1979 Honda XL500S – Tyres

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1979 Honda XL500S – Tyres The original tyres that came on the CBR600 rims, I have used for this project, were in poor condition. Once the bike was up and running enough to get a basic tune done, the old tyres were going to be replaced anyway. The rear tyre was huge compared with the […]

Canscoot March Hare run

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    Canscoot March Hare run There aren’t many of us Scooter riders in the deep south, so when the opportunity to mix with other like minded individuals arises, we tend to go and have a look. The Otago Vespa Club and the Canscoot Club from Canterbury were interested in having a get together and […]

1979 Honda XL500S – Front Guard

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1979 Honda XL500S – Front Guard As the project has evolved, the stripped down look is fine but a little impractical, when living in an area, where inclement weather can happen at anytime. I have seen a lot of other similar projects without mudguards and have always wondered what they would be like to actually […]

Vespa SS180 stator replacement

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Vespa SS180 stator replacement I upgraded the original points ignition system on the SS180 quite some time ago but havn’t made too many changes to it since then. The lighting has been great and other than a pickup failing, the rest has worked very well. It was one of the hottest days we have had […]

2020 Events

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The Grand Tour Jan 17 at 6 PM – Jan 19 The Grand Hotel Wanganui 99a Guyton Street, Wanganui, New Zealand 4500   36th Vincent County Rally Friday 31st January to Sunday 2nd February 2020 211 Fisher Lane, Galloway – Alexandra Gates Open 12pm Friday Online entries here – https://bronzotago.ecwid.com/36th-VINCENT-COUNTY-RALLY-p121526995   Burt Munro The best […]

Vespa Stretch

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Vespa Stretch Most of the scooter enthusiasts that I know, enjoy their vintage scooters for what they are – classically styled forms of transport that require some maintenance and a lot of patience to be safe and fun to ride. Many are just collectors and store their treasures away while others are always tinkering with […]

Bullseye the Vespa SS90

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Bullseye the Vespa SS90 So I got a ring from a guy that was selling a Vespa SS90. He was looking for a good home for his scooter and after talking to him for a bit and some emails back and forth I realised that he was actually a serious seller. We eventually settled on […]

Motoretta Tourist Trophy 2019

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Motoretta Tourist Trophy 2019 The Moto TT for 2019 was a bust for me personally but again was well organised with some awesome roads and destinations. Accomodation was outstanding with 2 nights at the Brackenridge Country Retreat & Spa in Martinborough and 2 nights at DeBretts in Taupo as part of the trip. Having 2 […]

Reachies Belladonna Scooter

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Reachies Belladonna Scooter Recently a Belladonna scooter was advertised for sale in Auckland Black Bella 2003 – 172 QUATTRINI M1X MilleMiglia plus 60mm Mazzucchelli full circle Crankshaft. More or less 182cc – All engine work undertaken by professional technicians.  – Quality bearings and seals – Mikuni TM32 flat slide carburettor – Quattrini V Reed and […]

2019 Events

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The best motor racing event in New Zealand. 7th – 10th February https://www.burtmunrochallenge.co.nz/home   The best scooter endurance event in New Zealand. 21st April – 25th April http://www.motoretta.co.nz/   The coldest motor racing event in New Zealand. Queens Birthday Weekend – 2nd June /3rd June http://www.brassmonkeyrally.org.nz/

Bajaj scooter – Moto 2019

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Bajaj scooter – Moto 2019 Things have been a bit slow on the scooter front over the last year with one thing and another. The MotoTT 2019 is fast approaching and the Bajaj is getting some much needed love for the event. The last time out, on this event in 2017, the scooter started spitting […]

1979 Honda XL500S – Fabrication

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1979 Honda XL500S – Fabrication 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 and […]