James May and Richard Hammond are Selling Off Their Motorcycles

The Top Gear boys might be off the airwaves, but they certainly aren't out of the news. Co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond will be offering up 12 of their prized motorcycles for sale at Bonhams' Spring Stafford Sale, set to take place on Sunday April 26th.  No, it isn't out of financial need after failing to sign another Top Gear contract. Rather, the boys agreed to auction off these vintage bikes months ago, and there's quite a collection to go around. RELATED: This 2015 Ducati Monster 750 really is a 'monster' The grouping of 12 motorbikes – eight from James and four from Richard – includes a lion's share of bikes from the 1970s, with a few more modern examples to be seen as well. Auction estimates put the entire collection in the $61,000 to $80,000 range, but given the celebrity status of their current owners, auction-goers might be in for an aggressive bidding war. James May's collection consists almost entirely of Japanese bikes including various small displacement cycles – not exactly a surprise if you've ever heard his 'Little Honda' poetry. Up for grabs is a 1974 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E, an off-roady little '79 Suzuki TS250, a '73 Honda CD175, among other nicely kept motorcycles. May is also relinquishing his Yamaha SR400 'Grievous Angel', built in 2010 by Australian custom shop Deus Ex Machina. RELATED: This BMW Concept Ninety motorcycle will leave you drooling Richard Hammond is selling off a Yamaha 49cc FS1-E as well (a 1975 example), along with a '70 Triton 500cc Cafe Racer, and a 1977 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing. Hammond's most expensive bike is expected to bring between $21,000 and $27,000 – a 2010 Norton Commando 961SE, which sports around 80 horsepower and a top speed of over 130 mph. The 'Norton' name brings with it an extensive racing lineage from the early 20th Century, and it's easy to understand why Richard Hammond was one of the first in line to nab a new-age Commando back in 2010. Bonhams estimates James May's TS250 (pictured in yellow, at top) to gavel for between $1,200 and $1,800 in bidding, quite the deal if you consider its Top Gear star ownership. VIDEO: Watch Jeremy Clarkson's 11 Best Top Gear Moments _____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide 

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