Sunday, June 26, 2016

Warrens GT380 restoration

What a treat for those of us who decided to splish splash our way through our June end of month ride. We can report that Warren's restoration passed with flying colours which included the rain test, the 'will it make it further than 10kms from home' test and 'is it still as cool and as much fun as I remember it' test. The sound of those spannies rasping their way up Valley Road is an aural treat that brings back those heady days from the recent past. Ian, Warren and moi meet at Manawatu Motorcycles with the promise of plenty of liquid sunshine for our ride. We decided on a short run out around Pohangina and back to Ashhurst for refreshments. Our ride out there via Fitzherbert East Road proved to be very damp, but as we pointed our bikes up the Pohangina Valley the weather cleared. Sitting behind Warren as he pushed the 380 along is one those moments when you know you are in Blue Haze Heaven. We retired to the Fusion Cafe and enjoyed a cuppa and a bit to eat outside in a brief moment of sunshine.

An excellent way to spend the morning and I bet Warren is now looking for a nice winding dry road opportunity to check out the ground clearance! If he is I am going to make sure I am in earshot.
See you out there.


PS. Warren said this was originally an L model but it now has an M tank. He has completely rebuilt the motor from the crank up.


  1. Excellent one Gary :-)

    Thanks for taking your time to take photos, video and do a write up, very much appreciated.

  2. Beautiful bike, thanks for the post!