CONFIRMED 2019 BIKES
Ducati Superleggera 1199,
1978 Ducati 900SS
Pete & Robyn
Norm Macdonald's Yamaha TZ750
Dave and Lachlan
European rumbling and barking and howling from the East.
This year's Colour and Noise Motorcycle Parade laps have a distinctly European feel, but there also a screaming zing, zing, zing from the East.
The zing is from a rare Yamaha TZ750, a race bike that more 40 years ago changed the face of world motorcycling. Four cylinders of brute two-stroke power, the TZ750 model range helped many a young Kiwi rider on to the world stage.
The example at Waimate belongs to Norm Macdonald, who has resurrected it from his shed, where it was parked up in the 1908s. He has completely rebuilt it into a stunning 21st century example.
Another bike from another era which also propelled young New Zealanders to wider world fame is Gary Cotterell's 1963 Manx Norton 500 (#122). This big single cylinder emits a most distinctive sound. And keeping with the British theme, Gary is also fielding a very rare three-cylinder Rob North-framed Triumph Trident.
Bringing things right up to date, Dale Finch is out on Helicraft Racing's Italian-made MV Agusta 675, which he'll be campaigning in the New Zealand Supersport 600 Championship this coming season.
Jayden Scott returns to his hometown this weekend with his Bears (British, European American) KTM 990 racer, while Aaron Clarke fields a beautifully detailed Triumph Thruxton R.
A strong Italian presence is headed by Graham Menzies, who struggled to chose just which bike to bring, so at time of printing, he is opting to bring five!
Heading the list is a 2014 Ducati Superleggera 1199, the lightest and the fastest twin ever made. It weighs just 165 kg and and pumps out an explosive 215hp. If you want to buy one (only 500 were made), make sure you have a spare six-figure sum in your bank account.
The Waimate 50 has prompted Graham to finish rebuilding a 900cc Mike Hailwood Replica Ducati, a limited edition motorcycle that celebrated Hailwood's winning return to the Isle of Man in 1978.
For pure noise, a much modified 1980 900cc Ducati Darmah will take some beating, while the 1978 Ducati 900SS is the result of "left over parts from my race days", and is a real scene-stealer.
Graham's odd one out is a Laverda 750, a high revving parallel 750 twin.
Also caught up in a choice conundrum is Andy Birchall. As well went to print, he was still trying to decide, but expect some pretty special MV Agustas. And maybe even a 21st Century version of a Royal Enfield.
Tracy Durham found his choice a little easier and is looking forward to taking to the streets with his race-tuned Aprilia RSV4 RR Superbike.
And let's not forget the three-wheeled fraternity. Dave Reesby and Lachlan McDonald are parading their 1976 Yamaha XS750 triple-cylinder sidecar (#32), while
Peter Briton and Robyn Arnold are adding noise and flavours with their 1972 Yamaha XS650 sidecar (# 46).
If you are liking what you see and hear, stop by the motorcycle pit area for a chat and a chance to be photographed with some very special motorcycles.
And put this date in your diary: The Mike Pero Southern Classic, on November 30-December 2, at Levels Raceway Timaru. It's one of the premier classic and post-classic race meetings in New Zealand and this year also features one of the few privately owned Aprilia MotoGP bikes in the world.