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Editor’s Note


Editor’s Note Well what a month. Here is the September issue, which you will get in early October. Yes NZCSC Rally it’s been that crazy.

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Today (29 September) was the final meeting of the Motorcycle Safety Levy Establishment Group. By the end of October I expect that the members of the actual MSL Advisory Council will be appointed. This group will consider applications to use the funding provided by the $30 levy you pay for every moped, scooter, or motorcycle, to improve motorcycle safety.

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This approach of having motorcyclists decide how motorcyclists levies are spent is quite new for ACC, and despite their initial anxieties, I believe they now see this as an innovative way to involve people in improving their own safety - as opposed to ACC deciding what to do by themselves. The Advisory Council does have a lot of hard work ahead though.

Govt acts to improve motorcycle safety




Today also saw the announcement that, among other changes, moped riders will eventually be expected to complete some rider training (a new “6 M” licence class) before being able to legally ride a moped. See page 13 for more details.

Story of an Allstate: #12


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coil, and went to a nearby house to ring up for help.

One weekend in the summer of 1962 (I think), I decided to take a full-day trip on my N-Zeta 501. Left from Hataitai quite early and headed north.

The AA checked that I was a member, but told me they weren't able to help. Instead,

No traffic congestion then, and made good time up Ngauranga Gorge. Stopped for a coffee at Levin and carried on to Wanganui. There, I did some local sightseeing and, after a light lunch, headed back home the way I'd come.

I pointed out that the N-Zeta did indeed have 6-volt batteries – two of them, in series.

Some 6 km out of the River City the scooter stopped. I had already

I was given the number of a motorcycle shop.

"But all scooters have 6-volt

I rang that motorbike and scooter shop, spoke to the workshop, and told them my trouble.

batteries, and so do most bikes."

They said they would send out a van with a replacement coil. I told them the N-Zeta had a 12-volt system, and went back to wait in the shade for the van to arrive -which it did about 20 minutes later.

experienced a spark plug growing whiskers, thanks to the leaded fuel. I pushed the machine in to the parking area at the Kaitoke Hall, the safest place to work on the scooter. On inspection, the plug was reasonably clean, no whiskers.

The mechanic repeated the tests I had done, agreed that the coil was burnt out, and changed it for a new one. I asked if that new coil was for a 12-volt system only to be told it was a 6-volt one, but it would get me going. That mechanic was sure I was mistaken. "But all scooters

I turned the petrol tap off, gave the engine several turns by the starter, and looked for a spark. There was none. I said a quiet "Damn", diagnosed a burntout


Vespas, Lambrettas, and Triumph Tigresses to be seen. No N-Zetas, however, let alone Messerschmidts.

have 6-volt batteries, and so do most bikes." With the new coil fitted, I followed the van back to the workshop, having to push the machine the last few hundred yards. You guessed it; that coil had burnt out, too.

I got a 12-volt sports coil installed and was charged for only for the original 6-volt one (and nothing for the labour; the shop agreed to put it down to experience and accepting that the customer usually knows what he is talking about). Even so, that bike shop had to send out to a car shop to get one.

Finally, I pointed out that the N-Zeta did indeed have 6-volt batteries – two of them, in series. Well, the N-Zeta was rather rare in Wanganui in those days. There were

After that, no troubles. A pleasant ride back to Hataitai, wipe down the bodywork, and into the flat to enjoy my evening meal. I slept well that night.

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STORY OF AN ALLSTATE: NUMBER 12 Jess Corbett This month we continue the story of the owners of a Sears Roebuck Allstate Vespa, first brought into New Zealand in 1963 by an emigre from the United States.

Previous owner Steven Greer sold the Allstate for about $800. The new owner was Peter Smith. Peter: “ � In October 2007 Peter listed the Allstate for sale by auction on the auction website Trade Me: 1959 Vespa 125 Allstate This is a 1959 Vespa 125, sold through the Sears mail-order catalogue in the US as a "Vespa Allstate". Its model designation is VA9T (see for specifications). It is a project I've abandoned through a shortage of time, enthusiasm and space. The engine has been stripped, gaskets replaced, cylinder honed and new rings fitted. It has new tyres/tubes and new cable outers. The scooter is complete apart from: cooling fan fan casing engine cowl air hose gear selector lid headlight The body is free of rust but has had an amateur paint-job. Rego is on hold (but costs only $87 per year!). Happy bidding. On October 15th the Allstate sold for $800, to Matt Brookes in Wellington. 5


Bryan’s Scooter Shed - 1982-1986 (or thereabouts) Jess Corbett

Rumours of a stash of scooters somewhere out in the Hutt in the 1980's have circulated for some time, and I have heard about the shed filled with scooters from more than one person in the last couple of years. Attempts at locating the mysterious owner ended with nothing concrete, and it was not until Bryan Mitchell asked Mike Salmon to restore his 1957 TWN Tessy, which he'd kept in dry storage for some 25 years, that I was finally able to get the story.

loads of Nzetas from Ian James, a farmer in Rangiutu, for $100.

Bryan acquired his first vespa at the age of 12 or 13 – a sportique which featured the classic kiwi bodge of a hole cut in the floorboards for cables, as seen in the photograph. Things snowballed from there, and Bryan ended with a shed in Maungarakei full to the brim of scooters and parts, acquired from places such as Benny's Motor Shop, Quality Motorcycles, and a couple of trailer

Getting them going and selling them off quickly, mainly to students, Bryan also tried to show the riders how to use them, but there were many instances of the riders friends putting four stroke oil in and ruining them. One rider had a back wheel come off after someone fixed a puncture and didn't tighten the nuts up properly.

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Bryan was a mechanic after school – and eventually ended up with a scooter business - “Bryan's Scooter Shed”, a shed about half the size of a house. The shed was 60 metres down a bank, with rickety paths to get the scooters up and down. The shed itself was built out of GM car cases. There were so many scooters Bryan had them hung from the roof.

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Bryan was also involved in scooter racing – Shell 2 Wheelers at Lyall Bay, and at Manfield a half circuit race (because they were so slow...). They used to hot them up, until one racer put a Honda 440 in a Puch and left them in the dust. They were planning to get a Fuji Rabbit and put a new engine in, but eventually they were banned because they crashed so frequently, and it was considered by the committee too dangerous to modify them so extensively. While over in Australia setting up a business, his father called to let him know a couple of guys from Palmerston North were interested in the contents of his shed – and he let it all go for a couple of thousand dollars – it needed a lot of work. The new owners spent days traipsing up and 9

down the bank shifting the scooters out. What was left was a lot of Nzetas and other models – most of the vespas were already fixed and sold.


A friend of Bryan’s had a 'weird looking' scooter, and Bryan paid $80 for it – a TWN Tessy. Always intending to restore it, the restoration never happened, and the Tessy has been in dry storage for the last 25 years or so. The restoration is underway now, look out for more photos in coming months.


Govt acts to improve motorcycle safety * Require all moped riders to complete a moped-specific basic Transport Minister Steven Joyce says handling skills test along with a the Government has moved to tackle the motorcycle learner theory test to obtain growing issue of motorcycle and moped a new Class 6M licence (to be phased in safety with a number of actions aimed at over three years). better training for novice and returning * Introduce a power-to-weight riders. restriction for novice riders. "Cabinet has approved changes that will * Develop appropriate refresher ensure people have a range of safe skills when they start riding motorcycles and training for returning riders and mopeds. These are of part of a package encourage uptake. completing first actions from the Safer * Promote the benefits of highJourneys road safety strategy," says Mr visibility and protective clothing. Joyce. 29 September 2010

Actions to improve motorcycle and moped safety are: * Strengthen motorcycle licence tests and make them more motorcycle specific.

A power-to-weight restriction for novices replaces the current cc restrictions, as there are now high performance bikes available with a low cc.

Actions for improving the safety of * Remove the option for motorcyclists motorcycle and moped riders will be to complete an approved driving course included in a Driver Licensing Amendment Rule. Consultation on this (Defensive Driving or Street Talk) to rule will commence shortly. The package reduce their time on a restricted for completing Safer Journeys first motorcycle licence and introduce actions also contained changes to give motorcycle-specific training as an way rules. alternative to the standard testing regime. More information on these actions and on Safer Journeys: New Zealand's Road * Require all novice motorcyclists, Safety Strategy 2010-2020 is available regardless of age, to be subject to the at: same minimum time requirements at the restricted licence stage.

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