RIS­ING SUN

Trial Magazine - - QUICK SPIN - AR­TI­CLE: JOHN HULME • PIC­TURES: HEATH BRINDLEY

It’s quite an achieve­ment for any new man­u­fac­turer in any form of mo­tor­sport to achieve what the Span­ish TRS brand has in its first year of pro­duc­tion. With ten-time vice world cham­pion Adam Raga hold­ing the han­dle­bars, they have com­peted at the very cut­ting edge of the sport of mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als with a very com­pet­i­tive ma­chine from the word go. I was per­son­ally in the arena at Sh­effield when Adam raised the roof and gave TRS its first ma­jor in­ter­na­tional win right here in the UK in early 2016, fol­lowed by the out­door win in Ja­pan. As with most man­u­fac­tur­ers the first ma­chines pro­duced were the 300cc mod­els, and Trial Mag­a­zine was very priv­i­leged to be given the first test of the ma­chine in Spain just over twelve months ago with our very ex­pe­ri­enced test rider Phil Dis­ney. He re­ported back to me with the words “A job well done”. It was time for me to find out for my­self what this new ‘Ris­ing Sun’ of tri­als was like as I cast my leg over the 250cc model.

With seven out­door world ti­tles to his name Spain’s Jordi Tar­res needs no in­tro­duc­tion as the face of TRS Mo­tor­cy­cles. He along with the de­sign team in Spain started on the project at the end of 2013. In the twoyear pe­riod be­fore the three-model range was an­nounced in Septem­ber 2015 TRS tech­ni­cians and engi­neers worked amongst some of the best pro­fes­sional riders to evolve the project in the cor­rect direc­tion to ar­rive at the ma­chine we have to­day for our ‘Quick Spin’ on the 250cc ‘One’ model.

CAST YOUR EYES AT THE TRS

It’s very im­pres­sive, from the first mo­ment you cast your eyes over the ma­chine. The sin­gle cylin­der, liq­uid cooled two-stroke en­gine sits snugly into the forged alu­minium twin spar frame. The yel­low and white aes­thet­ics give a very low, com­pact im­pres­sion of the ma­chine, mak­ing it very invit­ing to the eye. Tech branded front forks are very much the fash­ion these days in the tri­als world, and the TRS ones set them­selves apart, with the gold-coloured bot­toms and dark an­odised slid­ers look­ing very ‘works’ like. It’s very sim­i­lar at the rear, as the R16V hy­draulic shock ab­sorber proves to be a very pop­u­lar op­tion these days. The en­gine fea­tures di­rect crank­case in­duc­tion through the reed valve con­fig­u­ra­tion from the car­bu­ret­tor. TRS have stayed with the tried and tested car­bu­ret­tor method of sup­ply­ing the fuel, which has easy ac­cess for tun­ing and main­te­nance. The air fil­ter is ac­cessed through the top of the seat, once again for ease of main­te­nance. The di­aphragm clutch is a must for any tri­als ma­chine to pro­vide that in­stant ‘bite’ which al­lows the power to be put through the five-speed gear­box. It’s highly ob­vi­ous that the de­sign team have put many hours into the ma­chine as qual­ity com­po­nents are vis­i­ble to fin­ish off this very mod­ern and com­pact tri­als mo­tor­cy­cle.

Now it’s time for a ‘Quick Spin’ in the hands of John Hulme: “‘It looks the busi­ness’ were my first thoughts be­fore rid­ing this new TRS. It starts very eas­ily, which al­ways im­presses me. As you would ex­pect all the con­trols fall very easy to both hand and feet, re­quir­ing no ad­just­ments for me to ride. Gear se­lec­tion is very pre­cise and for some rea­son it feels very ‘Ja­panese’ in both qual­ity and han­dling.

“This ma­chine was a used demon­stra­tor and it felt very well bed­ded in as I played on some rocks and banks at this ex­cel­lent tri­als venue. Ev­ery­one finds a step or a rock they par­tic­u­larly want to ride up or over and I am no dif­fer­ent. To be­come more ac­cus­tomed to the TRS I rode it over some loose rocks be­fore at­tempt­ing my new-found step. The car­bu­re­tion is as close to per­fect as you could ask, and this bal­ance com­bined with the ma­chine’s han­dling be­came ev­i­dent as I ap­proached the step in first gear be­fore mov­ing to third as its sta­bil­ity be­came so ev­i­dent. It feels well ‘planted’ and al­lows you to feed the power in through the very ef­fec­tive di­aphragm clutch, which in turn feeds back the con­fi­dence to the rider. I soon felt very com­fort­able at­tack­ing big­ger steps as the alu­minium chas­sis gives a good neu­tral feel through the hands and feet. Af­ter more prompt­ing from TRS im­porter Steve Saun­ders, I soon be­came very com­pe­tent at at­tempt­ing some pretty dif­fi­cult haz­ards which re­quired con­fi­dence in the ma­chine.

“The whole pack­age is very rider friendly, with the sus­pen­sion and brakes work­ing ex­tremely well to­gether to aid the rider over the haz­ards. As it’s a new brand I would imag­ine a few po­ten­tial cus­tomers are a lit­tle wary of the TRS but I would per­son­ally rec­om­mend you try one as you may well be as im­pressed as I was.”

STEVE SAUN­DERS:

“It is easy to see why Jordi Tar­res was such a tremen­dous World Trial Cham­pion as his ded­i­ca­tion to the task is un­be­liev­able. He is a per­fec­tion­ist, and that makes work­ing with him an ab­so­lute plea­sure. You could not wish to meet more en­thu­si­as­tic peo­ple than the TRS Team of Jordi, Marc Arano and Pablo Del­gado.

“Their de­sire to make the best prod­uct is amaz­ing, which I have wit­nessed close up in the first year of pro­duc­tion with very few prob­lems with the ma­chines. We have re­ally only had a few fuel tank prob­lems and this is some­thing that has been ad­dressed and rec­ti­fied. We now have a new ma­te­rial that has so far proven to be very good.

“TRS has fin­ished sec­ond in the world in­door and out­door tri­als cham­pi­onships, and with the su­per-hu­man Toni Bou rid­ing sec­ond is the best any­one else can ex­pect! We have been very for­tu­nate here in the UK with a good team of deal­ers sell­ing the ma­chines around the coun­try, which has helped to pro­mote the brand in its first year.”

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