1979 Honda XL500S – update 7

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1979 Honda XL500S – update 7 Other than building the seat base, the exhaust system and fittings there hasn’t been too much “fabrication” to do on this bike so far. There are a couple of things that do need sorted out, other than the electrical system, wheels, brakes, etc, etc; Handlebars, switches and cables Headlight […]

Elsie the Lambretta update 4

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Elsie the Lambretta update 4 So finding parts for a 67 year old scooter still hasn’t got any easier. Some engine parts and what not have appeared on ebay but freight costs have proved to be prohibitive. Even with a functioning engine the LC still wouldn’t be a good candidate for a restoration as it […]

1979 Honda XL500S – update 1

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1979 Honda XL500S – update 1 I had read on one of the thumper forums that replacing the XL swingarm with the FT one was possible with not too much hassle. The FT is wider at the mounting point and longer with the bottom shock mounts a little further back than the XL one. After […]

1979 Honda XL500S

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1979 Honda XL500S While scooters are what I generally like to work on and ride, I have had a number of different bikes over the years. One of my favorites was a 1979 Honda XL500s. It was one of those dual purpose bikes that you used on the road but could also take to a […]

2018 Events

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Burt Munro Challenge Rally 9am, Thursday 8th February – 12pm, Sunday 11th February 2018   MUNRO FAMILY TROPHY The Munro family has generously donated a spectacular trophy which is given to the “Competitor of the Year” at each annual Challenge. The Munro family presents the trophy in honour of Burt to the winner each year. […]

Canscoot Show Weekend Ride 2017

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Canscoot Show Weekend Ride 2017 The annual ride with the Canscoot ones from Christchurch was another interesting journey into Central Otago with great weather and awesome riding conditions. We had organised to ride up to Cromwell and then on to Bannockburn to meet up with the rest of the group on the Friday night and […]

Winter is here

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Winter is here and we recently had a -6 frost, just nippy enough really. Not much to report on the scooter front as the new workshop is still under construction. The Bajaj was left outside in the interim and has expressed its disgust by leaking oil in the new carport. Looks like the Canscoot ones […]

Motoretta Tourist Trophy 2017

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Motoretta Tourist Trophy 2017 Another fantastic scooter event has finished and finally was located in the South Island. Sadly for some teams from the North Island, this years event was always going to be logistically challenging, however some would say the event was better with the fewer teams that came down to the mainland. The roads […]

2017 Events

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Motoretta Tourist Trophy Friday the 21st April to Tuesday the 25th April. If you can only go on one scooter ride a year, make it this one. A 4 day, 1000 mile team ride for classic geared scooters. An epic test of man and machine, taking in the best roads and scenery in the top of the South […]

Burt Munro Challenge 2016

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Burt Munro Challenge 2016 Recently we attended the 11th annual Burt Munro Challenge with scooter friends from around the country. This years event coincided with the opening of the new Classic Motorcycle Mecca here in Tay St. The Bill Richardson Transport World and Motorcycle Mecca are both world class collections now part of a local […]

Rarotonga

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Recently we were lucky enough to travel to Rarotonga for a friends wedding and a holiday. What an awesome place for a holiday and a beachfront wedding. Mrs JC and I travelled with another couple of scooterists and had a great old time exploring the island, snorkelling, fishing, swimming and just doing all the things […]

Vespa Engine Stand

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Vespa Engine Stand I have been thinking about building a stand for vespa engines for a while now and have seen a few designs on different sites and forums and used a type that you clamp into your vice. The assembled engines can fall off your bench if you aren’t careful and having a stand […]