2015 Classic Japanese Motorcycle Show Results
The 4th CJMG Show was held in Christchurch on March 22nd. The event was well attended by the bike loving public who enjoyed that sense of raw nostalgia that is brought about by standing amongst over 80 motorcycles from a bygone age. There were people attending from Wellington and the West Coast, as well as 10 riders who came up for the weekend from the Dunedin-based Classic Japanese group. The show is about displaying early Japanese machinery that has been lovingly restored – usually via large amounts of blood, sweat and tears (not to mention cash!). Whilst the main focus is upon motorcycles restored to their factory original state, CJMG also try to have interesting machines from the era that can bring a special touch to the event. For our 2015 show, we were lucky to get two intriguing examples of racing-machinery that portrayed differing times, capacities and technologies. The first was a 1958 Honda Benley 125cc Racer that has travelled to and been ridden around the Isle of Man circuit:
The second is a work of motorcycle art that is being created here in Christchurch. It is a detailed and authentic replica of the seminal (yet temperamental) Kawasaki racer – the 500cc H1R:
Of course no show would be complete without a “Barnfind” section. This section graphically demonstrates to the public just what some of the machines looked like before they were resurrected by their current owners. One of the featured bikes here was a relatively uncommon 1961 Yamguchi 49cc, that the owner is hoping to restore to her former glory:
During the course of the day, the public were asked to vote for their favourite machines within 7 categories. Comments were heard about the difficulty picking only one from each grouping due to the high standard of entries. The results were close within most categories and some were determined by a one vote margin. However, there had to be winners on the day and below are the photos of the prize winning bikes. The proud owners took home trophies, certificates and prizes from the firms that were good enough to sponsor the show (See a separate listing for acknowledgement of our sponsors).
Best Under 125cc: 1969 Honda S90, Cafe Racer
Best Trail Bike: 1971 Suzuki TS250R, Savage
Best Honda: 1972 CB350 K4
Best Suzuki: 1972 T500J, Titan
Best Kawasaki: 1972 750 H2, Mach IV
Best Yamaha AND Best In Show: 1979 XS1100
A separate feature on this beautifully restored Yamaha can also be found on this website, alongside previous winners of CJMG Shows.
For more photos of the 2015 show (taken by Mark Bryant of CJMG), click here.