07 Mar 2015
VCC Moped and Clip-on Run
Like last year, Gary and I organised a flat run from Halswell along the most winding roads of the Selwyn District. Great weather, 19 bikes, and stops at Selwyn Huts, The Laboratory pub (under construction), and the Prebbleton Irish pub.
01 Mar 2015
50s to 50
Sharon on the DS and I on the Hero joined another dozen riders on this run from Princess Margaret Hospital, up Dyers Pass, along Summit road to Gebbies Pass, Governors Bay and the Valley Inn. Perfect riding weather - lots of sun and no wind.
06 Feb 2015
Waitangi Day Run
What started as a very windy day turned out to be a great occasion. 17 bikes drove from Halswell over Gebbies Pass, through Governors Bay and the Lyttelton Tunnel to the Valley Inn. I drove the Hero Puch on its first outing, joined by Sharon of the VS50K and Jamie on the MS50V.
26 Dec 2014
Dave and Dave's Boxing Day Run
Along the beach to Ferrymead, through the tunnel to Governors Bay and back.
14 Dec 2014
Fish and Chop Shop - Big Day Out
Peter had invited to this new run - 200 km from Lincoln via Rakaia to Methven, through the Rakaia Gorge and Hororata back to Lincoln. It really was a Big Day Out, with 29 riders attending in great weather. Sharon started on the blue 1960 SR, and I on the red 1967 SRA. After approx 50 km, Sharon could no longer shift into 3rd gear due to a lost adjustment in the cables. We switched bikes and tried to drive to Rakaia in 2nd. Unfortunately, the engine didn't took too kindly to this strain and overheated. So it was onto the trailer, and Sharon and I shared driving the SRA.
29 Nov 2014
Syd's Run 2014
The usual run from Tai Tapu via the Golden Mile, Lincoln, Springston and back to Tait Tapu. Around 110 bikes with 10 Puchs in attendance, including Sharon on the VS50K and me on the X30. My run was cut short as I had to assist Mike whose VS broke down with a broken piston ring.
05 Oct 2014
Scoot to the Sky
Clive organised this new run from Methven up to the Mt Hutt Ski Area as a fundraiser for the rescue helicopter. Around 35 bikes showed up. Since the run itself is not very long, I decided to ride the blue SR 150 all the way from Christchurch, making this a 260 km round trip. What can I say, it was absolutely spectacular. The ski field was still open, so we ended up in the snow.
20 Sep 2014
Upper Clutha Scooter Hooter
Johan and I trailered his MV and my DS down to Wanaka for this great run. Not a cloud in the sky and so it was no suprise that 35 bikes showed up (including six Puchs). It was breath-taking, driving under the snow-capped mountains of Central Otago from Wanaka to Lake Hawea, Luggate, with a stop at the Warbirds Museum.
14 Sep 2014
Kick Starter Run
Took the blue SR to this run which I thought was for mopeds, but it turned out it was a motorbike run. So rather than driving all the way to Waikari me and Geoff on a 125 took a short cut to the finish in Amberley (79 miles).
18 Jul 2014
Lake Kaniere 2014
Troy (X30), Mike (MS50V), Shane (VS50K) and myself (DS) on the Puchs met with three more riders from Christchurch and four locals on a glorious day to keep this tradition alive.
13 Jul 2014
Ivan and Vicky's Chilly Run
There is no bad riding weather, just inapproriate clothing. However, on the day, it was sunny and not too cold at all. So 17 drivers had a great day out driving the backroads from Christchurch to Rangiora.
27 Apr 2014
Rising Suns Moped Run
Bruce invited to this run along Summit Road, down Gebbies Pass to Diamond Harbour. Another beautiful day saw 40 bikes a the start, including Sharon on the VS50K and me on the DS.
26 Apr 2014
VCC Scooter and Small Motorcycle Run
Another one of John's great North Canterbury runs. Not a could in the sky and 23 bikes including Sharon (DS60R), myself (SR150), Gary VS50L, and Owen's two MS50s.
30 Mar 2014
James and Rose's Whistle Run
A nice run though north Christchruch. See also the Small Bike Runs Facebook page.
01 Mar 2014
VCC Moped and Clip-on Run
Gary and I organised this flat run from Halswell along the most winding roads of the Selwyn District. A total of 29 bikes including Solexes, Ducatis, a Sparta, six Puchs and others showed up for this run of 84 km. The weather was great and we had a great time.
06 Feb 2014
Tim's Watiangi Day Run
Around 50 bikes met at the Halswell supermarket on a beautiful day to follow the reverse Syds' route over Gebbies Pass, past Governors Bay and through the Lyttelton Tunnel. We had the whole family together for once: Sharon on the VS50K, Jamie on the MS50V, Troy on the X30 and myself on the DS. We were joint by Mike on his VS50L (for which Johan and I had rebuilt the engine last week replacing the crank shaft assembly), Johan on his MS50V, and Adam on his 1956 MS50L with leg shield.
05 Jan 2014
Ivan and Vicky's Last Minute Run
20 bikes for this trip around Spencerville and Brooklands. What a nice day out but also a bit depressing driving though idyllic but now red-zones residential areas.
26 Dec 2013
Dave & Dave's 8th Annual Boxing Day Run
A total of 16 bikes, including me on the DS, Sharon on the VS, Jamie on the MS with newly decorated tank, and Mike on his newly cylinder-kitted VS on this traditional run, starting from Dave's place in Wattle Drive. Drizzle, all the way, but we took off along Marine Parade and through the Lyttelton Tunnel to the Governors Bay Hotel. From there back to the Port Hole in Lyttelton and back through the tunnel. The rest of the pack returned to Chats and Dave's place, but we turned off home as the DS wasn't running very well, and the MS had a broken clutch cable.
23 Nov 2013
Syd's Run 2013
Same route as the previous two years, except we started and finished at the Tai Tapu Hotel. About 150 bikes of which nine where Puchs. Saw a new white SRA150 and a green VS50L. Sharon and I were on the VS50K and DS.
10 Nov 2013
Pedal Run
Peter and Alan had invited to this run, and about a dozen mopeds turned up at the Valley Inn in Heathcote to follow the old Syd's route through the Lyttelton Tunnel, along the bays to Governor's Bay and then over Gebbies Pass to the Tai Tapu Hotel. Sharon rode the X30 and I was on the MS50V. We were joined by Martin (the brewer) on his recently acquired 1956 MS50L, currently the oldest Puch in NZ we know of. Also on the run were Peter on his blue VS50D and Johan on the MS50V. Mike joined us a the start of the run, but his red VS50L wasn't running well so he decided to return home.
19 Oct 2013
Ivan's Birthday Run
Winter has been long, but what a beautiful day to blow off the cobwebs! 37 mopeds (and their drivers) met at Ivan and Vicky's place in Richmond for this first run of the season. Participating Puchs were Sharon (VS50K), Mike (on Jamie's MS50V), Martin (on his newly painted VS50L), myself (DS60R) as well as Johan (MV50S) and Adam (on a previously unseen and beautifully restored 1956 MS50L). The route first went to the top of Mt Pleasant Road. A steep climb but rewarded with its stunning views over the Estuary and beaches. The DS made it easy, going up all the way in second gear. Unfortunately, both directions of Summit Rd were blocked - to the left temporarily because of roadworks, and to the right permanently because of ongoing earthquake risk. It didn't matter, because the descent was just as fun. First stop at the Valley Inn for a quick refreshment before roaring through the Lyttelton Tunnel to Governors Bay. Another stop before heading back to Irish Pub in Lyttleton. From there back through the tunnel and back to Ivan and Vicky's where we had a great time having a BBQ and heaps of talks. (Map)
Adam also has SRAs, and later we were joined by Adrian, who has a DS60R and a number of SRAs as well. Plenty to talk about! Both live out of town but I will follow up with them in the next weeks.
27 Jul 2013
VCC Fish and Chip Run
The motorbike section of the Canterbury Vintage Car Club holds a monthly run. This is for motorbikes, but John Benn inspired me to have a go with the moped. Fortunately, on the day, it was a flat run, so with a bit of headstart, the VS50K and I arrived at the destination, the West Melton Tavern, only shortly after the motorbikes. I need to get the SR on the road soon to be able to participate properly.
20 Jul 2013
Lake Kaniere 2013
Since this awesome run hadn't taken place because of the events in 2011, Gary, Brent and myself decided that we should go over anyway on the usual third weekend in July.
We had spread the word during the previous runs in Canterbury, and we were thrilled to see that Terry and Peter made their way over from Christchurch early on Saturday morning. Of course, at that time K-G-B had already spent an evening at the Pioneer Hotel and a night at the Hokitika Kiwi Holiday Park. We were also joined by Peter from Hoktika on his beautiful black 1966 MS50V, which has been in his family for three generations. So a total of six bikes which was more than we hoped for.
The day of the run was overcast but only had a short period of drizzle. We were well prepared so it didn't really matter. Unfortunately, Gary's VS50L broke down 5 km from the finish line, so we towed him home.
We will be back next year, and who knows: Maybe we can rekindle this run?
17 Mar 2013
Ivan and Vicky's Last Minute Run
After weeks of sunny weather, rain returned to Christchurch for the start of this run. Only 11 bikes in total - quality over quantity! After driving through the residential red zone along Horsehoe Lake Rd we headed up Burwood Rd to North Brighton and along Marine Parade. First stop at the Woolston WMC to have a look at the Classic Japanese Motorcycle Show. Unfortunately, the DS developed a fuel issue resulting in it running for 500 metres and then stalling again. So while I limped home to get the VS50K, the others drove on to Sumner, up and down Summit Road and on to the next stop at the Speights Ale House in Ferry Road. From there along Centaurus Rd where I left the others to head home again.
07 Feb 2013
Waitangi Day Run
Ivan and Vicky had invited for this run starting at the Shirley Lodge in Marshlands Road going to Kainga. A great day out although we had a few breakdowns. First Sharon had a flat tire on the VS50K which made us miss the start of the run. Then the clutch cable on Mike's VS broke, and then I lost the clutch centering screw from the side cover of the DS. So we limped home with two bike without clutches but made it in the end. No problem with Jamie's MS and Troy on the X30.
26 Dec 2012
Dave & Dave's 7th Annual Boxing Day Run
Jamie (MS50V), Mike (his black VS50L), Sharon (VS50K) and I (X30) took part in this annual event. The weather forecast was a bit dodgy, but still more than 20 bikes turned up. We assembled as usual at Wattle Drive and then took off towards home again over Dyers Pass to Governor's Bay. It had started to rain, and in a left hairpin turn, Sharon slipped and fell, twisting her knee. The legshield of the VS was slightly dented, but can be fixed. The substructure wasn't damaged. After lunch at the Governor's Bay Hotel we drove through the Lyttelton Tunnel to the Valley Inn.
09 Dec 2012
Reverse Syd's Hill Run

We invited through Ivan and Vicky's mailing list and had a turnout of 20 bikes.

Princess Margaret Hospital -> Halswell Quarry -> Old Tait Tapu Road -> Gebbies Pass -> Governors Bay Hotel -> Lyttelton Tunnel -> Valley Inn
24 Nov 2012 Syd's Run 2012

This year's course was the same as 2011, a flat run from Templeton, via the Famous Grouse Hotel in Lincoln, the Springston Hotel to the Tai Tapu Hotel.

Attendance was down a bit with just over 200 bikes, 11 of which were Puchs. After a few drizzles in the morning the sun came out and it was a brilliant day.

Jamie showed up in her car as she discovered that the MS had a flat tire, and Sharon (VS50K) and I (X30) were already on the road. Mike and Gary joined us with their VS50Ls, and Bomber with his green MS50V. Sharon won a price for "Best Lady Driver".

20 Oct 2012
50s do 50
Sharon, Jamie, Mike and Nick (from work) assembled at our place at 9 this run from Cashmere, up Dyers Pass, along the Summit road, down Gebbies Pass, with a stop at Governors Bay Hotel, through the Lyttelton tunnel, stop at the Valley Inn Hotel, finishing at Smash Palace. This is pretty much our standard family run! As the Maxi had some question marks over its compression, I had picked up Bomber's MS50V the night before (for Nick), but found that none of the brakes worked sufficiently. Despite my best efforts and up until midnight, I couldn't get the brakes to an acceptable level.
So Sharon took off with the VS50K, Jamie on the black MS50V, Mike on his new VS50L, Nick on the X30, and me on the Maxi. Close to the start at the bottom of the hill, the VS50K stopped running, and despite of Johan's help, we couldn't fix it. So we loaded the VS50K on the "sick bay" trailer and drove it up the hill again. 50 m from home, the bike fell over and smashed the front and rear lights! At this stage, Nick decided to give up the X30 for me and drove back to our place as well. While I was waiting for the mob to  go past our house, Sharon signalled that the Maxi wasn't running well either, so I tried, decided that is was no good and had to follow the bikes by car.
Otherwise, perfect riding weather and 39 bikes, with quite a few new faces.

Seat not required.
Quake City Rumblers.
Red Baron Bike.
At the Valley Inn.


   
22 Sep 2012 Inaugural Upper Clutha Moped Run
Sharon and I travelled down to Wanaka with the VS50K and the MS50V on a trailer on the Friday. It was a long drive, but the mopeds travelled well in their newly built frame. We arrived about 6pm, and once settled into the motel, took the mopeds off the trailer intending to go for a twilight ride. However, the fuel line on the MS had hardened and shrunk, and was leaking. Paul (the organiser) came to the rescue with a new piece of fuel hose, but by the time it was all fixed it was a bit late to go riding. Saturday dawned beautifully fine, and we met up with another 11 moped riders at the lakefront (including a VS50L and MS50V from Balclutha!) The run took us to the transport museum for a brief stop, then on to Luggate, where we had the first refreshment stop. The VS won the publican's choice! Then we headed to Lake Hawea, for the lunch stop. Great scenery all the way! After lunch we headed through to Albert Town, where the VS won the publican's choice again! The last leg was through some back roads and along the lake front back to Wanaka, and the last refreshment stop. A great day, and exceptionally well organised, thanks to Paul!
On Sunday we headed through to Cromwell to check out the VCC swap meet, and then round to Hans' place to look at his collection of bikes, including three Puchs.

Wanaka - Before the start
Before the start
First refreshment stop at Luggate
First refreshment stop at Luggate
Puchs rule at Wanaka!
Puchs rule at Wanaka!
Paul
Paul, the organiser

   
28 Apr 2012
Vintage Car Club Scooter Run
John organised this fantastic run. Around 160 km with three stops north of Christchurch. Although intended as a scooter run, there were only two scooters but around 30 mopeds. Not a huge turnout despite the great weather, but what a great day we had! Sharon, Jamie, Mike and myself were joined by Gary on his red VS50L, and Matt on his golden Vespa.

Mike on VS
Mike on VS50K
Jamie on MS
Jamie before the last pub stop
Matt and Gary at the pub
Matt and Gary
Bike
Some of the bikes

   
17 Mar 2012
Vintage Car Club Moped Run
VCC Moped Run 2012

Sharon (VS50K), Jamie (MS50V), Mike (X30) and myself (still in the car) met up with Johan (MV50), Gary (MS50L) and Bomber (Solex) for this relatively short run (around 35km). After cruising the streets of Riccarton and Avonhead we headed west towards Templeton and then back on Yaldhurst Rd to the Avonhead Tavern. This was the first outing for the black MS50V which did really well.
26 Dec 2011
Dave & Dave's 6th Annual Boxing Day Run
Boxing Day Run 2011

Sharon, Trevor, Troy and Mike took turns on the VS50K, the Maxi 2K and the X30. I followed in the convertible (still not allowed to drive after my shoulder op).
  1. 13 km to the start in Wattle Drive.
  2. First stop at the Valley Inn in Heathcote.
  3. Climb up Mt Pleasant Rd, down Monk Spurs Rd to the Speight's Ale House in Ferrymead.
    All bikes made it up the steep hill without any problems.
  4. Via New Brighton back to the start with stops at The Turf and Chats Bar.
Beautiful weather and a great turnout for Boxing Day with 30 bikes. Saw a 1958 Puch SRA 150 scooter.
26 Nov 2011 Syd's Run 2011
This year the course was changed from the traditional Banks Peninsula run to a flat run between Templeton and Tai Tapu.
  1. 19 km to the Golden Mile
  2. 38 km on the actual moped run via the Famous Grouse Hotel in Lincoln, the Springston Hotel to the Tai Tapu Hotel
  3. 34 km home via Gebbies Pass (Wheatsheaf Hotel) and Dyers Pass for good measure

Still well attended with a total of 280 bikes, but one wonders what could have been... Saw two new VS50L, one MS50 and one Maxi.
Sharon, Jamie, Mike and Troy took turns on the VS50K and the X30.

30 Oct 2011 Ivan & Vicky's 50 for 50's Moped Run
Sharon, Jamie and Troy took the VS50K and the X30 on a moped run. As I still have my arm in the sling after shoulder surgery, the non-moped driver chauffeured me around with the Celica convertible. It was a great day out and the kids did really well taking it carefully. Good turnout with 51 mopeds, my VS50K being the second-oldest (beaten by a rare 1955 Göricke Görette).
  1. From Princes Margaret Hospital in Cashmere, up Dyers Pass
  2. Along the Summit Road, down Gebbies Pass to Governors Bay (lunch overlooking the harbour)
  3. Back through the Lyttelton tunnel for another stop at the Valley Inn pub and then home.
A total of 57 km. Amazing what a difference less weight makes on the steep climbs. Sharon and Troy had no problems whereas with me the VS really struggles.
16 Jul 2011
Lake Kaniere Run 2011
Matt, Gary, Bomber and I drove over to the coast again for this great run. Again the weather was brilliant but brisk. Beautiful views of the snow-covered mountains and the lake. Unfortunately a guy fell off his bike and another ran into him. Police, ambulance and helicopter attended which could mean the end of this great event. Let's hope not!

Mad Max
Mad Max Bike
Clip on
Typical clip-on
Stop at Lake Kaniere
Stop at the lake
Bikes on trailers
Our bikes on the trailer

20 Nov 2010
Syd's Run 2010
First outing for my Puch X30. It did extremely well on another beautiful day.
July 2010
Lake Kaniere Run 2010
Matt, his Dad, Gary and I drove over to Hokitika for a cold and sunny weekend with a trailer full of Solexes and Gary's VS50L. What a spectacular run with lots of home-built bikes.
24 Nov 2009
Syd's Run 2009

Matt lent me a Solex for my first taste of moped fever in Canterbury. Around 300 bikes attending - many of them home-built contraptions. What a great day driving (and pushing) the hills of Banks Peninsula. A decision was made: I had to get my own moped soon!
  1. From the Cashmere Club through the Lyttelton Tunnel to the Governors Bay Hotel.
  2. Along the bays to the Wheatsheaf Hotel at the bottom of Gebbies Pass.
  3. Over Gebbies Pass to the Tai Tapu Hotel.
Matt and Kurt on Solex
Matt and me at the start
Pushing up Gebbie's Pass
Me pushing up Gebbies Pass
Gary on his VS50L
Gary on his VS50L arriving at the Tai Tapu Hotel


More great pictures on http://picasaweb.google.com/toycollector10/SydSRun2009.