Mystery deepens over dug-up motorbike
A vintage motorcycle found buried on a Three Kings property remains a mystery.
Karen Amor found the bike three weeks ago while digging her veggie patch.
The Auckland City Harbour News has been inundated with calls since Ms Amor’s story and a picture of the bike was published.
But despite the interest, no consensus has been reached on the make and model of the bike.
While most callers believed it to be a British BSA, others were convinced it had different origins.
Ms Amor says she will probably put the bike on auction website TradeMe.
“What I would like is for a proper collector to see it, know exactly what it is and put it all back together.
“It would be nice to see it restored to its former glory.”
Motat’s road transport volunteers are arranging a field trip to Ms Amor’s house to see the bike first hand in an effort to identify it.
“I would like to hear what they say about it,” she says.
Hillsborough man Doug Bunting believes the bike is a single cylinder, 250cc BSA, similar to the 1929 model he owned as a school boy.
“It was quite a powerful machine. I rode it all around the northern part of the country.”
Blockhouse Bay motorcycle enthusiast Hugh Batty, 92, also believes the bike is a BSA.
He says shortly after World War Two began, the government began requisitioning motorbikes made after 1930 to be used by army dispatch riders.
“At that time, if you could save up enough to get one, motorbikes were like BMWs to young people.
“The army did pay for them, but some boys said ‘they’re not going to get my bike, I’ll bury it in the garden first’. It’s possible the owner of the bike is one of the boys who just didn’t come back,” says Mr Batty.
Mr Batty started riding BSA bikes in 1932 and is a life member of the Auckland Motorcycle Club, although he doesn’t ride any more.
But he recognised the bike as soon as he saw the picture of its rusted body.
“There’s no doubt about it, it’s definitely a BSA. Indian Chiefs were the size of Harley Davidsons.”
But a Kingsland resident who has worked on motorcycles all his life says the bike is not a BSA, it’s a Mac Valisette.
He says the British bikes were used by traffic police after World War One.
And Hillsborough woman Pat Grey says the bike looks like a Norton that her late partner used to ride.
But regardless of who made the bike, there’s another part to the mystery that Ms Amor would like to solve.
“I want to know where it came from and what happened to the rider,” she says.
Mystery bike: Doug Bunting believes the bike found buried in Three Kings is a BSA like the one he used to own.