Nigel Bir­kett Mon­tesa Cota 200:

Classic Trial - - COMPETITION -

“Af­ter my poor run of re­sults on the Mon­tesa Cota 349 im­porter Jim San­di­ford told me in the sum­mer he would not be re­new­ing my con­tract at the end of 1980. The new white model Cota 200 had been launched mid-sea­son along with the other new mod­els for 1981 and he in­formed me that I would be fin­ish­ing the sea­son on the pre-pro­duc­tion model 200 which had been used and abused at the Euro­pean launch in Spain. I spent a few days test­ing the ma­chine which had ob­vi­ous signs of use and I did ac­tu­ally tell Jim I could win a Na­tional on it as I was very im­pressed. I used my knowl­edge to ‘tweak’ the frame ge­om­e­try and changed the Amal car­bu­ret­tor and made a few more mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the mo­tors per­for­mance. Af­ter these changes I gen­uinely loved the Cota 200 and most im­por­tantly I proved I could win on it”.

Welsh­man Ady Mor­ri­son goes for a ‘dab’ un­der the watch­ful eye of Roy ‘Pushrod’ Palmer. Clas­sic Trial Mag­a­zine edi­tor John Hulme (350cc Majesty).

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