We all enjoy a good ride around on our trials machines; it’s a fact. Easy to ride and very nimble in difficult situations, the enjoyment factor is right up there with the best. Take it a step further, to where you choose whether you want to combine the trials ride with a trail ride? Confused? Well, you should not be as TRS have taken the reins to introduce a dual discipline off-road motorcycle to suit the all-around, fun-loving trials rider. By introducing the new XTRACK, 2019 model TRS intend to set the benchmark for a new emerging segment of riders looking to fulfil their leisure time to the maximum on a dual purpose motorcycle. Before we go any further, we need to point out that this is not an enduro machine – fact! The theme behind it all is the bringing together of a wide range of users and fans that increasingly demand this type of motorcycle which is ideally suited to tackling the longer rides more comfortably. Where the emerging Spanish manufacturer has been very clever is in the fact that they have combined the best technical features of their ‘One’ model which still allows the owner to attempt most trials hazards that will ever be put in front of them.
Before we go any further with this article, let’s take a look at what exactly the new 2019 XTRACK model is all about.
What is the XTRACK?
First impressions give you the dual purpose look, but maybe it’s a trials machine; yes you are nearly correct. This new model is based around the ‘One’ trials model as it still carries the majority of the superb attributes the yellow machine can offer.
The main change is the aluminium frame colour from silver to black and the addition of the extra capacity fuel tank which holds 3.5 litres, as well as side covers and a larger seat. The other cycle parts are very much part of the TRS family. You will still find adjustable Tech branded 39mm Ø aluminium front forks and, to control the rear, an Olle shock with new settings and progressive hydraulic system allowing setting for spring preload and extension. The Braktec hydraulic stopping power is attached to the 150mm Galfer brake discs, complemented by aluminium Morad wheels.
Other nice touches include the use of the adjustable S3 footrests to aid rider comfort. Stylingwise the aesthetics give it real ‘Street’ credibility. The model is supplied with a quick and easy-to-fit smaller fuel tank — but we will tell you more about that later. It is available in other engine sizes, but for the moment only the 250cc model will be available through the official UK importers TRS Motorcycles UK headed by Steve and Sarah Saunders.
A new emerging area
The TRS brand as a motorcycle manufacturer has quickly emerged in its short life to challenge for the very top FIM Trial World Championship honours. It has been achieved by the fact that the man at the head of the TRS brand is seven-times world champion Jordi Tarres. He has seen his trials career pass through Beta and Gas Gas before arriving with what he has today. Jordi has applied the same dedication to his ‘Baby’ as he did during his successful riding career.
With Adam Raga on board in the Trial World Championship success has already come the way of the brand. Any production issues have been quickly addressed, and already the name TRS carries an assurance of quality with it.
On the continent, the top riders have gone for ride outs to practice away from the prying eyes of the media and other riders or many years. Take a backpack and put some fuel containers in it, a few small spares and some food and drink and away you go for the day; that’s the theme behind the XTRACK. As you can see from the pictures, the XTRACK holds no boundaries in the capable hands of both Tarres and Raga. Trial Magazine has seen Raga attempting world championship standard hazards on the new machine and believe me, for once we were speechless!
Out of the box
The machine that Steve Saunders is seen on here came from the first production batch of the new model and is a 250cc. Steve takes up the story: “When the box arrived with the new machine inside I did not know what to expect. Yes, they had told me all about the new model, but only when you see it in the flesh in your workshop and physically in front of you can you begin to become excited.
“They arrive very easy to assemble, and the first impressions were ‘wow, this looks good!’ After a play around I then decided to see how easy it was to convert to trials trim. It’s easy, trust me, as it takes only six easily accessible screws to allow the fuel tank, side covers and seat to be removed. It exposes the rear mudguard and ‘seat’ arrangement and the smaller fuel tank that sits between the aluminium frame rails; I was very impressed. I decided to take it to the Scott Trial. It took around 15 minutes to reassemble to the trail model. It was so easy I let my daughter Izzy put it all back together!”
A day out
“As has been well documented the Scott Trial was, shall we say, a wet day. I had all my new Hebo TRS riding kit on and kept warm and dry throuhout the event. The TRS is a dream to ride. At the request of the organising Richmond Motor Club, I only went where we were allowed during the trial and had an excellent day out.
“The XTRACK is so easy to ride, and what’s good is the fact that the large seat and fuel tank does not interfere with your riding. It’s also a very useful machine on some of the more demanding parts where on a larger endurance machine you would have to get off and push. It retains all its trials attributes, but with the more relaxed riding position afforded by, the larger seat trail riding becomes a pleasure. I had intended to ride the day after the Scott in a closed-to-club trial, but it was cancelled due to the heavy rain in the area near where I live.
“Look out for a trials test coming soon as I try and tempt Mr Trial Magazine John Hulme back behind the handlebars of a motorcycle”.
Adventure ready. Trials ready.
In the right hands yes, the XTRACK can go anywhere, as demonstrated by Adam Raga.
It was a very happy TRS UK importer Steve Saunders at the Scott Trial with the first XTRACK to arrive in his safe capable hands.
The new exciting 2019 TRS XTRACK.