2016 Pre-65 SSDT

Trial Magazine - - NEWS -

Mon­tesa has an­nounced new fea­tures for its Race Replica and 4RT260 Cota 2017 mod­els, which will be­come avail­able in Septem­ber. The aes­thetic level of the 4RT260 Cota is the most sig­nif­i­cant change, leav­ing red as the main colour chang­ing to an ele­gant white com­bined with de­tails in blue and red. The fuel tank is alu­minium, which gives an im­por­tant air of ‘sporti­ness’.

Cos­metic changes are also no­ticed in the TECH fork, where the slider is now chrome with black bot­toms. The ‘M’ of Mon­tesa is now lo­cated on the rear mud­guard, which gives it more pres­ence, but ba­si­cally it still main­tains the aes­thet­ics of the Rep­sol Honda Team ma­chines rid­den by Toni Bou, Takahisa Fu­ji­nami and Jaime Busto.

Both mod­els now share the longer kick-start lever from the Cota 300R but still use the same 260cc four-stroke en­gine from last year, which has ben­e­fited from a re­mark­able in­crease in power thanks to the adop­tion of a new fuel pump that pro­vides a bet­ter flow of fuel. This fac­tor to­gether with the map­ping of the ECU gives a power curve suited to low and medium en­gine speeds and a min­i­mal ef­fect of en­gine brak­ing, mak­ing the motorcycle feel much lighter and con­trol­lable.

The Race Replica model main­tains the pres­ti­gious Showa front and rear sus­pen­sion. For the 4RT260 Cota the sus­pen­sion is of a high level, with the front sus­pen­sion from TECH while the rear re­lies on a multi-ad­justable R16V damper, ef­fec­tively re­sult­ing in a greater sense of light­ness. The trial has been hailed a very suc­cess­ful and en­joy­able event. That is the gen­eral con­sen­sus by all who kindly took the time to write or con­tact the club to thank us for our ef­forts in putting on such an ex­cel­lent event. The new minibus ser­vice to the lochside sec­tions op­er­ated by Kin­lochleven Pri­mary School was a mas­sive suc­cess and they were de­lighted with the pro­ceeds from their ven­ture.

The club would like to thank all who used the ser­vice and they hope it will be­come a reg­u­lar feature for the trial as it proved to ease park­ing con­ges­tion at some of the sec­tions where park­ing is dif­fi­cult. As al­ways the club would like to thank the spon­sors Pu­to­line, Hope Tech­nol­ogy, Kia Mo­tors and REH Forks for their sup­port and to all the ob­servers and of­fi­cials who, with­out their help, the trial would not hap­pen. Dates for the 2017 Trial are Fri­day 28 and Satur­day 29 April 2017. En­try forms for the 2017 trial will be avail­able to down­load from www.ssdt.org around 1 Oc­to­ber 2016.

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