Good old air cooled single cylinder four stroke. Simple, lightweight, reliable and light on fuel. You really can tour New Zealand’s South Island on one of these, you won’t get any speeding tickets but will have fun waving at those who have as you cruise past at a steady 85km/hr (if the winds behind).
Being slightly more serious, these LAMS Approved Suzuki GN125,s are actually a pretty good cheap rental motorcycle.. They will get you to wherever you want to go plus you’ll have fun along the way. It’s amazing how many people will just wander up to you for a chat and will probably tell you they had one when they were a boy. You are allowed to take these motorbikes on all of the roads which are usually banned for hire motorcycles so if you fancy taking on the Nevis Road or scooting away up 90 mile beach then go ahead and book one. Ok the specs aren’t high, around 10hp and a bit of torque hidden somewhere in the crankcase, but they’ll sit all day at a million rpm and still want more. Easy, neutral riding position, electric start and all the basics make these a fun way of getting around.
Err, don’t take a pillion…unless it’s just for the short trip to Christchurch.
PS, it really is possible to rack up big k’s on these bikes, see Clives TT2000 2018 Ride
|Engine Type||124 cc, single cylinder|
|Power||10.6 bhp (7.9kw) @ 9,600rpm|
|Torque||10 Nm (7.4 lb·ft) @ 8,600 rpm|
|Number Of Speeds||5|
|Primary Drive (Rear Wheel)||Chain|
|Front Tire (Full Spec)||2.75 x 18|
|Rear Tire (Full Spec)||3.50 x 16|
|Front Brake Type||Disk, single caliper|
|Rear Brakee Type||Drum|
|Wheelbase (in/mm)||1,280 mm (62.1 in)|
|Fuel Capacity (litre)||10.3 litres|
|Weight||107 – ready to ride|