New Zealand

  • Kawasaki Z1A by Graeme Crosby

    Kawasaki Z1A by Graeme Crosby

  • Suzuki GS550 custom

    Suzuki GS550 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    New Zealand has a remarkably strong motorcycle culture, as befits an island blessed with wonderful country roads and a strong do-it-yourself nature. But the focus is usually on classic rather than custom motorcycles: you’ll see a lot of old British iron at moto events, but… Read more »

  • A Time For Thanks

    A Time For Thanks

  • Chris Hunter Bike EXIF news

    It’s hard to believe that Bike EXIF started just four years ago. It’s now one of the largest motorcycle sites in the world. So today feels like a good day to offer thanks. Firstly to you, the reader, for sharing our passion and joining us… Read more »

  • Yoshimura GS1000R Cooley/Crosby

    Yoshimura GS1000R Cooley/Crosby

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Japanese motorcycle culture is full of little side streets and half-hidden diversions: it probably has more depth than anywhere else in the world. And when the Japanese get into something, they really get into it. The scale model motorcycle scene is typical: it’s huge over… Read more »

  • 1968 Bultaco TSS racer

    1968 Bultaco TSS racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    The New Zealand auction house Webbs has a habit of uncovering some gems for its sales, and this is the star of its next show: a 1968 Bultaco TSS racer campaigned by local legend Ginger Molloy. And don’t those lines still look beautiful, over four… Read more »

  • Matchless Rickman Metisse G50

    Matchless Rickman Metisse G50

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Matchless (and AJS) motorcycles. And if I had a spare US$40,000 kicking around, I’d pop over to New Zealand and bid for this one in the Webb’s Auction of Classic Motorcycles. It’s a G50, a 500cc development of… Read more »

  • Britten: The “greatest motorcycle ever built”?

    Britten: The “greatest motorcycle ever built”?

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    I’d never heard of the Britten motorcycle until I moved to New Zealand in 1997. But in the motorsport-mad Land of The Long White Cloud, John Britten is a household name—and rightly so. His V1000 has been described as ‘the greatest motorcycle ever built’, because… Read more »

  • Ducati MH900e streetfighter

    Ducati MH900e streetfighter

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    A few weeks ago, I read about this custom streetfighter on the Ducati Monster list. And then yesterday, a friend sent me a link to the same bike for sale on a New Zealand auction site. So I guess I should feature this stubby, purposeful-looking… Read more »

  • Burt Munro Velocette

    Burt Munro Velocette

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    A few hours ago, this skeletal, history-soaked drag racer went up for grabs at the Webb’s classic motorcycle auction in New Zealand. The Velocette was modified by Burt Munro and his mate Duncan Meikle: although Munro is obviously associated with Indians, he actually spent more… Read more »

  • Konig 500 GP

    Konig 500 GP

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesRacing Motorcycles ,,

    The elegant König was an extremely competitive race bike. Rather strangely, it was powered by a boat engine: a water-cooled, four-cylinder, two-stroke. In the hands of New Zealand racer Kim Newcombe, the König (‘King’ in German) trumped the MVs of the day. Unfortunately, Newcombe died… Read more »

  • Norton Manx 30M

    Norton Manx 30M

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesRacing Motorcycles ,,,

    I’ve just had a lovely email from Marian Simms in New Zealand. She’s the editor and publisher of the fashion glossy Karen, and daughter of Australian racer John Simms. “He has more bikes than is socially acceptable,” she says, “and is currently rebuilding a Manx… Read more »