Make way for the Thunder Club

Sunday August 31, 2014 Written by Published in Local
Make way for the Thunder Club

Two of Rarotonga’s distinguished gentlemen are looking forward to feeling the wind in their hair when they hit the road on their new toys.


Bob Riley and David Bridge are celebrating the arrival of two new 250cc road bikes, which were shipped in on the Olomana this week.
The black Suzuki GSXR and yellow-and-black Honda CBR250, both with water-cooled engines, cleared customs yesterday.
An excited Riley was on hand to check out his Suzuki before the bikes were whisked away to his home on the back of a truck.
He described them as “classic Japanese bikes” which have been engineered to perfection. 
“We’ve been searching for them for the last six months,” he said.
Both bikes were purchased in New Zealand, one from Takapuna and the other from Taupo, and seeing them arrive was a “wonderful” feeling.
Solar energy expert Riley, known as ‘Solar Bob’, and Bridge, Manager of Air New Zealand’s Cook Islands operation, will be hard to miss as they cruise the island.
Riley is planning on having two t-shirts emblazoned with the words ‘Thunder Club’.
“We’ve always called ourselves the Thunder Club. It’s always been a bit of a joke but it’s got a bit closer to reality now that we’ve got these things here.”
But he said there’s no chance they’ll be stretching the bikes out to full throttle.
“These bikes are going to be ridden by two guys in their 60s.”
The bikes cost between $4000 and $5000 the end cost could be higher because they both took a few knocks on the way up to Rarotonga.          

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