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Fonzie's Triumph Motorcycle From 'Happy Days' To Be Auctioned

By September 30, 2011

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Fonzie's Triumph Motorcycle from Happy Days

The late, great Bud Ekins was a serious motorcycle racer, stuntman and enthusiast, but his Hollywood connections also got his fingers on some pretty special bikes.

Among his expansive collection of two-wheeled oddities is a 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler Custom from the TV series Happy Days, which was ridden on the show by Henry Winkler-- aka, Arthur Fonzarelli, aka, "The Fonz."

The bike was modified by Ekins for the TV show by removing the front fender, replacing the handlebars, and painting the tank silver. The customized Triumph is the last remaining "Fonzie" bike, and will be auctioned at the Classic California Sale on November 12th at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Think the Fonzie bike will sell for big bucks like McQueen motorcycles of yore? Personally, I'd be surprised if it didn't...

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October 1, 2011 at 10:29 am
(1) Bloo says:

Will the training wheels go with it?
When Henry Winkler played “Fonzie,” he didn’t know how to ride a motorcycle so training wheels were installed on the motorcycle he rode.

October 1, 2011 at 11:51 am
(2) Tut says:

Wasn’t that only on the big, heavy Harley he rode in the first season?

October 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm
(3) Pete says:

If it was an stock and at least complete Trophy…yeah, maybe – but, that one? My bet is no big bucks change hands.

October 1, 2011 at 8:45 pm
(4) Moe Ped says:

That’s one radical custom. It must have taken ten minutes to build…. Fifteen if you shook the can of Krylon for five minutes first.

October 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm
(5) CaptJim1954 says:

Love the turned down mirrors. That took another minute to do. Woulda taken two if they had to get them straight :-)

October 5, 2011 at 11:08 am
(6) Ric Taylor says:

Greetings. It’s all about image, right. It’s about how these bikes and their riders make us feel. Ultimately, we’re the ones who will get out there and ride, so what’s wrong with having a sort of role model, real or imagined. After a while, we really ride for ourselves, but is there anything wrong with a little imagination? Ride Safe! GOD Bless!

October 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm
(7) Speed says:

I remember seeing
“The Fonz” on a talk show several years after the series went off,and he said he really didn’t ride. He said he took the Triumph down the street and back once,but it terrified him,so they had someone else do the riding for the show. Apparently,due to his “Fonzie” persona,he was Given a new Harley,by (I think) John Mellencamp,which he never rode. That said,he’ll always be The Fonz,and he’ll always be cool to me.

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