The list of motorcycle marques that will be coming up for auction May 7 and..
Motorcycles at Pebble Beach
Since 1950, Pebble Beach-illustrious northern California golfing playground of the rich and famous-has been hosting the prestigious Concours d’ Elegance, the crème d’ la crème of vintage automobile events. The Concours is known for featuring some of the world’s rarest, and often, most expensive vintage cars in an annual presentation that almost defies description. 2009 represents a bit of change for the stalwart gathering of society’s wealthiest; the people in charge having allowed motorcycles to enter the hallowed grounds.
Off-road riders who cut their teeth on dirt bikes in the mid-1960s have borne witness to the rise and fall from favor of the two-stroke. From Joel Robert’s first FIM motocross championship in 1964 on a CZ to Suzuki-mounted Ricky Carmichael’s AMA Supercross title in 2005, two-strokes ruled the premium series, earning their dominance the hard way—going head-to-head with the reignin thumpers of the era until they developed enough sophistication to be superior performers.