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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Steve McQueen's favorite classic bike now up for sale

A classic motorcycle once owned by Steve McQueen will soon be auctioned off in Las Vegas. Yes, an interesting century-old motorbike because not only once had by one of the best actors of Hollywood but also because the population is very rare.
The ex-Steve McQueen, 1914 Pope Model L Twin. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rONlY5)
According to Ben Walker, the Bonhams global head of motorcycles, these 1914 Pope Model L Twin is a classic dream motorcycle. Regardless, it had owned by McQueen once, also from the history of this bike is one of motorcycles that was born from a pioneering periods in the American automotive history.
Left side view of 1914 Pope Model L Twin. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2nl7kc9)
Front view of 1914 Pope Model L Twin.
(Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rONlY5)
The Pope 61ci Model L motorcycles first glide in 1912 made by the Pope Manufacturing Company, founded by Colonel Albert Augustus Pope (1843-1909). At that time the motorcycles claimed to have carried the most advanced technology, by using a 1,000cc engine with OHV (overhead valve) system that allowing it to reach speeds of over 70 mph.

When other motorcycles in its era only produce 8 hp of power, in contrast to these Pope Model L Twin who are able to generate power up to 15 hp and no wonder if it can be brought speeding up to 70 mph. Then the Pope Model L 126 got updated in 1913, and was produced until 1916 and claimed to be the fastest motorcycle in the world at that time.

Rear view of 1914 Pope Model L Twin.
(Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rONlY5)
In that time this motorcycle is sold at US. $250, making the Pope Model L 61ci is one of the most expensive motorcycles of its time and only owned by the rich. It can be understand it with US. $250 at that time ordinary people are able to get one unit of the new Ford Model T car.

This bike was owned by Steve McQueen in the late 1970s after hunted by he and his close friend Bud Ekins across America. It is not clear the purpose of McQueen bought these 1914 Pope Model L 61ci bike, but later described as one of his favorite bikes.

After his death in 1980, the bike was sold privately rather than at auction like most of his other automobiles. And the motorcycle once owned by the Hollywood actor was then displayed at the Otis Chandler Museum in Oxnard, California until the last collector died, and then bought by its current owner who is not named.

As quoted of The Guardian, it predicted when auctioned these motorcycle is expected to sell for about £100,000 (approx. Rp.1.8 billion). Are you interested to have it? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THE GUARDIAN]
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