Since the beginning, Oset have tried to capture the essence of motorcycling, injecting fun and safety in the design of the models. What started with a bike
for three-year-olds soon developed into products for older riders. The competition side of the market developed quickly and created the need for ‘Racing’ versions of each bike. The success of the bikes in competition has been well documented over the years. Oset 20.0R models have won the British D Class Championship for the last three years, and petrol motorcycles are now the oddity rather than the norm. In addition, the Youth classes have
gone from being very ‘thin’ to being very healthy.
It is only
natural for Oset to want to keep their well-earned customer base. They admit that, at the moment, at a certain age riders still look to moving on to petrol machines. Oset have never shied away from this and actually embrace this reality. When the riders do make the move, they are well-formed riders with great skills. This has been openly demonstrated by ex-Oset riders doing so well in National competitions on petrol machines.
Ten-year-old Jack Dance is a twice-National Champion already and he started at the age of three on an Oset. Harry Turner won the 80cc C class Medium Wheel title in his first year ‘post Oset’ having gone from age 2 to 9 on Osets. Looking down the results, many riders at the sharp end of the Youth Championships come from an Oset background, from Harry Hemingway, to Henry Stephenson, to Oliver Smith. This trend will increase as the great number of current Oset riders comes through. The Oset Cup Series around the country, and the National Championship itself are clearly breeding grounds for future champions, and the UK is leading the way.
As a UK based company, Oset hopes to keep pushing the envelope into the future. All research and development is done in the UK and a design team is in place developing the current range and exciting new projects.
The Oset 24.0 was born out of the team’s desire to offer a great play bike for teens and adults, and a great competition bike for pre-teens. The Oset 24.0 pushes the change to petrol machines back further. They launched this bike as a ‘concept’ machine at the International Dirt Bike Show at the end of 2014. Since then multiple prototypes have been built, and have been used for competition and for play riding. Dominic Horne took a fine 2nd place overall in the ‘D Medium Wheels’ in 2015. Sophie Bailey also took second overall in the girls’ C Nationals, bagging two wins along the way. Now Myles Hutchinson, after finishing third overall in the D class on his 20.0R, has hopped straight onto a 24.0 and is producing some great results already. At Oset Cup events and demonstrations Oliver Smith has ridden his 24.0 all year, usually drawing a bit of a crowd!
Meanwhile, as a play bike the 24.0 prototypes have undergone serious stress testing in the hands of adult stunt/test rider and YouTube sensation Chris Northover with some of his ‘extreme’ friends, and with professional stunt rider Jack Field in Australia. Chris related the story of a dawn ride to the top of a Welsh mountain, and the surreal feeling of a motorcycle being ‘at peace’ with the countryside and providing an experience that he simply could not have had on a petrol motorcycle.
This testing programme has resulted in a bike that serves two purposes. On the one hand it is a fantastic play bike for teens and adults. On the other, it is a competition bike for the Youth classes capable of mixing it up with Medium Wheel 80cc trials machines.
The technology in the Oset 24.0 has not been officially announced, but it is clear that many custom parts are going into it. The motor and battery pack will be high-performance units, with lithium batteries as standard and a new highperformance motor fitted. Wheels, tyres, suspension and brakes will all be suited to the task with the traditional Oset adjustability on board straight out of the box.
IAN SMITH – THE OWNER OF OSET:
“The 24.0 has gone through a year of development, and we are now on version 6. It will not be a competitive trials bike for adults but will be a brilliant play bike. For the younger kids moving up to the 80cc class it will certainly do ‘the job’ in competitions, as has been proven by Sophie and Dominic already.
“As with all Osets, the real benefit is being able to practice and have fun every day. Pulling a petrol machine out once a week is not the same as having the ability to ride every day. The 80cc machines are hard work for many young riders, and their skills can stagnate until they are big enough to move them around; the 24.0 fills the gap and is a great option. At the same time, teens and adults have something to play on during the week. The 24.0 is completely adjustable for power and response so raw beginners have a great place to start too.”
The obvious questions are ‘when’ and ‘how much’. Oset are remaining tight-lipped but have said the bike will be in production later in 2016 and the price will be very reasonable.
The Future?“I wasn’t brought up on electric bikes and it took me a few minutes to start getting the hang of riding one again. It is a different experience but in many ways, it is the same. Cleaning a challenging section gives the same satisfaction. It’s great fun!”TRIAL MAGAZINE“I started riding Osets when I was three years old. They are brilliant for practising on in the back garden. I’d love to have one of these”87Toby Martyn (A Class – Age 15):Jack Dance (C Class – Age 10):
88I’ve grown up on Osets but the 24.0 has brought on my riding massively over the year. Because it is a similar size to my 125cc petrol motorcycle the 24.0 has allowed me to perfect the skills well enough to use them in competition. The 24.0 is definitely the ideal play and training bike, and it looks fantastic to top it off!”Dominic Horne (D Class – Age 9): “I started the 2015 season on my Oset 20.0R then Ian got me a 24.0 to test for the rest of the season. It is a great bike. I’ve grown into it more now so I’m looking forward to a great 2016 season.”“I’m on the very first Oset 24.0 that was built after inheriting it from Oliver. I love it and can’t wait to get my hands on a production bike when they come out.”Oliver Smith:“
Myles Hutchinson (D Class – Age 9):