New Zealand Motorcycle Show

Day 26, Saturday 16 September 2017

I last went to the New Zealand Motorcycle Show four years ago, when it was exclusively devoted to classic bikes and there were few stalls. It’s shifted venue since then and has grown to cover a much larger floor space with the same collection of classic bikes, but also displays of current models from most of the major motorcycle manufacturers, most of them offering discounts as part of the show, and stalls selling all manner of motorcycle gear. There were also several motorcycle clubs who had displays. I was impressed and enjoyed spending a couple of hours wandering around.

Visitors are asked to vote for the bike or display they are most impressed by. I tossed up between several bikes – the first good bike I ever owned as a teenager, the bike I would have bought if I’d had any money as a teenage, a bike I owned which should win a prize for ugliness and lack of safety. In the end, I voted not for a bike but for a display – a recreation of a backyard scene with motorcycle parts in poor condition scattered around it – a “barn find” ripe for restoration.

Distance travelled: 15 km. Total distance so far: 3566 km

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