Keep­ing the bikes pe­riod cor­rect

The Shed - - My Shed -

His ef­forts are not fo­cused on just the one bike or even on one make, although there is a def­i­nite bias to­wards Nor­tons. He al­ways re­stores his bikes us­ing (or cre­at­ing) parts that are pe­riod cor­rect. Sure, im­prove­ments could be made to bring a bike up to later specs and use changes that the man­u­fac­turer made to sub­se­quent mod­els, but that is not Ar­tie’s way. He wants his bikes to be as close as pos­si­ble to when first man­u­fac­tured. The old­est com­plete orig­i­nal bike is a 1937 War Model 16H side-valve Nor­ton. An ear­lier 1931 Nor­ton 22 mo­tor sits in an ex–Len Perry speedway side­car out­fit frame. The 22 mo­tor is a 500cc over­head valve with twin ex­hausts — ahead of its time back then.

Even older is a Nor­ton mo­tor on its own — 1930 DT that is dis­tinc­tive be­cause of its through-bolted de­sign. The cylin­der head bolts go right down to the crank­case and hold the bar­rel in place as well as the head. It is re­port­edly one of only two that came to New Zealand.

More trips to Puke

The shed line-up in­cludes an ap­par­ently out-of-place 1979 1000cc Moto Guzzi Le Mans–frame bike. It fea­tures in­no­va­tions like a foot brake that works on both wheels and the shaft drive makes it a very smooth tourer. Ar­tie would not have looked for one of th­ese par­tic­u­larly and only ended up with this one as pay­ment for restora­tion work done on a cus­tomer’s mo­tor­cy­cle. It’s pos­si­ble this one could be sold to fund more trips to Pukekohe in the fu­ture, he says.

Four-wheeled ve­hi­cles have also fea­tured in Ar­tie’s past. He has the dash­board panel with the speedo off one of the two Hud­son Ter­ra­plane cars that he once owned. He ab­so­lutely loved them and this me­mento helps to keep those mem­o­ries fresh.

It will be use­ful one day

With so much wa­ter in ev­ery di­rec­tion here it is no sur­prise that boat­ing is some­thing nearly every­one is into, so it’s also no sur­prise to see Ar­tie’s row of out­board mo­tors. He tells us that only two are in work­ing or­der and the rest are kept for parts. People don’t like to throw things away over here.

In an­other lo­ca­tion are some items that carry on the two-wheeled theme. One of th­ese is a Puch moped. Th­ese were very pop­u­lar in New Zealand and Ar­tie has a story about this model. He came to New Zealand as a 14-year-old with his fam­ily from the Nether­lands as govern­ment-as­sisted im­mi­grants. Part of the deal was a re­stric­tion on how much cargo they could bring with them and it was not easy to cut back on be­long­ings to fit the max­i­mum weight. How­ever Ar­tie’s dad just loved his Puch moped and in­sisted that it came with the fam­ily. This one is not that ac­tual one, but it is iden­ti­cal.

A cou­ple of mo­tor­ized bi­cy­cles here are a fas­ci­nat­ing — a BSA winged-wheel bike, and what was a nor­mal bi­cy­cle that has been fit­ted with a 50cc BSA mo­tor. Ab­so­lute gems.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Great Bar­rier Is­land go to auck­land­coun­cil.govt.nz, doc.govt.nz, and great­bar­rier.co.nz.

It’s like a dif­fer­ent world and that’s why the lo­cals love it

It’s a sparsely pop­u­lated place

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