From:Dave Hennessey
Subject:RE: Value of 1949s (1948?) Date:Thu Nov 15 17:34:20 2012
Response to:17946

This does appear to be a nice (almost) complete original bike. Flight Blue paint, chrome rims and chrome handlebars were optional that year.

The fenders, headlight, taillight, tank, toolbox, muffler, etc. all seem to be in nice original condition.

It even appears to have an original (or period aftermarket) battery in it. Even dead, original batteries are a plus. It could, however, be a "shell", it's hard to tell from the picture.

Also hard to tell from the picture is the kickstand. The bike appears to be propped up on the footpeg with something with ropes, not sure.

The seat pan is incorrect - it is from a 1950 or later model.

Are those 3.25 x 19 Firestone 2-ply tires?

The position of the shift and kickstart levers indicate that it hasn't been started in awhile. Were they knocked about in storage, or are there engine/transmission problems?

The condition of the engine is a big factor in price. Will it start and run and drive around? Will the engine at least turn over, or is it frozen? A complete rebuild can cost up to $1000, so obviously this affect the selling price a lot.

You'll have to watch eBay and see what prices bikes in similar condition are fetching today. But it does seem to be almost complete and original, which is hard to find these days.


Looking to find the value range for this bike. Looks to be in good condition but I know there are a lot of variables.

Thanks in advance,