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Japanese bikes go to auction

A Dutch bike collector has decided to sell almost 100 of his historic bikes, most of which are Hondas.
Entrepreneur Michael Buttinger says he loves Japanese motorcycles because of their design.
“It has been a difficult decision to sell these machines, which have formed a large part of my life, but I do not have the time to dedicate to using and riding the newer machines, or to completing the restoration projects, and I feel the time is now right to let other enthusiasts bring these wonderful machines back to life.”
The collection, estimated to be worth almost half-a-million dollars, includes numerous Hondas, ranging from the humble Super Cub to the NR750 race bike which alone could fetch up to $100,000.
The collection will go to auction during The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show on October 20 in Stafford, England.
Michael started collecting mopeds at the age of 10 and now runs a company that is one of the world’s largest suppliers of moped second-hand parts.
(Images are from Bonhams and Graham Dorey.)