Stepping up from single speed and 2 speed drives to 3 speed gearboxes with clutches was a major achievement for the British motorcycle industry in the 1920s. A few manufacturers had achieved this in the late 1910s with their own designs but the majority of machines in the 20s were fitted with Sturmey Archer, Burman, or Albion gearboxes. We have already listed information on some of the Sturmey gearboxes so now it is Albions turn.
. . . → Read More: Albion Gearboxes Part 1.
When: Saturday March 13th 2010.
Where: Starting from Taupo Mariner.
This event is organised by the Hawkes Bay Classic Motorcycle Club and was first run in 1989 for hardy riders of pre 1940 girder fork motorcycles to acknowledge the involvement motorcycling had in the first mail delivery service to Napier in 1920s. Mail originally came up from Wanganui to Taupo but because the Taupo to Napier highway was impassable to four wheeled vehicles motorcycles were used for the first 18 months until the roads were improved. This is their 21st year in running this event and because the girder fork machines are becoming lower in numbers it is now open to motorcycles up to 1965. Category 1 is for girder fork motorcycles built pre 1940, and Category 2 is for motorcycles built 1940 to 1965.
. . . → Read More: Taupo to Napier Motorcycle Mail Run.
When you mention James motorcycles people usually think of the popular post war Villiers unit construction 2 stroke models, or of autocycles. However like most well established manufacturers of the 40s and 50s their prewar history of the 1920s and 30s can be even more interesting and James Motorcycles would be no different.
. . . → Read More: James 1930 Sales Catalogue.
Where: Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton
When: . .Sunday 18th April 2010.
Sometimes referred to as the Hamilton Motorcycle Swapmeet this event would have to be one of the most important on the calendar for those who are restoring, or share an interest in older motorcycles. Advertised as a Swapmeet and Show an’ Shine it is the only ‘Motorcycle Only’ swapmeet in New Zealand and is eagerly waited for by many.
Earlier in the week I decided to do the decent thing and head up north for the Far North VCC Auto Spectacular and Swapmeet (Weather permitting of course). Ive never been before and thought as we have advertised it it would be worth visiting and reporting back to our readers on my thoughts of the day.
. . . → Read More: Far North VCC Auto Spectacular and Swapmeet
Where: Karaka Sports Complex. Cnr of Linwood and Blackbridge Rds, Karaka.
When: Sunday March 28th 2010.
Start: 9.30am (for general viewing)
Entry: Family $20.00. Adults $10.00. Children 6~15 years $2.00. Under 5 Free (Display vehicles and drivers free entry)
(Click on the poster for the full page display.) . . . → Read More: Karaka Vintage Day 2010.