Step-Thru - a type of bicycle or motorcycle frame with a low or absent top tube or cross-bar. Traditionally, bicycles with a step-thru frame were known as “Ladies”, “Women’s” or “Girls”, mainly for their advantage to riders wearing skirts or dresses.
Pan-Am – Of or relating to North, South and Central America.
On an autumnal evening in 2011, two lifelong friends stood on the deck of a dilapidated Quinovic rental property in somewhat Central Wellington. Their conversation had become familiar; work, wages, and seemingly worthless film degrees. They were bored, frustrated, moderately good-looking.
No one can remember exactly where the plan came from. The only confirmed details are that it was conceived and approved swiftly, with little or no foresight, deliberation or illicit substances.
Get some scooters, traverse a continent or two, film it.
Tim was born dead and “Kevin” on the 7th of April 1985 in Bundaberg, Queensland. After rescucitating his lifeless body, doctors reassured his mother that a lack of oxygen at birth really wasn’t that big a deal and encouraged her to discharge themselves from hospital and move their family to New Zealand. After several weeks Kevin proved to be relatively normal so the decision was made to rename him Timothy to reflect this.
Tig was born in Dunedin, New Zealand on the 6th of January 1986. He shook so violently in his mother’s arms that she initially “worried that he had a syndrome”, but this was never verified. Life was difficult for Tig as a toddler, his communication abilities were hampered by a speech impediment and his looking abilities were hampered by a fork.
Tig and Tim met at Mornington Primary School at the ages of 9 and 10 respectively. They shared a mutual interest in X-Men and basketball cards, and proved to be a dominant duo in the playtime 2 on 2 league. They remained friends throughout high school, and would both go on to study film at university.
Prior to the conception of their audacious plan for total American scooter domination, both Tig and Tim had never owned one before. They are not motorcycle enthusiasts, mechanics, adventurers or intrepid travellers. They speak no Spanish, have about the same amount of money, and have never been anywhere near this part of the world before. But what they may lack in general suitability, they make up for in enthusiasm.
After 3 years at university and then 3 more wondering why they went, Tig and Tim felt it was time to camera-up and embark on an adventure, the kind that would take them out of their comfort zone, environmentally, culturally, and transportationally. They’d appreciate it if you would take some time to explore the site, leave some comments, post some ideas for places to go and things to do, and check in regularly to make sure they are still alive. You can make a donation by clicking the ”Donate” button at the top of the page. Half of all donations received will be delivered to World Vision’s national office in Quito, Ecuador.
Tim is currently working in the art department for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and Tig is an Emergency Medical Dispatcher for Wellington Free Ambulance.