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European Motorcycles

Zealandia Motor Works

Maori were motorcycles produced from 1914 to 1919 by Zealandia Motor Works, London NW, to a design by A. R. Bannister from New Zealand.

The machines were intended to cope with the road conditions in New Zealand. They had a 292cc JAP engine with a variable gear mechanism built onto the drive-side crankcase. They were fitted with belt final-drive and Saxon spring-forks, and although they appeared to be conventional, they were very sturdy. To shield the rider from mud, the motorcycles were fitted with footboards.

Although it was still listed in England as late as 1919, it is thought that only one example actually reached the distributors (Johns, Bannister and Co. Ltd.) in its intended destination of Gisborne, New Zealand. The first shipment had met with disaster at sea, and then production had been stopped by the First World War.

Source: Graces Guide




Mon, 04 Sep 2017
kiwifantail54 at gmail.com
Maori 1911
My friend here in New Zealand has what is believed to be the only Maori motorcycle in the world left,it has a 1911 JAP engine,does anyone have any knowledge of the model or the engine,its a single cylinder ,belt drive to the rear wheel.
Gareme Duckett
New Plymouth New Zealand

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