THE DMV & ME

THE DMV & ME

THE DMV & ME

Currently serving B370 at window No 15

Another one of life’s mysteries, and one that I have never really understood, the DMV ! If any
organization could have ever been formed to make life more difficult for everybody then the Arizona
Department of Motor Vehicles certainly takes the biscuit! The people within this ridiculous set up are
determined that you will NEVER get what you want the FIRST time and will have you on a run-a-round
until you either give up in disgust or play their stupid games.

Detune to pass Emissions and reset everything to make it run!

When I think how easy it used to be in the UK to get the equivalent of “tags” I was completely
“Gobsmacked” when I first came to the States to discover the pathetic and totally unnecessary
documentation required before you could PAY them for what you wanted. Old vehicles that I
purchased for the Grading company were a nightmare to “Tag” and having handed over reams of
paper including the worthless emissions test certificate they would religiously paw their way
through them punching many items into the computer and then get up from their station and head off
into the Super’s office. After yet another delay they were back and more computer punching and then
having sat there like the “accused” a form was duly filled out detailing all your shortcomings and why
you had failed the “Tags/Plates/Title” request and what other dead sea scrolls were required before
you came back to their hallowed doors once more and were permitted (after being given a number) to
go to the RETURN window!

Answer: most of the day!

As the company got bigger and more vehicles joined the fleet the annual pilgrimage to DMV became
even more frustrating as, even at the “Fleet Window” you were only allowed to tag 4 vehicles in one
day!!! WHY ?  WHY ??

The Wait continues

So with 12 + trucks I was down there for 4 days in a row as they all had to be tagged prior to 31 Dec
or you incurred another ridiculous penalty.

And it didn’t stop there!…….I bought a Gas Gas 320 Enduro/Dual Sport model for lady friend at the time
and there it was with Oregon plates, lights, turn signals and horn all ready to go. Go to DMV and NO!
where is the original manufacturer’s import form??? How would I know? it has already been tagged in
Oregon so presumably they took it when they issued the plates. Eventually I had to take it back to the
Bike shop and tell them to do it or give me my money back as the frustration was making my “day”
anything but good.

Next up was the KTM 520 EXC, which has a prominent sticker stating that “This machine does not
comply with any federal regulations and is for competition use only”…… it sails straight through, gets
plates and tags and even more ridiculous does not have a speedo, but you don’t need one in Arizona!
Just a left side mirror and a horn!……. it begs the question of how can you be charged for speeding if
you don’t require a speedo?

As a MSF Instructor we were also MVD or DMV Motorcycle Examiners and everything usually went well
in that department as these were renewed annually by T.E.A.M Arizona. However some lame brain
within the department suddenly decides that ONLY the Examiner can fill in the form that we issue on
successful completion of the course when the student passes the test! Prior to this amazing
breakthrough in dumbness the entire class would be given the form and then the lead instructor would
ask the class of 24 to fill in all the usual personal details; name address, d.o.b. and sign it. Teach
would then sign with DMV number if the student passed. Clearly this was far too simple so now the
lead instructor has to PERSONALLY fill out all 24 forms!!!!!! What CLOWN thought that one up ?

Another motorcycle saga that defies explanation was my purchase of an Erion Racing Edition CBR
Honda 929. This machine arrived with Kansas plates and title and was drop dead gorgeous as it had
been show chromed everywhere including the frame. On arrival at DMV I’m told it needs an inspection
so trundle round to the inspection line for a “Level 2” inspection. Now all seems well until Inspector tells
me he can’t find some federal sticker, well no surprise here as the frame has been chromed and it no
doubt dissolved in the acid before it was plated………. so IT FAILS!

I now have to book a “Level 3” inspection within the next 3 weeks. Arrive as planned and join a long line
….. take off helmet and have a smoke on the sidewalk by the DMV ashtray. No sooner have I lit up than
some officious pratt runs down the street to me with clipboard in hand shouting “No smoking there are
fumes!”………. and I’m on the sidewalk standing at the ashtray they provided!

Well it doesn’t end there, when I get to the front of the line I tell the Inspector what I’m here for and he
goes inside and Rambo comes out in a full black uniform covered in boy scout badges, inverted
sergeant stripes, and a huge leather belt that had everything apart from handcuffs and a gun, these
having been replaced with a multitude of flashlights of various lengths. I now have to push the bike into
an “inspection bay” which I do and then as he starts on his clipboard I’m cautioned that I may NOT
cross the painted line….. man these people need to get a life!

20 mins later I’m informed that I have FAILED again! The frame numbers and engine numbers do not
match and therefore I must have changed it, stolen it, or it is a scrap vehicle. It will now take another 3
weeks while they complete their INVESTIGATION. The simple thing here is there never was a problem
and Honda used the same frame for the CBR series and fitted 600, 900 and the 929cc motors in all
these frames. I ring Honda USA and they fax me a letter stating that my engine was fitted to my frame
when the machine was built. Naively  thinking I might get things sorted I rush back to DMV, find the
less than friendly Rambo and hand him the Honda letter. He looks at it for a long time then wets his
finger and announces that it is FAXED as he can’t smudge the signature and it is therefore
unacceptable and I must wait the 3 weeks until I’m called forward!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A few days later the original letter from Honda arrives and I decide to go to another DMV testing station
and a very nice black lady comes out and does the inspection and I explain it failed as the other Rambo
halfwit couldn’t match the frame and engine number. I hand over the Honda letter and she tells me
they have all “that” info in their computers and gives me the PASS certificate.

Just recently I had 2 more similar but equally frustrating experiences with these pedantic bastards.
No1, selling a 10 wheeler which had been on lease and then residual purchase. Lien release papers
arrive from Mercedes Benz but MVD don’t like them as it says it was a lease and not a lien. 5 days go
by until I get yet another piece of paper to say that I have power of attorney from MB to re-register the
vehicle in my name!!!!!

Still Waiting……….

And finally from the annoying annals of Arizona pedantic stupidity I finish buying my daughter’s car and
VW send me the title which now I wish to transfer to her name. “Not so FAST! you bought this car from
VW on a lease which then became a lease purchase?”
“Yes”
“Well you should have re-registered it 4 years ago as a lien……..”
“Now what”
“Well we can void all the penalties, or you can get VW to send you the power of attorney forms and when
they have signed them and had them notarised we can give you a title, or you can pay the $187.00 fines
and penalties and we can give you one now”

……So knowing what fun DMV can be you can imagine how much I’m looking forward to getting my
Colorado driving licence and having to get plates and tags for the Safari which has been tagless for
the last 3 years up here sitting on it’s Oregon plates…… the driving licence place has only 2 people
ahead of me and I’m armed with everything from passport, birth certificate to RAF service record.
Nothing required, pay an extra $2.00 for motorcycles and the job was done!

Now for the Tags? Seems you need to get the VIN examined and anybody from a mechanic to a Police
Officer can do that. Arrange for someone to go to the Safari where it is being worked on. Job done,
usually $10.00 but as its Howard, no charge. Blunder off to Cortez town offices and Courthouse. No
waiting, “tags and plates please” “$78.45 please”……….”is that it ?” ….”yup!”

TONY DOWN

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  • 2/5/2009 7:40 PM Outlaw Dave wrote:
    Ha Ha Ha – What a riot !! – I thought the folks up this side of the border were a bit official. but that takes the cake.
    Steve said he was leaving Monday – Today I found a spot near Kelowna where there is not too much snow for a first test of the new Beta Evo this weekend ( If it doesn’t snow again)
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ON SAFARI

 

ON SAFARI

ON SAFARI

Safari in hibernation

The renovation project is now in full swing with Howard, the RV Guru, working his way through the
mysteries of the 1996 Safari which will be the 2009 transporter and needs to be back on the road in
2 weeks. Having dug the beastie out of the snow Howard arrives for his initial inspection last Friday
and having given him my “wants  & wishes” list he completes his findings as to what it is going to take.
Bearing in mind the coach has sat in it’s current location for just over 3 years and has been used only
as a rental accommodation unit and we need to know if road use is a possibility?

Saturday and Howard is back armed with all RV things to get it moved. Within a couple of hours several
major/minor units have been fixed and the engine is coaxed back to life and is slowly warmed up to
ensure we don’t crack the head or bust the head gasket. It seems the bus was only partially winterised
and the anti-freeze was a little weak in the engine!

Several other things get spotted and fixed and by nightfall the Safari is off to Howard’s shop to be
thawed and renovated ready for use. Seems the water system has frozen solid and the hot water tank
will have to be replaced but on the good side the tires seem good so we should save about $2000
there if we don’t replace them. The Black tank is solid so that will take some work and won’t be a
pleasant job, and not one I would wish to undertake.

We await more news on the subject and availability of parts to get her out of dry dock. Insurance
doesn’t seem to be a problem and is about 1/10 th of what the 2006 Beaver cost for full replacement
value. Next up will be finding the old Oregon title and then getting a new Colorado one for this year.
Title now at hand, so I think I have all the papers to get that portion completed and just to fit another
piece of the jig saw together I went for my Colorado drivers licence and that turned out to be remarkably
easy! Brenda had a little trouble with hers as she had to provide her “state” birth certificate from NY,
hers said Buffalo NY but apparently that was not good enough, so 2 weeks elapsed and another $64
to get the one they wanted. In my case they didn’t even ask for one ?

More news, the water heater is toast, along with the ice maker and 2 broken taps, a few leaks, a few
minor parts, hoses and belts and a lot of fluids and some batteries. Cost without labor around $1500
so I suppose that’s reasonable all things considered. The passenger windshield and ice maker can
wait for the summer along with the tires I hope. Might have to replace the sealed unit headlamps which
I think were no longer sealed and were pretty dim as I remember.

Turns out Howard and his sons do a few “demolition derby type events” so he says he has plenty of
spare usable headlamps. He says he can rebuild the shower faucet and Brenda will explore the local
plumbers shop who are having a sale to see if she can find the kitchen tap she likes.

Actually made it into the workshop at last and notice that all the throttles on the bikes are a bit sticky…..
must be the cold weather so some quick work on the 3 that are going to AZ. Time to dump all last
year’s fuel and start afresh!

Brenda now tells me she wants to go to Harrold’s in Cave Creek for Superbowl Sunday, and she has
spoken to the owner to try and get a 60 foot long berth for Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile time to dig out the trailer and that is no easy task as helpful tenant has now piled tons of
snow in the way, but after one hours shoveling the trailer is free and now I need to cut a path in to
reverse up to her and drag her out. Still it releases cabin fever and by Colorado standards its pretty
warm today and we have a good melt going on. The trailer was finally hooked up and dragged round
the front to get some sun on the roof and melt off the last of the snow.

Get out of that !

Free at last

Now back in the workshop and get all the last boxes unloaded and sorted. Time to shove some of it up
in the loft area and then get the bikes ready for Buckeye…. well at least they are clean so I’m only talking
light servicing and carb cleaning, some fresh oil and get some fuel for a test start on the RE and the
Cub.

Just back from the Colorado DMV……..man, what a difference, and that in itself will form another
article!

TONY DOWN

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THE LONG ARM & LEGS OF THE LAW

 

THE LONG ARM & LEGS OF THE LAW

 THE LONG ARM & LEGS OF THE LAW

They all started here including Father


A far cry from the bikes of today

A reader recently wrote to me reminding me of the other “Boys in Blue” and of course I refer here to the
good old British Bobby. With an entry in this year’s Pre 65 it seems an appropriate time to reminisce on
days of old and the Herculean efforts of 3 great motorcycle all rounders who rode Triumph Twins in the
major events of the Motorcycle year. Every year the Metropolitan Police would field their team of the
three “D’s” Dennis Glover, Dave Randall and Dave Hobbs and they could be seen manhandling those
monstrous machines across Scotland, through sunshine and rain at the Welsh 2 Day,  the Services
at Weaver’s Down in Hampshire and to round off the year at the ISDT.

Dave Hobbs (292) waiting to start with Dennis Glover (298) 1973 ISDT

Dennis ready for the “Off” at a stage

What can you say? well I guess it was more fun than hounding motorists is London as they were all
motorcycle patrolmen, but it can’t have been fun in Scotland humping those bikes across Rannoch and
Blackwater and continuously lifting 350 lbs of Best of British out of holes and rocks as they ground to a
halt on obstacles that a 70’s true trials machine cleared with ease.

Dennis laying down some power from the Big Twin, with Dave Randall (296)
right behind

No doubt the powers that be of the Police Federation insisted “they” rode machines “as issued to the
“force” or “British” just as our masters in the Royal Air Force did in the International. Fortunately we were
allowed to ride trials machines in Scotland but the moment the British Racing Green helmet came out
we were told in no uncertain terms “You will ride British and like it!”

Hobbsie (292) ready for another special test

Completely “round the bend” USA ISDT 1973. Dave Randall (296) and
Hobbsie (third from the left) in the Speed Test

With all our years riding together it came as no surprise that The R.A.F.M.S.A and the Police Federation
would often invite each other to their events as in the main we were all about the same standard. One
event I remember was the Police Thames Valley 2 Day where we were accommodated at the old
nuclear base at Aldermaston. At the start area in roll all these policemen out to play on their trials bikes
and just like the rank and file there were trailers with missing plates, mudguards nearly falling off and
nearly all had non working lights, not to mention the expired road fund licences!

The first day event came and went and then we,  the RAF, are told “Everybody meet at the Thames
Valley Police HQ in Newbury….. top floor, 2 barrels of beer in the clubhouse and a free buffet” ……we all
duly drive our rag bag assortment of vehicles and trailers to the Police HQ and are told where to park.
Being a voluntary person entering a Police station seems somewhat strange but we are quickly sent
upstairs where Bobby’s a’ plenty are quaffing and being RAF we set about helping them out with all the
beer.

Around 11.30 a big burly Police Sergeant appears and bawls out, “Last drinks, everybody outside in
15 minutes, get in your cars and form one line outside.  There will be 3 motorway patrol cars plus the
Range Rover will the spark plug on the roof, there will also be several motor cycle patrolmen riding
Shotgun and you will not OVERTAKE anyone or STOP at  ANY lights!….. IS THAT CLEAR??”

The Police Range Rover with the spark plug on the roof

Like herded cattle with bike outriders

So now surrounded by the “fuzz” and also in amongst them we all set off down the A40 with blue
lights a’flashing and sirens wailing. I doubt they still provide that service today even for their own but
back then life was a lot simpler and drink driving was not the crucifix it is today.

Other memories of the British Bobby come to mind and I remember my local village policeman with
his standard black bicycle complete with shopping basket, bicycle clips and all, pedaling up to us to
see what mischief we were up to. He did graduate to a full blown Morris Minor in Police trim in later
years.

“Mrs Down ?……. it’s about your son, ….. he was riding through the river
and up the banks ….. and then he shot off across the farmer’s field to the
disused railway line and was last seen riding up and down the cutting……
Sgt Pratt has gone after him in our new Patrol car”

Sgt Pratt gives the Morris Minor a sound thrashing

Apart from the occasional “Get off home you lot”, and the classic “Hello, Hello, Hello” I seemed to
live a charmed life with the Constabulary but I did get stopped in Canterbury one evening on the
Tiger Cub when I was giving it a “bit of handle” down Chancery Lane by the Cathedral which was a
narrow street and perfect for 2nd gear blasts and shut off and listening to the reverberations and
racket from the Burgess straight through exhaust.

Canterbury Cathedral

The narrow “reverberating” sidestreets around the Cathedral on my noisy
road circuit

I think I was on my 3rd lap when Mister Plod stepped into the road with upraised hand and
stopped my antics with,
“OK sunshine, you come round here once more like Geoff Duke and I’ll take that bike away”

….. and needless to say I scuttled off home at 1/4 throttle.

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Ev’nin all,    Dixon of Dock Green

Well done to 3 great friends and true motorcyclists.

TONY DOWN

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  • 1/27/2009 9:03 PM John Cranmer wrote:
    Hello Tony,great fun even old Dixon ,what memories. Oh my goodness, I remember trying to get the bike road legal.For me that was no problem because I had a matchless trials bike and a matchless road bike,so I had access to a tax disc and a spare rubber number plate on the shed wall.this of course can get complicated. one day my brother was on his royal oilfield and I was on my Matchless and we had checked out a section in wildboar clough and walking back to our bikes,we realized that we were both sporting the same number off my road bike which of course was tucked up at home in the shed.How did we ever survive.Good job Tony and thanks again . John.
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  • 3/17/2009 3:39 PM Brian Catt wrote:
    This is a small story from the “Welsh”. I had been route-marking, but there was a piece of zig-zag uphill going that led up to a moor. The farmer decreed that no shortcuts were allowed, so it was marked heavily, and I was sent to ensure compliance. They all did it OK, but along comes a MetPol Triumph, and when right up the top of the climb, the back wheel collapsed, to loud cursing from the pilot. We got it down in the back of my Land-Rover, and it was returned to Llandrindod in a pick-up. Now then, that’s not the end, for one of their guys had a big off, bending the front wheel, and the last one had a bad misfire. Bikes were swapped and riders continued on combinations of bits that may or may not have been what they started the trial on!
    However, the Scrutineer jumped out in front of the man who had suffered the bent wheel which was now perfect, only to be dumbfounded when, on examining it, it WAS the rider’s correct wheel. He was so flabbergasted, that his check ended there, to the amusement of the grinning Officer of the Law. He had his crash on his pal’s bike, and the wheel was the only bit of the bike that was his! Needless to say, the Service Trophy that year went to the only Team that nobody had any dirt on! Was that the RAF, no I don’t think so!
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  • 10/2/2010 5:15 AM Sven Olsen wrote:
    Dear Tony. I have just bought an ex Dave Randall Cheney Triumph 650 ISDT basket case from a gentleman whose father was Mr farmer, the manager of the Met Police trials team of Hobbs, Glover and Randall in the 70s. The bike was sold by the club to Dave Randall who sold it to Mr Farmer’s son. The date of registration is 1st April 1973 and it appears to be the one featured in your blog article of 1/9/2009 about the met police team entry in the 1973 ISDT(bike number 296). Do you know of anyone who could give advice about how the bike looked (photos etc) and if in fact it is the one entered by the Met Police into the Dalton Mass. ISDT in 1973, or anyone knows where Dave Randall is now. Any help is much appreciated since the bike is incomplete and what there is, is in plastic bags. Thanks. And great blog!. Where do you find the time? Sven Olsen
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  • 10/15/2010 4:37 AM Yacht Charter Greece wrote:
    You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog. Thanks
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  • 11/12/2010 10:01 AM Blue Book Value wrote:
    Being a motorcycle history enthusiast, I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed reading your post. I have been buying and rebuilding old motorcycles my whole life. I am currently looking for a 1923 BMW R32 to add to my collection, with it being the oldest known BMW motorcycle I got to have it.

    -Tim
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BUILDING BUCKEYE

BUILDING BUCKEYE

BUILDING BUCKEYE

General Site Map with some of last year’s sections

While argument still rages between a potential Trustee and the Trial’s Coordinator I will search the
dim recesses of my mind and dream up 24 sections that can be brought  into play for what could
potentially be a great weekend of trials riding at AZ Cycle Park in Buckeye Arizona.

I have to say that if were in Ed’s position I would eventually tell some people the facts of life if they
want the job then fine, but unless you have something useful to contribute, stop whining and let the
rest of us get on with it and have some fun. We are still hearing that it SHOULD only be a 1 Day with
only EIGHT sections, and we won’t get checkers etc, etc. Well I have been at SEVERAL Ahrma events
where buddy checking has been used, Diamond Don’s, Cotopaxi and Bob Ginder’s 2 Day in TN
stand out in the memory and while I would personally prefer checkers at every section if we can’t
find them then buddy checking will be the order of the day, and yes if a few people personally want
those 20 points for checking at the season opener then that too can be arranged.

The dreaming is done and I already have 24 potential sections in my mind’s eye without having to
spend a day wandering the boondocks trying to find something. Of course winter rains, mudslides,
and changing AZ washes may have created some good new ones so there will still be a bit of wait
and see.

Taking last year as a yardstick we will leave the start heading West and have 1&2 in the same
position as last year with some alterations and some different challenges.

1 & 2 with some variations for this year

3, will be a long blast in the egg timer sand and depending on traction and depth, some variations here
to take a few balance marks from plowing front wheels.

3 will be in here!

Across the booney to the “rocks by the fence” tackling this from some different angles, but we need
to use those rocks! Well that was 4 so drop back in to one of last year’s favorites the “Grand Canyon”
and I’m sure this will have eroded nicely so plenty of scope in here.

Probably coming the other way this year,  Section 4

Section 5, The Grand Canyon

6 & 7,  will be close at hand with some good adverses and banks and these will be NEW this year but
looked to have good scope when I used them at the Trials School.  (NEW)

8, may well be some variations up and around that giant Ironwood with the perfect root cluster.

The Ironwood at Section 8

9 & 10, will be a double up in the first set of ditches above the motor cross track and then a gentle ride
down to the end of the property with a gate control along the bank where Section 11 (The Graded Hill)
will finish.

A double here “The Ditches” of 9 & 10

11, will be the Graded Hill but as you all found this SO EASY last year there may be a “Sting in the Tail!”

“The Graded Hill” of section 11

12, looks like being down in the SE corner again will some variations up the side of the cliff.

Somewhere up here for Section 12

So there is the “Quickie” look at Day 1 with 3 loops and hoping to get about 15 points off the Class
Leaders.

Day 2, we will reverse the direction and start just below the motorcross sign in building with a
pleasant excursion through a “mud hole” for section 1. (NEW) [ No 14 on the map]

Staying away from the MX track we will go across to the NE corner for 2  where I see a Double Up the
hill section with a single downhill with turn gates going 4-1 in height up the hill for the first climb then
same again to your respective exits. (NEW)

3, will be a variation on last year’s section 11

4 & 5 will be a double section in the ditches but further  along and completely different from
Day 1 (NEW)

4 & 5 further along in the ditches

6, could be another go at the Graded Hill from a radically new start point and different finish. (NEW)

I’m seeing some new lines up here!

7, the fallen tree that was used last year that you all found cheater lines on! …. but this year there will
be some changes for the longer framed machines.

I’ll try and keep you “in the section” this year, No 7

8, I rather fancy “same line for everybody” section in the good old deep sand.

Tricky stuff…… Section 8

9, and back on the North side along another fence line there were some large blocks and banks that
I saw last year after we had finished laying out so maybe something good here. (NEW)

10, in the same area there was a nice gentle “through the sand into an uphill turn through some trees”,
good throttle control section. (NEW)

11 & 12, coming back to the start will be a double using yesterday’s 1 & 2 area in the rubbish pit.

11 & 12 in the wood piles and tumbleweed

ENJOY !

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  • 1/22/2009 3:55 PM Dan Straka wrote:
    We’re looking forward to 2 days of warm climate and trials fun. Thanks for keeping everyone up to date. Dan, one of the Wyoming Three Amigos.
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  • 1/25/2009 10:39 AM Fred Martinson wrote:
    Hi Tony, sometimes a couple of splits
    moved from one day to the next, totally
    change a section, or if its a good interesting section, ride it both days.
    Its always fun when the riders get done riding a section on Saturday and say, their glad they don’t have to ride that section again, it’s nice and sporting to give them the chance to improve their score in the section the next day. If they are complaining about a section, its nice to have more chances to practice it, practice makes perfect, right!!
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THE KILL SWITCH

 

THE KILL SWITCH

THE KILL SWITCH


The “Google” definition of KILL SWITCH is given as “….is a security measure used to shut off a device
in an emergency situation… “or reading further it is also defined as “….is a mechanism used to shut
down or disable a device or program”

The Kill Switch, we should all have one fitted, (see AHRMA rule 13.2.5  and now it seems so should
some members of the organization who seem to be dabbing in their own mouths or putting the mouth
in gear without using the clutch or engaging brain first and thinking things through!

The latest “dramas” come as no real surprize to me as the general discontent festers. There have
been the critics, once again bemoaning the program ( but did they have an input…? they were asked!)
and now after the program is annouced they don’t like it as, either there are not enough events in their
area, or they don’t like 2 day trials at co-located events, and are almost insisting that one day is
cancelled.

Just reviewing those two issues on their own merits before others come along let’s see about
point 1.

Last year Ed religiously asked members for their inputs and what they wanted……. response
nearly non existant! Looking at trials East of the Big Muddy the turnout over the last 2 years has in the
main been poor and for the amount of effort and cost to put an event on it is neither profitable or
personally rewarding if you get a dismal turnout. Many past organizers have categorically said they
will not do it again and who can blame them?

Looking at the “few” events that were planned in that sector of the country and are “currently” on the
program a couple of those are looking shakey if rumour control is to be believed. The Florida event,
only 2 months away still has no volunteer as Trialsmaster and will apparently take a lot of work to clear
sections before a worthwhile event can be put on, and unless someone, or group, come forward soon,
the event WILL be cancelled. (see Kill Switch)



Case closed!

Another rumour coming across the “ether” is that Bob Ginder’s 2 Day will still be ON, but will be ITSA
only ?…… well if management can’t resolve that issue with a long term AHRMA devotee and member
of the Trials Committee then that could kill the east side of the Nation stone dead! (see Kill Switch)

Case closed!

The ongoing clashes between Cross Country and Trials at co-located events prompted the decision
not to relive the screw ups of previous years and when the Landowner said he didn’t want a trial in
2009 you can’t blame the TC for not putting him on the program. Having been a victim of the Cross
Country cock-ups at this venue, TWICE, I can quite see that with the Landowner’s views and the poor
trials event as a result of cross country delays; the first time causing the trial not to start until 2.30 in
the afternoon and then buddy-checking in large groups until dark! Made even worse when multi
disciplined riders did not show up at the sections as they were signing in for MX. The next time the
cross country course even went through our SECTION 1 with 800 acres to play with??? The delayed
start for us then caused a loss of 2 sections to get the event completed in daylight. (see Kill Switch)

Case reopened!

This event has suddenly and mysteriously snuck back on the published program!!!!! (see ON/OFF)

Point 2, the 2 Day season opener at AZ Cycle Park, also co-located with MX, and with the off road
banquet is now upsetting certain factions as they can’t ride them all! Sorry tough luck, if you want to
ride multi disciplines then perhaps YOU should decide which is more important to YOU. To cater for
the FEW the MANY have to suffer? I know for a fact that the Wyoming contingent will only drive the
1200 miles to AZ if it is a 2 Day event, and I agreed to help and lay out the 24 sections but will only go
if it is a 2 Day…… and if I don’t go I’m sure many others will not bother either, especially if you are
faced with snow covered roads in February.
Good one! (nice application of the Kill Switch).

Case dismissed, insufficient evidence!

Now with that “Doom & Gloom” covered, and we haven’t even started the season, perhaps some of
you will enjoy some light humor and if so go to the AHRMA page and download the Handbook and of
course refer to the Trials Section of the manual. After my personal debacle and loss of Classic Expert
Title the “sages” have rewritten the rule book going to considerable lengths to put it clearly and simply
and then taking care to underline everything that has changed…..ho,ho, ..HO! Your attention is drawn to
13.3.c, 13.3.d, and for the punch line how about 13.3.e ! Here we see that you can pay for ALL the
classes you would like and in my case I could ride the Cub in Classic Expert, and then ride the same
bike 3 more loops in Prem Lightweight Expert, then come in and change to the Enfield and do 3 more
loops in Premier Heavyweight Expert ? …….. or as the verbiage says you take your score and apply it to
the other classes you have entered ????????   (see Dummy Throttle)

……. and this evening my membership has just come back from AHRMA and despite having filled out
the form correctly it is STILL stamped INTERMEDIATE !!!! what do I have to do ? Perhaps an INT/EXP
card  (with an ON/OFF switch)

Well looks like I was right and Diamond Don’s is back on with a 0900 start and Bob Ginder has
withdrawn his 2 Day and it no longer features on the program. (see OFF Switch)…… maybe we can
persuade Jim Lipscomb to slip Tooele back in there?….. what a shambles!

Sorry lads, no more AHRMA this year

…. and now just to add to the confusion another event has slipped onto the program to appease the
East Coast riders with a Trial on 19 April in Maryland, let’s hope they get a good turnout and make it
worthwhile.

Anybody else ?

TONY DOWN

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TWELFTH NIGHT

 

TWELFTH NIGHT

TWELFTH NIGHT

No sooner had I got myself motivated to get the show on the road than before I could get the first
morning coffee it has started snowing again and is already piling up. Twelfth Night is nearly upon us
and tomorrow all those decorations and lights must come down and again here I pause to reflect how
it has always been with everything looking so “bare” for a few days after they have all been put away.

Well none of that changes the Colorado winter scene and life’s rich tapestry continues. The Christmas
round of parties, pool and darts has finished and now it’s Saturday pool competitions until the reverse
snowbirds come back to roost in April. Then it’s non stop pool and parties throughout the summer.
More of that summer trout fishing although I still have to do the “ice fishing” which strikes me as yet
another excuse for more drinking standing on a frozen lake.

The parties continue

Bin who ?

One of this year’s Xmas presents was a dartboard and darts. Now for those not in the know I,
(without bragging), used to throw a pretty mean dart during my RAF days and 4 year exile in Saudi
Arabia. My partner, at the time, and I were near invincible until the SID got the better of us and the
board started to move!  Can’t remember what weight dart I used to throw so a fair few experiments
required to get back on track in that department.

In the party Cave

Should I grow a beard ?

The daunting task is now complete, lights down, trees undecorated, keepsakes and candles, wreaths
and Santas all boxed and thank goodness for the floored in loft or there would be nowhere for it all to
go. See you all again next year and we will see how many lights still work.

They won’t will they ?

Oh yes they will !

Dart board should arrive today but mail in Colorado is something of a mystery so anything can happen
and with the continual snow there is always an excuse. Must remember the height of the bull and the
distance to the line ? more google searching coming up. After that it will need an over the board light so
a little more engineering in the lodge room.

The board arrived and all looks good so today, still confined to the cabin, it will be mounted with the
bull at 5′ 8″ and the Oche at the 7′ 9” mark. better get some decent wall anchors as alcohol and drywall
have a habit of causing things to end up on the floor.

Plenty of practice time but these darts are all too light for my taste!

Time to start thinking trials again and get rid of this white stuff.

TONY DOWN

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