ITSA GOING TO BE GOOD !

ITSA GOING TO BE GOOD !


ITSA GOING TO BE GOOD !



Bye bye 2012

With 2012 now in the history books, and Christmas wish lists come and gone “itsa” now time to look
at new year’s resolutions. Our first list of things to do is wrap up the 2013 schedule for what should
be a 17 round series. The standard mix has left the pudding bowl and several chefs have already
stepped up to devise exciting and tasteful menus for the “membership” to sample in the coming year.

The 2013 mixture is in the bowl

To that end, goody two shoes has just renewed his! ……. so now is a good time to think about your
ITSA membership, just $40 for a heap of fun compared to $65 somewhere else. You can of course
just ride with us at our lower entry fees for one payment of $15 to John but this year if you want Championship points you MUST be a member of ITSA.

As winter keeness seems to be on the rise, and people having seen last year’s efforts, it would be
great to see standard entries up in the 20-30 range this year…….. and where else are you going to ride
your old vintage bike with a group of like minded people for a fun weekend ?

With the first event only 3.5 months away we will soon be at it so time to start thinking mods and get
bits ordered while the snow is still on the ground. On a personal note I’d better order the Rockshocks
for the Cub tomorrow and think long and hard about some Talon pegs for Superglitz.

For those that haven’t seen the Ex works Don Morley Enfield is now on the market for anyone looking
for a piece of trialing nostalgia. Jim you still interested ???

We have a class for these!

C’mon Jim, you know you want one ! 

Over in California Ray will soon be on my “box” and designing the new and improved bash plate
along with a few minor mods to the No Excuse Stealth Cub……. now if I could sell the Enfield I could
fit a complete 270cc motor… wouldn’t that be something ?

Well we are getting very close to publishing and if I don’t hear anything in the next few days I’ll print
what I’ve got and we can fill in the missing blanks when our last couple of dates and venues are
firmed up. OK, its Saturday and the schedule took a hit for two venues with nobody (as yet) coming
forward as Trialsmasters……. but we have faith! Lets see whats on offer and firmed up with dates for
your New 2013 diary.

Date                     Location                                     Trialsmaster

Apr 13/14                      San Ysidro NM                                              Chris Porter

May 18/19                     Turkey Rock CO                                            Chuck & Roy Moline

Jun                                 ??                                                                    ??

Jul                                  ??                                                                    ??

Aug 10/11                     Dolores CO                                                   Tony Down

This will be held on Casey’s land right in the middle of town after the parade with Police
permission to ride unregistered bikes on the highway! Bob tells me this event may well be
an ITSA National. Book early !!

Aug 31/Sep 1/2           Casper WY                                                     Dan Straka

Oct  ?                            Cleveland OK                                                 Bill Todd

Nov 9/10                       Roswell NM                                                   John Holbrook

17 rounds, Best 6 rides count towards Championships, so time to have a go at more than one
class this year riding your favorite (or new)  2013 toys.

So, as can be seen WE NEED Trialsmasters for our June and July events. We could use
Bull Hollow in UT, Tucker Ranch in CO and we have been invited to join the Utah Club at
Cedar City on Jun 8/9 for their Olympics. Of course any prospective Trialsmaster can volunteer
and even come up with some more venues. Input please Ladies and Gentlemen.

LETS HEAR FROM YOU VERY SOON

TONY DOWN

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TO BE A CLUBMAN ?

TO BE A CLUBMAN ?


TO BE A CLUBMAN ?



The “Clubman” in retro Yam colors

With two weeks off and not much to do other than daily rituals of splitting and humping wood
interspersed with dog walking the idle mind resorts to much trivia reading to prevent cabin fever. A look
over the ITSA  site tells me there is a Clubman Class ? What is this you ask ? Well as it says its a
class for Experts who really don’t wish to ride their bike on the 1 or A line…….. nice! This was always an
issue with Ahrma where they stated you could ride one class above your normal and still ride your
chosen bike on the line you wanted.

I did this one year when my Ahrma card was stamped INT and I had just won the Modern Classic Int Championship in 2006. In 2007 I could have won the Premier Lightweight Championship if I had gone somewhere and got worker points. I didn’t bother and Bob won the pot and I got second place with a
nice plaque.

In 2008 I decided to try for both Classic Expert (2 line)  on the Cub and drag the Enfield round on the
PI line with my INT Ahrma card. I got my 7 wins in each championship but was then told after all those
entry fees that none of of the Classic rides counted for anything (other than personal satisfaction) as
you ONLY score points for the LEVEL stamped on your card. For 2009 I DID upgrade my card to EXP
and finally got the Championship with  9 wins and a Trialsmaster duty.

Now with advancing years I really have no wish to ride the 1 or A line, and because I haven’t sought clarification from Bob on what class the Superglitz should be in maybe this Clubman Class is where
I want to be, riding the 2 line. One of Bob’s Yams has the same front end as mine so I’ll be asking him
which class it goes in. Of course no problems with the Cub which rides the 2 line in Pre-Historic
Experts.

Superglitz after the 2012 rebuild

Quick ride before loading for Canada

With Superglitz straining at the bit and keen to get out there time to review how she did go on her one
outing up at Dave Rhodes Outlaw Trial in Canada this year. Performance wise after all the mods she
was quite impressive, which is more than can be said of the rider who was decidely out of practice
and off form for a good part of the first day. Of course there were some major highlights as memory
banks were triggered and brought back on line and by day 2 things were much better.

A cracking double section that I cleaned both days

The second sub! we don’t often see them this steep!!!

The new Magicals perhaps upset the balance of the bike slightly jacking the back up a little too
much, and designer now wishes he hadn’t sold the shorter Showa units which performed flawlessly
on the Majesty mounts. The Magicals are now back on the standard mounts for some intensive
testing which so far seems to give a better response. The Mikuni which was, and is, perfect was
swopped for the OKO which seems to perform well but needs more use to see if it is significantly
better.

Magicals back on the standard mounts, blunted teeth on those pegs

Now running with the flatside OKO, seems good, better ?

Adjustments were made to those awful “bear trap” footrests and I’m still thinking of swapping over
to the Sammy Talon pegs. An extra spring was added to the front brake to sharpen things up and that
now has a pleasing action.

Still fancy a pair of these

That spring makes a world of difference

Last things to do are change the grips for the black/yellow Christmas set and remove the “1” off the
number board. Today its a bit too cold at -8F but I still have a few days off this week.

The Clubman is ready for 2013

TONY DOWN

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GONE SKIING

GONE SKIING


GONE SKIING



Trout Lake in the morning sun

The storms have slipped through, the snow is done for a few days so time to drive up the hill and see
what Telluride has to offer tomorrow. Weather forecast says 32F light winds and blue skies….. perfect!
It also gives me something to do getting all the kit out and trying the new boots on that I bought last
year.

Start time gets delayed but we are on our way and the snowplows have done a great job, just a little
caution required on some of the corners where the sun doesn’t shine, but otherwise free and clear.

The plows have done a fine job

Where the sun doesn’t shine

A bit of a backward step at the Gondola parking lot which used to be FREE and is now $7 a day. It
doeshave plenty of room as clearly others are not keen on this new drop in the service. Only a few
years ago they had FREE parking and a golf cart service,again FOC, that collected you and your kit
from the car and ferried you to the Gondola, and on your return from the slopes the reverse of the
service!

The “boots ritual” complete

The “pre ski” smoke

Being very early in the season only some of the lifts are working but the runs they service are all
beautifully groomed. Lots of people but the hi speed quad rips through the queues and now its time
to see if muscles and grey matter can remember how this goes. A bit rusty but its still all there and
like trials just a matter of getting the feel of the snow and a lot of practice.

A few runs to start the season and then our old friend the weather changed, cloud rolled in and the
temperature shot down a good 10 degrees. Time for the “fair weather skiiers” to depart…… but we
did actually get to the slopes a do some skiing unlike last season.

Fantastic conditions and then the cloud rolled in 

Colder by the minute……. time we were leaving!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

TONY DOWN

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