Hanna Ves­ter­i­nen

Classic Dirtbike - - 125 Sherpa -

Fol­low­ing a par­ent into a sport where they’ve been ex­tremely suc­cess­ful isn’t easy, if only be­cause so much is ex­pected of the off­spring – so, no pres­sure there then Han­nah? How­ever, data an­a­lyst Hanna Ves­ter­i­nen en­joys tri­als rid­ing and is pretty good at it too. We don’t think the Bul­taco is com­pul­sory as she also rides a BSA Ban­tam in pre-65 tri­als too. So we asked her for a lit­tle in­for­ma­tion on how the Bulto went. “It's been such a long time since I've rid­den that ver­sion of the bike now – and I don't even know if it’s the same spec as I rode at the Bul­taco Nos­tal­gia be­cause my dad kept mak­ing changes to the bike. When I rode in the IOM a few years ago, I do re­call think­ing it had a much im­proved rid­ing po­si­tion com­pared to be­fore and it was re­ally fun to ride – not least be­cause I was told not to hold back on revving it hard when I needed to! It was also nice to re­ceive so much pos­i­tive feed­back from ob­servers who were amazed it was a 125 – al­though it's a bit of shame it wasn’t my dad that heard these kind words at the end of a sec­tion as he put all the ef­fort into build­ing the bike. These days the Ban­tam suits me bet­ter, sim­ply be­cause it is much eas­ier to get it out of trou­ble (lighter and faster). The dif­fer­ence be­tween my fa­ther and I is that he wouldn’t have got him­self into a sticky sit­u­a­tion in the first place!

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