After my first visit to the Japanese World Trials Championship round at the Motegi race track venue I was very much looking forward to the 2016 round; not just to see the event but also to once again cast my eye over the machines ridden in the home series. When the guy behind the Yamaha trials project, Haruo Kimura, spotted me he beckoned me over. Obviously I had made an impression on my last visit, as he bowed and shook my hand.
We talked about
the machine of Kenichi Kuroyama, or Kenny as he likes to be called by his Japanese fans. Kimura was very accommodating in his broken English, and showed me the obvious changes such as the drilled wheel rims. I am not sure that they would stand up to normal consumer use but he explained they had not really experienced any problems with them.
As we know, the four-stroke Yamaha machine started life as the Scorpa SY250F 10 years ago when it was first shown in Europe. The engine has been evolved over this period to what we arrive at today. Despite some warm pressure from me all I got in return from Kimura when asked about the engine size was: “Over 250cc”. The engine looked as though it had changed from 2015 but it still stands very tall and awkward in the steel chassis.
The most obvious change is the adoption of a 2016 Scorpa two-stroke rear assembly, including the re-packable silencer. Once again Kimura would not commit to any production possibilities and also remained tight lipped when I asked about the weight. When I asked for the weight he replied: “Very light”. We both laughed as I explained that’s what Mick Andrews used to say to the press when asked about his Yamaha! Until next time…