Trial Magazine

ONE RR 2021

- Words: Trials Media and Connor Atkinson • Pictures: Trials Media and TRRS

With the new COVID-19 restrictio­ns continuing through December 2020 and the Brexit negotiatio­ns being finalised, it put us in quite a predicamen­t to see if we could put a TRRS ONE RR 2021 model through its ‘Quick Spin’ paces. Even though demand is high, a quick call to the official TRRS importer, Steve Saunders, he pulled out all the stops to deliver a 300cc model. Steve also contacted one of his supported riders, 25-year-old Connor Atkinson who entered the Southern Experts Trial to be held at the Hookwood Trials Centre. That is where we met up with him and the new 300cc model on a very cold, wet morning. A self-employed electricia­n, Connor became the new South West Centre Trials Champion after his good friend, Joe Baker, had held the title for the past 20 years. Connor has ridden a Beta, Gas Gas and Sherco before his move to the TRRS. We feel he is more than qualified to give us his ‘Quick Spin’ opinion.

Now in its fifth year of production, the Spanish-made machines are proving particular­ly popular within the trials riding world. It stands out well, with some bold yellow and gold aesthetics and a pedigree based on the experience of the seven-time FIM World Trials Champion Jordi Tarres. Throw in the knowledge of the well-respected UK importer, Steve Saunders, and it is no wonder that they have ‘Winner’ written all over them!

WHAT’S NEW

The new TRRS ONE RR 2021 range is available in 125cc, 250cc, 280cc and 300cc; the 300cc version will be under the spotlight for this feature. It is a constant evolution. The new model range carries many of the forwardthi­nking ideas that have been found on the machines that preceded this latest 2021 range. The aluminium frame is now in its second year of the eye-catching red finish, and the aesthetics have been updated, as have the wheel rims in a subtle anodised red.

A significan­t change is the complete redesign of the two-stroke single-cylinder water-cooled engine to accommodat­e the new aluminium injection-cast crankcases. This new process substantia­lly improves the surface finishes. It also helps to achieve better behaviour at low-speed engine revolution­s and increasing pre-compressio­n. In turn, it improves overall performanc­e.

A temperatur­e sensor has also been added to control the many temperatur­e variations found in motorcycle trials. The new CDI unit controls the optimal starting point of the cooling fan.

Easier maintenanc­e for the owner has also come under the spotlight. A sight glass for oil level and filling can be found on the new clutch cover. An updated ignition cover also complement­s the new crankcases. Apart from the 125cc, the 2021 model range features the luxury option of an electric start to enjoy riding the TRRS further.

The suspension package is very high-end in the trials world. It consists of the latest

Tech aluminium anodised slider forks at the front, whilst at the rear, the Reiger Shock complement­s the machine’s handling.

Connor picked up 2021 300cc TRRS One RR a few days earlier to carry out the usual checks you would follow on any new machine. Apart from setting up a few personal changes, it was, as we say ‘race-ready’ when he arrived at the start of the event.

RAISING THE LEVEL

Connor: “I have ridden most of the brands in my trials career. Apart from four-strokes, I decided around 12 months ago to make a move to compete on the TRRS. There is nothing wrong with any of the other brands; I just fancied a change. I like plenty of power at hand.

I had a ride on the 300cc TRRS — its strong but smooth power delivery immediatel­y impressed me. I would say to any potential purchaser of any new trials machine, test ride one first. In my case, I knew straight away the TRRS was for me. I felt that it would raise my riding level, which it has done. It certainly gave me that feel-good factor on my test ride.

“It comes with a high standard of equipment. I don’t really change anything; I even leave the suspension settings alone as the standard setup as it seems ideal for me and my body weight.

“I have now had four 300cc models, and have been very happy with every one. With each new machine, the build quality continues to improve. Any suggestion­s are fed back to the factory from Steve.

“A minor adjustment I make after a few weeks of initial use is to take out the ‘sag’ by adjusting the suspension. I take tyre pressures seriously. The TRRS comes with the latest Michelin rubber and, due to the severe nature of the hazards at the Hookwood venue, I adjusted the pressures to seven-and-a-half PSI in the front and four to the rear. At this time of the year, it is always a very muddy venue. You are riding full throttle and do tend to hit some of the exposed tree roots, logs and rocks pretty hard!”

STRONG POWER

“If you asked me what the main attribute of the TRRS is, it would have to be the very strong power. Around our neck of the woods, and here

at the South West Centre, we come across many high-gear mud holes and gripless climbs. I used to watch Joe Baker in awe as he hit these so hard and on full throttle to achieve the ‘Clean’ ride. It took me a while to build up that confidence he possesses from his years of experience. I always noted that he was in a high gear and, for my style of riding, third gear on this 300cc model is the ultimate one. This power delivery is, to me, the main change with the 2021 model. I am told, along with other engine changes, it comes from the new aluminium injection-cast crankcases. It has very strong, high-revving power, but when you roll off the throttle for the grip, its smooth and progressiv­e response helps you feel for the grip level.

“As with the modern machines, the controls, be they at your feet or hands, are all very easily accessible and work well. The feel from the handling is very neutral and stable. Once you have the power on, it ‘tracks’ really well. Maybe it is just how I feel, but I love riding a new machine and, at the Southern Experts, it was the same sensation. As it rained all day, the conditions naturally got harder to ride.

With predominan­tly muddy banks the climbs became very difficult.

“Watching Toby Martyn on the TRRS was very inspiring. As any top rider on form, he is a pleasure to watch. He can use the excellent attributes of the TRRS to the very limit with his dynamic style, and he ended up a clear winner. Considerin­g the quality and ages of the riders in front of me, I was quite happy finishing in sixth. More importantl­y, I had thoroughly enjoyed my first ride on my new 2021 TRRS.”

ELECTRIC START OPTION

Yes, you read it correctly, an electric-start button on a trials motorcycle. With exception to the 125cc, this option is available throughout the 2021 model range. Introduced in 2020, new parts were manufactur­ed to achieve this dream of the electric start, which included crankcases, crankshaft, flywheel, and cover. It has been tried and tested and works like a dream. A precision bearing system with a freewheel one-way bearing bathed in oil was applied, to provide an immediate and powerful response at the touch of the handlebar-mounted button. The position of the button to the electric starter is so good, it makes for a smooth transactio­n to bring the two-stroke engine to life — it makes starting a trials machine a dream!

 ??  ?? It took me a while to build up that confidence to hit things hard!
It took me a while to build up that confidence to hit things hard!
 ??  ?? Due to the severe nature of the hazards at the Hookwood venue I adjusted the pressures to seven-and-a-half PSI in the front and four in the rear.
Once you have the power on it ‘tracks’ really well.
Due to the severe nature of the hazards at the Hookwood venue I adjusted the pressures to seven-and-a-half PSI in the front and four in the rear. Once you have the power on it ‘tracks’ really well.
 ??  ?? The TRRS ONE RR 2021 is a very attractive package.
The TRRS ONE RR 2021 is a very attractive package.
 ??  ?? I leave the suspension settings alone as the standard setup seems ideal for me and my body weight.
Slim and trim, that is the 2021 TRRS.
A major change is the complete redesign of the two-stroke single-cylinder water-cooled engine in order to accommodat­e the new aluminium injection-cast crankcases.
I leave the suspension settings alone as the standard setup seems ideal for me and my body weight. Slim and trim, that is the 2021 TRRS. A major change is the complete redesign of the two-stroke single-cylinder water-cooled engine in order to accommodat­e the new aluminium injection-cast crankcases.
 ??  ?? An electric start option is available on the 2021 model range apart from the 125cc
An electric start option is available on the 2021 model range apart from the 125cc

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