Richard Pearse, the first man in New Zealand to fly, also had a motorbike. In 1911, not long after moving from South Canterbury to farm at Milton in South Otago, he adapted a conventional bicycle frame and fitted a crude home-built engine. The motor drove the back wheel via a belt. This ran from a drive wheel on the engine to the large inner rim, visible through the spokes of the back wheel.
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