Small bikes turn into a pretty big job, y’know

Taranaki Daily News - - News - Michele Ong

Sam Eke­na­sio’s mini mo­tor­bike was built with plenty of el­bow grease and a good dol­lop of mo­tor oil.

Eke­na­sio, 20, was among the 18 Witt trade school stu­dents who had spent the last six months tin­ker­ing in the shed putting their mo­tor­bikes to­gether to sell at the end of this year.

About 18 bikes have been com- pleted so far but tu­tor Gary Sharpe said they are look­ing to build more bikes be­fore the year is up.

The bike has a 49cc en­gine which pow­ers it along at speeds of up to 50kmh.

Eke­na­sio told the Taranaki Daily News he will be buy­ing the bike for him­self.

He felt ‘‘pretty sat­is­fied and proud’’ when he fin­ished his bike last week.

‘‘I fired it up but didn’t have a play on it,’’ he said.

How­ever, fit­ting the axles along with mak­ing the coil springs to fit the bike had been frus­trat­ing, Eke­na­sio said.

Nathaniel Robin­son, also 20, said the project ‘‘wasn’t too bad’’ and he liked the sound of his mo­tor­bike roar­ing to life.

‘‘I had it fired up and it seems to be run­ning quite well,’’ Robin­son said.

This was the first year Sharpe has in­tro­duced the bikes and he said it was a good way for stu­dents to use their nu­mer­acy, lit­er­acy and tech­ni­cal skills.

‘‘The im­porter is show­ing a lot of in­ter­est in us pro­vid­ing a na­tional as­sem­bly man­ual. It’s like mak­ing a recipe book for it on how to put the thing to­gether,’’ Sharpe said.

The project has made learn­ing eas­ier for stu­dents who strug­gled with tra­di­tional teach­ing meth­ods, he said.

Witt in­dus­try de­vel­op­ment ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Glen West said the bikes would be priced around the $350 to $450 range.

Photo: CHAR­LOTTE CURD/FAIR­FAX NZ

Bikes ahoy: Sam Eke­na­sio, 20, on the mini mo­tor­bike he has put to­gether to sell at the end of this year.

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