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Down Under Cycle: 1924 Triumph LS


Barn Finds reader Haydon W sent us this cool and rare motorcycle up for auction in New Zealand. It’s located in Rangiora, Canterbury, New Zealand and is up for auction here on trademe, where bidding is at $3270 NZ and has met reserve. The seller states that there may only be three of these cycles left, and only 300 made ever. Unfortunately, it’s not complete and I’m guessing parts will be difficult to obtain. The seller states that his father sold the missing parts off the cycle during the depression. They have made an effort to locate some other components and are including those and some documentation with the cycle. Are any of our Kiwi friends interested in this rare motorcycle? And where would someone go to get parts for something like this? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. Pete

    I am an Australian and don’t trust Kiwis!

    • John

      I’m a Kiwi and don’t trust Aussies……

  2. Doug M. (West) Member

    Lately I have been wishing that I was knowledgeable a interested in old classic motorcycles… mostly because just think how many of them you can get in your garage or even basement before your wife or the neighbors even start to notice!! If I owned this, I think I would set up a mini-machine shop in my garage so I could start making the parts that are missing or in need of repair. Looks pretty cool for a 1925 bike.

  3. Rob

    I LOVE old motorcycles.. I restored this one (it’s a 1921 Harley opposed-twin) back in the early 70’s, looking similar, ‘cept was 96% complete; it had rested comfortably in the original owner’s SoCal basement from 1927 ’til the late 60’s. He wouldn’t sell it to me unless I could find tires for it, which I finally did through Hemmings, as they were still being used on Asian rick-shas. I went and ordered a set, then presented them to him as a gesture of my good-will, ‘n he kept his promise.. he sold it to me for $1. to make it legal. Sadly I got into a bind with the IRS, ‘n sold it rather than borrowing the $$’s from my parents, due to my foolish pride.. those mistakes one makes when young. :(

    Hope this one goes to a good home.

  4. Howard A Member

    Again, it looks like something the American Picker boys would drag out of a shed. While I don’t doubt it’s rareness, you really have to use your imagination as to what it really looked like. The last picture (#15) helps a little. While I am a huge British bike fan, not this huge, and my next Triumph is going to be a little more modern, like a Trident.

  5. bcavileer

    Belt drive, looks like enough of it survives to figure it out. I even see some shadow of script on the tank. Tempting it is!

    • Bobsmyuncle

      Unless I’m missing something there is clearly a cog on the rear wheel no?

      It seems more complete to me than others are voicing. Bid. Win. Ship. Watch ‘World’s Fastest Indian’. Begin work.

  6. graeme Duckett

    Ive restored many bikes over the past 45 years.Ive started with a bare frame at times.If youre keen anything can be found no matter how rare,if youre passionate about your hobby.And in many cases i found parts not 2 miles from my home.Everything and anything is possible.Regards Graeme in New Zealand

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