the Japanese bikes, such as Honda from the 1970’s, when they started to gain in popularity quickly and to dominate the home market.

Each motorcycles comes to auction in super condition having been restored to original specification. The Norton Commando rolled off the production line in 1973 and was good for 115mph whilst the Honda, a CB750K1 produced in 1971, had a top speed of 125mph.

Both the Norton and the Honda are estimated to sell for around £9,000 each when they go under the Charterhouse hammer at their auction being held at The Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford

Charterhouse are now accepting further entries for this specialist auction of classic and vintage motorcycles on Wednesday 30th June.

George Beale and the team at Charterhouse can be contacted for entries at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or on