Some call them barn finds, classics, ‘orphans’ held together with determination, backyard restorations and nostalgia. But to those who truly love collectible motorcycles, their two-wheeled machines are part of the family.
Breathing new life into vintage and respected names like Norton, BSA, Triumph and Indian is part of the fun of being an enthusiast.
The other parts — at least according to those in the know — are getting together with other motorcycle fans to share tales of the garage and the open road, and finally getting out there on a crisp summer morning to let the world see your obsession in steel and chrome.
Kaipara boasts many a vintage, classic or collectible machines lurking in sheds and garages, tucked under tarps or pieced away in boxes to be re-assembled.
That’s why long-time motorbike fan, keen rider and top local mechanic Rick Groves is sparking up interest for a new club — open to all lovers of the open highway on two wheels.
He says that the club is planned as an informal group of mates with their passion for two-wheelers in common, and that all bikes are welcome so long as they are a little bit special. That could mean anything from true vintage machines like ‘knuckle head’ Harleys through to modified Japanese road bikes, Italian cafe racers to full-trim touring cruisers.
As the owner of a Norton, a BSA and a ‘Bantam’, Rick knows that a love of motorbikes often means starting a collection!
The club is in its infancy right now, but plans are afoot for it to be headquartered in the Northern Wairoa Boating Club’s spacious clubrooms, central to Dargaville. A full dance-card of shed raids, fun rides and regular get-togethers will be put on the calendar next month after ‘foundation members’ put their names forward and swell the ranks.
If you’d like to join this non-brand-affiliated, not for profit but simply for fun motorcycle club in Dargaville, give Rick a call on 021 814 066 or visit him at the Dargaville WOF and Repair Centre.