Otago Daily Times

Mo­tor­cy­cle trial

- Sports · Otago Region · Palmerston · Roxburgh · Dunback · Wedderburn

THE Otago Mo­tor Club con­ducted a most suc­cess­ful mo­tor­cy­cle re­li­a­bil­ity trial dur­ing the Labour Day week­end. The route was up to Clyde via Palmer­ston and St Bathans, and re­turn via Roxburgh and Mil­ton.

Three days were taken over the trip, the up jour­ney be­ing com­pleted on Satur­day and home again on Mon­day. Checks were lo­cated at var­i­ous places en route and com­peti­tors had to be at th­ese places to the ex­act minute, and it says much for the re­li­a­bil­ity of the

mod­ern mo­tor­cy­cle that most com­peti­tors checked in to the near­est sec­ond, some to the cor­rect time. The road as far as Palmer­ston, the Main North road, was per­haps the rough­est ex­pe­ri­enced, but from there on to Dun­back was ideal.

The Pi­g­root was a bit rough in patches and the Swin­burn cross­ing caused com­peti­tors a lit­tle trou­ble. There was a 40 minute stop at Wed­der­burn, and from there to Clyde the road was good, al­though oc­ca­sional stretches of loose gravel had to be care­fully ne­go­ti­ated.

On the re­turn jour­ney the road from Clyde to Roxburgh was fairly rough in places, but luck­ily there was no rain, and the clay sur­face was safe. Roxburgh to Beau­mont was very good, but the road through the Manuka Gorge to Mil­ton was rough and pot­ho­ley.

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