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Bonhams to Auction Top Gear Stars' Bikes April 26

Richard Hammon's Triton

Richard Hammond’s beautiful 500cc Triton café racer is expected to make $9,500-$12,500 at Bonham’s Spring Stafford Sale.

Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale will include 12 motorcycles belonging to Richard Hammond and James May, former presenters of the popular motoring program, Top Gear. May and Hammond discussed the sale of their respective motorcycles in their usual humorous manner: “Just because I'm unemployed now doesn't mean I have to get rid of everything,” said May. “I was going to sell these bikes anyway. And those paintings, and my collection of Scalextric cars. Honest.”

Hammond added: “As a serious collector of motorcycles, it's important to review one's stable regularly, and the Bonhams Stafford sale is the ideal opportunity to move bikes on and possibly acquire new ones. I also have a canoe, and some Wharfedale hi-fi speakers, if anyone's interested.”

Ben Walker, Bonhams International Head of Motorcycles, said: “Jokes aside, James and Richard are offering for sale some great motorcycles from their collections, including examples of Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda and Norton — and we expect the collection to attract a lot of attention at the upcoming Spring Stafford Sale. We're delighted that they both elected to consign their collections with Bonhams Motorcycle Department, an agreement that originated many months ago.”

James May's Yamaha SR400

James May’s wild Yamaha SR400 “Grievous Angel” by Deus Ex Machina is projected to sell for $12,000-$18,000 at Bonham’s Spring Stafford Sale.

The Hammond and May motorcycles featured in Bonhams Stafford Sale are:

The property of James May:
Lot 326: 1974 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E – £2,000-2,400
Lot 327: 1976 Suzuki AP50 E – £2,000-2,400
Lot 328: 1980 Ossa 250cc MAR Trials Motorcycle – £1,200-1,500
Lot 329: 1979 Suzuki TS250 – £800-1,200
Lot 330: 1973 Honda CD175 – £1,400-1,800
Lot 331: 1975 Honda CB200 – £1,500-1,800
Lot 332: 1971 Kawasaki 250cc A1 Samurai – £5,000-6,000
Lot 333: 2010 Yamaha SR400 'Grievous Angel' by Deus Ex Machina – £8,000-12,000

The property of Richard Hammond:
Lot 334: 1977 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing – £4,000-6,000
Lot 335: 2010 Norton Commando 961SE – £14,500-18,500
Lot 336: 1970 Triton 500cc 'Café Racer' – £6,500-8,500
Lot 337: 1975 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E – £2,500-3,500

Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale takes place at the International Classic MotorCycle Show, Staffordshire County Showground on April 26, 2015. Viewing 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 25. For further information and a full lot listing visit: