Trial Magazine - - EXOTICA -

On our re­cent trip to the Ja­panese World Tri­als Cham­pi­onship round in Ja­pan we were very ex­cited at the sight and sound of the four-stroke Yamaha TYR250F in the hands of Ja­panese rider Kenichi Kuroyama. Trav­el­ling with me was Andy Black­man and his ini­tial re­ac­tion was, for me, a strange state­ment – ‘Tri­als Porn’. My thoughts were that we need to test this for the mag­a­zine! I po­litely asked who was in charge of the team and who I would need to speak to ask if we could test it; and in a strange twist of co­in­ci­dence found my­self speak­ing to the same per­son who, many years be­fore, I had been in­tro­duced to at the John Shirt tri­als em­pire at the old Sta­ble Lane premises near Bux­ton: a Ja­panese guy named Haruo Kimura who was work­ing on the Yamaha mono-shock project with John Shirt Snr – bingo!

The Yamaha logo car­ries the words ‘Revs For Life’ and Blackie cer­tainly agreed

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