NEXT YEAR…….

NEXT YEAR…….


NEXT YEAR

Not being able to make Roswell and the last two rounds of the 2012 Championship time to turn my
thoughts to 2013. Assuming the Mayans have it wrong, time to start the final mods on the Cub bash
plate, put the Betors back on the Enfield and order the Rockshocks for the Cub.

Dismantling the Cub again will at least give me something to do, and I just might get Superglitz out to
take a ride round Casey’s property and see what jewels it contains for the Vintage fraternity. To that
end I’d better get some “actual” boundaries from Casey before getting my ear bent by other
landowners.

The 2012 prototype ready for mods

20/50 for the chainsaw

Not much left to undo

The Cub comes to bits without any major issues, the Betors have been returned to their rightful
owner of the Enfield which is next on the FOR SALE list so if you are interested let me know or come
and test ride it. Brenda also wants to sell her TY125 so if there is any interest in that one do let me
know. Guide prices are around 10K for the Enfield and a reasonable 2K for probably the only TY125
in the USA.

Betors back on the Enfield …… thanks

Brenda’s TY125 with the chromed tank

Once again the “debate” on eligibility rules on Trials Central is underway  for next years Pre 65
Scottish and I can only say thank goodness we don’t have to go through that dick dance over here to
have a fun weekend out trials riding ! As devotees to Vintage Trials will know some machines
competing in the Pre 65 bear absolutely no resemblance to the machines that were actually
produced pre 65. It does seem to be in direct conflict with common sense that machines of that era
are now running round with acceptable Norton Roadholder forks, hiding all the latest internals, crap machines of the period, namely DOT, Francis Barnett and James are so equipped, also with Villiers
engines that  I never saw back then along with completely new frames!!!…… yet in the same breath
of lunacy others wanting to use Faber frames are disbarred for all sorts of reasons due to not being
“split frames” or not having under tubes or swan necks on Cubs ? I wonder how the Armac Cub
frame will fare this year as they have been previously acceptable and I think have won the event in
the hands of Dave Thorpe……. and then there is the insistance that basically everyone has to run an
Amal ??? and lets not forget that Mikuni MAKES Amal under licence!!!

I never saw a “James” like this when I rode trials in the 1960’s

Or this ??

Not a chance DOT could ever have made one of these in 1965 !

My favorite, if I were in the UK now I would have one of these

Better get back to the last few nuts and bolts on the “1/2 Cub” and get the vital parts sent over to Ray.
For once there is no rush but you all know that once something is in the works we all get impatient to
get it back and all set up again, even though there are no events until 2013.

The 1/2 Cub

Just when I thought I would be finishing the dismantling of the Cub my task load was switched to a
new settee. The previous one had come to the end of its life having been a scratching pole for the
cats, a pee post for male dogs and the all singing basket for them all. There was no way this monster
was going back down the stairs, in fact I can’t imagine how we got it up here?

What is connected to what ?

Destruction begins

Nearly there !

I have to say it WAS very well made and took several hours to destroy and hump out and over the
balcony !

The NEW one in place

TONY DOWN

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  • 11/1/2012 5:06 PM russell joseph wrote:
    tony i read your book thankyou much.i like your cub,i thought you might remove the bottom tube and stress the engine.this may give you the correct slope for your bash plate.happy trial rj
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  • 11/1/2012 5:17 PM russ wrote:
    intake flutter looks like heart beat its alive.rj
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WILL HE, WON’T HE ?

WILL HE, WON’T HE ?


WILL HE, WON’T HE ?

Inside the last week to ITSA Mtn West Rounds 9 & 10 at Roswell and still no decision as to whether to
make the 450 mile haul or give it a miss this year. Not 100% sure in either direction as to what to do.
Half wants to but the other half doesn’t want to be embarassed by any more feet up 5’s caused by the
bash plate…… so the dilema continues……..

Tuesday and the battle still rages, but today I’m leaning towards going as next year I might not be able
to get many rounds in due to son getting married back in Blighty. Thoughts were to get the bike out for
a little ride round the yard but that didn’t happen as yours truly was just too tired after 7 hours at the
helm of the school bus.

Wednesday, shirts still not repaired, zero ride time, leaning the other way today. Thursday, planning
on going, many things checked…….. and then common sense takes over, really too many other things
going on and without going to Napa this year the “to do list” has a No1 priority in the shape of some
new flooring which costs about the same.

Friday, disgruntled……. not going, but there again a couple of bash plate 5’s would have ruined the
entire weekend.

good luck everyone, wish I were there

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GOOD NEWS

GOOD NEWS

GOOD NEWS

John went off for an up front and personal meeting with the BLM officials on a Friday and without having
to result in removing finger nails with pliers or neutering officials with a handy set of loppers (so
essential to any Trialsmasters kit). He was able to gently hold their hands as permits were signed for
our final rounds of the championship for the Mountain West 2012 series.

John does his “Hulk” impersonation

Well done to John ! Personally with the lack of progress over the last month or so I had some serious reservations that this one would ever come to fruition.

As I was about to strip the Cub down and revamp that bashplate things might change over the next
few weeks. Only other plans for the Cub are a set of Rockshocks for next year. I recently noticed the
front tire, a newish Michelin, has started to “dry rot” on the sidewalls? …. must admit I’ve never seen
that on a newer tire.

Dry rot

Couple of repairs to my two new riding shirts required as I managed to get both of them tangled in
tree branches at Casper and put a couple of rips in them. Normally I end up taking chunks of skin off
my arms so this was something different.

New shirt gets caught at Casper Day 1

New shirt No 2 suffers on Day 2

Not 100% sure if I’m going to this one but as it stands in the Pre Historic Expert Class its a pretty tight
battle and is still anyone’s Championship. With 6 counting rounds the way things are at present are
as follows;

Nick Turner

Turkey Rock:  1st & 2nd          20        16

Casper:           2nd & 1st          16        20

Dan Straka

Turkey Rock:  1st & 3rd          20          13

Dolores:          2nd & 1st         16          20

Casper:           3rd  & 2nd       13          16

Tony Down

Bull Hollow:  Trialsmaster    19

Turkey Rock:   3rd & 2nd       13          16

Dolores:           1st  & 2nd      20          16

Casper:            1st & 3rd        20          13

Well, as can be seen we all have 2 wins and 2 seconds so whatever happens it comes down to these
last 2 rounds. With my 19 points from a Trialsmaster duty I need 1 win as the 19 will replace a third
place 13 which means that a win and a third would be good enough and the other 2 riders can have the
other win and a second. Another permutation would be 2 seconds which would be 32, upgraded to 35
with the 19 provided they get a win and a third each. Obviously anyone who gets both wins become the Champ !!

It’s fall again

With the changing of the seasons, and pretty rapidly up here, time to restock our investment portfolio
which in these here parts a man’s net worth is judged by the size of his woodpile and this year I’m
trying for 20 Cadillac loads at $5 a load. I don’t think the lumber yard quite realises just how much you
can get in the back of a Cadi.

$5 well spent

6 loads and building

Only 5 days to go, will he, won’t he ? the bash plate question is still a major concern.

Looking forward to getting this fixed for next year

TONY DOWN

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  • 10/16/2012 2:41 PM Dan Straka wrote:
    Hey Tony, since ITSA doesn’t have worker points, does the MWVTA have supplemental rules? What qualifies one for worker points? Thanks .. Dan
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    1. 10/17/2012 9:12 AM Tony Down wrote:

      True, we don’t have “worker points” points along the old Ahrma style but we do have a “19” point award to encourage anyone to step up and do the Trialsmaster job at one event per year
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