FALL

FALL

FALL

Ah, Nuts!

A very sudden change sweeps through Southern Colorado, the trials season has come to an end, Jack
Frost has nipped all the tomatoes in the vegetable patch, and everything is changing color.

Golds in the La Plata river

On my trip to Durango yesterday I was amazed at the beauty of nature and the majesty of the colors
across the mountains and hillsides. The flame reds mingled with the bronzes and brilliant yellows with
evergreens dotted throughout are a magical delight to the eye. Looks like a run on the Beemer
tomorrow with the photographer and the big camera.

Just amazing

With the arrival of the first Rifle season for Elk the town will soon be full of hunter orange and ATVs as
the Rambos take to the hillsides in pursuit of big game. Can’t help but wonder how many will go back
to “Disappointment Gulch” where many of our showerees were last year and they got skunked!
I wonder why ? There did seem to be more Archers this year so perhaps we will have an increase on
the rifle side after last year’s rather dismal showing. Still if you can’t get a shot off you can at least look
at the gorgeous fall scenery for a couple of weeks before the trees are bare and the first snows arrive.

A day of plant saving as numerous pots were brought in to escape the ravages of winter, I will be out
with the pick axe again loosening up the vegetable plot and digging in all the compost I can find. The
last lawn mowing will be done this week and some general tidying up before all those leaves start
dropping.

The Dolores River

Yes, fall is here, and this morning the temp was a crisp 21F and the dogs didn’t think much of it
considering the sprinklers had been on early and all their favorite grass was covered in ice. The photo
mission went well and Brenda has some cracking pictures which I will dot through the article. It
doesn’t take much and the leaves are falling already. I might adopt last year’s policy and let the wind
remove most of them and clean up again in the spring.

One of our trees in the park

Soon be time for collecting firewood and all that entails as we will be burning from November to April
so stocks need to be plentiful or it will be a cold miserable winter.

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“BIG BEN”, THIS IS “RUBBER DUCK”

 

“BIG BEN”, THIS IS “RUBBER DUCK”

“BIG BEN”, THIS IS “RUBBER DUCK”

There have been some programs on the Discovery Channel that have some sort of appeal to yours
truly and have become compulsive viewing. The “Deadliest Catch” is one that stands out with the
dangers and harshness of the environment in the freezing waters of the Bering Sea. There is no way on
earth that you would ever see me on one of those crab boats as I’ve had a few very unpleasant outings
on the oceans of the world, namely crossing the English Channel en-route to the Jersey 2 Day Trial, a
couple of crossings to the I.O.M. and rounding the top of Scotland on the destroyer HMS Liverpool, and
some of you might remember my stories from the Falklands scrabbling up cargo nets in full uniform to
get on board HMS Bristol and a Supertanker in a 30 foot swell. If the sea is for you good luck but I think
I’d rather fly.

Other series that trigger the adventurous flair are “Man V Wild”, and I’ve had my share of that in the RAF
with all our survival exercises, and more recently “Ice Road Truckers” with their 2 different locations in
Canada and Alaska. Now while I do not wish to depart to the frozen north in search of employment there
is an appeal to driving a big rig and having driven 3 different RV’s with trailers over the last 8 years
maybe here is an opportunity to earn some extra cash moving RV’s from factories to dealerships. In
normal use the RV, irrespective of it’s GVW is exempt from the requirement to be driven by a CDL
holder, but if you wish to drive it for financial gain then you must have a CDL with an air brake
endorsement.

Explain this one to the Boss

Let the quest begin, first thing is obtain all the required literature and see what the DMV requires.
Seems there is the standard medical which is yet another rip off for $95.00 and once you have that then
you can go and take the written exams. Of course you need to know what is in the syllabus and that can
be purchased from various trucking companies for yet another $95.00 and they claim they will send you
all you need with standard questions and practice exams for the basic license and all the
endorsements. Having ploughed my way through that lot, and I know what this will be like as its similar
to the MSF course that I teach for the motor cycle license, same requirement, multiple choice, 80%
pass mark, and in most cases fairly logical. Once through all those I can then get the CDL permit for
another $14 and then apply to take the 3 part skills test. Some research required here as you have to
take the test in a representative vehicle. Sadly the Safari does not have air brakes! Of course the 2
Beavers did as did all my 10 wheel dump trucks when I had the Grading company.

Better know what you are doing along here !

Next step is to find out whether the private testers have vehicles available and get that set up. Today its
phase 1 so off I go for the medical, fill in the forms and wait. Usual prelims, height, weight, pee in a cup,
eyesight, hearing, temp and blood pressure. Now sit in a room in splendid isolation and wait…….. and
then wait some more…….. and after 43 minutes of nothing in comes the Doctor.

10 minutes later I have my $95 medical certificate so I can now move onto phase 2 and go to Durango
and take the written tests, General, Air Brakes and lastly Passenger vehicles. So an exciting evening
revising and making sure I’m up to speed and don’t make any dumb mistakes misreading the
questions, a bit like getting a “5” for missing a split !

5 ? I never saw the split under all that snow

Today drive to Durango and find the unlikely looking DMV office in a shopping complex. Explain what I
need, namely the CDL general knowledge test, the airbrake test and for good measure the passenger
vehicle test. The lady says its all set up and I’m on console 1. Well this is all new, totally electronic and
all on a touch screen! ……. let the dumbness begin, so here we go into 50 questions but the questions
only have 3 answers unlike my test papers which all had 4. Some of the questions are completely new
to me but some are adaptations of ones I have seen previously with one answer removed. All seems to
go well and as I move into the last 10 questions the system shuts down and says “congratulations you
have passed” ………. very strange!

On to the airbrakes section, same format but here I have seen most of these questions in a different
form and I know the answers so this is pretty easy having done the homework. Same deal “congrats
etc” so move on to the last one for passenger vehicles. These are equally easy and I’ve seen 95% of
these before so another “congrats” comes up on the screen. An easy way to do the testing but a little
impersonal as you don’t know your “actual” score ?

Back at the main desk I now encounter the “problem of the day” as they don’t accept credit or debit
cards despite this new amazing technology! Checks or cash only, so I’m out in the street and forced to
go into Office Max and buy some pens and then get cash back to pay the $14 for my CDL temp license.
Never mind the job is done and I’m moving through the boxes collecting ticks along the way. Now all
that remains is the “skills test” encompassing various reversing games, the pre trip vehicle inspection
and finally the road test.

Reversing games

Flush with success I bound headlong into the next problem. The local testers do NOT supply the
vehicle! Where can I hire one locally to take the test? Seems I’ll be on the phone today trying to find
something to drive. The easiest option is either hire a RV with airbrakes which won’t be cheap but
means I don’t need someone riding shotgun, or drive up to the Denver area and use their vehicles for
a day of practice and then a day of testing……. and that might not be cheap either! Then when it all
comes together its yet another $175 to take the test. Further research shows Denver might just be the
best option.

Nice looking bus, let’s hope its easy to drive

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  • 10/6/2009 8:52 AM Jack Knoops wrote:
    Best of luck tony. Don’t run into the mirror on your pre-flight checks!!!
    George and I still chuckle about that story of your trip in the bad weather,
    What were your eventual results in your trials series over there?
    All the best Jack
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TD VERSUS TY

 

TD VERSUS TY

TD VERSUS TY

Great sections at Holbrook AZ 2004

After winning the 2004 AZ Twinshock Championship and some rounds of the AHRMA MC Int series the
little TY175 was retired to the museum as the 250 Superglitz had become the weapon of choice. She
was a lovely bike with everything, and I mean everything chromed! My platers had done the frame,
engine covers, forks and yokes and all the ancillary bits too…… ended up making Harley owners jealous.

Scottish type sections at Keith’s Mine AZ December 2004

I can remember test riding it when I finished construction thinking, well, if you can’t win on this there is
no hope! Lighter than the 250 and it always seems quicker and tighter in the turn than its big brother I
was very pleasantly surprised by its capabilities from a bike that I had always “pooh, poohed” as a boys
bike. I built several of them over the years and they are a delight to ride. When all the “mods” are done
they are about 25 lbs lighter than the 250.

Of course many items are interchangeable and you can go both ways with items like forks and wheels
but in truth I haven’t noticed much difference. Some better rear shocks improve things as like the Ossa
the rear end always looks like its collapsed when a 200 pounder is aboard. A word to the wise here
though if you change the rear shocks for longer ones you might want to drop the fork legs flush with the
crown or it will handle like a Harley, and do be aware the side stand will no longer reach the ground!

As she was on first completion

Ignition settings are critical on this baby so make sure you do not exceed 15 on the points and 22 on
the plug which uses a different model to the 250. If you need a new carb Mikuni and Yamaha no longer
make the OEM carb for this bike and you will have to pay through the nose for an adapted flange
mounted one that has been machined to be a bayonet fit. Other things of note on this model seem to be
the bore and rings which are critical for good performance and anything going wrong here will give the
“skin off a rice pudding puller syndrome” as the 175 does not like mud, crap and water in the system
unlike big brother who will eat it all for breakfast. Don’t over tighten the head bolts either or you may find
the barrel has gone “hour glass shaped”, looks good on the female but it means the piston isn’t
touching very much.

Enough of the good and bad points, and back to the story……..so, around May 2008 Baby Superglitz
gets dragged out, has a rear shock change and is made ready for a trip to Milliken. It starts fine, has
loads of power but man is it noisy. Further investigation revealed the crankshaft and flywheel can
easily be lifted so she must go into surgery for new main bearings, seals and all the other bits and
bobs. The strip down begins at home and all is dismantled and placed in boxes while I await all the
parts for the rebuild. Then along comes the recession!

The “OR” is made ready for the patient

With all the worries and collapse of the building industry at the mid point of 2008 Baby Glitz gets
sidelined while I continue after the current rounds for the Cub and Royal Enfield. Then its time to make
the big move to Colorado and get things organized up here. Then it gets too cold to do anything
although the mind was willing working on engines below zero seems somehow to lack charm. As
more and more bikes leave for their new homes I can finally get round to old faithful but by now she
has gone into a sulk and whatever I want to do she seems to want to fight me at every turn. Every bolt,
nut, screw or whatever is rock solid and refuses to budge and even Father’s advice of “don’t force it, get
a bigger hammer” does no good. The ridiculous Phillips heads all turn out and require the use of the
impact wrench to shift them, the crankshaft nut tries my patience to the full along with its sister holding
the clutch. The inner clutch basket shatters! but fortunately a new one is sourced on ebay and finally we
seem to be getting close to splitting the cases. Here again one has to ask why use Phillips headed
bolts? I guess Yamaha had a job lot of them but as crankcase bolts they are a pain in the arse and
required the impact driver on every single one to get them to shift.

Finally apart !!

With all this hammer work I’m surprised the Sheriff didn’t arrive and cart me off for “engine abuse” but
yesterday it was like the lady finally succumbed to my persuasion as the last troublesome bolts came
free and then the cases opened with a degree of ease that I wasn’t expecting. Now time for some very
HOT water to warm the cases and get the bearings out, and of course they are different sizes to fit the
crankshaft. A bit “James Bondish” with hot water on the case and ice cubes on the bearing. You may
remember the phrase…… “Domino your body has given me much pleasure……… now zeese for heat,
and zeese for cold”

Open bearing surgery

New bearings in and after removing the old oil seals with the trusty tire spoon the new ones are fitted
and I’ll be ready for replacing the transmission and sealing up the cases when I’ve run down town to get
a new set of metric bolts. Maybe Allen heads this time  which is what I usually do as they are much
easier to get undone. Seems I had all the allens I needed and with everything in place the cases were
suitably glued and screwed and so far all looks good. Ancillary bits are going on, linkages all working
and with any luck she will all be back in one piece by nightfall and then another morning to refit back in
the frame and bolt up all the other bits and bobs.

Out with the old

Stator fitted, on with the flywheel and engine sprocket, turn her round and fit the new clutch and all goes
well. De-gum the piston and barrel from this awful fuel we are forced to use and complete the top end.
Must find, or make an oil pump cover this morning as the old one is nowhere to be seen. About 2 hours
work left to fit the engine, carb, exhaust and chain. Connect the ignition, fill up with oil and pop on the
tank seat unit and prepare for the test firing.

Left side done

Right side complete

Nearly there! Engine in, chain on, ignition connected, brake, clutch all connected. Just the carb to clean
and exhaust system to fit along with the repolished bash plate. A little polishing of the front wheel and
all is ready to test, photograph and put on ebay and see if anyone is interested in another superb trials
bike.

Ready for sale

Everything seemed good until final adjustments. Having fitted a 12 tooth engine sprocket I may need to
take a link out, and this time I tried the ball bearing between the clutch push rods and it doesn’t like it! I
finally remembered this engine goes better without the ball so the side plate will have to come off again
and take that ball out. Other than that the rest of the assembly all went well and the photo shoot for ebay
was completed on time and I even managed to watch the 2 Superbike races.

Sure is pretty !

All color co-ordinated

While on the subject of ebay I noticed that “TL250 Barn Find” that went for an outrageous price of $3500
in an unrestored state has been put back on, slightly cleaned, but still less than immaculate, for an
incredible $5700….. are you completely mad ????  If that sells I’ll give up! ……. P.S. The Honda TL 250
was only made for 2 years and is hardly an outstanding Trials bike either then or now and I can’t believe
any serious rider would pay much more than a $1000 for one in ANY condition. Perhaps the owner is
confusing it with the TLR series which is much more desirable but still a bit pricey at that money here
in the USA.

The END of Babyglitz

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PICK A PIC

PICK A PIC

PICK A PIC

Finally! after months and months of computer sifting all the missing trials photos are at hand. A ton of
re-editing, reloading, cropping, highlighting, sharpening and all other things to do with digital photos
has all been completed and uploaded to the master site.

So if you rode in any of the following events you will most likely find there are plenty of pictures which
are all available to purchase directly from the web site: www.trialsphoto.com

Casper 2008

Sandia 2008

AZ Cycle Park (Buckeye)  2009

Milliken 2009

Turkey Rock 2009

Cotopaxi 2009

Casper 2009

Any picture can be purchased up to 20 x 30 (if you have an “I love me wall”) and you can also get an
array of other goodies including jig saws, mugs, mouse pads, playing cards, magnets, notelets etc all
of YOU in your finest hour! …… and usually with your feet up.

Don’t delay, order today, or give your other half or siblings some firm pointers, and references of what
you would like for Christmas. Once again that reference is:

www.trialsphoto.com

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SMALL WORLD

SMALL WORLD

SMALL WORLD

3 days of “super” trials

Always sad when three days of trialing comes to an end and even moreso as its the last trial of 2009 for
me. Never mind, in this economy I have still had a good trials riding year despite everything. It certainly
did not start too well having to ressurect the old Safari from its slumbers in January and get her up and
running for Buckeye.

Well the old girl has performed very well over the season and taken us to where we wanted to go
without all the “incidents” of the giant Beaver Marquis. Now all that remains is the 600 miler home from
C-D or Casper to Dolores.

Awards done!

Presentations and awards over, time for some farewells and then get on the road homeward bound.
Slip through Casper having followed the ring road this time and out on the open road for Rawlins and a
full top up of everything at the Flying J. Good smooth straight roads all the way and apart from doing a
“Brenda” at the Flying J when I fell out of the RV an incident free first portion. Onward down 80 with it’s
never ending straight lines to the horizon and then the turn off for the state line, Baggs, and all things
Colorado.

Straight, smooth roads to the horizon

Back in Colorado and the awful roads with either expansion joints or drainage cuts the drive becomes
less than pleasant with everything banging and crashing around. At last we are in civilization and come
into Craig where we will night stop at the good old Walmart. A beer in hand and 280 miles done time to
reflect on the weekend and what a great three days of trials the Casper event is. If you like trials in their
true form with all types of hazards this has to be the place to go and a must for any of the serious
contenders as you get such a lot for your buck.

Tuesday morning and while walking the dogs I notice several other RV’s joined us for the o’night and
clearly one has a motorcycle type trailer behind him but think nothing of it. On the road at 8’ish and now
we need to go further south to Rifle and pick up 70 for Grand Junction. Having looked at the map we
decided to give boring old Utah a miss and take the shorter scenic route through Montrose and
Telluride and stop at a roadside stall for some of the Olathe Corn and maybe some Palisade Peaches.

Approaching Rifle we meet a local who is half asleep and on a relatively straight road this individual
starts veering towards us and in no time has occupied half of my lane! With a closing speed of 100+
I’m forced to take evasive action as he will go directly under my seat, and on this stretch of road there is
NO hard shoulder, as we depart the highway  all hell breaks loose in Economy and he finally sees me
and swerves the correct way passing too close for comfort and still in my lane!!! With the minor cardiac
arrest under control we regain the highway, bin doors are secured, the screaming has subsided, dogs
returned to their normal seating positions and other unrestrained items collected off the floor. Well that
one was a real show stopper and just shows how easily an accident can occur and of course the mind
chills with the thought of what would have happened if we had hit each other?

The freeway at last, and as we join the RV and MC trailer I had seen in Walmart at Craig blasts by with
a friendly toot. Plain sailing down a pretty freeway with the mighty Colorado wending its way through the
mountains and giving up its water to the orchards and vinyards in the Palisades area. Brenda is noting
all the places of interest for next time and a wine tasting at this end might be more fun than a nightstop
amid 18 wheelers.

Fruit and grapes at Palisades

Wine tastings too

Off on the shortcut and yet more wineries and corn a’plenty as we pick up the route to Olathe and
Montrose. Pleasant and colorful we find Olathe and our roadside stall and take on vitals and let the
dogs have their lunchtime run.

Corn a’plenty at Olathe

The pack loved the lush grass

One of each please

Montrose next and as we come into the outskirts there is a sign for free “chocolate tasting” at the
Russel Stover’s factory promising plenty of room for coaches. As a Chocoholic this just cannot be
missed, even though my past expereiences of Russel Stovers have only been left over Christmas
selections from Walgreens and for the most part they have always seemed a little stale as chocolate
goes. But hey this is free from the factory, so must be worth a look!

Yum, Yum

Pull into Stovers and park and now see whats on offer. Valentine Truffles at $9.99 but thats FOUR
boxes for the price of one! We could spend a lot of time and money here but we must press on as we
have people arriving at the park this afternoon.

A cracking deal on Valentine’s truffles

The chocolates are GOOD and I’m pleasantly surprized at their freshness, and the fruit is crisp and
tasty too. Onwards to Ridgeway and the turn off for Telluride and up ahead there is a storm but it seems
we are just behind it all the way as we chug up the mountain passes with just a splash of rain as we
come up the hill to the ski area at Mountain Village. Over the Lizard and all downhill through Rico and the
last 35 miles to Dolores.

About to turn right in Ridgeway and get away from the storm

One more mountain

Skirting the storm, just the Lizard to go

Unloading begins and after dog walking a RV with trailer turns up, none other than the one in Craig! He
is here with his friend for a months riding around the mountains. Rain gear every day at this time of the
year! Small world!!!

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AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS CASPER DAY 3

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS CASPER DAY 3

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS CASPER DAY 3

One to go !

Monday morning and another 0900 start for our last day of fun in the mud at Casper, and for me the last
trial of the year and 2009! When I think back it seems strange as when I was a kid our trials season
didn’t start until September and went through until April unless you were lucky enough to be riding in
Scotland.

Danny Messmore’s 250 Hodaka in a KT frame

Today just 10 sections mainly up the hill to the north and I haven’t seen any of them so no idea what the
planners have in store. Now that I can see yesterday’s results there are some clear winners in some
divisions and some needle matches in others. Len Sims is pressing on for his Rigid Title and birthday
boy, John Dowson, turned 40 yesterday with his 6th win in MC Nov. Mike Bucholz is still smarting after
missing a section and losing a sure fired win by one point in MC Experts. Bob and Bill are trading
places in the highly contested MC Int class and nobody is giving in! Let’s see what today brings………..

Section 1 down in the brook has us wandering around looking for the “hazard” but there isn’t one, I
think the Trialsmasters let this one go and its no more than a ride across the creek.

Up through the meadow and into the woods for 2 and 3 in a clearing with jumbles of rocks in amongst
the trees. 2 starts off on the grass and has a left turn in a soggy bottomed ditch then between some
logs up to another left hander in the muddy ditch to cross a small fallen tree before 2 lines through the
solid embedded rocks to the finish. Find a good line for the second clean of the day. This one could cut
up and get slippery.

No 3 is certainly going to be a mark grabber with a whole series of turns and twists and a very difficult
exit up and over some rocks. Some tight turns after the start then the usual “Casper Choice”, you find it,
you ride it, and as always I’m not sure whether to follow the obvious line or be more ambitious and
shoot up some rocks. I see Ron Pocher use the rock line and get into trouble so elect the other route
and end up with a very beginner 3 for my effort. Rocks next time!

Ron Pocher in a spot of trouble where I want to go on 3

Trialsmaster Bob Strohman tries the 2 line wiggle…….. not good either!

The next section is out in the following clearing and doesn’t seem to be a problem and I quickly get into
this and find I have either not thought it through or given it enough respect. I remember it from 4 years
ago when I was out on the Yam and had the pilot jet block and the bike coughed to a stop for a 5 on
what was an easy day. Today in and over a springy tree with a kicker, drop into the creek for a 45
crossing, up the mini bank and turn right behind the tree and back through the water, one more mini log
and out. Maybe I’m stiff but I don’t seem well positioned on the bike and I’m slow to react when the back
wheel slips coming up the mini bank and a shambolic three goes in the book. As I exit the section I see
Mike Bucholz  take a 5 as his bike slips out underneath him and the back fender gets crushed…….
more respect for this one!

Two cleans, two 3’s, not a great start to the morning. Section 5 starts around the corner and has a
traverse over some big smooth rocks before a very tight 135 left downhill turn with a no escape drop
off if you go too wide. With confidence somewhat dented another shambles in the turn for a dab and a
then another to save things and now the score is on 8.

Time to get the act in gear and after a talking to the “inner child” he says OK. Section 6 drops off some
concrete into a delightful mud hole and finishes with a straight climb up some slippery rocks on the
bank. Well I like these, and after watching a fine ride from Ed I give the Cub its head and finally get back
on track with a good clean.

Ed drops back in the mud for a fine clean on 6

Section 7 has been used before and starts with an uphill and then traverse over a log before a steepish
drop down into a tight left to jump through yet another of the Casper “V” trees at footrest width. Out of this
and turn right to drop 15″ into the concrete ditch or old foundation and run out to the exit. Through the
trees and park the bike for section 8.

8 is another old tried and true section and doesn’t get easier with the passing of time. Cross the river
and beware the rocks, turn right and then a left around a bush before coming back to two fallen trees
with a big rock pile right beside them. Its possible to get around the first tree but then we have to get
over the second which is right on the limits for the old bikes but the Cub makes it.

Two sections left so back down the meadow to find 9. Drop down to the start in the river and stay left by
the bank for a controlled squirt up a waterfall onto the adverse bank and then a left, right uphill on an ever
steepening bank. Loved it! ……my kind of section.

Section 10 starts in yesterday’s 2 but goes the other way down the creek with two options of where to
get out of the water and get up on the bank before dropping back in for more of the same taking us
down to the muddy left hander and the exit. The first option looks tight between the trees but gives a
good recovery zone on the bank while option 2 is easier to get out of the river but goes straight into the
drop down turn. I go for option 2 and it works for me so 7 cleans and 3 very poor efforts on the others
for a loop total of 8.

Marty rumbles the Rigid Goldstar down the river in 10

Trialsmaster Fred trundles the Cub down the PI line of 10

Trialsmaster Dan having wrapped up his Championship tries the 2 line
on the Honda

Man, I love these mud river sections

Insult to the intelligence ride through on 1 and back up to 2 which predictably has cut up on the turns.
Through the mud and set up for the next hazard when the back wheel slides in the grass? Well that
caught me off guard for a dumb dab!

This time at 3 I’m going straight up, so in here and it wheelies  taking a dab to get under control but a
lot better ride than last time. Re-walk 4 to see why I made such a “Horlicks” or it last time but put it
down to tiredness and an early dose of stiffness. A bit quick up the bank and another stupid dab for no
reason. Don’t much care for Section 5 so decide on a planned dab for the turn and accept the loss.

Concentration from John on the 3 line

6 has got deeper in the mud but blast through and no changes on 7 so good here as well. 8 however,
is a brand new section as a giant rock has appeared from nowhere and has completely blocked the
line around the first fallen tree. 3’s and PI’s can go directly over the rocks but 1’s and 2’s have no choice
but to take on the “double”. Some clanging 5’s on the 3 line and some nasty 5’s from the 2 men until Bill
Brokaw clears the double making it look very simple. I follow suit but I’m late on the power and ground
out for a dab on the first and arrive badly at the second for another dab. That being said there were a lot
of 5’s here so the 2 will do.

9 & 10 are very much to my liking so I’m on 6 for this loop and 14 total. At the start scores are already
being posted and it seems my less than brilliant efforts are better than I would have thought as others
are racking up some big scores.

Bill drops back in the river early and goes around the rock

Same line from Mike Bucholz

My line is later down the bank and to the left of the rock

Setting up for the exit of 10

Out on the last loop and through 1 and up to 2 where after a re-walk another nice clean. 3 I know where
I want to go and it works save for a dab right at the exit but judging from the checker’s response it was a
good ride. Finally get 4 sorted and wonder how I managed to lose 4 points on what I would consider a
“gimmee” section. 5 I have no intention of trying to clean so accept the planned dab again. Nice cleans
on 6 & 7 so lets see what has happened at 8. Seems someone has rotovated that boulder again and
now its possible to get round and only have the one log to cross. All looks good and I’m up with weight
going forward but the bike doesn’t and sits on the engine while I push with all my might to wiggle it
forward for the back wheel to bite. Eventually it does and I escape for the dab. Super rides on 9 and 10
round out the event and a grand total 3 for the loop and 17 for the day.

An “up & down” the leader board weekend for Wolfy

Turning tight for the exit from Jimmy

Slower and higher from Hugh

2 fine wins from Mike and “that” second for a 136 point season and the
MC Expert Championship

The last turn of the last section in the last trial of 2009.  9 rides, 9 wins and
a Trialsmaster duty for 200 points.

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  • 9/23/2009 5:53 PM Dan Straka wrote:
    Hey Tony…great recap of the day Section 5 had 3 possible lines to make the turn-around for us “2” riders, the highest of which turned out to be friendly for me with 3 cleans. Section 3 WAS a bugger, but I managed a clean second loop. Overall the sections were more challenging than those throughout the season.
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AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS CASPER DAY 2

 

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS CASPER DAY 2

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS CASPER DAY 2

Dawn breaks and we all rally round trying to put her back together………. but things are really quiet this
morning, no zinging two strokes buzzing through the pits, the venerable gentlemen are taking morning
coffee and not dressed for trials…….. maybe I have it wrong? But No! 0845 and the horns are blowing
and we will be on our way in 15 minutes.

So, Vintage first with a few of the moderns then part 2 of the Mosteller Cup this afternoon. One or two
non starters today with Derek Belvoir missing with the flu and Marty Paulson and Steve Doyle having a
day checking. 11 sections on the menu with my favorite appetizer by the start and for dessert the Lego
Land thing in reverse which looks even worse!

No 1 drops down into the river and then starts on the other side with the uphill rock steps and waterfalls
with a climb out through rocks, mud, and sapling stumps before a simple round the tree exit to the
checker. I watch this one for quite a while while the slime gets taken off and a line gets cleared for the
exit. Dave Lindeman was going well but slipped the back wheel off a rock and was lucky to get it out of
the undergrowth and keep forward motion. I take a wider line with less throttle and the Cub just rolls up
the incline for a nice clean.

Dave comes up the right but gets into trouble

Same line for Bill and a similar result while Mike looks on

A determined attack up the left for a good clean

Back across the brook and up the other side to 2 which starts in the water and follows the creek upward
before a left straight up out of the water into a round the tree which looks difficult but actually rides very
well, but as usual wrong power at the bottom and a slide off 5 is on the cards as many found out!

A small jaunt back down the hill to the river by the start for No 3. Downhill entry with multiple choices of
line, either over the logs and rocks or meander around all the obstacles as long as you finish on the far
side behind the marker and then come back for either a full bore blast up over some steps and a gully
climb out or around and about in the river to climb out on an untried adverse and then rejoin at the tree
before the exit. Both look doable but nobody seems to like the adverse turn. I elect for the many turns to
the far side and a full frontal up the gully. The Cub likes this one so still on a roll over to 4 behind the
RV.

Lining up on the far side of the creek of 3

There are two sections here on the big dry rocks and 4 really should not be a problem unless you lock
the front wheel on the downhill. Gentle long uphill, then cross hill through a dip and over some big but
simple rocks. Simple, steep downhill with a twist to the exit. 4 gone, 4 cleans and now for 5 which I
have to say is beyond a lot of the Premier bikes and won’t be easy for the moderns either.

Rick Woodward eases up the climb of 4

Zach Woodward at the summit of 4

Section 5 starts on the sidehill with either a choice of down the path to turn right then left on an uphill
adverse in very loose dirt to get around a big rock before climbing higher up to the tape behind a
monster boulder and picking a downhill line to regain the route for a sting in the tail exit. The other
choice is straight up a 3′ rock wall, bounce over that then stay high all the way to the top rock. A lot of
threes and fives and now a further choice comes to light as Dave Dewonia goes almost to the bottom
of the hill before turning and gets up with a three but then crossed his tracks on the way down for
another classic 5. Having spent at least 30 minutes here I eventually have a go and decide on the
straight up the rock attack. Up we go but forced to close the throttle as its very steep and bouncing over
the rock the engine stops for a feet up 5 ! I hadn’t realised how long I’d been looking and the engine
was stone cold, however it’s the line, I’m convinced.

Along the upper dirt track to 6 which doesn’t seem too hard with a straight uphill from the path to a
looping right 180 on the bank then a quick tight left 90 and through a narrow gate to the exit. All’s well
and back on the path (more of that later) and down the hill to the creek and section 7.

7 is a simple but tight twister through the trees with a few minor log crossings, must be the 2 line
“gimmee” so out of there and cross the creek a couple of times before finding 8.

This one I like the look of with a downhill start over rocks into mud, grass and water, over a big smooth
boulder into a right hand deep water plunge to climb out over slippery, muddy, gnarly rocks into an up
the bank quick squirt wall of death to a drop down left, right to the exit.  Through the trees and back
across the river to 9 which I’ve seen before.

As far as I can see Section 9 is the same that I rode 4 years ago. Drop down into some deep squiggly
mud, avoid the slippery root and cross the river behind a rock, cross the river again onto a grass bank
then get ready to cross some muddy rocks before the steep climb out.

Down the track by the river to 10 which has some turns or over a log but both lines join to cross another
log and land on an adverse before a left, right on the bank into a full left 180 ducking under a branch
leading to an up the hill 180 right on loose shale and rocks to the finish. Dave Dewonia tries a sneaky
turnabout to avoid the log crossing but caught the case on the log depositing him firmly on the floor! I
stick with the natural line and it works.

A gentle ride back along the track to the start and the reverse of Lego Land. Well its tighter and the log
is higher this way and the final step after the Diamond is steeper too.  Lose a dumb dab on the log but
finish the loop with 6.

At 1 nothing has changed and rocket up the last bank for a satisfying clean and rush into 2 which also
goes well.

The left side line on 1

Back at 3 I’m told there have been some nasty crashes on the bank with Hugh Campbell getting a
ducking and bending his bars. I stick with the original line but it is harder and takes me for a dab. Also
of note here, and I feel sorry for him, was Mike Buckholz who rode the first two loops but didn’t notice he
hadn’t ridden this section. He only remembered he had missed it when he was on his final loop and
this mistake cost him TEN marks for the missed section dropping him to second in the class by ONE
point.

A parade, or “Pride of Cubs” now follows;

Rick Woodward fords the stream of 3, where’s the kicker ?

Hugh Campbell going well until he hit the step and went for a swim

Mike Parsley elects to take the other exit

Full bore attack up the gully

No change at 4 so back to the nasty at 5 which has lots more loose dirt as a lot of struggling and
footwork has disturbed most of the hillside. With a nice warm motor I take the straight shot up the rock
but need a dab to get her lined up for the top but a much better line and very possible now I know it can
be done.

Plain sailing through 6,7,8 and 9 but a slip on the log in 10 takes another point. At Lego Land more
indecision and some frantic clutch work takes a very clumsy 3. Total for this loop another 6 for a 2 loop
total of 12.

Try again so off on the final loop cleaning 1 and 2 with ease.

Ed slipped nicely through 1 avoiding the tree this time!

Ty Lindeman on 1

3 cleans here on my favorite section

Re-walk 3 but it looks to have gone back the other way and is not as bad as the second loop. Many
riders are taking the alternate route and that seems to be working as well. With 3 and 4 behind me
attack 5 for the final time.

Up 3 for the last time

Favoring the straight up line I’m in and going well when the bike stops dead! The right footrest has slid
under a rock overhang and I’m going nowhere!!! Well that’s 2 fives here, hard to get any worse.

Cleans all the way to Lego Land and instead of just riding it I’m messing with the clutch again and
before I know it I’m legging everywhere for another awful 3 and a loop total of 8 giving me 20 for the day.
Not too pleased with that untill I see everybody elses scores and then I see only one 2 line rider in front
of me.

More on the trail story, ……. somewhere along the track from 6 to 7 there lives a bush which overlaps the
track and lurking within the bush is an enormous boulder which Trialsmaster Dan Straka found while in
full flight! ……. the Full Flight continued, minus Honda, with Dan landing on his helmet and shoulders.

The afternoon comes so off to watch the pros in action until I pull up at Section 2 when the clutch cable
snaps! Must have been caused by all the frantic work in Section 11. I can’t find the solderless nipple so
have to use a smaller throttle one but it will do until we get home.

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    Section 5 WAS difficult and I recall plating that one near dark one evening with 5 or 6 people throwing their opinions into it. Best I could was a 1.
    The best “2” line I found for section 3 after the first loop was the same Mike Parsley took in the photo. Worked like a charm.
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AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS CASPER DAY 1

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS CASPER DAY 1

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS CASPER DAY 1

The first round of the Mosteller Cup kicks off the Casper Spectacular and the Modern bikes are on their
way at 0900. We will be riding Vintage over these sections this afternoon so maybe some lines will have
emerged and a load of debris cleared. The mud may of course be considerably deeper but we will have
to wait and see.

Everybody ready ?

Start time comes, briefing over, 3 loops of 12 sections, finish by 1830 and then the Bar-B-Q. Strangely
no sign of Raeph or Priscilla ?

Section 1 is a nice mud, mud, mud, river section and looks very ridable. Well marks are flying out of the
window as riders adjust to something they don’t normally have to contend with and I’m expecting to do
well here but I find the front wheel getting too close to the tape and take a “safety” dab to prevent the 5 !

The first mud hole of Section 1

John Dowson exits 1 en route to another win in MC Nov

Section 2 is another mud hole but the morning riders have done a great job getting us down to a hard
base under all the goo. Easy clean here and all the way down the creek to the awkward twister at 3.
Simple enough entry in the dry for an adverse uphill turn to cross a 12″ tree and then tight left 180 turn
to jump the tree again between two uprights and then sharp right into downhill then uphill adverse to
the ends card. More marks being lost here and I don’t see anyone coming close to a clean. I clear the
tree both times but have to take a dab to stay in bounds but overall I’m happy with that.

Fred demos the PI line

Sections 4 and 5 are close together with 4 having another series of twists and an adverse right hander
to a very narrow exit. The section starts between the trunks of two trees which have seen some
chainsaw action to make it possible to get an old bike through without hanging up on bars or cases.
A quick jink then over a log into another jink to set up for the long right hander going down then up on the
adverse. All goes well and another clean. 5 has us descending under a limb of a tree to come back up a
10′ bank, take a 180 right on level ground, plunge down the 10 footer and up the other side over roots
into an immediate tight 180 left then full lock to set up for another footrest wide jump between two tree
limbs into yet another tight 180 left and out to the ends card. Watching this beauty I see a lot of
crunching 5’s and some close to 5 threes as bikes get stuck between the trees or run out of bounds.
With a lot of lumpy clutch work I get through for a clean but it sure as hell wasn’t pretty!

Down, up, down, up, right, left, right, through the gap where the back wheel
is…….. this is 5 !

Back to the river for 6 but the cheater line I saw yesterday is still available so come out of the water early,
a small wall of death to the exit avoiding all the rocks for a very simple clean. Further along and out of
the river is 7 which is another twister over a simple log then a choice of a second log straight on or a
rapid full lock right left and around the end. I take the latter option and the rest of the section is plain
sailing after that.

Cheater line just to right of the bush at 6

Some loop riding to 8 which is in some thick woodland and has a series of steep climbs and turns
before the sting in the tail set of tight turns. From the sunlight into the gloom we drop down a bank to a
power on climb into a tight swinging left hander before a twisting 20′ drop in soft dirt before traversing a
right handed adverse into the 20′ uphill through the trees into the “S” turns and the exit. Well, I see
some almighty wild and verging on suicidal attempts at this with people coming close to going over the
ledge and some other poor techniques with full clutch and both brakes locked! It all happens VERY
quickly but I arrive at the bottom of the hill and can’t get my weight right as the power comes on and
another dab is lost.

Danny Messmore with the KT Hodaka on the 3 line

“Top of the Drop” for the 2 line in Section 8

Over the top of the hill and down across the meadow for 9 and 10. No 9 has a vicious between the
trees jump for PI’s but the 2 line doesn’t look like a problem. Easy downhill, stay wide, a little squirt up
and round a tree, full left lock and a 20′ steep descent into the river and end gate. Section 10 that I liked
the look of yesterday kicks off side hilling on some mud and rocks and the natural line takes us through
pools and steps until we reach the mud and rock uphill exit from the river. Nice simple enjoyable clean
here and back down to the start for the last two.

Section 11 is in the river coming down off the bank by the large log, cross the river and over a rock
jumble waterfall into a right turn trying not to slip on the underwater root. Out of there and pick a safe line
in the water for the uphill exit. No problems and over to Lego Land for Section 12.

Section 11

With all the concrete shapes to play on try and remember where to go next and not cross your own
path. Start with an up down over the first large block then full lock left to go through the upright diamond.
Next turn right and stay right to cross a log and then a tight 180 left to come back over the log again
before staying right into  a right, left, right sequence to the exit. Looks very tight and I elect to use that
clutch thing again and the result is a stumbly dab coming back over the log. First loop total 4 so not bad
but room for improvement.

Mike Parsley exits Lego Land Section 12

Out for loop 2 and the mud hole of 1 has got deeper and takes me for another dab which was a
surprise, but thats trials. No problems with the mud at No 2 so all the way to 3 for those awkward log
jumps. Dreadful line up, late with the weight transfer and a multi dab 3 ! At 4 I’m too fast and pay the
price losing yet another dab.

Yet another dab on Section 1…… !!

Jimmy Allison dives in the river of 1

Section 5 that I cleaned the first time is still grabbing everyones attention and all goes well for me until
I nearly get stuck on the “V” stump but a wiggle and power gets her through but I’m left and tight and
although I think I can run it round the front wheel gets into the saplings at the base of the last tree and
goes backwards for a classic 5. Yikes! I was on 2 at this stage last time and I’ve lost 10 already.

At 6 nothing has changed so a confidence clean and round to 7 which has a little mud deposited on
the logs. Stick with the original plan but as I turn on the log the rear wheel slips and another single
mark is lost although it set me up on a perfect line for the rest of the section. Re-walk the tricky 8 and
watch several riders through here. After shooting some pics time to do it but I’m off line on the first
uphill and have to keep the power on to get up the first climb. A somewhat faster than desired downhill
and a safety dab to get back on line and then a second to maintain direction on the second steep uphill.

Steve Doyle leaves the sunshine for the gloom of 8

In the sunshine and a quick review of this less than stellar loop. 9, 10 and 11 are all clean so try lego
land again and forget that clutch thing which results in a nice clean. Wow, 13 out the window on loop 2
and a total of 17 so far.

Back to the mud and this time get my proverbial together and record my first clean here. Another clean
on 2 so lets get this jump thing sorted out at 3. A better approach and clean through both the jumps
and good control on the adverse but take a safety to stay in bounds but again I’ll settle for that. Clean 4
and now the hard 5. Down the first hill and back up to the plateau, turn right and for no reason slip on
the grass for a very silly dab, rocket up over the roots and through the “V” cleaning the rest. Cleans on
6 and 7 so just the problematic 8 to deal with.

Don’t remember it being this deep

At last! the elusive clean on 1

At 8 a much better controlled entry climb and descent but lose 1 at the bottom in the now deep soft
dirt. Pleasing cleans on 9,10 and 11 again and now for the bricks of Lego to finish the event.
Indecision here and a bit of panic clutch work costs another dab and a third loop total of 4 and 21 for
the day which I think should have been about 10. Well as it turns out I was the best on the 2 line so
perhaps it wasn’t that easy after all.

The Pot Luck gets underway

A ton of food at the “Pot Luck” but my interests are of a liquid variety after such a fun event. Hoping for
more MUD tomorrow!

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  • 9/17/2009 9:58 PM Steveo wrote:
    Boy it sure looks like a fine event,wish that I could have been there!What a treat to be able to ride in water,defiantly makes for proper riding conditions.A fine article and great pictures,rather makes me a bit jealous.Unfortunately living on a small island makes going to events mostly too much of a bother for now,though sorely do miss them.Hopefully I will be back this winter for some events in the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico.I am rather fond of any opportunities to ride in AHRMA events,until then my best wishes to all
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A WARM WIND IN WYOMING

A WARM WIND IN WYOMING

A WARM WIND IN WYOMING

As Raeph sat idly by the creek a warm wind gently blew through the Cottonwoods and his mind flashed
back to his youth when he and Priscilla would spend the lazy days of summer walking hand in hand
along the tumbling brook. Well not this weekend Jose, its the CASPER SPECTACULAR and there will
be close on a 100 gentlemen on trials bikes, old and new, crashing through the undergrowth and
bouncing off the rocks in the rivers!

So, 3 days of Vintage Trials, and if you can’t stop riding, another two events for the Mosteller Cup
bringing a total of over 160 sections for the Ironmen who like to ride both Vintage and Modern. Day 1
will be Saturday so the plan is to leave early Wednesday morning and complete about 500 miles and
then finish off the run arriving Thursday lunchtime leaving enough time to see the sections and help
out as required.

Nicely detailed, let the journey begin

As usual the 0800 departure slips to 0900 but then with freshly detailed coach and trailer (again) we
set off for Rawlins WY via Moab, Grand Junction and Craig. Crossing over into Utah we find that the
roadworks at Monticello, which were in full swing last year, are even worse! To the untrained eye (mine)
there appears to have been absolutely no progress and in fact it looks terrible as now we have all 3
roads up at the traffic lights and complete mayhem from the flagmen. Eventually through the chaos
and on to Moab and finally turn on to 70 for Grand Junction where at least there is some scenery and
people!

Now that’s a Beehive !

The drive along the Colorado Valley is very pretty and Brenda is mentally planning a night stop at
Palisades for some fruit and wine tasting next year. Off the freeway and north through Rifle, Meeker,
Craig to the Wyoming line and Baggs. It has to be asked, “Who the FH told these road builders to cut
lines across the road every 20′, it’s like being on a freight train and the Starship does not enjoy the
continuous bouncing over this non stop cattle grid!

Finally we cross the “line”…….. and as if by magic the roads are deserted and as smooth as silk! At last
my eyeballs stop banging round in their sockets and normality returns, mile after mile of nothing and no
signs of habitation as after every crest another 7 miles of road sweeps to the horizon and the driver is
given hope that maybe, just maybe, over the next ridge there will be Nirvana. As we crest another one
the signs of a freeway appear and hope is restored. On the golden road and soon tales of cheap diesel
come up and a “Flying J” is forecast a few miles ahead. Refueling done, time to hide out like Butch
Cassiday amid the sea of 18 wheelers until dawn when we will disgorge and replenish all other things
of a liquid variety.

The super crock pot has given up it’s bounty, the crew are well fed and washed, and after watching a
film retire to the muffled sounds of 18 wheeler generators. Dawn breaks, the 18 wheelers have all
changed, and now with empty tanks and full ones too, the last 125 miles are an easy task. More miles
of nothing but plenty of wildlife either side of the road so plenty of photo ops and soon we are looking
down on Casper and pick up the ring road taking us south to the turn off for the venue. Off the road and
on the track to our destination we find Ed searching for a cell phone signal but press on to our familiar
birth where we dock the Starship for it’s 5 day stay.

“where the deer and the antelope play”

… Raeph and Priscilla continue their blissful existence in their Mills & Boon romantic novel setting totally
unaware of what is about to befall their secret place. Meanwhile Trialsmasters Fred Martinson, Dan
Straka and Bob Strohman have been hacking their way along brook, bog and hillside carving out
sections old and new with chainsaws and brush cutters to provide us with 33 sections for our 3 day
adventure.

Red, blue and pink ribbons deck the hillside and creek around the start area so time to unload a bike
and see what the “Three Wy Amigos” have in store for us. Some familiar variations on themes in the
rivers but a lot of new tight twisty stuff too and a lot of leaping through trees where the chainsaw has
been in action. More log crossings, some in water, and some classic rock filled uphill streams
reminiscent of my early days in Scotland. Well this all looks like fun and I’m not seeing clean cards this
weekend, and on what I’ve seen I’m thinking ALL class leaders will be losing 20+ if they have a really
good day!

A couple of sections stand out as being a shade ambitious, namely, Saturday 3, a series of tight tree
crossings and adverse banks, Saturday 5, an even more ambitious set of leaps and tight turns, and
Sunday 5 on the hillside with some very nasty rocks, loose dirt and tricky exit. There are some others
that I can’t wait to ride which are perfect for me including the 9, 10 combo on Saturday and Sunday 1
which was an “optional” section a few years ago.

Saturday 2, a Virgin Swamp of Mud

Saturday 3, a fallen tree that resprouted which we go through twice

Sunday 5, up the rocks on the right and round the one at the top…….?

From the end of Saturday 9 looking up the full length of 10

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