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On Saturday 26 May the third Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari will be held. This is a fund-raising event for the Cancer Society, and no matter the weather, on that day 250 riders will be wending their way the 250km from Air New Zealand’s maintenance base in Christchurch, over Arthurs Pass, to reach Hokitika.

The details are on the website at

Riders are sponsored for their participation, and this Suzuki SJ50QT will carry me there. As part of my fund-raising, I’m selling this scooter and donating the funds to the cause. This is where you can help – by bidding on this auction.

It is important to realize that settlement will not take place until Sunday 27 May, as even though sold I’ll be riding this scooter to the West Coast, from where it will be trailered back to Christchurch. Being a tough and reliable Suzuki, I don’t expect any problems, but if disaster should strike then the auction’s winner will be released from any obligation, without penalty.

This two-owner 2005 Suzuki SJ50QT can only be described as in average condition – it’s a bit faded and has a few scrapes – but it runs really well. The obvious blemishes of a cracked panel and missing knob on the indicator switch are not serious, but it will need a new battery, as it fails to hold enough charge to start when cold. The kick-starter is perfectly reliable..

Flat out is 65 km/h indicated, and I don’t expect Porters Pass to be too steep. Shortly before I bought it, there were new brakes fitted, and the drive belt was replaced, as was the rear tyre. Currently the Rego is on hold, but this will be freshened up before the Safari.

All questions answered.

If you don’t want to bid, but would like to contribute to the Cancer Society, here’s the link to our fundraising page. All contributions will be gratefully received.
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  • Seller location: Christchurch City, Canterbury, NZ

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