A local Craigslist (in the USA obviously) ad served up this 1968 Honda 305 Scrambler with an interesting pedigree. 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 something cooler came up in the research.
The registration and lease and liability card had it dated March of '68 listed for a James Douglas Morrison living on Sunset Boulevard
While there are many James Morrisons in the world, only one went on to world-wide fame as Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors.
The new owner actually Googled and found a copy of his driver's license. That address matches his driver's license issued in 12/67!!!!!
The Scrambler is currently undergoing a quick service and will be running and rideable within a week. From there, the pin-striped 305 is headed for display at this year's Pebble Beach, though not for auction. The bike is for sale independently. Outside estimates have put the value between $50,000 and $100,000. Not bad for an old Craigslist find.
Why do these finds never happen to me?