250cc”

Trial Magazine - - EXOTICA -

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…

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