Over com­pli­ca­tion

Classic Dirtbike - - Letters -

I read your edi­to­rial in the last is­sue and would agree that tri­als rid­ing has de­vel­oped into a circus act, how many rid­ers can ac­tu­ally com­pete in a world event any­more? The more spe­cialised top level sport be­comes, the less en­tries there are.

In the old days you could ride a tri­als bike to the event and then to work the next day. I used to de­liver Gor­don Jack­son’s bike to Swan­ley af­ter a re­build and it would hum along at 55-60mph, try that on a new bike.

AHRMA has so many lines in a sec­tion you need a sat nav, I sug­gested to them that ex­perts run street tyres like a Dun­lop univer­sal to even up the dis­par­ity and use one or two lines.

The mod­ern vin­tage tri­als bikes look like they are on steroids, lots of ground clear­ance, so harder sec­tions. What to do, AHRMA limit sus­pen­sion move­ment, put a min­i­mum weight limit on ca­pac­ity classes, bonus points for orig­i­nal chas­sis bikes?

In Amer­ica there is a grow­ing con­cern with the lack of young peo­ple com­ing into the sport, if a par­ent watched tri­als today they would be hor­ri­fied that their kid would do this. To my mum and dad my 1953 197 James Com­mando with three speeds and rigid frame was not re­garded as in­tim­i­dat­ing!

Brian Slark Email

Like you Brian, when I started rid­ing tri­als there was but one route through a sec­tion, some sec­tions hard, some easy. Club tri­als were fun, cen­tre ones harder, Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships harder still but all were pos­si­ble and rid­ers de­vel­oped. Tim

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