For­ward think­ing

Trial Magazine - - QUICK SPIN - WORDS: PHIL DIS­NEY AND JOHN HULME • PIC­TURES: TRI­ALS ME­DIA

TRS UK im­porter Steve Saun­ders has a well-doc­u­mented suc­cess­ful tri­als ca­reer un­der his belt and con­tin­ues to im­press at events through­out Europe. He has a leg­endary rep­u­ta­tion for great skill in slip­pery dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, and find­ing wheel grip in the most ex­treme of tri­als con­di­tions is his trade­mark. His in­volve­ment in the re­al­i­sa­tion of the Span­ish TRS tri­als mod­els has been re­flected in the de­vel­op­ment process of the new 2018 ma­chines. They are a for­ward think­ing man­u­fac­turer, and the one thing that shone through on this ‘Quick Spin’ is that the rid­ing tech­nique synony­mous with Steve can be found in the de­vel­op­ment of the engine and sus­pen­sion of this mo­tor­cy­cle.

The 2018 model range is very much a case of fine-tun­ing the pre­vi­ous mod­els and im­ple­ment­ing small im­prove­ments in the new ones. Very few prob­lems were found when the brand was in­tro­duced to the tri­als world as a pro­duc­tion ma­chine in 2016. World num­ber two Adam Raga has proven the cre­den­tials of the ma­chines in the Trial World Cham­pi­onship over the past two years, and in the UK Ross Danby has showed its worth in the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship and on the na­tional scene. Our reg­u­lar test rider Phil Dis­ney was one of the very first peo­ple to ac­tu­ally see and ride the pre-pro­duc­tion ma­chine in the flesh, on a trip to Spain ac­com­pa­nied by Steve in late 2015. With the launch of the 2018 model it seemed the ideal time to get Phil to put the lat­est 300cc model through its paces on a very wet English sum­mer’s day at Hawk’s Nest in the Peak Dis­trict.

NEW FOR 2018

ENGINE: New De­sign Com­bus­tion Cham­ber — Op­ti­mi­sa­tion of the cham­ber to im­prove its per­for­mance, thanks to the ex­pe­ri­ence and tests de­vel­oped in the TrialGP. Re­vised Crank­shaft Tol­er­ance — The engine will work with im­proved free­dom for both in­creased smooth­ness and power. Crank­shaft Bear­ings Te­flon Coated — Spe­cific for mo­tor­cy­cles, it pro­vides bet­ter crank­case fric­tion qual­i­ties. CDI Con­nec­tors — Im­proved qual­ity and ex­ter­nal fin­ish­ing on the con­nec­tion ar­eas. Hard An­odized Kick-Start Lever — The new de­sign im­proves the pedal op­er­a­tion in­cor­po­rat­ing a strong an­odized fin­ish. Ho­molo­ga­tion to Euro4 — All mod­els are pro­duced sub­ject to the new Euro4 ho­molo­ga­tion stan­dards.

FRAME: Im­prove­ments — High-level tests over many months to im­prove tough­ness and pre­ci­sion in cer­tain ar­eas of the frame. R16V Rear Shock Ad­just­ments — The new set­ting of­fers a softer feel on com­pres­sion and bet­ter con­trol on re­bound. New Fuel Tank — De­signed to in­crease strength and fuel ca­pac­ity with a new de­sign fuel tap for eas­ier op­er­a­tion. Plas­tic Rear Brake Hose Guide — The new guide pro­vides bet­ter auto ad­just­ment on the rear brake hose when tight­en­ing the chain. Forged Footrest Sup­port — New de­sign to in­crease strength and dura­bil­ity. Graph­ics — The new lo­ca­tion of the graph­ics on the TRS One and its alu­minium frame give de­tail and pro­vide a more rac­ing look. The new graph­ics also act as a frame pro­tec­tor. Rear Sprocket Guard — Stronger and a more flex­i­ble ma­te­rial.

QUICK SPIN

PHIL DIS­NEY: “In such a short space of time the TRS has es­tab­lished it­self as a tri­als ma­chine that comes with a good rep­u­ta­tion in both per­for­mance and build qual­ity. It both looks and feels very low in ap­pear­ance, and the new 2018 graph­ics make the dou­ble-cra­dle forged alu­minium frame stand out. The 2016 mod­els when launched were in­stantly recog­nis­able with the yel­low and sil­ver, and the ad­di­tion of the black and red graph­ics now bring the aes­thet­ics to the fore. A nice lit­tle at­ten­tion to de­tail is the black frame pro­tec­tors on the area of the frame around the swing­ing arm pivot where the rid­ing boots rub against the frame, a small but thought­ful change. The ex­posed ar­eas of the alu­minium frame and swing­ing arm do not eas­ily show signs of use when the TRS has been ridden. This adds to the over­all style of the ma­chine and turns into an ex­tra pos­i­tive when look­ing to trade your ma­chine for a new one.

A LABOUR OF LOVE

“Whether hot or cold it starts very eas­ily, but I al­ways like to warm the ma­chine up first. It’s ac­tu­ally worth wait­ing un­til the cool­ing fan has been ac­ti­vated be­fore us­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle to its full po­ten­tial. This was a brand new 300cc TRS that Steve had car­ried out the pre-de­liv­ery in­spec­tion on and tested. The di­aphragm clutch and gear­box ac­tion was, as ex­pected, smooth and pre­cise. Af­ter a quick ride around to fa­mil­iarise my­self with the 300cc I was ea­ger to put it through some more se­ri­ous paces. It was a rainy, wet day and the Grit­stone rocks of our test venue at Hawk’s Nest were very slip­pery, and I was keen to see the 2018 model’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties in this en­vi­ron­ment. I had my eye on a prac­tice haz­ard I wanted to test the ma­chine on that con­sisted of tight turns and rock steps. Two op­tions could be taken; one was to ride it and rev it in first gear or I could use sec­ond gear and ride it at a much smoother pace. I pre­ferred the sec­ond op­tion as the torque from the engine al­lows it to run smooth, mak­ing it eas­ier to take the time to pick your cho­sen line let­ting the engine labour more.

PER­SONAL PREF­ER­ENCE

“Alu­minium frames tick the box for me as I like the good solid feel they give you, let­ting you move your body around com­fort­ably. As a per­sonal pref­er­ence I would want the TRS set up slightly ‘longer’ for me, with the han­dle­bars a lit­tle fur­ther for­ward. A dealer would help with this at point of pur­chase as ev­ery­one does have their own rid­ing pref­er­ences. The front and rear sus­pen­sion ar­range­ment is very good and both are eas­ily ad­justable. The more rid­ing, the more these im­prove. With plenty of rain­fall the river was flow­ing well. When you can­not see what’s un­der the rocks you need to be con­fi­dent in the ma­chine and the feed­back was very good. Us­ing sec­ond gear was my pref­er­ence and, as with all di­aphragm clutch sys­tems, when needed I felt very at home. Be­fore the close of our ‘quick spin’ I was very con­fi­dent and at­tempt­ing some quite dif­fi­cult haz­ards. I thor­oughly en­joyed rid­ing the TRS and it comes strongly rec­om­mended across Europe and the UK, so maybe now is the time to throw your leg over one and have a test ride.”

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