Von Dutch Motorcycles are custom rides with your partner Bud Eakins. specialized in restoring vintage bikes and these are some of the most desirable vintage bikes for collectors. Mike Wolfe of “American Pickers” is beside himself when he comes across a find in a barn or other Von Dutch bike. Here are the top five Von Dutch motorcycles of all time for your enjoyment and appreciation.
5. The Von Dutch Falcone
The Von Dutch Falcone is a customization of a 1959 Moto Guzzi Falcone. Kenny Howard, also known as Von Dutch, was commissioned by Mr. Richard H. Cormany. The owner of the bicycle had bought it in 1961 when he was only 2 years old. I wanted to have something personalized. The year passed for a year before Mr. Cormany made the decision to hire Howard to work his magic. In total, the project took 5,000 hours to complete. The Falcone came out of the process looking completely new. The front fender and headlamp nacelle were modified to include two small headlamps in the future with the individual on / off switches with adjustable elevation and changes could be made while the bike was in motion. Von Dutch painted the bodywork gloss black and applied his fine gold stripes throughout the custom bodywork.
4. 1954 BMW R51 / 3 Von Dutch
A 1954 BMW R51 / 3 Von Dutch went up the block at the Bonham auction. This unique customization has a rich history. The bike was first restored by Kenneth Howard in 1966. The new design provided this bike with two fuel tanks, one Hoske unsigned by Dutch and the other believed to be a Ducati that is signed. This bike was registered sometime between 1979 and 1984. The front fender was modified with an aftermarket version and a variety of components are chrome plated for a stylish aesthetic. The engine is a 500CC. The current owner purchased this motorcycle in 1997. The history of the motorcycle is documented with old sales invoices and a California Certificate of Ownership. This Von Dutch was sold on November 10, 2007 at an auction price of 32,760.
3. Von Dutch 1970 Kawasaki Centurian
This bike is the famous Ringadingdoo and it says so on the fuel tank. The bike was owned by Steve McQueen, who asked his friend Von Dutch to customize the old bike that would otherwise be worth around $ 500. The bike was auctioned at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles at an auction for Bonhams & Butterfields. The paint job and stripes that Von Dutch adorned on the 100cc motorcycle increased in value to a final offering of around $ 47,000. There is also an inscription painted on the bike that says “Done Up for Steve McQueen by Von Dutch.” After the auction fees were totaled, the price amounted to just over $ 55,000.
2. 1929 Von Dutch Super Squirrel
The 1929 Von Dutch Super Squirrel may be one of Von Dutch’s most iconic works. This bike has a fascinating history. Not only is this a highly collectible vintage bike, it is also owned by actor Steve McQueen. Von Dutch carried out the restoration at the urging of his friend. The story has a humorous twist as Von Dutch painted the number of the year on the faceplate, but he got it wrong. A 26 hurt, but the bike is actually from 1929. The current owner of this collectible bike is Tonny Sorenson. It was sold to numerous owners prior to circulation and was returned to Von Dutch by Steve McQueen shortly before his passing. Sorensen bought it at Scott’s auction in 2007.
1. 1959 VonDutch Triumph 650CC T120R Bonneville
This is another iconic bike that was painted and customized by Von Dutch. The bike was sold at a Bonhams auction on November 10, 2007 for a price of $ 28,080. This highly collectible motorcycle first appeared at the 1958 Earls Court Show. It was a bike that was well received by younger riders upon its launch more than 60 years ago. The Bonneville was customized by Von Dutch with a two-tone Tangerine and Pearl Gray finish. Several components were painted in matching colors to make this one of the sharpest-looking bikes of 1959. Although the Bonneville did not fetch the hefty price tag that some of the other bikes at auction brought in, it is truly eye-catching.
Kenneth Howard, also known as Von Dutch, was perhaps one of the most famous American motorcycle mechanics. He was also praised as an artist and one of the metal fabricators and …