Classic bikes getting ready for annual rally

HELEN HARVEY
Last updated 05:00 20/05/2014

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Shorty Clement bought his first motorbike in 1966 - a 1952 Royal Enfield Bullet.

Almost 50 years later he has another Royal Enfield Bullet, this time a 2005 model.

Clement's bike was on show near the Coastal Walkway in New Plymouth on Sunday along with other best restored, best presented bikes from the New Plymouth Classic Motor Cycle Club.

A self-confessed petrol-head, Clement said Royal Enfields were first made in Britain in 1948 and then made in India.

Over the years the bike's basics had stayed the same, but self starter and indicators had been fitted.

In 2008 a different motor was put in because the original didn't meet emissions standards, he said.

Clement, who has "plenty" of bikes, is the last founding member for the club, which started in the 1970s and split from the New Plymouth Motor Cycle Club in the 1980s.

The New Plymouth Classic Motor Cycle Club has about 92 members, committee member Barry Styles said.

The annual rally is on next weekend, involving 60 people, 40 of whom come from outside the region.

The riders will be based at the New Plymouth Top 10 Holiday Park in Fitzroy and anyone wanting to view the bikes can do so after 9am on Saturday, Styles said.

For their ride they are going to Whangamomona Hotel for lunch.

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