Veg­gie bike heads to Ro­torua

Central Leader - - Letters -

A vin­tage mo­tor­cy­cle found in a Three Kings gar­den will spend the rest of its life in a glass case.

The bike, found by Karen Amor while dig­ging a veg­gie patch in April, sold on the auc­tion web­site TradeMe for $267 last Wed­nes­day.

It was bought by a Ro­torua cou­ple who told Ms Amor in an email that the pur­chase had caused great ex­cite­ment in their house­hold.

They said not much would be done to the rusted bike and it would be housed in a glass case as a talk­ing point.

“I think that’s kind of cool,” says Ms Amor.

She was sur­prised by the price it fetched, since it was listed with no re­serve.

“It sat at $201 for al­most a week and then went up again.”

The auc­tion at­tracted a flurry of at­ten­tion and a bid­ding war be­tween two po­ten­tial buy­ers, be­fore the win­ner stepped in at the last minute to out-bid them.

He will travel up from Ro­torua to col­lect his pur­chase.

Ms Amor says she will be a bit sad to see the bike go.

“It’s been quite a part of the gar­den and quite a talk­ing point.”

Al­though no one could def­i­nitely iden­tify the bike’s model, the new own­ers be­lieve it to be a 1930 BSA.

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