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American Pickers' Top Wanted Motorcycles #393495
09/08/11 12:49 am
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My mom called me up the other day to say that my stepdad had seen an article in Readers Digest from the American Pickers guys. Apparently it had a list of top-wanted barn finds. She told me BSA was number 1. So, I went online and found the list and here it is:

1. BSA
2. Excelsior
3. Flying Merkel
4. Harley-Davidson
5. Honda
6. Indian
7. Kawasaki

Graham-you'll notice the location of Triu...oh, wait, it's not on the list.

Now, I don't know about you guys, but if I had my choice (and I could only choose one) between a barn find BSA, Vincent, or Brough Superior, I know I wouldn't go with the BSA. My BMW, which has a seized engine and is missing most of the hardware and one side of the engine is worth almost as much as my BSA. That's a bit of a weird list if you ask me. The only rationalization I can come up with is the most bang for your buck...?


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Re: American Pickers' Top Wanted Motorcycles [Re: JD] #393501
09/08/11 1:37 am
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I wonder why Crocker isn't on that list...ignorance, probably.
I think everyone that knows me knows I am a BSA guy. But someday I am going to find an Indian 4 in a barn. And the owner will want me to haul it away...
If it was between that and a Y13 I would have a problem.


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Re: American Pickers' Top Wanted Motorcycles [Re: JD] #393505
09/08/11 2:00 am
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I'm with Bill. Indian. hands down. these guys (my wild guess here) just know what is likely out there and also that most of the folks who have these in their barns, untouched for decades, have no idea of their worth. nor do they possess the desire to mess with the bikes.


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Re: American Pickers' Top Wanted Motorcycles [Re: JD] #393537
09/08/11 10:08 am
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Yes a strange list especially for USA with the early 4 cylinder machines - Henderson, and v twin Crocker etc. In the US especially these machines would have to be near the top of any list.

and then you have the exotic British bikes, Brough Superior etc, then Italian.

Much as I like BSA, Norton, Triumph, AJS etc these other machines are much more unusual.

Last edited by johnm; 09/08/11 10:34 am.
Re: American Pickers' Top Wanted Motorcycles [Re: JD] #393557
09/08/11 1:34 pm
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I hate those guys....


A smattering:
'53 Gold Flash
'67 Royal Star
'71 Rickman Metisse
'40 Silver Star
'37 Rudge Special
sixtyseventy Lightboltrocket road racer...and many more.
Re: American Pickers' Top Wanted Motorcycles [Re: Alex] #393565
09/08/11 2:43 pm
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Originally Posted By: Alex
I hate those guys....


It's just a show. It's probably the most "UN-real" thing on the planet, along with other "Reality" shows.

They're just making a little harmless money. Hate the people who watch the show and buy the products they advertise!

Lannis


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Re: American Pickers' Top Wanted Motorcycles [Re: Lannis] #393568
09/08/11 3:06 pm
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"Hate the people who watch the show and buy the products they advertise"

In my defense, I don't watch the show. I don't even have cable.


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Re: American Pickers' Top Wanted Motorcycles [Re: JD] #393572
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What? you mean these guys don't just drive around the countryside looking in peoples yards until they find something interesting, it's all staged???


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Re: American Pickers' Top Wanted Motorcycles [Re: JD] #393581
09/08/11 4:23 pm
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I think they just have a bunch of BSA's are are trying to create a market for them.


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Re: American Pickers' Top Wanted Motorcycles [Re: JD] #393604
09/08/11 5:59 pm
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That list isn't a list of the most desirable barn finds its a list of the most likely barn finds that you can turn around for profit. Is there any Vincent owner that doesn't know the value of their bike regardless of condition? Same for Crocker. Same for Triumph. In my experience those "barn finds" seem like the owners don't know thier real market value but overestimate it by thousands. You see this on eBay and Craigslist all the time. Overpriced bikes that someone thinks are worth a fortune but really aren't, not becuase the owner is knowledgeable about the market but becuase they aren't.
Scott

Re: American Pickers' Top Wanted Motorcycles [Re: Lannis] #393613
09/08/11 6:47 pm
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Originally Posted By: Lannis
It's just a show. It's probably the most "UN-real" thing on the planet, along with other "Reality" shows.


Problem with that is that people don't realize that, so a) they get unrealistic expectations about these bikes and b) it turns these bikes into commodities for trade....and 3) it produces more competition for those of us cheapskates trying to find that 38 M24 for $50. grin


A smattering:
'53 Gold Flash
'67 Royal Star
'71 Rickman Metisse
'40 Silver Star
'37 Rudge Special
sixtyseventy Lightboltrocket road racer...and many more.
Re: American Pickers' Top Wanted Motorcycles [Re: Alex] #393616
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Originally Posted By: Alex
Originally Posted By: Lannis
It's just a show. It's probably the most "UN-real" thing on the planet, along with other "Reality" shows.


Problem with that is that people don't realize that, so a) they get unrealistic expectations about these bikes and b) it turns these bikes into commodities for trade....and 3) it produces more competition for those of us cheapskates trying to find that 38 M24 for $50. grin


eggzackly. on both counts.

this a TV NATION. the entire country is GLUED to their TV set. every word is gospel. same thing with this effed-up radio talk-show clap. the radio guys are even WORSE. they spew the vilest hate-filled lies and it becomes GOSPEL.
if you said (on TV or radio) the sky was falling, there'd be a dead panic in the streets.
(and a hot run on Wonder Bread and milk down at the local grocery store)


"It is no measure of health, to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."

Re: American Pickers' Top Wanted Motorcycles [Re: No Name Man] #393622
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Originally Posted By: No Name Man
I wonder why Crocker isn't on that list...ignorance, probably.
I think everyone that knows me knows I am a BSA guy. But someday I am going to find an Indian 4 in a barn. And the owner will want me to haul it away...
If it was between that and a Y13 I would have a problem.


let me know when it happens Bill, and I will fly over and help you load it in the truck bigt


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Re: American Pickers' Top Wanted Motorcycles [Re: JD] #393626
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Originally Posted By: JD


Graham-you'll notice the location of Triu...oh, wait, it's not on the list.



Of COURSE Triumph ain't on the list. Who would leave a splendid Triumph rotting in a barn? Now, what was number 1. again? .... grin


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Re: American Pickers' Top Wanted Motorcycles [Re: JD] #393677
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Could it be Triumph isn't on the list because they were...too...common? No, wait...I mean popular, of course.

Kev, we can dream...


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