Kōrero: Motorcycles

First motorcycle, around 1900

First motorcycle, around 1900

Mr Henning (left) and Mr Service of Auckland pose with their De Dion two-and-a-half horsepower motor tricycle. The first manufactured motorcycle introduced to New Zealand was a one-and-three-quarter horsepower De Dion motor tricycle, made in France. It was imported by a Christchurch man named Acton-Adams in 1899. It cost him £100, packing was £3, freight £8 10s., and customs duty £22. In 2008 terms the total cost would have been around $21,000. He sold the bike a year later for £55.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
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Carl Walrond, 'Motorcycles - History of motorcycles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/20684/first-motorcycle-around-1900 (accessed 27 January 2022)

He kōrero nā Carl Walrond, i tāngia i te 11 Mar 2010