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Ewan McGregor selling Panhead at auction

Ewan McGregor selling Panhead at auction
Ewan on his Panhead chopper

Star Wars actor and noted motorcycle world traveller Ewan McGregor is selling his 2012 “Indian Larry” Panhead Chopper at a Bonhams auction in Las Vegas on January 26.

Ewan famously rode around the world on a BMW R 1150 GS Adventure in Long ay Round and a BMW R 1200 GS Adventure in Long Way Down with friend Charley Boorman.

Ewan is now a Moto Guzzi ambassador.

Long Way Down photos Ewan
Charley and Ewan work on a BMW

However, the Panhead is apparently one of his favourite bikes in his growing collection.

The collection apparently includes everything from track bikes to 1960s classics to customs.

It is not known why he is selling but he surely can’t need the money after appearing in many Hollywood films including Star Wars sequels.

Ewan McGregor’s Panhead

The Panhead is expected to fetch up to $36,000.

The chopper was styled by ‘Indian Larry’ Desmedt, one of the leading lights of the neo-chopper movement in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The bike is powered by a Panhead-style Pandemonium 88ci motor and was built in 2010 at the reformed Indian Larry Motorcycles.

Christened ‘The Machine’ because of its sparse bare-metal beauty, the bike caught the eye of Dewan when he visited the shop.

The seventh annual Bonhams’ Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction will again feature some highly desirable bikes and paraphernalia, as well as attracting record prices.

In the past, the annual January auction has featured bikes belonging to Easy Rider stars, photos from Ewan McGregor’s and Charley Boorman’s Long Way Down, Mike Hailwood race bikes, Evel Knievel bikes and motorcycles belonging to Hollywood actor and bike legend Steve McQueen.

This year, McQueen’s famous Desert Sled Triumph was sold to an unknown Aussie buyer.

Steve McQueen’s 1963 Triumph Bonnveille Desert Sled
McQueen’s Desert Sled

Highlights this time are a 1949 Indian-Vincent Factory Prototype combining a Series C Rapide engine with an Indian frame and electrics and an original, unrestored 1913 Flying Merkel Twin.

1912 Flying Merkel Twin at Las Vegas auction - Vincent
1912 Flying Merkel Twin at Bonhams Las Vegas auction