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plenty of BSAs in this mix


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I'll take a stab at those being from Raber's and British Only.

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Originally Posted by Shane in Oz
I'll take a stab at those being from Raber's and British Only.

nope Hitchcock motorcycles UK ... the go to place for Enfield


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That’s SAD!


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I don't think it's sad, at least they will be for sale and catalogued.
Buying and selling old scrap bikes and cars has been going on
for donkeys years especially out of the 'states. The market for that
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Originally Posted by Ignoramus
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I'll take a stab at those being from Raber's and British Only.

nope Hitchcock motorcycles UK ... the go to place for Enfield

I think that Shane is saying that the stock came FROM Raber's and British Only to Hitchcock's, not entirely unreasonable.

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Originally Posted by DJinCA
Originally Posted by Ignoramus
Originally Posted by Shane in Oz
I'll take a stab at those being from Raber's and British Only.

nope Hitchcock motorcycles UK ... the go to place for Enfield

I think that Shane is saying that the stock came FROM Raber's and British Only to Hitchcock's, not entirely unreasonable.

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Yep, those are the only big stashes in the US which I know of which were for sale in the last couple of years.

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Looks like the A65 graveyard. This should settle any arguments on "low production" of British motorcycles.

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Not really a "barn find". During the move, how many fuels tanks got dented some more, cylinder head fins got broken, etc. Good that someone took interest in rescuing the lot.


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Originally Posted by DJinCA
Originally Posted by Ignoramus
Originally Posted by Shane in Oz
I'll take a stab at those being from Raber's and British Only.

nope Hitchcock motorcycles UK ... the go to place for Enfield

I think that Shane is saying that the stock came FROM Raber's and British Only to Hitchcock's, not entirely unreasonable.

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i originally got the link sent to me via my local BSAOC and the guy who sent me the link said it was AT Hitchcock's ... what u say about came from USA =====>UK makes sense but i wouldn't have a clue

but i sure wouldn't mind a weekend with a set of spanners and a very large trolley


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Now that all these bikes and parts are in England, American buyers can pay the extortionate British postal shipping prices to get the parts back here.

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Originally Posted by Irish Swede
Now that all these bikes and parts are in England, American buyers can pay the extortionate British postal shipping prices to get the parts back here.

BUT........the Brits get a chance to purchase bikes that haven't seen mega miles like the ones they have???

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Originally Posted by Irish Swede
Now that all these bikes and parts are in England, American buyers can pay the extortionate British postal shipping prices to get the parts back here.


Just like we had to do when you lot had them all.

If the gear was so sought after why didn't any yanks buy the stuff?
They wouldn't have had to ship it half way around the world.

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Irish--- with the current US$ to UK pound exchange rate you get good prices.

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Irish--- with the current US$ to UK pound exchange rate you get good prices.
Yes, and the shipping from UK to here is not unreasonable. The exchange rate usually pays for the shipping in this direction.


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Irish--- with the current US$ to UK pound exchange rate you get good prices.
Yes, and the shipping from UK to here is not unreasonable. The exchange rate usually pays for the shipping in this direction.
Shipping to the west coast US from the UK is very high. By the time they get it cataloged and up for sale, the exchange rate could change.


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Originally Posted by NickL
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Now that all these bikes and parts are in England, American buyers can pay the extortionate British postal shipping prices to get the parts back here.

If the gear was so sought after why didn't any yanks buy the stuff?
They wouldn't have had to ship it half way around the world.

Did anyone even know that the stuff was available? Was it advertised? Was it cataloged and listed by part number so a buyer could look it up or ask about it?


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These collections of bikes are normally sold as job lots--- not singly.
So there might be a batch of 70-80 bikes with a purchase value of , lets say, $1000 each.
So that is $75K.
How many of us enthusiasts has:
a) That sort of money to put out
b) The space to store them
???
So the potential purchasers are few and mostly dealers.
So someone like Hitchcocks hear on the grapevine that a batch is for sale, fly to US, do the deal, arrange transportation back to UK and --- voila--- there is a posting saying that Hitchcocks have a batch of US origin bikes for sale.
At least that is the way that I see it.

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When i spoke to Mike Riley about the last sale he went to, he told me that
no-one was bidding. He bought 2 or 3 container loads back to Aus.

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I don't think it would be hard to amass that volume, or close to it, by spending a bit of time invested in searching out collections of older enthusiasts that want to pass it all on. There have been several in the last couple of years in The Portland area that would come close to 60 to 80 machines plus parts.

Also, I have heard that most of the British Only inventory has been getting sent in 40' shipping trailers to an East Coast EBay dealer.


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I think my collection is now up to 58.
The east coast guy who bought a lot from the British Only sell off is Dotler Motorcycles in Delaware. Sells on EBay.
I just bought something from him for my 71 BSA A75RV.
Good service.

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Dotler on EBAY is a great guy to do business with. Reasonable prices, great service.

"ebvc" is another EBAY one I prefer to deal with. Also has good prices

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Agreed. Dotler & EBVC are my preferred vendors on ebay. Both are great to work with.


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Originally Posted by Tridentman
I think my collection is now up to 58.
The east coast guy who bought a lot from the British Only sell off is Dotler Motorcycles in Delaware. Sells on EBay.
I just bought something from him for my 71 BSA A75RV.
Good service.


Yes, Peter at Dotler is who I was referring to.

I was at about 40 machines four or five years ago. Got it down to about 25 last year and somehow it's crept back up to 28.

I'm not fond of the corruption of the term "barn find". It's like saying every scrambler that came to the West Coast is a desert sled.


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