Richard Hammond on Vincent

Twelve motorcycles belonging to former Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond and James May are to go under the hammer at Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale.


Top of their lots is a 2010 Norton Commando 961SE, pictured left, being sold by Hammond with an estimate of £14,500-£18,500.

May and Hammond, who declined to renew their Top Gear contracts after colleague Jeremy Clarkson’s was not renewed following a clash with a producer, discussed the sale of their respective motorcycles in their usual humorous manner.

May said: “Just because I’m unemployed now doesn’t mean I have to get rid of everything. I was going to sell these bikes anyway. And those paintings, and my collection of Scalextric cars. Honest!”

Hammond added: “As a serious collector of motorcycles, it’s important to review one’s stable regularly, and the Bonhams Stafford sale is the ideal opportunity to move bikes on and possibly acquire new ones. I also have a canoe, and some Wharfedale hi-fi speakers, if anyone’s interested.”

Ben Walker, Bonhams International Head of Motorcycles, said: “Jokes aside, James and Richard are offering for sale some great motorcycles from their collections, including examples of Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda and Norton – and we expect the collection to attract a lot of attention.” He said they both elected to consign their collections with Bonhams “many months ago”.

The Hammond and May motorcycles featured in Bonhams Stafford Sale are:

James May (pictured left on a Honda RC 30):
• Lot 326: 1974 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E – £2,000-2,400
• Lot 327: 1976 Suzuki AP50 E – £2,000-2,400
• Lot 328: 1980 Ossa 250cc MAR Trials Motorcycle – £1,200-1,500
• Lot 329: 1979 Suzuki TS250 – £800-1,200
• Lot 330: 1973 Honda CD175 – £1,400-1,800
• Lot 331: 1975 Honda CB200 – £1,500-1,800
• Lot 332: 1971 Kawasaki 250cc A1 Samurai – £5,000-6,000
• Lot 333: 2010 Yamaha SR400 ‘Grievous Angel’ by Deus Ex Machina – £8,000-12,000

Richard Hammond (pictured top on a Vincent Black Shadow):
• Lot 334: 1977 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing – £4,000-6,000
• Lot 335: 2010 Norton Commando 961SE – £14,500-18,500
• Lot 336: 1970 Triton 500cc ‘Café Racer’ – £6,500-8,500
• Lot 337: 1975 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E – £2,500-3,500

Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale takes place at the International Classic MotorCycle Show, Staffordshire County Showground, on April 26. Viewing 10am-5pm Saturday April 25. For further information and a full lot listing visit

Note: The pictures of May and Hammond on their motorcycles are part of their personal collections and not in the sale.

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