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