Bikers head for highway

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Shane Christie (left) and Clint Collett with their respective 2007 and 2021 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycles.

Members of the Ashburton Motorcycle Club were joined by motorbike enthusiasts on a scenic road trip last weekend taking in Coes Ford, Governors Bay and Lyttelton before checking out the Mike Pero Motorcycle Museum in Avonhead.

Organiser Shane Christie said the annual road trip, which included stopping for lunch in Ferrymead, was on Ashburton’s Wheels Week calendar and a bit different from the usual TT racing members did.

The road trip, which was roughly a 200km distance and open to anyone to join, was a chance to have a decent ride together, Shane said.

Around 40 motorcyclists took part riding a variety of machines including a Buell, Harley Davidsons, an Aprillia, Ducatis and Hondas.

Shane was riding a 2007 Kawasaki Ninja which was bought sight unseen from Wellington two years ago. It was a 1000cc, four cylinder bike and the second Ninja that Shane had owned over the years.

All up he had owned around 10 road bikes in the past before getting it.

“It’s pretty good. But there’s always room for more,” he said.

Fellow rider Clint Collett was on a 2021 model, which was his dream bike – for now – and one he had owned for two months. His longest trip so far was to Rotheram, in North Canterbury, and return.

The club has around 70 members, aged from 20 years and older, who take part in monthly TT races over winter. Anyone interested can contact them through their Facebook page.