Long time listener first time caller.
I am "one of those kiwis" who is living overseas at the moment and yes i am missing NZ very very muchly for many reasons that are probably clear (cough cough, corona lock downs)
BUT there is always a silver lining rite?!
Because we are not allowed to travel and every social event, Motorsport meeting, music festival and swap meet have been cancelled for the last year I've had a bit of time to save some cash that would have otherwise been spent on said activities. The plan was to continue my "invest in future fun times" thinking which actually kicked off a couple years ago. This accumulated, at the time, to a point where now there is a Trabant 601 S station wagon patiently waiting in my mums (thanks mum) garage for when i eventually come home and finally take it too the next possible old school event!
Seen as though I already been there done that with the 4 wheels I figured this time i ought to go for two. Now not having a motorbike licence here or in NZ did cross my mind but yea that's a small detail which can be sorted out later.
Somehow i had always melted over super old pre WWII motorbikes at shows and swap meets, mainly for the fact that they are just pure simple mechanical machines and i knew i would have a great time flexing my knowledge to simply maintain such a machine. But somehow it had never occurred to me that it might be possible to own one for my self.... until it did occur to me. Thus, following this thought the next 6+ months was spent, at a level of addiction i don't think i have yet experienced in my life, following every single possible classic motorbike out let in Europe learning everything possible about which bike is which and what i liked or could possibly afford . I had a bunch of small details that i wanted the bike to have and finding a bike that i could afford with all the details was the tricky part, if i had 20-30k Euros then i would have had a bike in a week.
I got really lucky to have the first say on this bike which i was offered from a semi professional collector from Holland who did regular trips to France to buy old bikes. I got in contact with him about another one of his bikes and after a very long talk on the phone (he turned out to be a GC who liked my story) he said he was picking up a special one in a couple months time and maybe i would like it, but he only had two photos of it and not much more information. He said it was the son of the owner (now dead sadly) who had owned the bike for many years, who was selling it. It came with french ownership papers which i found is quite rare and saves me heaps of paperwork in Germany as i now have the papers i need already to get it into NZ.
So yea the bike basically ticked all the boxes and yes of course it was outside of my budget but i made the stretch because yolo.
I brought it totally blind only had these two photos of it but i really fell in love, Its no where near the condition i would have liked for the price but i now realize that my standards were totally noob spec and now i'm really happy with what i managed to get my hands on. She is 92 years old after all.
Its a Peugeot P105 Which at the time was the top of the line model. With 350cc and very modern overhead valves it was by far the most expensive Peugeot from when it was released in 27/28 until 34 when Peugeot brought out a 500cc Version with the same engine concept.
For a 20's bike its really quite advanced when you consider the Hemispherical combustion chamber, over head valves, gearbox and engine sharing the same housing with a totally sealed automatic oiling system (most motorbikes still had hand pump 100% loss systems) and the oil breather port it directed at the drive chain so that it is always automatically lubricated.
But it still has cool stone age shit like the hand operated gear shifter, Thumb lever throttle, Manual timing advance and retard, girder forks, hard tale, the valve drive terrain on the outside of the engine and the speedo (which is missing) Is driven of a massive toothed wheel on the front hub.
So yea of course got a big list of stuff i need to do already, it does run but not properly it needs a full go through and adjustment of everything.
I also have already got a shopping list lined up but i will purchase these things slowly as as i find them and or can afford them (while keeping the missus happy too!). I have a lot of time this will be a slow progress thread up until i find a way to get this thing back to New Zealand without buying my own container again, that was bank account killer last time.