Guinness record holder for sale

Former 'world's tallest motorcycle' goes under the hammer

THE BIKE that was in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's tallest rideable motorcycle from 1999 to 2005 is going under the hammer this weekend in Arizona.

Big Toe, built in Sweden by Tom Wilberg in the late 1990s, is powered by a 300bhp Jaguar V12 and stands some 7.5 feet tall and over 16 feet long.  Although beaten an 11-foot-tall monster in 2005, Big Toe is rather more high-tech than its successor, with hydraulic suspension and steering and panniers that incorporate TV screens (no, we don't know why, either).

It's up for sale at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale, Arizona event on Saturday January 22.

The same auction also sees the sale of Evel Knievel's own 2002 Ford F150 pick-up truck, serial number 000 (a run of 2000 production versions followed). Knievel took the truck to all his appearances until his death in 2007.

Another bit of celebrity memorabilia going past the block is Sylvester Stallone's custom-made chopper, as used in “The Expendables”. Built for the movie with a 124 cubic inch V-twin in a custom frame, it then went into Stallone's own collection, although its lack of mileage suggests he never rode it apart from during its movie scenes.