Story: Motorcycles

Norton (3rd of 6)


This early Norton single-piston racing motorbike is a chain-driven model. The rider wears a leather hat with chinstrap and goggles. The puttees stop his trouser cuffs from snagging on the bike and protect his pants from mud. The name of the rider and event are unknown but the photograph was taken in the early 1930s, possibly in Blenheim.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, H. N. Whitehead Collection (PAColl-3068)
Reference: 1/1-004819; G
Photograph by Henry Norford Whitehead

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond, 'Motorcycles - History of motorcycles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 May 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010