Based on the record-breaking 1928 BMW R37 ridden by Ernst Henne, this Revival BMW Landspeeder Motorcycle is a modern interpretation of a legendary racing bike. Built to perform yet destined for life in a private gallery, it features an airhead engine that was rebuilt anyway, set lower than the original, and this time in a frame built from flat-cut steel instead of tubing. There's no lights, battery, or alternator, since racing and/or display bikes don't need them. Nor do they need brakes, so the straight spokes in the front and solid wheel cover in the rear appear unadorned. Finally, there's the stainless steel exhaust system with browned pipes, a reminder that while it might not take you to the store and back, it's got a growl every bit as formidable as any chopper down the street.
Everyone old enough to remember Happy Days knows how iconic Henry Winkler's "The Fonz" was. Now you can own his ride. Originally built by Hollywood bike legend Bud Ekins and one of only three used on the show, Fonzie's 1949 Triumph Trophy 500 Motorcycle is the ultimate piece of fan memorabilia. Fully documented when it was auction by Bonhams several years back, the 500cc model has buckhorn handlebars, a silver gas tank, and a removed front fender, and is completely unrestored, bearing all the scars it earned during filming. The downside? If you want the matching motorcycle jacket, you're going to have to break into the Smithsonian to get it.
Based on a Yamaha TW 225, the Deus Ex Machina Two-Up Yamaha Motorcycle plusses the diminutive bike with a number of upgrades. The engine and wheels are done up with black paint, the better to contrast with the vintage Husky aluminum fuel tank sporting a fresh white paint job from Dutchy Motorcycle. A SuperTrapp muffler provides a deeper growl, air now arrives via a high-flow K&N filter, an EasyRider seat ensures a comfortable ride, and the twin head and tail lights give it an even more recognizable look.
The most well known American daredevil of all time left a lasting mark on our culture. Known for his ramp to ramp motorcycle jumps, Knievel also was the subject of two films. The second film, Viva Knievel! starred Knievel himself and featured this 1976 Harley-Davidson XL1000 Motorcycle. The bike is a 1976 Ironhead Sportster 1000 made to look like one of Knievel's XR-750 jump bikes. It was on display in a personal museum for many years and restored cosmetically by the man who painted Knievel's jump bikes. Available at auction in January in Las Vegas.
Based on the notoriously '80s-styled BMW R80, the Autofabrica Type 10 Motorcycle gives the bike new life as a pared-down custom. The original bike was completely stripped down, revealing the airhead engine and graceful lines of the tank. Modifications then began, with the front end lowered for a more aggressive look, red acrylic brake light fins and frame tube-mounted turn indicators added, and hand-bent marine-grade SAE 316 stainless steel exhaust pipes attached. The slightly revised tank now sports a deep blue paint job, while the tan leather seat accommodates two riders thanks to hidden, removable passenger foot pegs.