Invercargill final leg of trip

BURT'S BABY: Colleen and Bill Moore, of Katikati, check out Burt Munro's 1920 Indian Scout bike on display at E Hayes & Sons in Invercargill.
BURT'S BABY: Colleen and Bill Moore, of Katikati, check out Burt Munro's 1920 Indian Scout bike on display at E Hayes & Sons in Invercargill.

After riding the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, Bill and Colleen Moore have come to Invercargill for the 2011 Burt Munro Challenge to finish their trip.

The Katikati couple have travelled more than 91,000km on their 2003 Harley-Davidson going as far as San Francisco, Canada and Australia.

Admiring the shell of the Burt Munro bike used in the filming of The World's Fastest Indian, Mrs Moore said their trip was all about freedom.

"I always tell people when you are on a bike you are part of the environment. I love it.''

Rally organising committee chairman Wayne Affleck said despite taking a hammering by the wind and rain, the 80m x 50m marquee at tent city is still firmly in place, being held down by 20 tonnes of concrete to avoid a repeat of 2009, when the tent came down.

Although  the wild weather was not easing, Mr Affleck said crowd numbers were strong and spirits were still high at this year's event.

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