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Highland Classic 2 Day Trial – THE THORPE EDITION – 7/8 June 2014

The Inverness & District Motorcycle Club’s Highland Classic 2 Day Trial at the beautiful Alvie Estate, near Aviemore is taking shape with a fresh section of route being tested at this time. Entries from all over Scotland, England and parts of Europe are now confirmed. There are 125 riders and a list will be shown here shortly.

This year’s Guest of Honour is former Ossa, Bultaco & CCM factory rider, Dave Thorpe from Chesterfield, England. Dave was the first man to win a World Trials Championship round in 1975, the year the championship was won by fellow Bultaco rider, H. Martin Lampkin.

The event is aimed at Pre’65 and twin-shock machines, Thorpe has entered the event on his Triumph Tiger Cub and will be riding the A-Route/Unit Class. Other notable entries include: last year’s Guest, Yrjo Vesterinen with daughter Hanna Vesterinen; former Bultaco team rider: Norman Shepherd; former Cheshire ACU champion, Peter Salt; bike builder and developer, Alan Whitton; from Spain: Javier Cruz; Luis Munoz; Puablo Munoz; Salvador del Campo; Juan-Pablo Moll and journalist Tim Britton.

The event is sponsored by Classic Trial Magazine & Trial Magazine.

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Entry List in pdf:

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Important ‘Gas Gas’ information for SSDT – 2014

Information to assist Gas Gas riders in this years’ Scottish Six Days Trial, issued from Gas Gas Motos Ltd – UK’s John Shirt.SSDT DESIGN 14

 

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Trials Guru wishes to thank Gas Gas Motos Ltd for allowing us to share this information.

John Shirt Jnr.
Director, Team Manager
C/o GAS GAS Motos Ltd., 33 Harpurhill Business Park, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9JL. UK

Phone +44 1298 766813 opt. 5

Fax     +44 1298 766816

For GG Bikes and spares checkout www.gasgasuk.com
For all other Accessories and Clothing checkout http://www.trialendurodirect.com/

SSDT 2014 – Official Merchandise – TRIALS UK

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‘Trials UK’ – based in Horsforth near Leeds, are the Official 2014 Scottish Six Days Trial merchandise distributor for the forthcoming event.

Run by super-enthusiast Nige Pearson and his team, they are a friendly outfit and have supported the SSDT for many years taking a stand within the Parc Ferme/Trade Village area in Fort William.

Follow this link to view and purchase your 2014 Scottish Six Days merchandise from Trials UK.

http://www.trialsuk.co.uk/categories/ssdt

 

The Man they call ‘MUNCH’ – MSPORT

When Honda/Montesa launched their new to market 4RT (Four-Stroke Racing Trial) model in 2004, there was one southern English trials dealer who was particularly taken by the new fuel-injected trials machine from Montesa.

Based in Bedfordshire and with a background in the motor trade on the technical side, Mick Gallagher decided that he would find out as much as he could about the seemingly complex machine.

Mick or ‘Munch’ as he is universally known in the trials world, had been in touch with the then Montesa UK importers, Jim Sandiford Imports Ltd in Bury, Lancashire and a dealership was agreed.

The new model was brought into the UK in time for the 2005 trials season and had been rigorously tested in the previous year’s Scott Trial by factory development rider, Amos Bilbao. No apparent problems were encountered even although sceptics wondered how all that electronic wizardry would stand up to inclement UK weather, but it did, and still does!

The Montesa 4RT uses the PGM F1 fuel injected technology taken straight from Honda’s Fireblade, except it manages one cylinder instead of four. Munch began collecting as much data as he possibly could from a variety of sources and soon established himself as the oracle on the 4RT.

Over the period 2005 until 2009 when Sandifords were still importers, many riders purchased their machines from MSPORT, Munch’s dealership. Many had their bikes breathed upon for increased performance or even just detailing.

Munch himself a trials rider, on Montesa 4RT of course and each year has a week’s holiday at Fort William where he is one of the 30 strong observing groups of officials at the annual Scottish Six Days Trial.

In late 2009 the importership of Montesa was transferred to Pidcock Motorcycles, who sold direct to market and did not operate a dealer network. This didn’t upset Munch too much, for by now more and more riders were seeking him out to repair their now ageing machines and saw what improvements were possible over the standard product from Montesa. MSPORT became an independent dealer, but specialising in 4RT models and this is what they do to this day. This is a common feature of the motor trade with franchise official dealers and those who are classed as independent but use genuine parts for repair or if the customer has a restricted budget some aftermarket or non-OEM parts.

Either way, it’s the build up of knowledge over that past 10 years on this particular model of trials bike that sets Munch and MSPORT apart and still keeps the Bedfordshire dealership buzzing.

MSPORT are 100% independent and can upgrade a customers 4RT bike to M-Spec using many innovative parts, sourced from all over Europe.

MSPORT are always keen to hear of someone who is selling a 4RT or is looking to buy a new or newer model. Whether it be a decal set or a complete motor tune or re-map or suspension upgrade, Munch is your man!

 

For full details of MSPORT follow this link to their website…

msport.uk.com

Postscript:

This Trials Guru article was written on April, 3rd 2014.

Sadly, Mick ‘Munch’ Gallagher died on the evening of 16th March 2016 having suffered a cardiac arrest while playing five-a-side football. The Trials world is poorer as a result of our good friend’s passing.

Link to Munch Tribute

 

STEVE SAUNDERS – ‘ON TRIAL’

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The well respected ex-works Honda; Fantic rider; World round winner and ten times British Champion, Steve Saunders has launched a new comprehensive trials book entitled: ‘On Trial’ – A Complete Guide to the Sport of Motorcycle Trials.

He has worked closely with trials literature specialist John Hulme of Yoomee bringing you a full size A4 semi-hardback book covering all aspects of the sport. Nine chapters of text, supported by a superb selection of over three hundred images in one hundred and thirty pages from the classic days through to 2013. All aspects of the sport are covered including:

1 – History
2 – Machines
3 –
 Clothing
4 –
 Transport
5 –
 Maintenance
6 –
 Getting Started
7 –
 How to Ride
8 –
 Career
9 –
 Events

Steve Saunders: “I have wanted to produce the book for many years and my first choice was with John Hulme and his company Yoomee. In the book you can learn the history of the sport and reading though the chapters understand the machines, what clothing to wear, how to transport the machine, maintain it, how to get started, techniques in the hazards and I finish off with a look at my career and the special events such as the World and British championships, the Scottish Six Days and Scott trials as well as the Ladies and Youth areas of the sport”.

The book is one you will want to read time after time on the sport of motorcycle trials and is aimed at the complete beginner through to the more experienced rider.

To order this book, click this link:

http://www.boutiquecppresse.com/lang-en/livres-et-guides/530-a-complete-guide-to-the-sport-of-motorcycle-trials.html

Trials News – Northern Ireland – Lego Live Super Trial

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Trials bike rider Andy Perry preparing to compete in the Lego Live Bike Competition which will take place this Easter Monday, April 21st at The McKee Clock Arena, Bangor.
Andy Perry – NI Trials Champion (Sherco)

http://www.mototrialni.com

Lego Live SuperTrial – Easter Monday…

This Easter Monday, April 21st, The McKee Clock Arena, Bangor, will play host to a special one-off motorbike competition guaranteed to thrill and entertain young and old alike! The Lego Live Show will feature eight of Ireland’s best trials riders who will compete over a challenging course of giant colourful Lego pieces in this specially designed, brightly coloured, arena show. Be prepared to be thrilled as these talented bikers showcase their amazing skills and perform some breath-taking stunts and manoeuvres! Starting at 11am, this spectacular show is not to be missed.

There are plenty of other activities happening around the Town too; a Giant Slinkies show will take place in The Sunken Garden alongside a special official Lego workshop, where children can come along and help build a mosaic of an iconic Bangor image.

On The Promenade, Bangor & Holywood Town Centre Management in partnership with North Down Borough Council will be hosting a Spring Fair where an array of local crafts and speciality foods will be available. Take the time to have a browse in this picturesque setting.

At 3pm over 200 children and young people from local youth and dance groups across North Down will take part in the spectacular Buttercup Carnival Parade. The parade will have a distinctly different feel this year and will be a celebration of Bangor and the surrounding areas with a lively Spring theme. Look out for giant buttercups, butterflies and ladybirds, dance groups, live music, a Pickie Swan, boats and lots of other surprises! There will also be a “Lucky Buttercup Competition” taking place with lots of opportunities to win some exciting prizes from local retailers like The Flagship Centre, Easons, The Sports & Fashion Outlet, Pickie Fun Park and many more. 

This year, The Parade will be led by the The Mayor of North Down, Councillor Andrew Muir who will be travelling in a very colourful rickshaw.  The Parade’s route will start at The Town Hall, then onto Main Street, along Quay Street, turning into High Street and making its way back up Main Street to The Town Hall – an extravaganza not to be missed.

Also, on Easter Monday, North Down Museum will be holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt from 11am – 1pm (cost £1) and there will be live music in Coffee Cure with “The Woodworms.”

There’s plenty happening at Project 24 over the Easter weekend too with the rescheduled “Out Of The Shadows” event which will take place from the April 18th – 21st.

Pickie Fun Park will also be open all day with lots to do and see, take a ride on a swan, play in the play park or just have a coffee and relax in the refurbished café.

So come on down to Bangor with your family and friends this Easter for lots of family fun!

For further information check www.northdowntourism.com