Wednesday, August 28


Greg Baynes is no rebel without a cause - he heads up a vibrant dealership in Invercargill that has won first prize in a Triumph customising contest...
SOUTHLAND cross-country rider, beach racing ace, motocross rider and Wyndham around-the-houses expert Greg Baynes has just completed a ride with a difference, and has been richly rewarded for his effort.
After departing our southern-most city at 7.00am on Sunday, August 25 he rolled into Picton at 6.00pm, in time to catch the Cook Strait ferry to Wellington.
Monday, August 26 was the 46th anniversary of Southland speedster Burt Munro’s S-F class (under 1000cc, streamlined, naturally aspirated) world record set at Bonneville in 1967 and Baynes celebrated it in style, at the British High Commission’s residence in Wellington.
Back in 1967 Burt Munro flew across the salt to a two-way average of 183.586 miles an hour on his heavily modified overhead valve 950cc V-twin (which started life as a 1920 600cc side-valve Indian Scout).
By contrast, Baynes – bowing to the dictates of central Government ‘interventionism’ – averaged a slightly more pedestrian 81.27 km/h on his trip north.  But unlike old Burt, Baynes had more than a few miles to cover, 559 in fact.  He clocked 894 kilometres on his 2013 Triumph, and appropriately enough, it was a Bonneville.
"I certainly was not travelling anywhere near Burt's record speeds.  This bike tops out at about 200 km/h.  For the most part we stuck to the road rules on the way up," Baynes said.
Owner and manager of Moto South, Triumph’s southern-most global dealership, Baynes ended his ride by taking tea and tiny cakes with the British High Commissioner in Wellington as part of a Bonneville marketing exercise for owners of Triumph dealerships throughout the country.

The fuel tank of the Moto South Bonneville 
celebrates Southlander Burt Munro's 
exploits, at Bonneville.
“This year to stimulate some additional excitement within the Triumph dealerships and arouse public interest, we asked our dealers to customise a Bonneville,” explains Triumph Motorcycles New Zealand General Manager Leigh Beckhaus.

“They had a theme to work to, ‘Kiwiana,’ and we asked them to build a Bonneville that represented their ideas of a ‘New Zealand Bonneville’.  Further to that, they were encouraged to work on a local theme.”
After his ride from Invercargill, Baynes was thrilled to accept the $5000 first prize on behalf of his team at Moto South.  The Moto South team decided to commemorate Burt Munro’s Bonneville record by restyling their Triumph as ‘the Burt.’
The Moto South Bonneville under construction.
Greg was presented with his prize at the Triumph Dealer Conference hosted at the residence of British High Commissioner Vicki Treadell who said she was happy to be able to offer her Karori home for the cause.
She described Triumph Bonnevilles as "awesome machines."
Second prize of $2500 went to the team at Filco Farm and Sport, home of Triumph in sunny Nelson, for the ‘Golden Bay Twin,’ while Tauranga’s Bayride took the $1000 third prize for the ‘Pauanesian Beauty.’
The Moto South Bonneville waiting in Picton for the ferry to Wellington.

But it was the passion of the team at Moto South that got them the first prize.  Baynes leads his eight-strong southern team with passion and enthusiasm.  No matter whether it’s running under the radar on Highway 1 from Christchurch to Picton, or ripping around the back blocks of Southland in cross-country races, Greg lives and breathes motorcycles and motorcycling.

As a youngster he was so keen to get into the trade that he started off sweeping the floors in his local motorcycle shop.  He worked his way up from there, becoming a qualified mechanic and then moved on to buying and running his own dealership.  In addition to that, and racing motocross, Greg somehow finds time to organise the Southland Cross Country Series.
The view most road users got of the Moto South 
Bonneville as Greg Baynes headed to Wellington.
In recent years he has been one of the front-runners in the Burt Munro Challenge, contesting the Long Track, Bluff Hill Climb and Wyndham street races.  That’s in addition to the Burt Munro 50-mile Trophy beach race at Oreti Beach, which he won in 2008 and finished runner-up to multi-race winner Jason Feaver in 2010 and 2012.
Greg says contesting the 50-mile beach race is special to him because that was where the Burt Munro legend was born.

"Burt means a lot to us in Invercargill.  It is quite remarkable what he did all those years ago," he says.

And now he has an award-winning Triumph Bonneville painted to commemorate Burt’s achievements as a constant reminder of Southland’s favourite son.

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