Scorpa 300 TRS 300

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Tried and tested ma­chin­ery usu­ally ticks all the boxes of the buy­ing pub­lic in a very com­pet­i­tive tri­als mar­ket of­fer­ing many choices to suit in­di­vid­ual needs. The Scorpa brand has been in the very ca­pa­ble hands of the of­fi­cial UK im­porter Nigel Bir­kett for over a decade now. It car­ries a strong rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity, and in the all-im­por­tant per­for­mance ar­eas Nigel’s ex­pe­ri­ence is sec­ond to none, pass­ing on his knowl­edge where it can be used in the pro­duc­tion of the ma­chines. With a bright or­ange base for its aes­thet­ics the new 2018 model Scorpa 300cc can stand very proud amongst its ri­vals in all ar­eas of han­dling and per­for­mance, as we will find out in this ‘Quick Spin’.

Suc­cess has come the Scorpa way at all lev­els of the sport from the good cen­tre and na­tional riders, like our test rider to­day Stephen Dixon right through to the Ladies’ Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship wins with Jess Bown. In 2017 Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship suc­cess came in the side­car world when Nigel took on board the feed­back from Nigel Crellin and his pas­sen­ger Chris Molyneux on the way to the ti­tle. The French brand added the 2017 Trial125 World Cham­pi­onship, with Ital­ian Lorenzo Gandola putting Scorpa at the cut­ting edge of the sport. Sup­ported rider Andy Chilton is Nigel’s ‘Main Man’ on the UK scene and he con­stantly puts on a good show­ing with the 300cc model sim­i­lar to the one we have for the ‘Quick Spin’ here.

It seems like quite a long time since we asked Stephen Dixon to test a Scorpa and so we met up with him in the Lake Dis­trict for his opin­ions on the 2018 model. Stephen has been sup­ported on the Scorpa brand since day one with Bir­kett as the UK im­porter and was more than happy to share his thoughts with us.

NEW FOR 2018

ENGINE: Pro­gres­sive Ex­haust: Im­proved sys­tem to smooth out the power de­liv­ery and boost per­for­mance. Twin Spark CDI: This in­creases per­for­mance at low engine speeds. Clutch Oil Re­ten­tion: This im­proves the cool­ing of clutch to im­prove its per­for­mance un­der heavy use. Aes­thet­ics: An­thracite grey colour engine.

FRAME: Front Forks: Mar­zoc­chi alu­minium im­prov­ing con­trol and per­for­mance. Reiger Shock Ab­sorber: Of­fer­ing in­creased bal­ance and con­trol on both com­pres­sion and re­bound. Brak­ing Sys­tem: Up­dated with new AJP Mas­ter Cylin­ders. Air Fil­ter Re­ten­tion: Im­proved lo­ca­tion and seal. Rear Subframe: Re­in­forced for a more rigid fit. Aes­thet­ics: Black swing­ing arm and 2018 graph­ics, giv­ing a more rac­ing look.

QUICK SPIN

STEPHEN DIXON: “I am a Scorpa fan through and through, go­ing way back to the time when the French brand used the fan­tas­tic and ul­tra-re­li­able Ja­panese Yamaha en­gines. When Scorpa moved across to Euro­pean en­gines I was a lit­tle du­bi­ous as to how this would af­fect the Scorpa as a ma­chine. The han­dling with the Yamaha en­gined mod­els was leg­endary, as it catered for riders of all abil­i­ties and came with rep­u­ta­tion for hold­ing your cho­sen line in a very com­fort­able way. For­tu­nately that han­dling ex­pe­ri­ence has trav­elled across very well. This new gen­er­a­tion or­ange-coloured model was in­tro­duced in 2015 and has evolved since then to what we have here in this 2018 300cc model. I have been for­tu­nate to be good friends with Nigel for many years, and his ex­pe­ri­ence for mak­ing a good ma­chine bet­ter can be found in all Scorpa mod­els. The fact he has 99% of the spares in stock also helps should you need any!”

A LABOUR OF LOVE

“First im­pres­sions al­ways mean so much and once again I can see the new model has had some thought put into its im­prove­ments. The colour scheme ac­tu­ally looks very durable which is a plus point when you want to sell it. Swing­ing arms suf­fer from ‘boot’ abuse as they scuff them but with the new heavy-duty de­cals I am sure this will help. I al­ways think that the frame lay­out leaves the ma­chine look­ing quite low, which once again im­proves body po­si­tion­ing and move­ment on the ma­chine.

“Nigel ex­plained that the clutch is now re­vised from the 2017 model which was a lit­tle heavy in ac­tion, and I can con­firm that it has been im­proved as I made my­self com­fort­able on the brand new ‘out of the box’ 2018 ma­chine. It started first kick, which is al­ways good, and the lever ra­tio means it is very easy to start. Once the engine is run­ning the clutch lever ac­tion is very light in its use, and gear se­lec­tion also very crisp and pre­cise. I did not ad­just the sus­pen­sion as it felt quite good at the front and rear in its stan­dard set up from new. I left the ma­chine run­ning for a few min­utes to warm up the engine. Once on the go the ex­haust note was very crisp and clean, as was the car­bu­re­tion”.

PER­SONAL PREF­ER­ENCE

“It came to my no­tice pretty much straight away that the small changes to the frame ap­pear to have given it a lit­tle more steer­ing lock, which is good. I soon felt very com­fort­able and it’s ob­vi­ous that the new Reiger rear shock ab­sorber has some­thing to do with this. Whether you are rid­ing up a big step or up a rocky river bed the ma­chine still re­tains its main at­tribute, which is hold­ing your cho­sen line. With re­vised ig­ni­tion map­ping a much smoother de­liv­ery of power is on hand, giv­ing you that ex­tra time to pick where you are go­ing as op­posed to be­ing thrown into haz­ards un­ex­pect­edly. I can imag­ine the front and rear sus­pen­sion com­bi­na­tion im­prov­ing all the time from new as it ‘beds’ it­self in. As with all modern tri­als ma­chines the brakes front and rear worked very well in all con­di­tions, and this con­trib­uted to the feel­ing of be­ing very much in con­trol on the ma­chine.

“I am a Scorpa fan and I was very im­pressed with the new 2018 model, my sug­ges­tion is have a go on one and you will be very im­pressed, maybe as much as I was.”

WORDS: STEPHEN DIXON AND JOHN HULME • PIC­TURES: EK

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