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The place to find out about motorcycles from the "Bar Hodgson Collection", many being offered for sale over the coming months! For the past 40 years these bikes have been acquired because they are historically significant, rare, unusual and highly desirable. The pedigree for each bike is explained in detail and those offered for sale will present a unique opportunity for the interested buyer to purchase one of these gems.

Also coming soon, motorcycle parts, memorabilia, books and magazines and many other items all related to motorcycling. Please check back often as we list the things Bar is willing to part with.

Bar Hodgson with one of his many Vincent Motorcycles
Bar Hodgson

Who is Bar?

Bar Hodgson is a Canadian motorcycle collector, builder, mechanic and restorer who is best known as the founder of the North American International Motorcycle Supershow (now owned by another production company) and the Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show. Bar and his wife, Hedy, are also the founders of the Canadian Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation, operating as the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame (more info on our links page). For Bar's full bio and photos click here.



Latest News

BAR'S PROJECT IN HONOUR OF A FRIEND

JOHN BALL'S ELR REPLICA RACER TRIBUTE BUILD

Eddie Lawson on the cover of Cycle World Magazine, with the original Kawasaki Racer Bar and his friends from a riding trip in the 70's in Ontario near Algonquin park
Read more on the ELR REPLICA RACER TRIBUTE page

legendary Canadian racer

Godspeed, Yvon Duhamel

We were sad to learn of the passing of a legendary Canadian racer, the great Yvon Duhamel. A name that every Canadian motorcyclist (and so many all over the world) should know. Inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame 2007, and into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame as well as the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1999, his bio on the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a must read https://canadianmotorcyclehalloffame.ca/inductees/2007/yvon-duhamel.

We also have a great story, written by Bar, about a phenomenal race he had against Yvon in 2001 that is a fun read The day I almost beat Yvon Duhamel.

One of Yvon's famous race bikes is featured in Motorcycle Mojo's series on the Bar Hodgson Collection also featured here on our site. Read about it and see the photos Yvon Duhamel's bike.

In Memory

More tributes to great Motorcyclists: Tributes

Bar's Ongoing Project on Workbench #2

Bar's Vincent Black Lightning Replica Project

Bar Hodgson and the Vincent Black Lightning Replica motorcycle build project


In between the various hold-ups that often occur during a current project, I deal with situations for future projects. So with the 'Café Godet' frame slowdowns I've moved over to my 'Black Lightning Replica' project acquired many years back when a friend in our Vincent Owners' Club Eastern Canada section realized that he had a few projects too many...

See this build project come along here: Vincent Black Lightening Replica Project

See all of Bar's current projects on the Projects Page


There's a New Café Racer build in the Works!

Café Godet

Bar's 'Tribute to Patrick Godet' Vincent Project

Bar Hodgson and the Vincent Cafe Godet tribute to Patrick Godet build project


Here is a sneak preview of my latest creation, now under construction. Café Godet is its name; Café 'because it's a café racer, and Godet 'in Tribute to Patrick'. But sometimes I refer to it as my 'How I kept busy during the Quarantine' Bike! Shown in its early mock-up design stage, this very special project uses some very special components from very special people in the Vincent world. The engine was especially built for me by the legendary Egli-Vincent builder, Patrick Godet, at his workshop in France, as a 1330cc 100hp magnesium electric-start engine. Patrick was assigned engine number F13MB/5C/17111 and the matching case numbers of BH M1; BH for Bar Hodgson, and M1 for Magnesium Engine #1. This is the only 1330cc magnesium engine Patrick built before his untimely death. I've installed a NOS set of Swiss engineer Fritz Egli magnesium racing forks onto my Egli-style frame (that I’ve had John Connery paint red to match the Egli forks), along with Spondon magnesium calipers and rotors, mounted on Campagnolo magnesium wheels. The alloy bodywork was custom built by Dave Ashenbrener of Legendary Motorcycles in Florida. The SMITHS 'yellow dial' 180mph speedo and 8,000 rpm tachometer are Vincent Black Lightning racing items.

You can follow the progress of this build on our dedicated Café Godet page where we will be posting ongoing project updates with photos, and I hope you'll enjoy the journey with me. Go to Cafe Godet Page


Initial offering of 8 Bikes will be announced soon!

What is the Collection?

The Bar Hodgson Collection is a private collection of motorcycles acquired from all across the globe. It includes vintage bikes, race bikes, street bikes, custom bikes, sidecars, landspeed bikes, prototypes and more. Many have been restored by experts in Canada and the US, a few are in 'as found' condition due to the relevance of their story. All motorcycles have been stored indoors in a climate controlled facility and are in running order unless stated otherwise.

Read more about The Collection and see videos of key bikes.

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