They won't be winning any races at speeds under 50kmh, but
moped and scooter riders in today's second annual Upper
Clutha Scooter Hooter motorcycle rally are quite content with
taking their time.
''[The motorbikes] go faster than that but you don't want to
get there too fast,'' rally organiser Paul van Klink said.
''It's about the journey rather than the destination.''
It is a journey that Mr van Klink hoped would not be hampered
by bad weather. However, he expected up to 20 people from
throughout Canterbury, Otago and Southland would still take
part in the fledgling rally. Riders aged in their 30s through
to their 70s were registered.
''It's just quite a fun thing to do with a whole mismatch of
people. A lot of these bikes are buried away in the back of
sheds and things, so it's quite fun to get them out.''
The inaugural rally last year attracted everything from 1950s
mopeds to modern scooters, and Mr van Klink expected the same
diverse mix this year.
He will be on his 1970 Suzuki AC50 Maverick which he restored
from a ''rusty old bucket'' to like new again.
Registration begins at 10am on the lakefront opposite
Pembroke Park, before a 10.30am departure.