Motorbikes for me are a little like table tennis. Cars are like football. I love playing table tennis and riding motorbikes but I prefer to watch or look at cars or football. Maisto have a wide selection of model motorbikes, Hot Wheels have maybe half a dozen bikes in their range of 250 models in the mainline series, Matchbox have had a few motorcycles in their range, too. I haven’t had any motorbikes in my collection, until now. Out of curiosity I bought a Hot Wheels Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, I’m not a particular fan of Harley Davidson, I prefer faster Japanese or Italian Motorbikes (Yamaha, Kawasaki or Ducati).
The packaging art has a rider but the bike doesn’t. Motorbikes are inherently unstable at rest. Matchbox put out a few Motorcycle combinations (motorbike and sidecar) in the sixties, the third wheel balancing the model without the need for a stand. My Harley-Davidson doesn’t have a stand but it has a very fat back tyre so it can stand unassisted.
The scale seems larger than 1:64, it looks out of scale next to a regular Hot Wheels Car.
February 26 2015: I get a BMW K 1300 R to go with the Harley. Like the Harley, the BMW has a fat back wheel so can stand unassisted.
14 October 2016: a third motorbike is added a Honda Monkey Z50 by Hot Wheels.
In the 1969 Matchbox catalogue there was a Honda Motorcycle and trailer, the scale was 1:41 the largest in the 1-75 range at the time.
Hot Wheels have five motorcycles in their range, usually 3 licensed models and a couple of fantasy bikes. I have now added a Ducati 1199 Panigale. The BMW R1200 RT-8 Police Motorcycle, a Matchbox model.
So now I have five.