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1975 Kawasaki KT250 Trials For Sale by Auction

Development of the trials motorcycle has been marked by a series of high-profile collaborations between star riders and the sport's major manufacturers, most notably Sammy Miller's association with Bultaco (and later Honda). Miller's successful transformation of the Sherpa into a world-beater prompted rivals Montesa to recruit Don Smith and later Malcolm Rathmell to develop the Cota, while Mick Andrews was signed by Ossa, giving his name to the 'Mick Andrews Replica'. Andrews would move on to Yamaha while Smith too was wooed successfully by the Japanese, transferring his allegiance to Kawasaki in 1972. Formerly with Greeves, Smith certainly had the CV to justify his appointment, having won the European Trials Championship on three occasions (1964, 1967, and 1969). Don built a prototype using a Kawasaki 450cc moto-cross engine, which led in 1975 to the launch of the production KT250, undeniably one of the best-looking trials bikes ever to come out of Japan.

Believed to retain its original paintwork, and fitted with new tyres, this KT250 was purchased from David Watson (Plant Sales). The machine is offered with an owner's manual, NOVA declaration, and one ignition key. A total of 1,284 miles is displayed on the odometer.

This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Winter Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.


Friday 11 December
Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 112) 9am
The National Motorcycle Museum Reserve Collection (Lots 201 – 252) 11am

Saturday 12 December
Motorcycles (Day 2) (Lots 501 – 708) 10am

In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.

Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles by clicking 'Message the seller' with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.

Wednesday 9 December 9am to 5pm
Thursday 10 December 9am to 5pm
Friday 11 December 9am to 5pm (Lots 501 – 708 only)


Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register using the 'Message the seller' button.


Motorcycle lots must be cleared from the sale venue by 2pm Sunday 13 December 2020. Limited collection is available until 2pm Monday 14 December, by appointment only. If collecting Monday, please access Bicester Heritage via the 'Main Gate', Buckingham Road, OX26 5HA. Please email us using the 'Message the seller' button with your collection or transport instructions as soon as possible following your successful bid. Failure to instruct Bonhams by the given time will result in your vehicle being uplifted to store at your expense, as detailed in the Conditions of Sale. Buyers should satisfy themselves that they have collected all relevant log books, documents and keys relating to their Lot(s) at time of collection.


Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
OX26 5HA
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