Dan Ince knows a famous bike when he sees one. The guy has committed a rash of celebrity VINs to memory, and spends plenty of time looking over local motorcycle listings for vintage Husqvarna machines with famous pasts.
While he has a soft spot for bikes owned by Steve McQueen, he recently came across something a little different. A local Craigslist ad (a US founded local classifieds and forums site) served up this 1968 Honda 305 Scrambler with an interesting pedigree.
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Registration papers showed the bike once found itself in the care of Kenneth R Howard, better known as the master-pin-striper and designer Von Dutch.
That explains the wild paint and would typically be enough to give any machine a little notoriety, but Ince says he found something else in his research.
“The registration and lease and liability card that I have for it dated March of 1968 lists a James Douglas Morrison living on Sunset Boulevard.
“I actually Googled and found a copy of his driver’s license. That address matches his driver’s license issued in December 1967. It was kind of a needle in a haystack.”
The scrambler is up for sale independently, and Ince says he has no idea what it could be worth. Outside estimates have put the value between $50,000 and $100,000. Not bad for an old Craigslist find.
Go to to www.HuskyRestoration.com for a closer look at the bike.