Story: Motorcycles

Douglas Vespa (1st of 2)

Douglas Vespa

This Italian scooter model dates from 1953, and was restored by a New Zealand collector. Scooters were less popular in New Zealand than in Europe. They are mainly useful for getting around cities – New Zealanders often preferred higher-powered bikes which could also cope with rough roads.

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Carl Walrond, 'Motorcycles - Bikes and the law', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 July 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010