Wanganui
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 11:40

Triumph bikers enjoy a Whanganui weekend

 Triumph enthusiast Joe Hannah with his 1950 spring hub motorcycle. Triumph enthusiast Joe Hannah with his 1950 spring hub motorcycle. Liz Wylie: Wanganui Chronicle

The durability of classic British engineering was put to the test last weekend as a group of Triumph motorcyclists converged on Whanganui.

Around 35 riders came from various destinations around New Zealand on their pre-unit motorcycles to spend Saturday night at the Grand Hotel.
Pre-unit construction, also called separate construction, is motorcycle engine architecture where the engine and gearbox are separate components with their own oil reservoirs, linked by a driving chain within a primary chaincase.
"Pre-unit Triumphs were made prior to 1962," said Triumph enthusiast Joe Hannah who travelled from Kaiwharawhara north of Wellington on his 1950 Thunderbird.
He has owned the bike for over 30 years and is a supplier of parts for pre-unit Triumphs and other classic British motorcycles.
The oldest bike on the trip was a 1948 customised Speed Twin Triumph owned by Brent Gatfield from Whitby.
Mr Gatfield said his motorcycle is known as a "Bobber" which has the front fender removed and a shortened or "bobbed" rear fender.
"The idea is to make the bike lighter," said Mr Gatfield.
Mr Hannah said the Triumph owners make regular trips to different destinations around New Zealand to enjoy their shared enthusiasm and decided to have their annual meeting in Whanganui this year.

Liz Wylie: Wanganui Chronicle

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