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Classic Trial - - REFLECTION -

Af­ter sev­eral years of use and small mod­i­fi­ca­tions, day-to-day life and work got in the way and in 1988 the ma­chine was largely for­got­ten, as the fac­to­ries all moved into the monoshock mar­ket. But in 2011 it was res­ur­rected and is of­ten seen back out in the sec­tions again. Rather than bog the reader down with fine de­tail it is prob­a­bly eas­ier just to study the images in­cluded here to see just how much work and ‘out of the box’ think­ing it took to build this ma­chine and then to have it field tested at the high­est level.

Heath: “Many thanks to Jean-Paul for the in­for­ma­tion. In the mod­ern World Cham­pi­onship it is now un­heard of to see any sort of pro­to­type ma­chine be­ing rid­den but this ma­chine takes us back to a time when things were rapidly chang­ing in mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als de­sign. Not only could a ‘home­brew’ ma­chine ride a World event but the fac­to­ries were also try­ing out new ideas in the pub­lic eye. This is ev­i­dent in the photo Jean-Paul in­cluded of the pre-pro­duc­tion Fantic mono-shock that would even­tu­ally be­come the 301 that Thierry Michaud rode in many events, the year be­fore pro­duc­tion got un­der­way. Sadly not a prac­tice any of the fac­to­ries would feel com­fort­able do­ing th­ese days.”

This pic­ture looks just like it’s come from a man­u­fac­turer’s brochure.

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