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SPACED OUT

SPACED OUT

SPACED OUT

The TY Mono fork spacers were sourced from Speed & Sport in PA (the last two) and duly arrived.
Meanwhile I had dismantled the Monos to see how the spacers would be if fitted in the Marzocchis.
Well of course despite the Magical springs being the same for both sets of legs the 36mm Yam
spacers slide straight over the 35mm Fantics…… great!!

The new Magicals are about 2″ shorter than the original Marzocchi springs so I now have a problem
on my hands. Amid Sunday’s snow more playtime in the workshop and another, hitherto unoponed
box, produced another TY spacer and some others from forks unknown ? The whole collection is
gathered on the work bench and various combos tried. The two new mono spacers are about 1.5″
shorter than the ones in the forks so I really have no idea which set is correct for that model either?

TY Monos that came out the forks, new ones on the right ?

2 x TY Spacers with grooves, the Marzocchi, 2 x unknown

Plenty of options

Finally opted for the shorter spacers in the Mono forks and then TY washers, Maz spacers, and others
from forks unknown in the Fantics. No way to decide whats best without some saddle time. Meanwhile upstairs the Ahrma logo is REMOVED from the Enfield number board and scrapped ! The alloy is
Solvoled and a new “2”  takes center stage.

Yes, time for the Ahrma logo to go, the end of an era

The “new” look for 2012

Reason for this operation is to route the new brake cable so back to the workshop and attach to the
forks……. looking good, now fit the wheel……….”What the $%^& #$%^ !!” the bloody tire/tyre is flat again
after sitting there for two weeks holding 20lbs……. this one is really beyond me. Once again change
the valve core and pump it up again……….. and hope !

Stumped by a valve core !!

After another deluge of snow, ebaying selling and shipping, time to get back out there and see if that
tire stayed up ? Assuming it did, then wheel in, cable to fit and then drill the mudguard to fit the Fantic
brace.

Good news it stayed up, but there again it did last time too! No matter, in she goes, cable on after
some fine tuning on the Magura and then change the Fantic steel anchor arm for a polished Yam
one which needs a little modification via hacksaw and file.

Just a little too long, trimming required…… and must have saved 5 grams

Now time for the brace and mudguard, clearly a smidge different in terms of radius from the Fantic
guard but brute force and ignorance prevail and its fitted.

On she goes with all those “new” bolts

Spacers for the wheel, spacers for the forks………

A modified TY brake anchor arm 

Plenty of space and spacers…… do they go up and down ?

That wraps up the front end conversion so now off with the carb and go through the standard
pre-season ritual with the airline. Dump last year’s fuel, a final polishing all round and the first of 4
bikes wil be ready for 2012. Overall a pleasing result (subject to testing) when I consider all the mini
problems and how they were overcome…….. and what else would I be doing on a cold and snowy day
in deepest Dolores ?   So from this lot that arrived just before Christmas, parts, pieces, knowledge
and frustrations have all been acquired to make this…….

In the beginning……..

All done but now the acid test…. will it work ?

Flush with success I’m ready to start work on the Yamaha……..

Time to Rocket off and collect Superglitz

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SUPERGLITZ WHEREFORE ART THOU ?

SUPERGLITZ WHEREFORE ART THOU ?

SUPERGLITZ WHEREFORE ART THOU ?

While I’m still waiting to finish the Enfield my thoughts are already turning to my faithful old friend,
none other than Superglitz .  Superglitz was constructed back in 2005 as a MK II version of the
successful Glitzmobile that I had been campaigning in the Arizona CAT events and was my
introduction to the mysteries of Ahrma competition.

The MK I  Glitzmobile TY250A

Back then, thanks to a very lucrative business, I was living the lifestyle of Riley and finances were no
object. TY Yamahas were my “forte” and I must have built about 30 of them, usually giving them one
trials outing as a shakedown after construction and then selling them on if they were not going into
my stable.

2004, the then Glitz gets sold on ebay at the buy it now price so the MK II goes into production with
various planned improvements over the MK I. In amongst all the TY frames there was one that had
two rear shock points, the second being in the Majesty lay down position. Well as it has the two
options I can always swop back if I don’t like it. Various other bits are sourced from my ever growing
spares room and an undented clean exhaust system is selected and along with kicker and various
other bits goes off for chroming.

Superglitz comes back from the chrome shop with a babyglitz TY175

Early stages of the build on both

Superglitz in the build phase

An engine is selected, rebored and revamped with all the usuals and prepped for use. SM pegs
and seat unit is acquired, a bash plate and new carb and reeds from BJ Racing and the last OEM
front mudguard comes my way at a very cheap price. The slightly shorter Showa rear shocks are
going to be used along with my favorite Renthal bars. Magura levers and Domino throttle along with
all new cables, chain and sprockets and I’m about done, but then the angled shocks require a
Majesty chain guard.  Michelins on this one as a change from IRCs

Superglitz complete

A few more mods were added as time went on and Superglitz distinguished herself wherever she
competed winning many Championships along the way. So as we move into 2012 and the new
phase of competition with ITSA and Mountain West its time to revamp the whole machine with a
“new” look and a whole lot of new goodies.

 SM pegs and a Majesty chainguard  finished the job…… and now ?

Color wise I’m looking at that “retro” Yam look with the old yellow/black, and of course a whole load
of chrome and polished alloy. The goodies for the basic construction are now nearly all at hand and I
will have to see how this ebaying goes in terms of the saleable parts and what that will provide in
terms of performance upgrades. There may be a little “engine” breathing and big bore kit  along with
the exhaust. Rockshocks to replace the Showas and perhaps a Delorto. Not forgetting what is already
in the works with the TY Mono forks, YZ or IT front wheel and perhaps a Beta or Gas Gas front fender,
the “old” Renthals and some new Doherty grips…….. and maybe a whole new load of Xc-ting riding
gear.

Today I must make arrangement to pick her up and then the show can move on. Having spoken with
Ed it looks like Sunday will be the day and a clandestine meeting has been arranged at Salida so I
should have her home and in the shop by 7 pm, providing there is no more of that white stuff !

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GUN CARRIAGES

GUN CARRIAGES


GUN CARRIAGES

Every time I walk in the workshop I see the Enfield up on the heavy lift stand and I’m always reminded
of the Royal Tournament and the Portsmouth v Devonport  RN field gun race. All part of “going ashore”
way back when. An epic battle of two highly trained teams of matelots lugging a field gun and it’s trailer around the arena and having to dismantle it and then rebuild on the other side of obstacles before
finally running over the finish line and eventually firing it.  ……. all sounds rather familiar and similar to
taking a Royal Enfield to a trial!

Here we are at the first obstacle and our team rapidly dismantle the gun, wheels off, which is about
where I am so now its up and over the wall in pieces then rebuild on the other side when all the bits
make it over. Further research shows I might still be able to get the longer spacers from Yamaha and
put them in the Marzocchis to compensate for the smaller springs……. worth a phone call.

When the wheel makes it over the chasm I can fit and adjust with an extra spacer on the axle to make
up for the speedo drive to position the wheel. Once the wheel is central the mudguard can be fitted
and I should be closing in for the kill………… ahhhh, here comes the wheel now !

Today was planned as a skiing day and everything went as clockwork up until 30 mins before
departure when it came on to snow heavily ! While I (already dressed for skiing) went dog walking
madam consults all chanels for said changes in weather. Following up on my run up there on Friday
when it became decidedly unpleasant on the return, plans to swish down the slope have been
deferred to next weekend. Not a problem bearing in mind it is Superbowl later, and I can now see the
results of my ebay offerings. Today it was the old Enfield front end and forks and wheel both sold at
their opening bid. A NEW SM Yamaha fork and fender brace still in its original packaging hit a record
price at the end finishing at $76 !! …… there is also an item I’m after in the next 15 mins so wish me
luck…….. Missed out on that one in the last few seconds but no matter.

Into the workshop and more rumaging for ebay items and perhaps some spacers for those forks.
Amid all the boxes I found one spacer and one of the washers, just one more box to try which is in
the trailer as my travelling nuts & bolts selection. Another washer comes to light but no more
spacers. Try tomorrow from Speed & Sport PA.

Meanwhile the wheel makes it over the chasmn and a Yamaha TY175 rear wheel spacer is cut to
size and fits very nicely. Wheel seems central apart from it’s wobbles so I can now go ahead and drill
the mudguard to fit and then bolt up once I’ve been through ACE to replenish on the metric selections.

1/2 a TY175 rear wheel spacer does the job

Fortunately S & S had the spacers but not the washers so another piece of the jigsaw is found and
I’m one step closer to getting this job finished. Better clean the carb while I’m waiting and get that
Solvol gleaming on the engine. Once these new spacers arrive I can devise something that will give
the correct preload and then finally bolt it all together one last time……..Well of course I could take the
spacers out of the Monos (as they are going nowhere) and finish the job off while the new ones are
in the post. Even the simplest things are sometimes difficult !! A quick trip to ACE and bolts for the fender/mudguard brace are found for both bikes, so its no excuses now.

Back to the drawing board then, take it all off again and fix the preloads. Well not so fast Jose ! The
TY Monos are 36mm and the Fantics are 35mm, now while they both take the same spring the
spacers are different……… you live and learn……. and now, lucky me, I have two more on their way that
won’t fit !! So now find a 1″ alloy pipe or handle and make two. Before you ask the standard TY spacer
would work but NONE are available.

More Enfield parts arrive !

Well I’m getting there but its slow progress but at least I now know what I need to do to complete the
Oilfield’s transformation. Very soon I’ll be transferring my attention to that Superglitz and here I should
be able to convert the front end, exhaust and “that” tank and seat unit into ebay gold to finance some
engine mods and a set of custom rockshocks.

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  • 2/11/2012 5:15 AM Jack Knoops wrote:
    Good source of spacers are old handlebars, (alloy) I have a selectionfrom old bent or too low etc. which have worked well in different forks.
    You wuold just love the Allan Wright Classic Show at Telford.
    Best regards, Jack
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FORKING GOOD !

FORKING GOOD !


FORKING GOOD !


With the arrival of the TY Mono fork seals and a free non driving weekend time to explore the mysteries
of these problem forks. Hopefully next week will see the arrival of the Marzocchi seals and wipers and
both sets of Magical springs. Yes, a lot to do but I suppose as you get older youth’s natural impatience
is curbed and a slower more logical engineering time frame comes into play.

I’m torn with the Monos as they seem to have good seals and have clearly never been replaced,
should I dismantle and refit or leave well alone until they eventually fail? The Marzocchis are being
replaced so I’ll crack on with them. For the Monos I need a long extension T bar and a 22mm socket
so not that much of a problem after all. Of course I have plenty of 22mm sockets but I need a longer extension bar. Better get them all cleaned out and working well as I have the parts. The usual acid test
is the drain plug and see what happens when it is removed ? Will it be oil that has become sludge,
will it be water, or will it be nothing at all or a combination of all three ?

Both wheels and brake plates all finished just waiting for forks to fit into. While searching for
something else a TY Mono mudguard stay fell in my hand ? well another workshop first as I didn’t even
know I had one. Also found a NEW unopened SM TY175/250 fender brace and I see these are retailing
at over $70 now !

Where are my forks?



Nearly ready

The “find” of a Mono fork brace/mudguard stay….. who knew ?

The workshop is now clean and tidy once more and waiting on the heavy engineering that should get underway this week if some of the bits arrive. Major hold up is the Marzocchi seals and then the Enfield
front end should be a go.

Marzocchis in for test fitting

The ice cold Marzocchi legs came apart and the seals were removed. Some damage to the top of one
leg but as these forks take double seals it shouldn’t be a problem. Now time to seperate the internals
and give them a good cleaning to remove all the gummy oil mud deposits which really do alter the
function of the units big time. The will it, won’t it ?of the big hex bolts was easy with the aid of a big ring spanner on the allen key and one sharp knock with the heel of the hand and the bolts unscrewed.

All apart no problems

Better than expected

Now time for those Monos, perhaps they will play ball too. I will try the same trick, then move on to
impacts and hammer drills and if necessary go borrow or buy a long extension bar. If I’m going to all
this trouble I may as well start with all clean innards.

Middle of the week and the Magicals springs arrived so now just waiting on those oil seals and
wipers and then I should be in business to get on with the Enfield. Further investigation of the Monos
reveals a full compliment of oil ? well that was a surprize and fairly clean to boot ! The plan changes
again and I will leave well alone on these. For the Fantics I now need a decent set of circlip pliers.
The ones I have been using for years, while doing the job adequately, are not the best tool I have
ever used.

The Magicals arrive

All the Fantic bits arrived today but I’m fully committed for the next couple of days so patience has to
come into play again but at least I can get my frozen fingers working on something in the coming
days.

All the Fantic bits made it across the Atlantic

The seals all went in, the internals were cleaned but were better than most, the new Magicals were
dropped in and spacers loaded, now time for some lightweight oil at 7 and I’ll see how that goes. I
don’t think I have used anything that light but I’ll follow the maker’s specs and adjust from there. Only
major concern I have is that both sets of Magicals are the same size and fit both the Marzocchis and
the TY Monos. Well the springs that came out of the Marzocchis were about 1.5″ longer and not
progressive and the spacers were shorter. Looks like I’ll be making some longer spacers …. better
check some old Yam forks and see what length they are.

Seals, wipers, Magicals and oil fitted, not sure about the spacers but
otherwise forking good !

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  • 2/5/2012 7:51 AM Jim Carey wrote:
    Just subscribed a couple days ago, and the first blog received is about fork upkeep. Awesome timing as I’m jutst about to embark on a fork job on my OSSA MAR. Appreciated the text, and especially the pics. Thanks, Tony!
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    1. 2/5/2012 8:24 AM Tony Down wrote:
      Jim,
      Glad that one was of some help. You might find “How to, Changing Fork oil seals” useful as well with a lot of pics as you go through the steps. It was published in Jan 2008 so you will need to come down to previous years and hit 2008 and then Jan.

      Tony
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    2. 2/5/2012 8:29 AM Tony Down wrote:
      Jim,
      I replied to your comments and hope you will find the extra article useful

      Tony
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      1. 2/6/2012 9:44 AM steve fracy wrote:
        Hi Tony:

        With the Fantic forks, even though stock they come with double seals, the hot setup is only to use one seal per leg…..less friction.
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ITSA FIXED

ITSA FIXED

ITSA FIXED

As promised our NEW chapter of the ITSA movement is up and running and we have achieved our
first objective of coming up with some firm dates for our premier season of 2012.  The No1 task was
to find 5 x 2 Day Trials that we could run in our area voided by Ahrma, namely UT, CO, and NM. Of
course there are tons of venues but overuse can soon ruin excellent trials land and owner’s
hospitality. At the proposed end of season “wash-up” members will be invited to suggest where
they would like to ride in coming years and if they so wish can step up as potential organizers and
Trialsmasters.

I’ll just toss a couple of venues in that are excellent in all respects and please feel free to email me
with your own favorite sites and we can then offer them up as a “list” for future consideration. Mine
are as follows;

Holbrook AZ

Private land on I40, prime trials land, mainly rocks, large flat parking area, RV friendly, good cheap
lodging and restaurants in Holbrook. Used in the past as a combined 2 Day site for Central Arizona
Trials (CAT) and NMTA. Limitless sections of all levels up to National

Rocks and sand at Holbrook

Fantastic sections everywhere you look at Holbrook

Alto Pit, Prescott AZ

USFS dedicated motorcycle off-road area. Set up in a pine forest with RV/Camping sites picnic tables, chemical toilets, etc. Virtually limitless trials sections, mainly rocks in the pine trees, some good
climbs through the trees, rideable washes with roots and rocks, great route/loop riding. Up to
National standard.

Delightful setting riding the rocks in a pine forest 

Ideal summer riding in the cool of the pines at 6000′

Tucker Ranch, Cotopaxi CO

Gorgeous trials land and loop riding, privately owned by the Tucker family. Hill top parking at around
8000′, interesting drive in !!  Sections of all ability levels, and many more yet to be found. A little
overused this year but a must for 2013.

Dedicated trials land by Cliff Tucker

2012 SCHEDULE

So here is the schedule we are planning with confirmed dates at this stage for your diary:

Rounds 1/2       Bull Hollow  UT   about 5 miles south of Monticello                    June 9/10

Rounds 3/4       Turkey Rock CO   just north of Howard                                          July  28/29

Rounds 5/6       Dolores CO        in and around the town                                        Aug  11/12

Rounds 7/8       Casper WY         Mosteller Ranch combined Ahrma/ITSA          Sep   1/2

Rounds 9/10     Roswell NM       Haystack ORV                                                        Oct   20/21

Now as they say its up yo YOU. The events are being laid on for YOU, please turn up and have some
real trials fun and get the word out to all and sundry. So don’t forget, join ITSA at  www.twinshock.org
and email John Holbrook (Mtn West Sec) at    hazeljohnalamo@msn.com  with your details and he
will email a download for joining Mtn West Trials for a princely $15.00 so that we can buy some tapes
to mark the sections !!

The original article on Trials Central, “Ahrma Observed Section Ends”, has now had over 3600 views
and had 71 comments……. lets hope the interest is reflected in the entries at our events.

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  • 2/1/2012 1:09 PM Glenn Swanson wrote:
    Congrats Tony , Looks like you’ve got some great venues .
    Have fun and keep your feet up …
    ITSA rocks !!!
    Glenn
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  • 2/16/2012 9:02 AM Hank Jones wrote:
    I’m in.
    The two-day event format sealed the deal as Montana is a drive and a half.
    I’m prepping my Honda looking forward to a summer challenge.
    A good thing for a retired Aviator.
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    1. 2/17/2012 8:19 AM John Holbrook wrote:
      Glad to have on board, we are looking forward to a great first year.
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STILL WAITING

STILL WAITING

STILL WAITING

The rather unpleasant 5″ of white stuff has delayed plans a little to go and get Superglitz but in the
interim I’m still waiting for the parts to arrive. Currently out there in cyberpostspace I have the 2 sets of Magical fork springs, the complete Majesty exhaust system, TY Mono oil seals, Fantic oil seals, wipers,
brake cable, some plugs of the B6HS variety for those four strokers and a couple of BR7EIX for the
Yam.  Interesting that these new iridium plugs should never be gapped? Need to order some genuine Doherty grips and some yellow heat shrink.


                      1 New NGK IRIDIUM IX Spark Plug BR7EIX # 6664.

Iridium IX Plug, 14mm Thread Size, 19mm (3/4″) Reach, 13/16″ (20.6mm) Hex Size,
Gasket Seat, Resistor, Removable Terminal Nut, Fine Wire (0.6mm) Iridium Center
Electrode, Tapered Cut Ground Electrode, .031″ (0.8mm) Gap, Heat Range 7

                                      Do Not Gap Iridium Spark plugs.
Brand New in the Box. In Original Packaging.

Post has just arrived and its the groovy brakes shoes today so it seems my research was good as
they look the same size and should fit. More snow tonight so no window to get up to Denver which is beginning to try my patience, still something to press on with when those parts arrive and a new
urgency creeps in.

Well today for once it was !

Meanwhile a lot more to pin down on the ITSA front and our first season. Would of course be nice to
know how many of our readers will be joining the fold, but like anything new or newish time will tell.
The first weekend is booked for Bull Hollow on June 9/10 so put that in the diary as FIRM. Of course
we will be using Casper and Fred is looking after our interests there. Another FIRM date September
1/2. Jimmy has been away at the Ahrma Buckeye event so that will be interesting to see how it went
and how many entries they had. I looked at the pre-entries and they had 9 from the MX guys and we
all know most trials riders just show up on the day, but that having been said I would be surprised if
they made anywhere close to previous years. Anyhoo, Jimmy and friends are doing Roswell with a
likely date now October 20/21. The Turkey Rock event is causing a little grief at this point but between
Ed and myself we may be able to get a date that pleases all. Tomorrow time to get around a table
with the Dolores Town Manager and see if I can light his fire.

If you are planning on trying the ITSA experience now is a good time to join at $35 compared to
Ahrma at $65. Our entry fees @ $25 are a lot cheaper than the Ahrma rounds so you will get to see a
lot more bang for your buck……… and of course some new sections away from the tried and true.
From a personal point of view when it comes to trials it is the results service which so often gets lost
or is not displayed in a timely manner, totally inexcusable in my opinion. Of course if you were there
then YOU know the results but for those that didn’t make it to the event it is infuriating to have to wait
for weeks in some cases to see what happened in the championships. Pop over to the ITSA site
and join now  www.twinshock.org

More overnight snow and an interesting drive in the school bus acting as the “ice breaker” along
some of the county roads that had not been plowed. Back home and first success of the day with the
lady manager at Turkey Rock BLM and she has agreed to all my wishes and given us 28/29 July
FIRM !! 3 out of 5 and this afternoon I’m off to seek my audience with the Dolores Town Manager, only
30 mins to go …… better get my act in gear!

A fruitful meeting and he seems to think it will fly. The town is surrounded by BLM and USFS land but fortunately for me they have a very large combined area office just up the hill so a quick visit required
there to see if they can offer up any real estate that borders on town land.  These people were not that
helpful initially but eventually someone warmed to the idea and now there is a whole load of hoop
jumping and the mind is saying “is this really worth it ?”  While I was there another piece of land came
under my eye which looks as though it belongs to CDOT and is their dumping area….. this one needs
a follow up !

Back on the postal front my bits for the TY Mono forks turned up, as always Trail and Trials UK  do the
business and deliver on time at reasonable prices. Now time to see if these forks are as hard as
people make them out to be.

With 4 of the weekends now firm I’ll stick my neck out and say the Dolores event is a GO ! It will be
different thats for sure but as I live here I’m the only person on base that can make it work through
good offices, bribery or corruption or whatever else it takes………a quick look at the town and the route
I hope to use to the sections down Central Ave. On the morning of the event “we” will be joining in the
Town Parade as it will be “Escalante Days”….. I’m thinking we will be last and can then ride on down
the road to the sections

.

The sleepy little hodunkum town of DOLORES, with the Start and the run down Central Ave to the sections

The Start at 1501 Central Ave

Town center with the Hollywood Bar and the Brewery that you will fall in
love with

The Saturday town sections about a mile from the start

What I hope will be the Sunday sections in the CDOT area

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  • 1/29/2012 8:03 AM John Holbrook wrote:
    Hope the snow lets up so you can get up to Denver. The Dolores event looks like it could be a fun weekend. A trials in the middle of town what a thought!!!
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  • 1/29/2012 5:28 PM John Dowson wrote:
    Well in answer to who’ll be joining in the ITSA Mountain West fun I’m planning on making the Turkey Rock, Delores and Roswell events, cant do Casper this year as I’m entered for the Vintage Manx 2-dayer the same date. would be nice if some of you could post if you are competing to give us a rought idea on numbers! spread the word, we’re recruiting daily and hope to have some new riders to bring with us!
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    1. 1/29/2012 5:41 PM Tony Down wrote:
      John
      You need to come to Bull Hollow ! Great piece of land. You will enjoy the Manx, tough but fair, my best memories were going up the 200+ steps by Douglas harbour…… nearly rattled your eyeballs out of their sockets with a serious Manx Hangover.  Well done on the recruiting, see you on the circuit.

      Tony
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  • 1/29/2012 11:05 PM Chris Woolley wrote:
    Tony,

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I have a Bultaco Sherpa T M191 which I am planning to ride in at least the Turkey Rock event. I was a little disappointed to see the obvious lack of AHRMA events planned for the Colorado region for 2012 and was hoping the ITSA would become active in this area. This sounds like it will be good and I’m excited to start riding vintage trials again. I rode RMTA way back in 79 on a Sherpa and I’ve done a couple AHRMA events but it’s been a while. I’ll be sure to say Hello at the event/events.

    Chris
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    1. 1/30/2012 10:21 AM Tony Down wrote:
      Chris,
      Glad to see you will be joining us in the absence of any Ahrma events. I will pass on your email to the Sec, John Holbrook, who will keep you up to speed with all thats going on. You might want consider Bull Hollow near Monticello UT on June 9/10 and our trials school leading into the Dolores event on Aug 11/12.

      Tony
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THE WAITING GAME

THE WAITING GAME

THE WAITING GAME

The pot of ebay gold has nearly all gone,  although spending it felt I did feel a little naughty, but there
again it was just “stuff” that I don’t think I was ever going to use so better put into some things I’m
hoping to see some action on.

Nothing wrong with the set up “as is” but the new stuff should improve performance and handling

With all the new “goodies” on their way I now have some time off playing the waiting game, and I still
haven’t been to collect Superglitz.  Plenty of “stuff” coming off that to go on ebay for some more
maintenance money. First the high polished front end with the mirror polished yokes and forks…….
thinking at least $200 here, then the rather nice fully chromed exhaust system……… front portion must
be worth $150, tailpipe…… maybe $75+ and the heat shield about another $40 ?

Mirror polished Forks, yokes and the OEM fender for Ebay

The all chromed exhaust and heat shield ….. to the bay

SM Tank and seat unit with an extra

………. and then we have the SM tank/seat unit with a very famous signature by the man who rode it…….
yep! none other than that man Mick Andrews.

No surprizes, Mick takes Superglitz to another fine win

Those SM units are around $525 new so what is a signed one worth ? ……. only one way to find out
….. better have a reserve price on that to reflect ……. of course if it sells well I could put a Majesty TY270
jug on the beast and might even replace the Showa units with Rockshocks. Nearly forgot the fenders!
….the front was a genuine OEM Yam guard with the internal brace, now virtually impossible to find, and
the matching rear. Must be at least another $75 here ?

Of course if the Enfield works well with its new front end then there are the original forks and front
wheel from that too.  The back wheel went to New Zealand as did the last wheel I sold. Are they
wheeless in NZ ?

The original Enfield forks could be surplus 

Full width Enfield hub laced in a new Akront rim

While I’m waiting I could dismantle both sets of forks but I’m loathed to do that as the “poltergeist”
has a nasty habit of moving things. Still have the YZ bearing issue to resolve and slam a tire and tube
on that one…… A little more persusion and the dead bearing is gone!  Don’t want to go there again so
now fit the newbie bearings, check the spokes, and the old electrical tape trick for a rim tape and I’m
back in business.

…………….and then it snowed bigtime!! Well I should have been driving a school bus to Telluride this
morning but as we had two buses scheduled they put them all on one so I didn’t have to go. Well that
means I can sneak off and finish the YZ or IT wheel, whatever it is, and maybe find some more ebay
junk.

With about 5″ of fresh snow Brenda is trying her cross country skis to see if she can remember how
to play that game. Personally I’ll just stick to downhill as the CC looks like too much effort for not much
in the way of results.

Test run on the new CC skis

Yep ! itsa hard work

First check of the OEM Yam cable shows a different size adjuster and thicker internal wire?  Looks like
I’ll be drilling the plate and using a top and bottom nut.  Also need to put a locking allen bolt in the TY
Mono stem where I drilled out the roll pin to try and remove the phase 1 bearing. All little jobs so plenty
to do while in the “waiting room”

The IT/YZ plate gets the mod to take the bigger cable

The new allen bolt replaces the roll pin in the Mono stem

New bearings in, rim taped and tire and tube on…. now where’s the bike?

Back to waiting but all the little tasks are getting done despite the weather, wonder how the Trial  at
Buckeye went ?

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TURN (the spanner) AGAIN WHITTINGTON

TURN (the spanner) AGAIN WHITTINGTON


TURN (the spanner) AGAIN WHITTINGTON

Now as the fabled story goes Dick Whittington was a poor boy and went to London where he had
heard the streets were paved with gold. Dick was taken in by a merchant family, the Fitzgeralds, but
was forced to sleep in a rat infested cellar. Having earnt a penny for shoe shining he bought a cat,
called Tom, who saved him from the rats. Some time later Dick got really pissed off with life in general
and walked out of London but heard the Bells chiming “Turn again Whittington, thrice Mayor of London
Town”. Dick went back and as the story goes when the Fitzgerald family sent a boat with goods for
sale Dick sent his cat Tom as virtually his only possession. Like ebay the cat sold for a fortune to the
King of the Barbary Coast who had a serious problem with mice. Dick, did indeed become very
wealthy and went on to be, as the bells had foretold, thrice Mayor of London Town. While I have no
intention of becoming the Mayor of Dolores Town once, let alone thrice the story has similarities in so
much that selling the ebay “cat” has allowed me to turn (the spanner that is, not direction) and
improve my overall happiness on the trials front.

Flush with the ebay pot of gold a flurry of ordering for parts and other goodies, and no arguments, as
it was all my crap that I sold to finance these new projects so no penny pinching from the household
budget.

Into the workshop with several mini tasks to do……… lets get the YZ bearings done so out with the
tool and out comes the first side with no problem so remove the spacer and flip over to the non
sealed one on the other side. Extractor in place ….. tap…… tap, good its moving but then, horror of
horrors, the whole bearing disintegrates and now I have the outer race stuck in the hub. This has
only happened once in the past and I’m racking my brain trying to remember how I solved the
problem. Contary to the recent published article “ITSA Moving” this one is NOT! …itsa stuck!!

Time to skin the cat, not Tom in this case, but to now find a welder and arc weld a bead on the
remains of the outer race. Just when you think things are going well !…… and now when I look at the wheel …… is it a YZ or IT ?  Reason I need to know is I’m after some new brake shoes and of course
somewhere along the line Yamaha changed their hubs and plates on certain models. Brake shoes
are everywhere on Ebay but trying to find a corresponding after market groovy shoe when you aren’t
sure what you have is problematic. Time to research the Yamaha bible courtesy of Speed & Sport,
PA and after much research the 322 number on the shoe relates to 80-82 IT models and 80/81 YZ
variants. That all translated to some EBC shoes, with the grooves called 507G so a quick purchase
there with free shipping.


507G’s…….. “groovy baby !” 

More bits and bobs from TYTrials in the UK in the shape of some hi-tech Mono fork seals, not cheap,
and a cable bracket for the mono yokes.

Now time to get the oil seals, wipers and front brake cable for the Fantic set up and then the Enfield
can be finished before I attack Superglitz. Last items I’m looking for, with all my ebay loot, are some
Magicals springs for both forks and the latest exhaust from Majesty. This one has the up between the
frame pipe and supposedly a bigger bore WES middle and tail section.

Waiting on the Fantic bits

Same design for the 250

Bigger bore ?

Nearly everything now on order so time to sit back and wait and then the spanner can be turned
again Whittington!

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ITSA MOVING

ITSA MOVING


ITSA MOVING

As we crash into 2012 and we are already moving right along and will soon be half way through the
month . I’m noticing its getting lighter in the evenings as I drive the school bus and about another 8
weeks we put the clocks where they should be.

On the ITSA front we have all our paperwork in for the new charter, John Holbrook is acting as
Secretary and Treasuer and has opened up a bank account on YOUR behalf to deal with the
costings. Things are moving along smoothly for our planned schedule of 5 x 2 Day events for this
coming season and we hope to have that set by the end of the month with some firm dates. For those
of you planning on joining us in this venture now is perhaps a good time to join ITSA, a mere $35.00 compared to the other org at $65. Go to www.bjracing.com  and hit the page. We will also be using
this site for event news and results and very soon we will have our own web site to boot.

Dates for the first event are 2/3 June for Bull Hollow UT, which is just down the road from Monticello
on the UT/CO border. Terrific vintage trials land, good parking, port-a-loos and trash bins on site.
Permanent MX track (not in use while we are there)….. and I’ll be the Trialsmaster for this one, and
as we used to say in the RAF….. “I have a responsible position here, anything goes wrong, I’m
responsible!” Just the 50 sections to tape ! As a bonus can you see ME in the picture ?

Plenty of good parking at Bull Hollow, can you spot me laying out ?

Another event also confirmed is Casper on 1/2 September, and if you have read my views on this
place you will know it has to be my personal favorite. If you have never been you owe it to yourself to
give it a try this year. More news on other events as they come in……….. still working on Dolores,
Turkey Rock and Roswell.

Back on the bike building front the new bearing for the TY Mono yokes arrived and will fit perfectly
without resulting to a machinists expertise.  Other bits and bobs are on my ebay “watch list” and
just waiting for the cash to roll in from the 28 items I have closing out this weekend. On that side it
seems to be going well and maybe a few bidding wars to surprize the seller at the end…… he hopes!

A bearing for everything !

The YZ wheel turned up and all looks good there and the brake plate has undergone the buffing
treatment so happy with that one.

Good looking YZ wheel

All the other bits

Brake plate goes into ER

YZ plate in the recovery ward

Also thinking of upgrading the exhaust system on Superglitz, bit expensive but maybe the “sales’
items will pay for it. Discovered I was one bearing short of a picnic to redo the YZ wheel so ordered a
pair of double seal 6202’s on ebay for the BIN price of $3.50 for the PAIR with free shipping !!! Now
that really is a cracking deal. They had a tracking number with them and arrived, as promised, on time
yesterday……… postage cost $3.02 ?? ……. 24 cents a bearing ?

The “other” ebay adventure was remarkable and with 28 items up for grabs you never know what will
happen. 3 out of 4 frames sold with a bit of a price war on the TY175. Normally frames don’t even get
a sniff and in the past I have chucked quite a few as the just don’t sell. The TYZ stator plate is one that
I’ve put on before and is new but never attracts a bid. The bloody thing cost me nearly $300 from Nigel
Birkett and of course fits both the TYZ and all the Scorpas. I thought my opener at $69.99 was more
than reasonable.

Pedictably the TY front guard/fender went for a good price as did the Ossa betor forks shortly to leave
for Belgium. Biggest surprize was the Ossa, well bashed, bash plate which was minding its own
business at a reasonable price of $13.50 with 2 bids. The time clicks down and in the last seconds
goes out at $61.00  ??????? now thats determined bidding! That one is going to Austria. …… never
ceases to amaze me.

The well bashed Ossa bash plate sells for $61.00 !!!

So with the ebay sales done, money coming in, ITSA time to start ordering new parts to complete all
the planned projects, itsa lotta fun, itsa making me very happeeeey.

ITSA moved a lot of stuff, stay tuned for date updates

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  • 1/16/2012 2:36 PM Jose Bustamante AC wrote:
    Great news about the coming ITSA events in our Region. I will throw my hat in, and will plan to join ITSA. Meanwhile, Another chap and I are putting our heads together in order to head down to Wittmann, AZ, Feb. 3-4. Cr Country Vin MX, and Trials. good way to get the winte cobwebs out. As always I am amazed at how industrious you are out in the shed.
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  • 1/22/2012 2:03 PM John Dowson wrote:
    Well done on getting the new ITSA region up and running, this will be the first season with 2 events in Roswell ! (the other being NMTA 2 dayer also in October) for those of you who’ve never been to haystack offroad area it’s a fantastic venue, come visit! So here’s to an adventurous debut season with ITSA and thanks to everyone for their hard work!
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  • 1/22/2012 10:45 PM Kay Mann wrote:
    A comparison is made between the cost to join AHRMA at $65 and ITSA at
    $35. In another thread it is printed that ITSA is under the umbrella of AMA. If so, will it be necessary to join AMA to compete in an ITSA trial? Is an AMA membership still $39, or higher? At $39, the comtined cost would be $74 as opposed to a cost of $65 to join AHRMA. No big deal, but it seems an ITSA membership is not the monetary bargain as stated.
    Kay Mann
    AHRMA #459
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    1. 1/23/2012 11:26 AM John Holbrook wrote:
      KayITSA is not an AMA club. At the start of ITSA they were, but have long ago dropped out of the AMA.

      John
      Member AMA, AHRMA, ITSA, NMTA
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    2. 1/23/2012 11:55 AM Tony Down wrote:
      Kay,
      Just to clear up the “issue”, ITSA started out an AMA Chartered Club but now stands on its own. Membership fees are entirely theirs and within our “new” charter we must be a member of ITSA and will also pay a due to our own Mountain West chapter. Therefore to ride ITSA events you do not need to be a member of the AMA.ITSA will provide us with reasonable cost insurance and sanctions for those events we wish to run using their format and rules. Classes are similar in most respects with the addition of the much sought after Twinshock Class for those machines manufactured post 1979. The current 2012 Ahrma Trials Schedule forced us down this route as there were insufficent events for Trials only dedicated riders.

      Tony
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    3. 2/2/2012 10:39 PM John Dowson wrote:
      The main point is being overlooked here. The cost is not an issue when there is one club with events in your area and the other with none. Although if we were to talk cost then try the fuel costs from Roswell,NM to Buckeye,Phoenix, AZ (our nearest AHRMA event) approx 14 hrs in an RV.
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THE TRIALS BUG

THE TRIALS BUG


THE TRIALS BUG

Two “bugs” in retro Yam colors, leader still clean, back man footing!

I know I have waxed lyrical on the subject but it is interesting to see the number of newbies on Trials
Central who have now caught the disease.  As we all know there is NO known cure and once afflicted
the patient must endure a lifetime with the problem.

For just about all diseases, other than the common cold, which I feel sure the Pharmaceutical
companies have cured, but won’t tell so they leave us in misery with Nyquil as about the only remedy
that does anything  …..  for everything else there is a drug to deal with the problem, despite the side
effects which from the advertizing are often far worse than the original problem. Not forgetting all the ridiculous diseases (so called) like RLS and Low T, and now they have another band wagon and all
its expensive remedies in “Dry Mouth” ???

So just two major illnesses to deal with, “The Common Cold” and “Trials”.  As they say about the cold
it will last about 7 days with drugs, potions, vapour rubs, syprups, lozenges and massive doses of
vitamin C or left to the bodies immune system it will last about a week…….. not so with Trials !!

While the disease in many cases is hereditary and if you are born into one of these families it is very
unlikely that you will escape its affliction. If we look globally we can see many families where this is the
case and no other medical explanation is provided……..in the UK the worst afflicted families seem to
be centered in Yorkshire where the Lampkin family have a very bad dose of the disease for decades
with all family members afflicted. Others that immediately come to mind are the Sunters, where it has
spread to the female of the species and of course brothers Bill and Mick Wilkinson and many father
and son situations like the Gaunts.

Worst recorded case in history:  Dougie Lampkin MBE
12 x  World Trials Championships,  5 time Winner SSDT

Not limited to just Yorkshire I can throw in many other examples including the Adsett brothers and of
course Tony and Mal Davis. Many other cases have been reported but these stand out as classic
examples. Further north in the wilds of Scotland three generations of the Moffat family have been so
cursed with all riding the SSDT and now Big John has become obsessed with Bultaco building.

It has spread across the globe with the Lejeunes in Belgium, Fracys in Canada and multiple
outbreaks even here in the USA. All our current US contenders have had this disease passed down
through the genes and here I offer up the Webbs, Ropers, Tuckers, Saums, Ginders, Belvoirs and Martinsons as classic examples.

From research it would seem no violent outbreaks have ever been reported in South America, The
Middle East, the Polar regions or the Falklands although some dimwit was seen racing around the
Islands in 1981.

So how is this disease passed on or contracted ? Little research seems to have  been done here
and perhaps the manufacturers should spend more money in this area rather than worry about Stop
or No Stop rules. From my studies it would seem that “conditioning” plays an all important part in the
bodies failure to recognize the first symptoms. Very often children and some adults are lured into
areas where the condition is rife and slowly but surely they are absorbed like the Borg !

“Resistance is futile……. you will be absorbed”

It often starts with children around the age of 5 upwards being dragged off by father to some major motorcycle dealership, village pub with large parking lot or a countryside village sportsground on a
Sunday morning. As most current trials do not include the roadwork of yesteryear a lot of these venues
are now in quarries, private land or some very generous farmer’s holdings. In days of yore the
unsuspecting would be treated to a vista of strange motorcycles and an even stranger bunch of
owners all dressed in drab olive green waxed Egyptian cotton, not dissimilar from a farmers shoot,
and for the mostpart all wearing the traditional “flatcap” with or without googles.

Days of yore  Flat cap, goggles and the good old barbour suit

Today our unafflicted individual could be forgiven for thinking that they had been taken to some sort
of “gay meet” as seemingly normal people suddenly change into tight fitting lyrca pants and strange
helmets with peaks so far back you wonder what they are for?

Stretch lycra for young and old

Further conditioning is now enhanced by trudging uphill and down dale, up muddy banks, along wet
or dry streambeds full of rocks, gazing at mammoth climbs and descents and marvelling at these
strange people and machines whizzing about between tapes and marker cards. Some stay on, some
fall off, some struggle, others don’t, legs flail, mud is everywhere, several cuss but everybody smiles? Eventually “newbie” asks the duty dumb questions;

“What are they trying to do ?”

There now follows a blow by blow account from the handbook and our newcomer has his or hers
baptism of rules and regs. Further questions now follow;

Five ?

“Was that a 5?” etc etc ………. and finally it happens……….. the “unsuspecting” is plonked on board one
of these strange full size machines……… well if its a young child he or she can’t get off,  their feet can’t
touch the ground, and they can only just reach the full width bars…….. no matter they will grow!

“Hey yup lad, point tit tup ‘ill un gee it a squirt… an don’t sit down!”

A recent study by emminent doctors was printed in “The Lancet” and they have postulated that the
bug maybe contracted via the anal cavity by coming into contact with the seat on one of these strange machines. This would also account for manufacturers  (who may be guilty of insider trading or
industrial espionage) lowering the seat height on modern trials bikes to afflict younger and younger
children and those that we shall say are “vertically” challenged.

A very interesting concept and indeed one that would seem reasonable as once bitten the “trials
rider” never comes into contact with that “seat” again and spends his entire riding time standing up.
True, it may have become addictive and one can often see riders sitting on their machines pre start
perhaps obtaining another  “quick fix” before setting off.

Well whatever it is and however you get it,  you will have it for life.

“YOU have been absorbed”

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