AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS CHEHALIS 2007

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS CHEHALIS 2007

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS CHEHALIS 2007

 Now this is ambitious as its 1400 miles for a 1 day event against unknown competitors. The bus
is back and all appears to be working well save for the AC circuit breakers which keep tripping.
Monaco sends us new ones. Brenda finds new ones locally and they are fitted along with the
extra tie downs in the trailer and we eventually get the ride height correct. All ready and with
Edward in charge of the business we set off ON TIME!

 Day 1 and 570 miles later we are settled in at Mina and over to Goofy Tooth Bar where we meet
Dumbo 1 who has shot himself in the leg for the third time!! More tales of mining later.

 Day 2 fill up with water but the new dump valves won’t work… remember it’s a RV!!! All goes well
through Reno and up to Susanville where between computer, driver and mapquest we end up on
the wrong road with no turn off for 88 miles. A little narrow and scary but we make it back to
civilization. Sometime later we cross into Oregon and all the stupid CA rules are behind us. The
scenery is quite beautiful and some of the mountain descents breathtaking! Ever onward we
decide Eugene is far enough and settle for Walmart after playing the “only I can fill the gas tank
game” …. A new Oregon rule! Settle in at the drive through garden center after dogs have gone
loopy on real grass.

Day 3 and only 200 to go so off bright and early enjoying the scenery which is reminiscent of dear
old Blighty with trees I recognize and blackberry bushes all the way up the medians, delightful!
As we get into Portland some of these bridges are looking a bit shabby and then as we approach
the Columbia all 3 lanes grind to a stop and now its 3 mph stop and go until some 2 miles later we
arrive at the bridge to find a BMW going the wrong way on the hard shoulder with blonde bimbette
having discussion with highway patrol. Across the river like a cork out of a bottle and look at the
next 7 miles of stationary southbound traffic queuing up for their all important 10 seconds of
rubber necking.
Off I5 at the right junction but miss Riverside as it’s called something else on the other side.
3 miles later complete the turnaround in a builder yard and back to freeway again. Take the
correct turn onto Riverside but miss the fork split this time so have to complete the turnaround
in the museum and drive back to the fork which is impossible to navigate the turn…. Brilliant!
 Oh well, back to the freeway and then the builder’s yard and try again. After all this effort the
road dead ends within 100 yards which now takes us back to the original road which then
transpires to be the one we should have been on all along! Now to get into the field which has
a steep pyramid with the train track on top. Visions of one R Williams stuck on a rock with all
wheels off the ground come to mind but somehow we get over without damaging the underside.

 Great timing so plenty of time to chat, get the bikes out and have a look at the sections while
taking a little light practice. Wander over to the start area where Derek Belvoir is running a Trials
School and charging $25.00 a pop!!

 Ride the bike over and see what they are doing and then find sections 2 & 3 so park the bike
and give them the once over. Surly individual arrives and tells me “unless you are in the trials
school it’s NO RIDING” Follow the Doctor’s advice and drink heavily.

Pitor that means YOU! NO RIDING!!

 Dinner and lots more drinking results in a good Saturday morning hangover but as the fog lifts
so does the self inflicted migraine.  Duly signed up I am at last allowed to ride my bike to the start
and now find I’m starting at Section 4 so earlier plans of riding with Ed are shot down.

Ed on Section 1

 4 is up and down around the spreading chestnut tree which will be fine on idle power around the
tree. 3 cleans here and not much more to say on this section. 5 however, does not go quite so
well as I take a silly dab on the exit. 6 is uphill across a dry powdery adverse in the trees but
good control results in 3 cleans here. Through the trees and across the meadow to 7 and 8 in a
muddy brook. Both fairly simple and 3 cleans apiece on these. More meadow riding to 9 a twisting
uphill in shady woodland and 3 more easy cleans here. 10 is a common line for1,2 and 3 and 4’s
don’t get to ride. As expected 3 more cleans so now it’s back to the 3 remaining sections behind
the barn. No1 has the Honda suspended in the tree and is a test of nerve and handlebar width as
you slip through the trees. Mine are 2 inches wider than standard so it takes a bit more care for
me than most other riders. 3 more cleans so over to 2 which doesn’t really present any problems
and 3 more cleans are in the book. Now for 3 which I had thought would be the real problem
section as yesterday it was getting more than its fair share of watering from the farm sprinklers.
Sure enough the top had turned into a quagmire and was taking 3’s and 5’s from all that tried.
It was possible but my first effort was a predictable 3 after an early dab which should have been
taken further up the hill and then I might have escaped with just a dab.

Rick Wollf on the Quagmire at 3

 Well never mind just 4 lost on lap 1 and when I hand in my card I see Rob Poole has already lost
15! On with loop 2 and all is well until 5 where I overcompensate for the first time dab and elect to
turn higher on the hill to make the exit turn easier. WRONG, as I start the turn I apply a little too
much brake and the front wheel slides away before I can save it and I go headlong with the bike
smacking me up the rear to show its displeasure. As far as I can see that must have ruined my
chances for the day as I have seen many less capable riders clean this section with ease and I’m
making a pig’s ear of it. No problems anywhere else so end up back at 3 which is still taking its toll.
A better groove has emerged so if I can stay in the slot and power on a little earlier it might just
be possible. The plan nearly works but the big dab is required and then just a tippee toe for the
2. So an annoying 7 for loop 2 which should have only been the 2. Never mind, back to the start
and Rob has lost another 6 and my other rival lost 6 on his first loop so it could be close.

Through the “Handlebar Trees” Section 1

Another 2 coming! Section 3

 Out for the last loop and at 5 its time to see where I’m screwing up. No it’s easy enough and it’s
just me being a dummy. Clean to that turn but now I’m overcautious and take a dumb 2 to ensure
I don’t get another 5. Clean all the way back to 3 and have an identical ride to match the second
attempt for another 2. So just the 4 on this lap and a grand total of 15 for the day. Back at the
start Rob lost another 7 on his last loop and Richard took 11 on his second loop giving him 17
after 2 loops so his third round doesn’t matter and I have what I consider a “lucky” win and 20
more valuable championship points.

Don Kelley having a good day Section1

With regard to the Championship I now have 3 wins (should have been 4 save for that dab at
Donner) compared to Bob Ginder’s 4. I expect to win at Sandia and I could win or check at Hollister,
so I need 2 more from either Casper or Dickson.

Very interesting? Especially as Mike Buckholtz and Mike Wehling both want a slice of the Ginder
along with Graham Foster and Mike Parsley who could all win on a good day.

Ray Iddon on 3 with the STEALTH Tank Triumph.

 Bikes all loaded back to the start and Ray Iddon offers me a ride on his newly created Cub with
a stealth tank. I haven’t got more than 100 yards from the start when the same officious bastard
shakes his finger at me again and says “the trial is over, NO MORE riding!”….. I give up!!

 370 miles of night driving and we are in Medford to see Phil, but at least I don’t have to drive
tomorrow.
Sunday morning and try to dump tanks ….. nothing ….. ring Monaco and after 3 times round the
bus and under the wheels we eventually discover the manual dump valves and complete the task
With the task completed the dump valve lights have now come on and believe it or not they now
work off the switches ….. don’t ask!!

 Out with the Harley and into Ashland. Pretty little town, but on the artsy fartsy side. Tour the
river walkway and buy the duty souvenirs to go with the Chehalis Cup, the Mina rocks and the
Triffid plant from Eugene. Lunch, back to base camp then out again for dinner.

 Monday and straight in for the long awaited oil change and then the pleasant cross country
through the woods back to Mina. More drinks in Goofy Bar and more mining talk.

 Tuesday, and remember we have nearly made it, when the phone goes to herald disaster from
far away lands. The pool pump has quit, 15 of the big fish are dead and the rest are gasping ….
What a great start to the morning. Give Edward the run through on backwashing and water is
back in the babbling brook and the remaining fish are OK.

 The run home is otherwise uneventful and all I have to do is change the rear mudguard which
suffered major damage when it hit me up the bum during the A over T incident.

 3 weeks to Casper and then Sandia. A local CAT at Alto Pit and then, do we or don’t we, for
Dickson? Finally Moab, and then Napa for “the day” and Hollister to finish. Dickson is now looking
shaky for this year as it’s 6 days on the road away from the business and right now that is not
a great idea! Just have to hope that the Ginder has a crap ride at Casper and wants to compete
against Hockey Boy on his home turf. Now that’s a lot of wishful thinking. Rocky Mountain wise I
can’t do Lyons so Mike still holds a 12 point advantage after 4 rounds a piece. Casper could be
difficult? But he hasn’t ridden at Moab or Sandia so I could pull that one off.

 More news, Moab is cancelled so what does that do? Well without that one in the RM series it will
all come down to the Casper results between Mike and myself. With Moab out the window it does
promote Dickson as a go so we can do that and then have a weekend off before setting sail for
Napa and Hollister. So realistically I must beat the Ginder in 2 of the 4 remaining rounds!

Tony Down with very busy Photographer Brenda… don’t forget the web site…if you rode you will
be on film!

www.trialsphoto.com

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AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS DONNER SKI RANCH 2007

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS DONNER SKI RANCH 2007

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS DONNER SKI RANCH 2007

The new trailer eventually arrives and is as ordered with the exception of the spare wheel
mounting bracket which was made for steel wheels and obviously won’t accept the alloy one with
a different hole layout. Well they fitted it anyway and during transit it has rubbed some big
scratches in the alloy. They know about the problem and will send a new wheel and bracket.

 Also the ride height for the trailer is different so various hitches are tried. What appeared to be
right now needs a little adjustment by about 1 inch. Always something!

 The journey begins with the usual screw up with pay checks failing to make same day delivery,
but eventually all is done, the sled team are loaded and we are on the road. Just after
Wickenburg I remark to Brenda
“Do you know? This is the first time this week I have sat down without water dripping off the end
of my nose or making my eyes sting .”
…… at that point the heavens open and the flying fickle finger of fate points down and off goes the
GENERATOR~!!   …….well whoopeedo! This is going to be fun with no house AC…… pull into the
next truck stop on I40 and check the generator, looks OK , a bit low on coolant and oil so top
those up and try again…. It runs for 5 mins then shuts down with an overheat caption. Take it to
an Onan dealer in Kingman and meet Jim the one toothed mechanic who tells me it has an
overheat caption and he can’t fix it. Ring Cummins in Las Vegas and they are uselessly committal
in we might be able to get to it tomorrow, and that is 10 times better than Cummins Reno who
want us to drop it off and we’ll get to it sometime!!

 Well now we have a real dilemma in the Nevada desert? Let’s review the facts, no house AC,
driver and pax overheating and 4 dogs panting. On the plus side we have plenty of cold drinks,
driver AC and Brenda’s mister. 330 miles to the North is Mina where we know they have 50 amp
and that means nice V COLD AC. Donner should be mid 70’s by day and 40’s at night so we can
survive in the temp zone for 2 days, then we can run back to Mina Sunday night and have lovely
AC before the homecoming ordeal. Decision PUSH ON!

 Arrive in Mina too late to join Billy-Bobs and settle for glorious max AC and some very cold beers.

 Friday morning more fun as the dump valves are sticking and the water leak under the sink is
back, all the fun of RV ing. Make reasonable time and arrive at glorious Donner at lunchtime.

 Friday night and it’s party time (without the generator) and we are killing the batteries but the
show goes on and we enjoy steaks (Costco) until the fridge starts shutting down as the lights are
draining the ship. Bed without problems but come Saturday morning we have to start the bus to
charge the batteries. For some reason 2 groups find this more than they can bear and become
unglued and downright rude. Brenda invites them to rearrange a short sentence involving sex and
travel and they change their location with lots of horn blowing and bad tempers.

 A great turnout with about 60 riders and Day 1 has us to the right of the lodge on the Donner
lake side. As always a lot of the sections look harder than they ride and scores are normally on
the low side.

Top & Bottom Section1

Fred getting to grips with Section1

 Section 1 has an awkward turn on a rock outcrop and then a descent through some rocks to a
left turn before bouncing up a step and up through more rocks to the exit. All goes well here until
observer says I went the wrong way. I explain that the area in question is not gated even though
you can see the organizers intention. Section 2 has some tricky bits but again rides easier than it
looks. Section3 on the other hand has a choice of lines just after the start and neither are gimmees
I elect to take the direct line across the adverse in the loose and it works.

On the Exit Section4

4 has some water and could cause problems at the exit if you got off line. Section 5 had me looking
for problems that didn’t exist and was definitely a gimmee. 6 on the other hand did require an
element of skill to negotiate but no problems for Sage and Steed. 7 was again simple and 8 should
have been cleaned by the entire entry. Finally 9 had an easy downhill wander but finished with a
tricky exit but didn’t cause any problems for yours truly but I did see quite a lot of marks lost while
I was walking it.

So I finish loop 1 on Zero and set off on Loop 2. Only sections requiring attention are 1,2,3,6 and
9. No1 rides the same as does 2 but 3 now has only 1 line after the start so elect to take the extra
turn and that works well so over to 4 which has filled with more water and is getting deep. The rest
follow the plan and cause no problems. So 2 loops complete and a zero score but so has Nick
Turner who is also riding well. Out for the final loop and through 1&2 without problems so time to
look at 3. It is now back to 2 lines again and is a toss up so I take the second loop line but the front
wheel crabs in the soft sand and has to be rescued with a dab. Through 4,5,6 and 7 without penalty
and now I find Nick checking at 8 and looking very pleased with himself, and yes, he has the clean
card!

Day 1 Nick on zero and me on 1. First time he has ever beaten me, but must be gracious in defeat
.. second SUCKS!!!

Day 1 after dinner in the other RV, and a nighttime visit from Jim and Rich in low light. Brenda now
knows how to cook, shop at Costco and take photographs, so she has had a wonderful day with
her new friend!

DAY 2

Another opening section behind the lodge with a few loose and rolling rocks but start with a good
clean and the game is on. Section 2 has Brenda’s other friend (stop that engine!) checking so I’d
better get this right. Over to 3, and very similar to last year, a couple of minor problem areas but not
too hard. Back to the bike, start up ride round and into the section, over the first log and then
checker steps in front of me and grabs my handlebars???

“I’m in charge here” he says “and I didn’t tell you to start” %^&*#$%^!!

Well that’s a first and I cruise round fuming and eventually get clearance to ride but my mind is still
in disbelief and take a dumb dab on the only problem bump.

Pitor trying hard Section 3

Rich on the Big Montesa Section 4/5

 4 & 5 are continuous with an awkward exit on the 2 line. All well in 4 but on the changeover I went
too far into the turn and another dab was lost but a fine ride through the exit Hmmm, 2 lost in 5
sections, hope this is not the way it’s going to go.

Jim Wagner on the easy bit of 6

The loose uphill turn on 6

Section 6 has some tight turns in the loose and a very crumbly adverse hill exit. The bike slides
with the hill but I keep control and escape with a clean. 7 has problems all over with tricky turns,
line ups and steps but the Steed just glides through and I’m feeling good. No8 is the gimmee of
the round and 9 has a wander over a rock outcrop before descending into an uphill jumble of firm
granite.

The AZ Trio discuss tactics

 Loop 2 and the minor problem in 3 has gone and a better line through 4/5 results in a clean loop
and then same again on the third loop for a grand total of 2, and today Nick has lost 3 so the
tables are turned. Honor is satisfied but I should have had 2 wins here if I want to beat the Ginder!

Fred with the Fruits of Success

Jim (I don’t drink) Wagner, 2nd Day1

The way home goes as expected with an easy run to Mina and back to full AC. The bar was similar
to last year although more teeth were seen! The run back to Phoenix was as miserable as planned
but we made it in good time for some refreshing beverages. More RV work to be done, one day we
will have a trouble free run and Hell will freeze over!

So with the RV away for a little work and the generator now repaired (broken fan belt)…. Replaced
under warranty??? The trailer replacement parts arrive and fall into the joke category. The new
wheel is fine but the bracket, which is the same as the current one, can only be described as an
apprentice Friday afternoon lash up. You can imagine the instructor giving the buffoon the
instructions.

“First weld the bracket onto the plate like this, note the neat welds, next put 2 coach bolts in the
same distance as the holes in the wheel, add on the locking plate then bend the bracket to be
equidistant on the plate and weld. If you make a mess use the grinder to sand off the excess….
Then finally paint it and pack it up in that box using the shredded packing paper in that box….. any
questions?”

Sounds reasonable until you see the monstrosity; the bracket is bent, the bolts are not parallel,
it doesn’t fit the wheel! And the mounting plate is not even drilled??

Well if that wasn’t enough when I unpacked it the shredded paper was all stuck on the bracket
along with all the dust. Easy to see why as dumbarse had spray painted it (the wire hangers are
still attached) and then packed it wet and emptied the contents, including dust, into the box…..
no body said to let it dry!  Again they have promised to send the correct one but I have my
doubts. Only other things to do on trailer are more tie downs and adjust the tow height.

 Back in the workshop Brenda’s 125 still gives problems and the main bearings are shot in baby
glitz. But, but, but if you want a laugh we always have the Enfield to amuse and delight. After 3
months waiting for all the specialized parts from Spartan I now have an expensive collection of
bits that don’t quite fit, but boy are they beautifully engineered or what?

Tony Down with Photographer Brenda and 4 Dogs!

Check out Brenda’s web site www.trialsphoto.com

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AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS “DIAMOND DON’S” 2007

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS “DIAMOND DON’S” 2007

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS DIAMOND DON’S 2007

Home again and Brian has machined a new stem for the cerrianis but, I’m liking the B50 set up
so they will stay for Diamond Don’s. Routine maintenance shows the front wheel brake anchor is
slightly out of line and therefore pulls the brake plate off center and is applying the brake, which
accounted for the front wheel ploughing at Kingman. Well that’s now fixed and a swinging arm
bolt used as the front axel. Now all we need is a mode of transport to get to DD’s, and that’s
another story.

  For the avid RV readers you may remember last season was completed in the lap of luxury in the
2001 Beaver Marquis. (Wow! What a coach) anyhoo when it went in for service after Holister we
idly looked at a 2006 model. Eager beaver (excuse the pun) salesman said “do you want to talk
figures?” “No, No we replied we are only looking! But if you want to play numbers do your thing
as it will be here for a week”

 Net result was that salesman offered us $40,000 more than we paid 18 months before!! This
must be the first ever RV to appreciate so no surprises we signed the deal on 28 Dec. The usual
list of small defects, and just one extra in the shape of the glass cabinet to be fitted. No problem
we are assured all will be done. As I write (25 Mar 07) the coach is still with them and the cabinet
is still not fitted. My patience is now at an all time low, but they have 1 day left to complete the
task before we start loading for Texas.

DIAMOND DON’S, the coach arrives on Monday and as expected the cabinet did arrive but the trim
panels were missing… Well done everyone at Monaco! Well done indeed! You win the Dick of the
year award hands down. Loading begins until the all familiar cry comes from inside to herald the
fact that now the TV will not come down from the roof! This was an initial fault which we were
assured had been corrected. More phone calls and this time WE insist THEY come out and fix it.
Tuesday and the tech arrives and completes the task and now the TV moves but need a new
motor. Also the central locking is missing a part and he will order this as well.

  Loading continues and it looks like we might just be ready for the early morning departure.
(You can’t be serious!!!) The trailer is on and 3 bikes loaded. Brenda returns with new chairs and
doormat and tons of vitals are going onboard Titanic for her maiden voyage. Well not so fast
Beaver Boy, the trailer plug does not fit? Yes, crazy as it sounds the GM 7 pin does not fit the
7 pin female on the coach… don’t ask! Just to add to the amusement the TV comes down but now
we have no SOUND on any appliance!

 At least I have the remote gas lines to the new grill but now at 1900 it’s time for the duty down
town trip in search of a wider 7 pin plug. Believe it or not I stumble into one in Pep Boys and when
I get it home it fits first time.. ENOUGH!

 Wednesday, and we are on the road after some serious refueling and looking good for leg 1 to
Pecos in Texas. Bounding along and 2 hours after launch Scotty Brenda finds the sound problem,
but goes ahead and fixes it without reference to the Captain. Suddenly I’m front row at the
Rolling Stones concert and nearly blown out of my chair with WARP 9 sounds as she flicks the
circuit breaker. With dogs and driver suffering permanent hearing loss the engineer locates the
remote and services are returned to normal. The bus drives nicely and no further problems as we
rocket across NM and into a very windy Texas.

“I think it drives better” says Doof

 Day 2 and off across the tacky side of Texas with nodding donkeys, wind blown trash and yards
that all need cleaning up. It would seem if you live in Texas you buy a car for life, or the car’s life
that is, and when it expires you dump it in the front yard alongside your father’s and his father
before him. What a tip!

 Approaching Fort Worth the skies darken and it looks nasty ahead although the weather forecast
was warm and sunny. Sure enough it starts raining and we try the new wipers on the one piece
shield. Der,der, der, der, der der then dwang! The driver’s wiper leaps off the screen and appears
in my side window?? Stop the bus they cry and we exit at the next ramp in pouring rain and park
on a gravel hard shoulder. Out to the electrical box to find the wiper fuse, only to be confronted
with 200+ glittering fuses of varying colors like a mega chocolate box assortment. Finally find the
wiper fuse and withdraw to find it has predictably blown. At this stage my bum is getting wet from
the underside as the rain is now bouncing 18 inches in the air, so with head bowed a hasty retreat
is called for and I run around the front of the bus to meet a straight left jab to the temple from
Mohammed Ali in the form of the giant wing mirror. With gravel underfoot and the speed of impact
I’m thrown flat on my back in the road and only just made the count to get back to my corner.
When the rain eased the new fuse from the map lights is duly fitted and with fresh coffee the drive
continues to the left turn back onto the freeway. At this point the fridge door unlatches pitching
all the contents onto the muddy floor!  Oh joy of joys!

I’m Hayden and this is my first Road Trip!

   Back on the road again der, der, der, der (wait for it)… (yes, you guessed it) DWANG! Hello wiper
blade! Well I’m out of fuses so we will pretend we are on the BMW and just drive to the next
major truck stop. At last with the rain behind us and about 150 miles left to go we stop to refuel
Brenda gets the dogs sorted out and buys the spare fuses. Fuel is going on board so I decide to
multitask and lock the fuel pump handle before trying to dump the gray tank. However, the
dispenser jumps out of the tank and before I can grab hold it twists around and hoses me down
with a couple of gallons of diesel, GREAT!

   Fuses fitted back to the dumping and pull out the hose. No screwing around fitting clamps and
things, very swish. The Winnebago gang have just finished unloading into this square concrete
receptacle, so with the Giant Anaconda primed and twitching I unload 115 gallons into the square.
As the task nears completion I notice the ACTUAL RV Dump hole 3 feet away in the grass! Well
now time to get the fresh water onboard and this is taking forever but eventually at the 65
gallon point we call it quits and move the switches. As I replace hoses etc screaming Brenda
arrives to tell me she has just seen all the precious water disappear from the screen… sure
enough superbus has now pumped my 20 minutes of labor overboard and the bus is now sitting
in its own private lake!

  Enough of this and on to Diamond Don’s, where we park without incident in our reserved slot.
Friday morning and alls well, bikes unloaded and see a good turnout in all divisions. Here’s Graham
Foster, and the Guru and the rest of the TN crowd. What’s this? Bob is riding the James! Now the
class is getting a little top heavy as Mikey P is also here along with Merlin Clausing the 2nd round
winner.

Graham Foster getting to grips with the AJ after a bad start.

 Start time comes and off we go to our start at 4 and 5. Section 4 has a few hazards but nothing
serious. Poor Graham collects a 5 when his big AJS grounds out on the first bump (things to come
for the RE Bullet). I can’t make up my mind whether to use a little clutch work on the second turn
and as stalling confidence is still weak on the Steed I pay the price with the duty dumb dab. 5 has
us up and down the bank several times and although tight everyone is through for a clean. On to
6 where an easy wander through the trees becomes tricky with an off camber left turn to a log
crossing. Bob’s line is a little wide and the front wheel clips the tree resulting in a dab so there’s
hope! Section 7 has us up and down a hillside but again it seems we can all do this type of section.
No 8 is a series of turns in a ruin and then No 9 is in and out of the gulley and leaf mould.  Section
10 has an easy entry through some ruins and rocks followed by a descent through some trees
before turning on a muddy area and a climb up a root infested bank, drop over the other side to
a couple of turns to the exit.

Merlin at speed on 5

The Top Turn on 5

The Easy Bit of 6

 Back through the start area and down by the railway tracks for 1, 2 and 3. All variations on a
theme up and down the bank. At the end of lap 1 four of us are all on 1 point so this is going to
be close. Bob goes clean on loop 2 and I have another dumb dab on section 3 with too much
power. Other than that Steed is now performing brilliantly with no question of stalling and my
confidence is much improved. I see Merlin take a 5 on section 9 with a nasty fall and I hear
Mikey P had a 5 somewhere.

The Big Log on 6

 So after 2 laps it’s still very close. Back to 1, 2 and 3 and don’t make the silly mistake again.
However 4 catches me again with indecision and the clutch (which I never use is feathered again!)
and another 1 is in the books. All’s well until 9 where turning too early results in a dab on the first
turn, so I’m on 4 with just the last section which I have cleaned twice to go. Seems everyone has
congregated here and the section has got worse on the muddy turn and now people are looking
for another line.

Bob on No 5

Mikey P follows Bob.

I watch several attempts, Mikey P takes a dab, Bob turns tight before the mud and comes up
inside the trees but also loses 1. Then Graham whips the big AJ through the standard line for a
perfect clean. Gamesmanship wise I did not play this section well as I knew Mike P was on 7 and
I was on 4 so a 2 or better would give me second place. I was fairly confident I could clean it but
I ended up with 3 touches and of course lost the tie break!

  Well the season has a long way to go and I get more confident with the Steed on each outing
and I’m already looking forward to the next one.

  After the event Guru tries OSSAMAHA and actually says not bad. I had a chance to ride that
JAMES which I also rate as not bad.

Sheldon and his new toy

“A Clean, A Clean!”

  After a night of partying on Crawdads and other swamp pleasures and a lot of stories with
Sheldon who was having fun on his newly acquired 350 Bultaco. Back to the bus for more drinks
and fun with Ed and Evelyn. Ed tells his sob story of getting a 5 for going the wrong way in a
section he laid out! He also had stories of blocked fuel filters on his truck, which I won’t go into
at this time for fear of breaking this computer.

Ed tells stories of fuel filters…….

  And so to bed…. hello, the lights in the bed controller have gone out? About 3 it starts raining
and I mean RAINING. Being on the high ground I felt a bit like Noah as it kept pouring until 10 in
the morning. Had we ridden the same trial on Sat it would have been an interesting result.

Yes, the Po-Boy is just as good

  With the hangover in retreat gaze at the motor crossers all bedraggled and covered in mud.
Watch a little of the practice which for most was a continuous 3 in the deep ruts. Well we all know
where Sympathy can be found in the dictionary, so leave them to play and time to catch the train
into town and see if the Shrimp Po Boy was as good as I remembered… it was! A pleasant
afternoon and evening and then without being stuck in the mud we exit Jefferson en-route to
Pecos. No problem and a fairly uneventful trip.

  Monday morning, and time for the 650 miles home. Refuel remove bugs and away we go on the
80 mph freeway and of course we are making excellent time for the first 50 miles until we slow for
a 60 mph stretch of road works. On exiting the work zone I try to increase Warp Speed but all that
happens is the bus down shifts to 5th and I can’t get more than 1500 rpm!  It would appear I’m
suffering the same fate as Ed! Phone calls, stops, at major Truck stops all to no avail as nobody
has a new filter. So a very humbling, boring, embarrassing and Cruise America drive home. Not
what we expect from a Beaver! Needless to say the bus is back at the dealership and they have
1 week to fix it before Alto Pit and then Cotopaxi the following weekend.
 Tony Down, Photographer Brenda and a pack of hounds!

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AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS WITTMAN 2007

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS WITTMAN 2007

 THE VENERABLE SAGE & THE VENERABLE STEED
The year rolls over and it’s time to think AHRMA 2007. So far the calendar doesn’t look too good
with nobody actually getting a handle on the events. “Tentative” appears to be the excuse for
“I couldn’t be bothered asking, so I just threw it in!”

 A couple of weeks ago AHRMA asked me what size jacket I would like, so I e-mailed the
organization for chest sizes and received the following reply;

“I have an extra large and it fits just fine!”

 Well the plan for 2007 is a little ambitious and will take a lot of effort to achieve if only we could
firm up some dates and get the event planning organized. Once again, despite volunteering CAT
has seen fit to virtually abandon its own website and trials info is now available on AZ Trail Riders
site, and we wonder where the members have gone?
Last year, having sunk most of Mother’s money into the business some time ago, it was time to
pull a little of my meager inheritance out for a special project, the HMH Sammy Miller Tiger Cub.
It arrived fresh and shiny from the UK around March time but by now I was already in pursuit of
the Modern Classic Intermediate Crown so the plan was to save it for this year.

 Over the last year I replaced the front end with Yamaha TY forks, triple trees and wheel and a
¾ inch stem beautifully machined by Brian Crawford. The new front end handles nicely but puts
an inch on the wheelbase, maybe some changes coming here. The Cub had her first outing just
before Christmas and although winning her class the Sage was not happy with Mister Amal’s
finest. Amazing 1960’s technology (which I remember well) no choke, just hold the tickler until the
fuel pours out everywhere and away you go. Don’t open the throttle violently or it will stall. Which
it did TWICE! However, the Sage did not retire in disgust but tried to master the alien Steed. Just
keep the throttle cracked a little and work the clutch (Excuse ME?) what is this foreign language
you speak? And where is the rear brake?

 Well 2 fives and a rabbit three on the first loop along with the duty dumb dab for an unimpressive
14. Loop 2 and British explorer tames the Tiger with a single dab and then with Steed beaten into
submission a clean lap to finish.

 So the Amal has to go!  The First replacement is the Kehlin which certainly gives it a mighty punch
off idle but cracks a wild bang as you drop to closed again.  Now I have found a Mikuni which I will
try after Wittman.

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS WITTMAN 2007

       Jim Lipscomb accepts our invitation and arrives in the rain on the Wednesday to lay out the
Trial. It rains all day Wednesday and Jim is trying to get some mud in the event while others are
saying NO, NO, NEVER! Thursday and there is a change in the weather, it gets worse! Jim reports
back that the Mud is in and now they don’t like his famous box turns, but neither do I.

Rich Palmer giving her some “biscuit” on the Mud Hole

 Friday morning armed with a bankroll of used notes its time to get ready for AHRMA once more,
let’s see….. $200 to get in, the official AHRMA watch +/- 2 hours, AMA and AHRMA cards, and 2 on
the number board.

 Load the bikes and turn the trailer round only to find the trailer tire has hit something in the yard
and gone bang. A great start but panic not and the spare goes on and off we go. Arrive in good
time and $95.00 later we are signed in and ready to go. Check the tires and throw fuel
everywhere trying to top up the tank. Start the Steed and now the new rear tire on the bike is
flat. I hope this isn’t the way the day is going to go. The flash Union Jack valve cover has a little
rubber grommet in it which has turned in the cap deflating the tire.

Bruce Sandground looking good on Section2

 The 1 and 2 groups start at section 1. Well this is different with a log to cross before a gulley full
of Scottish type rocks into a right and left tight turn to a climbing exit. Watch the progress of
Rick Wolf, all good until the left turn which results in a 5. Nick Turner is next and suffers the same
fate. My turn comes and I end up with a rabbit three to get out of the corner, but that’s 2 better
than mes amis. Section 2 is the mud hole and is fine for the 3 line but 2 has us in up to the hubs
as you go down the side of the pit then a climb up to a pyramid bank and back down to the exit.

A Roaring Tiger Cub

 Rick is already stuck and taken the 5 so I guess he is getting suitably annoyed with 2 maximums
on the 2 openers. I glide through the mud destroying hours of polishing but enjoy the feel of 4
stroke power in good old mud. Up the bank, and try and turn, but both wheels are covered in the
stuff and slide on the dry surface. Another rabbit three ensues. The score does not reflect the ride!

Phil Dury  Section2

 On to numbers 3 and 4 which are a continuous type wriggle through the trees and a nice Palo
Verde bush with a tricky adverse climb before rolling down to the exit. No problems here apart
from the bush ripping my arm apart.

 No 5 and its Jim’s famous box, Yuk! The sign says Premier Exp ride 3 but nobody told Ed Peacock’s
wife Evelyn who wants to give me a 5 for riding the 3 line. 6 is a variation on a theme over the
concrete walls but goes well for another clean. No7 drops down the concrete and has some turns
and boulders before a climb leading to an adverse exit. The cub takes it in its stride and another
clean is in the books. Turn in time to see eagle eyed checker give Nick a 5 for riding on or over a
tape.

Shawn Warner out of the mud and on the Pyramid

 No 8 hasn’t seen the 2 line used much, or if it has then 5 must be the only score as there are no
wheel tracks where I am going. The plan goes well until the turn into the last climb when too
much power causes the front wheel to lift and 2 marks go down the drain for a total of 8. Loops
2 and 3 are virtually identical losing 3’s on sections 1 and 2 and cleaning the rest. Only regret
was I wanted the best score on that mudhole, I rode the mud well but couldn’t deal with the
bank and mud on the sidewalls. Still, a great event, with unheard of scores by Wittman standards.
I finished on 20 which took the Premier Lightweight Class and I believe the 2 line. Thanks to Jim
and everyone else that laid out and helped.

The Quest is On!

Tony Down, along with faithful photographer Brenda, who now has her own web-site where you
can buy event photos: check it out you just might be there!

www.trialsphoto.com

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AHRMA HOLLISTER HILLS 2006

AHRMA HOLLISTER HILLS 2006

AHRMA HOLLISTER HILLS 2006

More repairs to the RV, and its collected on Monday afternoon and we are leaving for a few days
in Wine Country before the trial at Hollister. I’m busy loading when screams come from inside the
coach and we have NO WATER! Sure enough during the insta hot water repair the main pump has
now failed. Anybody want a RV?

 So now I can’t load the bikes and this time the Harley too boot. It’s been a VERY long day and
now it’s time to DRINK HEAVILY!

 Tuesday morning while I brief the crews on the weeks work Brenda rips Holiday Motorhomes a
new one! When I get back they are open and will fix the pump while I wait. So a 40 mile drive in
the wrong direction but they are good to their word and 20 minutes later I’m on my way back.
Finally exactly at 12 we leave and after one refueling stop we pull into Calistoga, at the Northern
end of the Napa Valley, at 3 in the morning! BUT WE ARE HERE!

 Wednesday morning and the plan is RELAX! Get the V-Rod out and a quick ride to the bay area.
Ride to San Francisco and have the duty lunch of chowder, take in the Chocolate factory and then
the long haul back via the Golden Gate Bridge. By now I have discovered California drivers and
Horny squirrels have a lot in common, they are both f…… nuts! However I remember the California
bike rules and no stopping in traffic jams, just ride straight to the front of the queue same as in
the UK. Eventually back up the Napa Valley and its getting COLD!

The Perfect Line!

 Thursday and it’s the wine tasting day and well worth every penny. The driver and limo turn up
on time and we discuss the gameplan. Our driver knows everything about the place and is a wine
buff himself. Several tastings later we at Rutherford Hill and after sampling their goodies find
“the bottle of the day” which is consumed with some wonderful cheeses in their picnic area. A
wonderful day and some great memories, the bad news for the wallet is that this looks like being
a yearly pilgrimage!

 On Friday we set sail for Hollister a mere 130 miles south. Today’s plan is find the venue and
then take Harley down to Clint Eastwood’s “Hogs Breath” bar in Carmel.

Find the first clue at the Park Rangers shack who tells us “teams must take the road up the hill
to the motorcross track”. He forgets to tell me it’s on the right and not on the left!! Having missed
something, which could have been the entrance we proceed for another 8 miles down the single
track before we can turn 60 feet of fun around.

 The effects of wine tasting have taken their toll and Brenda is not quite so keen on the Harley
ride and is considering a little sleep. I take the Yam out for a look at the sections which all look
simple enough and I’m torn between riding and doing the sensible thing and checking to
guarantee the Championship.

 Back at the bus I’m still torn with indecision but eventually common sense takes over. It’s been
a long season and I can win a National Championship simply by checking, or I can ride and take
a chance that things go in my favor. Brenda tells me I will be a pain to live with on the way home
if I have a bad day! Ed Peacock and his wife Evelyn are at the venue and really getting into the
AHRMA thing and have been on the road since Albuquerque and join us for drinks and stories.

 Saturday and I do the checking thing. Boy, this is no fun when you would rather be riding. I get
my 20 points and first ever National Championship and Ed wins the MC Novice class.

 Back home and the Don Morley Royal Enfield Bullet is arriving, so now I have 2 choices and
classes to ride in 2007. The Bullet is going to take some work and the challenge seems a bit
daunting but I’m sure that Brian Crawford can machine me some new parts to make her
competitive.

 One last AHRMA event to cap off the year up at Moab and one last outing for “Glitzmobile”
before concentrating on the Tiger Cub.

The Results came in! …. and the $18,000 AHRMA jacket is mine!!

Thanks to all my faithful support crew of Brenda, Doof the dog, and Rossi. Thanks also to the
people at Monaco for all the laughs and entertainment provided by their RV!

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AHRMA SANDIA 2006

AHRMA SANDIA 2006

AHRMA SANDIA 2006
The RV now has A/C restored and a new DVD, still waiting on the insta hot, but the alignment is
done so we are in good shape. A pleasant easy drive up 17 and along 40 and we are there in
time to position in daylight. As I’ve volunteered to run a beginners trials school set off to find the
organizers and tell them I’m here. Amazingly its cold and windy and not what I was expecting for
late September.

 Friday morning and eventually the class of 06 is assembled and I run through some basics on
set up, maintenance and some do’s and don’ts. Off to a section and go through how to approach
the problem areas and what line we should be looking for. Having talked it to death lets see if we
can ride it. See all the usual problems, knees too close, death grip on the bars, stiff arms and
white knuckles! As the students relax performance improves and now all they need is throttle
control and we will be closing in on the clean!

 Having sorted out the basics and learning the differences between old and new trials bikes
everyone is improving and we move from the 4 line to the 3. The ducks are lining up and they are
taking to it like water! Now let’s try the 2 line…. Hey that’s my line!!

Yes, it’s a bit more difficult and now we need more precision with the throttle and brakes but
they are getting there. All too soon the class comes to and end and now its time for the checkers
school and some dumb arse demos.

Now its time for the trial and I’m riding regardless of who’s here. We start at Section 3  which last
year was really tricky in soft egg timer sand. However this year a lot of grass has grown on the
bank and it surprisingly firm and an easy ride for a clean. Section 4 has some twists and turns
downhill before an interesting uphill adverse right turn to the exit. Lose a silly dab here so no zero
score today! A little cross country to 5, which is causing all manner of problems to everyone. I take
a dab on the downhill off camber entry, get round the left hander and uphill in the loose shale,
then take another on the tight lefthander which Jim has laid out on level ground (damn I don’t like
these ultra tight turns on the flat) and then take another at the exit for a clumsy three!

 Sections 6 and 7 are continuous and are also causing problems. No 6 starts with a drop into a
gulley and then an awkward step and uphill around a bush. Needs a burst then roll off and let her
pull on idle with body well forward. Around the bush, and a steep descent into the gulley then up
and out uphill to the start of 7. Into 7 and a steep downhill criss cross the gulley, around a tree,
back into the gulley and a tight right hander across the roots and a wriggle uphill to the finish.
Surprise myself by sticking exactly to the plan and line and it goes perfectly for a double clean!

No 8 is close by and is easy enough if you stay on the line. Lost a couple on this one last year,
but today it goes well.

A great run back to the start area and I’m in the mood for a bit of this enduro nonsense. Find No1
where we were practicing with the beginner’s school. Well, I talked and walked a good section so
let’s see if I can ride it. No 2 has some tricky bits but a nice idle turn close to the blue ribbon gives
a perfect line for the clean. Not bad, only 4 on lap 1.

 The second lap goes well cleaning 4 where the dumb dab was replaced with a good clean. 5
went well with the first clean on the 2 line and now I’m 4 better than the last lap. Lose a dab on
6 on the tricky uphill turn but clean the rest and 7 as well. Back to the start and only the single
dab on lap 2.

 The last lap and everything goes well and I clean them all.
Championship wise, I now have 5 wins 2 seconds and the awful 3rd. As it’s scored out of 7 I can
now throw out the 3rd which gives me 132 points. Dan still has 124 so unless he goes to Dickson
and wins both he can’t catch me. Well he could finish with 132 but I have 5 wins and if he won
both at Dickson he would only have 4 wins. Well what about this Rod Villand fellow? He has
always ridden at Dickson and that’s this coming weekend, well if he were to win both he would
have 4 wins a 2nd and a 3rd and with 2 events in his area he could get 6 wins and a second for
136. Better check those results to see how he gets on.

 Results are in, Rod takes a second and another win! So, now he has 3 wins, 2 2nd place finishes
and a 3rd for 105….. very interesting, so if he rides the last 2 events in Alabama and Georgia and
wins both he could finish on 5 wins, and 2 seconds for 132, and if we both finish on 132 its down
to age, and I don’t know how old he is?

Tony Down

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AHRMA CASPER 2006

AHRMA CASPER 2006

AHRMA CASPER 2006
The end of August approaches and excitement builds with fond memories of last year’s event.
The troublesome drivers AC has been fixed and we are ready for the 2600 mile trip. The usual
Glitzmobile, 320 Majesty and Brenda’s 125 are loaded and off we go on Thursday morning with a
700 mile leg to Raton NM. All goes well and this year we don’t miss the exit and arrive in good
order.

 Friday it’s an early start as we have to detour off  I25 at Colorado Springs and go along 24 up
into the mountain to a little village called Hartsel some 65 miles off the beaten track. The purpose
of this crazy mission is to pick up the 79 or 80 350 Cagiva which I have won on e-bay for the
princely sum of $182.50! The bendy road would be fabulous on the road bike but is a bit fraught
with mega bus, but we finally make it to the village and meet up with mountain man Vern. Vern
sees us coming and fires up the Cagiva and actually rides it to the trailer. “You mean it actually
works?”

$182.50 0f Cagiva…. Are you quite mad?

 Now a little detour north and the downhill run begins, taking us just to the north of Denver.
Another motorcyclist’s dream road but a nightmare with a 60’ rig! Those arrows on the bends
mean what they say. Eventually back on I25 and now it’s blowing a gale as we pass the Milliken
turn off signs (one year maybe) and continue north to Fort Collins.

As we approach Cheyenne the wind drops, and so does the cloud, and by the time we are
through the capitol its low cloud full headlights and continuous drizzle! Great for trials but a real
pain as we find the new wiper blades (Napa again!) don’t stay in contact with the screen so it’s
a bit like being a mediaeval archer looking through an arrow slit. Onward Sir Tony the Holy Grail
of Wyoming trials is just ahead.

 With 50 miles to the turnoff the weather breaks, the skies clear and the temperature is on the
way up. One final stop for fuel, 2 stroke and LP gas and we are ready for the weekend Navigation
system running the 60’ rig rumbles the last 6 miles to the entry to the ranch. Don’t **** up!

 Somebody with bike on back passes us so problems over and our guide even opens gates for us.
He joins in behind but is not enjoying life as the generator and ac units are blowing dust
everywhere and we look like a hovercraft crossing the channel. Without too much pin striping we
pull into our reserved berth at the ranch which will be our home for the next 2 days.

 Arrival hellos, sign up for the fun not forgetting to buy the tee shirt before they all go. A few
beers and time for food and Fred arrives just in time for the duty steak. Now the house AC is
playing up and the DVD player keeps stopping and going back to the start. All part of the rich
tapestry of life in a RV!

 No phones, no computer, but morning is good with under floor central heating but now the insta
hot water has quit. Just put it on the repair list. Coffee in hand, dogs walked, time to get the bikes
out and get them ready. Just love this slow leisurely start to the trial.

 Start time comes and off we go into round1. It’s an easy starter as a confidence builder and on
to today’s second challenge. A fairly easy entrance then proceed around some rocks, through a
marker, then out wide for a right and left through an awkward hole and out to the finish.

 No3 has some tricky parts, so it’s worth a second look. While waiting get to see some amazing
feats by Keith Wineland as he bobs and hops over everything. Can anything stop these guys?
My turn comes, so in I go and gently over the two log steps, power off turn and down into the
river and the little squirt up the bank. Not quick enough transferring the weight so fly round the
right hander at about 45 degrees of lean, could have been a FIVE but a big handful of power
resolves the problem and for those not in the know it must have looked pretty neat.

 No4 has a multitude of lines but I find one to my liking and wriggle through the trees and mud
for the clean.

The loop is good and we could have had some good sections in and out of the stream but soon
I’m in the clearing at the start of No5. Time for the sponsor’s cigarette as the survey of this little
jewel is carried out. No 5 starts with a gentle drop into some muddy 6” deep slots and on to the
river for a left hander in the water and rocks before setting up for the right hander to the uphill
finish.

A little further and 6 appears, up the rock face, across the adverse, drop into the river then a
squirt across the mud to the checker.

 So far, so good. Half way round and still clean. No 7 has a nice simple entry with a left and right
followed by a turn into the river to line up for a double log step. Over the logs, into some deeper
water, and then change lines to get up the bank.

 Back into the sunshine and a blast up over the hill to No 8. Almost a reverse of last year’s section
and a little tight in places. Through the trees uphill to the round the tree top, with some nasty
rocks exactly where you need to turn. I get to the turn and the wheel bounces off the big rock
sending me outward into more rocks and now I have to turn quite hard to get back into the gully
to stay in the section. A few nasty moments but the result is a clean despite playing to the gallery.
 Now for the infamous No 9 that “Trialsmaster Extrordinaire” Fred, has said will get NASTY! Well
it seems it’s gone the other way and is actually a breeze, even though its mud all the way.
(Though I did see SOMEONE take a dab…..Fred?)

 No 10 is a relatively simple climb through the trees and then the sting in the tail mud hole around
the base of a big tree. I follow the checker’s advice and promptly lose a dab for my trouble! Thinks,
there has to be a better line.

 Eventually find 11 and this looks nasty for the 1 line boys but has shades of 70’s Scotland written
all over it. No problems and on to Lego Land at the start for another clean. So just the one dab on
the first loop which keeps me up with Dan on 2 and the last event double winner, Rod Villand, also
on one.

 Loop 2 goes well all the way until No5 where I plunge straight in without looking and find a log
lying parallel in the chosen rut which swipes the front wheel away losing a dumb dab! 6 through
9 are no problem and a much better controlled line in 8 has me feeling pretty good. Climb up to
the top of 10 for a look at that mud hole and decide on the simpler line. The bike comes to almost
a stop as the power goes on and the eagle eyed checker is hovering over my front wheel like a
hawk watching for any cease of rotation so caution is thrown out the window and I settle for a
centipede three.

 Back at the start Dan has ridden well for just a dab, but Rod has had a disaster on section 3
when the log rolled and stuck under his back wheel so he has lost 10 for the second loop and
to all intents and purposes is out of it.

 Loop 3 and some sections are getting a little more difficult but I sail round clean until No10 which
seems to be the deciding section of the day. I watch and see first Rick Armstrong crash in the hole
for 5 followed by nemesis Rich Palmer, who is riding the 1 line today, also suffer the same fate in
exactly the same spot. Tom Sharkey takes a nice wide line with the fork leg (underwater) just
brushing the tape and rode round for what appeared to be an unnecessary one.

Well that’s the line, now all we have to do is execute the plan! Back in the sunshine at the base
of the hill, and still with sunglasses on I don’t realize quite how dark it is in the wood. Sail in only
to find I can’t see much in the gloom with the shades on and promptly run into a tree for the loss
of 1. Brilliant! Next time I will bring a white stick. Onwards and upwards, and back in the sunshine
for the mud hole. Take the planned line but can’t quite wriggle it in time so lose another for a 2.
Well never mind a good section, that I should have cleaned but didn’t. Meet up with Brenda at 11
and on the easy run out manage to lose another dab while posing for the camera.

2006 Modern Classic Champs, Bob ginder EXP and yours truly INT.

 Back at the start the results are up and Dan has had a great ride to finish on 5 for the day to my
8. Congratulations to Dan, the best I’ve seen him ride and once again second SUCKS!

  The usual Pot Luck evening and Brenda has cooked that Turkey again and it disappears faster
than a labrador dog bowl. The evening turns a bit chilly so its back to the bus with Bob Ginder,
Graham, Mike Parsley, Jim, Travis and Rich Palmer. Beer, wine and stories flow freely and fun is
had by all.

DAY 2

  Sunday and it all starts again. No1 is just behind the RV and I’ve looked at it while walking the
dogs and it looks like another gimmee. Off we go, walk it quickly and just stay on the line, little
gentle step, line her up and up and round the big rock and trickle down to the ends. Not so fast
smarty pants, must have been something I said last night as the fickle finger of fate clefts the
heavens and strikes. As I take the power off and turn the right footrest clobbers the rock and
with my foot still firmly on the rest the bike stalls against the rock! Well unless there are some
real super tricky sections that has ruined the day and we have only just started.

 No 2 is down in the river and shouldn’t cause anyone too much bother. 3 has some tricky rocks
but no problems for me. No4 could get slippery on the long green grass but stay exactly on the
line and all will be well. 5 has some interesting turns which look harder than they are and No 6
doesn’t have a problem on the 2 line.

 So here we are at 7 and this looks a little more ambitious. Several minor hazards on the way to
the top of the section where there is a very tight turn round a protruding tree. As I turn by the
tree some branch gets in the swinging arm operates the brake for me and stalls the motor. What
a fun morning this is turning out to be! Cross the field to 8 which was my favorite last year, but
regrettably it’s not quite so muddy and everyone is cleaning it.

A great clean on 9

 No 9 is a great little section with all sorts of problems but a good ride here for the clean.10 has
a difficult entry with a right hand downhill to an adverse camber, turn left into the river and run
wide to clear a slippery log on the far side, then back across the river to turn through 180 and
back up the other side. Not my best attempt and three single dabs tell the score. 11 and 12 are
the same as yesterday and do not cause any more grief to a disastrous opening loop.

  Getting the proverbial back together I slip through sections 1-9 without loss wondering why I
had made such an awful mess the first time. Section 10 takes me for a 2 but that’s the only loss
on this lap.

  Loop 3 and again clean through the first 4, then take a dab on 5 when enthusiasm overtook
ability and I turned too tight. No’s 6, 7 and 8 all good and then at 9 someone has disturbed the
big log making the entry bloody difficult. Amaze myself by cleaning that part but take a dab on
the exit. Now for 10! Get the entry right, squirt along the adverse, great! Into the river, nice easy
turn, sit back, power over the log, fantastic! Cross the river, turn Ooops! There she goes for1!

  So yes it was cleanable but the dab was pretty good too. Throw away the 2 fives and it would
have been a good ride. Boy do those FIVES suck?

 Dan had another good ride and Rod just managed to get ahead of me thanks to the dumb fives.
It has made the Championship quite intriguing with all sorts of possible outcomes. After 7 rides I
have 125 and Dan has 130 after 8 rides so he must discard one third place of 13 points which
gives him 117. However he is working at Milliken so that gives him another 20 and puts him on
137, but he now has to discard his other 3rd place of 13 and that gives him 124. More news on
this riveting story as it breaks.

 Rod, who dropped back from expert class, has 2 wins, a second and a third for 69 points. So if he
were to ride the Dickson TN events and win both and work at another then he could finish with 129!

 Man, this is not easy! So I have Albuquerque where I can ride, as I like the sand, or check. If I
check I can discard my lamentable 3rd and the score goes to 145 minus the 13 giving me 132.
If none of the opposition are there I could ride and hope for 1st or 2nd and worst case scenario
that would give me 128.  Of course if Dan is in hot pursuit and he were to win then he too would
have 128, but my 4 wins to his 3 would clinch it for me. So, I must see who is at Albuquerque
before the game can be played, and then keep Hollister up my sleeve for a checking 20 if required
and a total of 136.

 With just 5 rounds left and only 2 within driving distance it’s very close and definitely requires a
little gamesmanship.

Damm, that was a lot to think about on the uneventful 500 miler back to the mosquitoes in Raton
NM. Monday morning and away bright and early with hobo pies of scrambled egg and lots of coffee.
These RV’s are the way to go. 400 miles in and well past last years blow out zone its time to take
on gas.  Brenda takes the dogs while I refuel and debug the windscreen. I now commence the
duty walk round (years of aircrew training) and WO! What’s this? The TAG axle tire (American) is
now the shape of a threepenny piece (English) CASTELLATED to the rest of you and is going
nowhere. Fortunately this is a Truck Stop and they have a tire shop which has the tire. 20 mins
later and $350 poorer we are back on the road to Flag. No more incidents and we are home for
once in good order with a major shopping list of RV repairs before Albuquerque.

Tony Down

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AHRMA DONNER 2006

AHRMA DONNER 2006

AHRMA DONNER 2006

The long awaited 2 day trial approaches. All bikes loaded and with some emergency work
completed on the bus generator it’s off to California. It just has to be the hottest day of the year
and everything, including the driver, is operating near its critical limit!

 We arrive at the scheduled night stop only to find the 50 amp service is not on our slot but of
course is on the one next door occupied by the duty Winnebago! If he had connected 50 amps
he would have gone up in flames. Nothing for it but to keep the generator on for the ac. Shortly
after arrival security arrives and tells us we can’t run the generator after 10 pm. Tell security what
“is” going to happen if it stays around the 100 mark and invite him to rearrange a sentence
containing sex and travel!

 The following morning Brenda makes all the duty complaints to the less than friendly and surly
RV Hostess and gets the money back. So off we go up I5. Is this a real Interstate? It’s more like
a cart track with potholes, idiots, and a very poor surface. Further up the route we are in the
farming area and are overtaking truckloads and trailers full of tomatoes. Every now and then the
road and embankments are covered in red as tons of the fruit have bounced out of the trucks and
been squashed by high speed motorists. Now the produce changes and its truckloads of onions
and the road has white splatters to go with the red. As we approach a blind hill there are cars
everywhere parked at crazy angles and the road is covered in onions, but these are mostly in 40lb
bags and the demented California populace is busy looting the precious cargo! You would have
thought they were Spanish Dubloons!

 Now it’s Sacramento, another town to avoid on the world cruise! The traffic is amazing and the
roads are atrocious. About one and a half hours spent here as we filter down from 8 lanes to 2
with all the feeder roads bringing yet more fuel and clowns into the log jam. By now we have 30
miles to go to Donner and as we pass minor towns the elevation is still only 450 feet and we have
6000 to climb before we get there. Sure enough the climb begins and then suddenly grinds to a
halt as a horse trailer has broken his axel and there is no hard shoulder. 18 wheelers have all
stopped behind him while the 70 mph club and lane changers anonymous create mayhem
everywhere until everybody is now stopped.

 Eventually we grind our way to the summit where the road surface becomes a series of large
rocks embedded in the concrete. Must be good for traction in the snow but brother its hard work
to drive on. The duty turnoff arrives and we leave the less than pleasant I80 and climb the last 3
miles to the Ski resort. This is really nice and when we get to the lift parking lot it’s all been
reserved for the trials gang, fantastic!

 Well this is divine, a pleasant 80 degrees, solid tarmac and everything on hand. Say hello to
everyone and then it is time to explore the bar. Very pro bike area and a good turn out. Enjoy
the hotel meal as it’s been a very long day and along with Jim Lipscomb and Travis return to the
coach for stories various.

 Saturday morning and the parking lot is filling up. Fred and wife have made it along with Dan,
and as promised Rich Palmer is on hand for the 3 way fight again. Lots of bikes to look at, and
some to avoid like the plague.
 The trial starts on time and off we go for 3 loops of 9. Section 1 has a little drop off a ledge
followed by a left hander into a small step. Run through a minor boulder field, up a down an open
rock to an easy exit. Looks simple, should have been simple, everybody else found it simple, but
yours truly decides TO BE simple and takes a giant dab on the step. Oh well, that’s trials and on
we go. No 2 just have to stay on the line, 3 goes round a pond then over some steps into an
uphill camber across a solid rock outcrop.

The Climb on 3

At number 4 we are nearly at the top of the hill with some spectacular views. The section has its
hazards but I don’t see any us of losing marks here.5 and 6 are a couple of AHRMA gimees so it’s
on to 7 which is a full lock set of turns in the trees.No 8 has all sorts of traps for the unwary
culminating in a descending turn off a bank into a largeup and over rock with multiple lines and
traps. Finally back to the lodge for No 9 which has been laid out for the hotel’s benefit. Uphill, in
and out, of a tight gully of loose rocks, to a tight uphill right hander out of the final ditch. I watch
several riders struggle with this one and walk it a few times to be sure. I please myself and have
an easy, but satisfying clean especially after watching Rich take a dab on the final turn.

All the Way to the Tape on 9

 So, 1 a piece, at the end of loop 1. Loop 2 goes well with cleans all the way and I see Rich again
on section 9. He gets completely off line, hits a huge rock which looked like the end but somehow
he got the bike back in his hand and set off on a whole new line and despite numerous
unexpected hazards managed to wriggle through for a great clean.

 Loop 3 went well with no mistakes until No 9. By now I know we are still both on 1 and if I clean
this last one then the old age rule will come into play again. Well I’ve cleaned it twice so walk it
one last time to check that all important line. Off we go and before I get to any of the problem
areas the back wheel starts spinning on a few loose rocks. OK I know what I should have done,
wished I done but I didn’t and with the lightest touch of the ballerina’s big toe I cast away the all
important point! Well never mind it was a great fun trial. SECOND SUCKS!
DAY 2
Another gorgeous day and the temperature is perfect! A few extra riders today and we are
starting earlier. Today we are on the other side of the mountain and once again the last section is
by the hotel for the spectators benefit while enjoying a morning libation.

 Up the hill and into the woods for Section 1, which has some gentle turns, in and out, of a dry
riverbed. Everybody seems to be through here without problems so take my time and escape
without doing anything stupid. 2 and 3 are continuous and vaguely reminiscent of some of the
early Seventies Scottish sections. Problems usually occur when going too fast or not fast enough
so set a nice steady pace with legs wide apart and sail through for a double zero.

 Further up the hill 4 lurks with all sorts of problems with loose dirt, and adverse cambers. Very
easy to lose a dab here so must be spot on with the power through the loose stuff. That goes well
and a fun ride through the woods to No 5. This one could be tricky with an awkward little wiggle
around a rock outcrop where there is a dividing marker. A turn on some gnarly rocks then a drop
into a right hander up onto a flat rock to a left handed descending  turn to the exit. Rich starts
well but then went the wrong side of the card at the outcrop. Eagle eyed observer immediately
shows all 5 digits so Rich suffers the dumbest score. Well we have ALL been there and done that.
On to 6 which is another gimme and no problems here if you just follow the line. No 7 is in the
shade and has a tricky turn after a descent and then uphill in some loose. Take a nice wide line
on idle power and all is well. Back in the sunshine and No 8 pops up on the top of the ridge. A
sharp descent followed by an adverse uphill across some solid rocks to a simple exit. Enough
room for turning at the bottom and a squirt up the bank does the job. Now let’s see what No 9
has to offer at the clubhouse! Another Scottish section Yipee! A tight turn in and around the split,
keep it tight to avoid the crumbly edge then downhill through the rock pile. Dan has an unfortunate
5 as the motor stalls and I guess he was unable to paddle it out with the dead engine. So with
Rich and Dan both on 5 all I have to do is not make any silly mistakes, for which yours truly is
famous! Loop 2 goes well and all 3 of us are clean.18 down, 9 to go. Walk them all, even number
6, so that just leaves the last 3 which have their own problems. No7 is getting softer on the turn
but sticking with the game plan and it sails through. No 8 now has some slippery bits where
vegetation has got crushed on the rocks but a big squirt pushes the Yam up the hill a bit quicker
than was necessary but all’s well. Now for number 9, and even if I score a five here it will be the
3 way split again and old age will prevail. Those in the know will be aware just how difficult a
clean card can be, so walk it again, check for the unexpected, fuel on, first gear selected, stand
up, no branches stuck in the swinging arm and in we go. Round the first turn without touching
markers or tapes, nice wide stance, a little light braking, then just off idle power to keep her
straight through the rocks to that all important ENDS card.

A Shady ride on 7 with the Ski Lift above the Lodge

 So a clean ride, and Rich and Dan go through the age thing to decide 2nd and 3rd. Rich must be
getting mighty annoyed about a 2 day age gap!

 Overall a well organized weekend with a host of very friendly people in a lovely setting. Also
some very nice awards although the co-pilot tells me the wine was very good and I can now
have the bottles!
 Back on the road and we take the Nevada run despite some people’s advice that it is a very
boring drive. All I can say is they must have been asleep or live for NASCAR and the thrill of
bumper to bumper driving on some atrocious California roads. Crossing into Nevada the road
surface changes and becomes silky smooth, and everybody seems to be driving sensibly. What
a joy, super roads and hardly any traffic. Through Reno and take up the southerly route to Vegas
and tonight’s stop in the middle of nowhere in Mina. No I hadn’t heard of it either. Pull into the
RV park and connect up to 50 amp and no Winnebagos! Despite having most of the Coors Light
brewery on board we walk the 200 yards to town. Now this is like a bad Clint Eastwood movie,
past the Assay office, a few dead pick-ups, the blowing tumbleweed and the barking dawg!
Find the correct door to the bar where we find a whole town celebrating but we feel a little self
conscious as we haven’t put our “Billy Bob” teeth in. Seems the dentist left town on the one
and only horse when the silver ran out. Reckon’ So!

Order a gin and tonic and an Absolute and Cranberry for Brenda. Sorry Hun, ain’t got no Vodka
but we got Vanilla Vodka. So in the middle of Mina (nowhere) Brenda finds her new drinking love
quite by accident. Fortunately they have plenty of it. Well, the fun begins as the howling from the
roof heralds a police raid for illegal teeth or it’s the end of the old air conditioner. Luckily for the
patrons it’s just the air system and with one clout the bar lady’s son kills it stone dead. The
Handy man also left when the Assay Office closed. Well no matter another gin, and then the bad
news.

“ain’t got no more tonic!”
“Coors light please.” Much talking to friendly, toothless crowd and
time for another beer.
“Coors light please!”
“Ain’t got no more Coors”
“Miller light then, please.”
2 more miller lights and then its lights out, “we only got MGD until next year when the vitals truck
comes.”
So MGD it is to round off the evening. Back to the RV and bed.

 The following day its gorgeous driving on super new roads and virtually no traffic, and I for one
found the journey quite scenic. So now, another 6 weeks, and then Wyoming, which we
thoroughly enjoyed last year.
 Tony Down and Brenda Vanilla

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AHRMA PERRIS 2006


AHRMA PERRIS 2006

AHRMA PERRIS 2006

Decide to take a collection, the Ossa and 2 Yams, “the glitzmobile” and “the Majesty”.

Now the Majesty! What a beast! This has a 320 piston and barrel with the crankcases machined
out to take the bigger cylinder. The cases, barrel, piston and spacer are acquired and now a donor
engine has to be split to put everything in the new cases. In the cool of a January morning I
carefully split a 74 motor and with parts carefully laid out on the workshop bench and various
trays we come to the withdrawal of the patient’s transmission. Up to now the operation has been
a success but the arrival of Cadbury with stick in mouth is where it all ends in tears! As I withdraw
the two meshed shafts the labrador’s enthusiasm gets the better of her and she jumps up and
lands both feet on my arm and I toss the entire contents of the 30 year old gearbox all over the
workshop floor….. brilliant!

 Painstakingly I become the retriever and pick all the cogs, wheels and washers various. However,
despite MENSA intelligence I have no idea how it fits together. No problem, into the computer and
TY Transmission page is faithfully printed and back to the workshop I go. Well perhaps old age is
setting in as I can’t make head nor tail of it. So another engine is split and used as a template to
correct Cadbury’s misdoings. Finally I have the crank in the new cases. New bearings and seals
are in place, and the reassembled transmission is in the correct holes and apparently functional.
Case jointing compound is applied and the cases tapped together. All screwed together its
enough for one day and its left to set overnight. Dawn, and the kick start shaft is fitted, or not in
this case as the giant spring has come off its spigot. Guess what, yes I have to split the cases
again! Well that was easy and now the spring is correct and the kick start works. The Clutch is
next, but as I scroll down the page on the computer there is the fateful word I was hoping not to
see.

WARNING! Remember to fit the push rod before jointing the cases.

 By now I am rapidly becoming an expert on splitting Yamaha engines so despite the annoyance
we split again! Rod fitted join it all back together and go and have a beer, or in this case several.

The rest of the rebuild is fine after gaskets are cut, spacers found and a head bolt helicoiled in.
A new Carb and exhaust system purchased and the now chromed modified frame is back. Assembly
can begin! But I have one large washer left in the tray? More of this later!

The Carb is re-jetted from 150 to 290 and new S Miller, rear and back footrests are fitted. The rest
of the build goes well and I only have to fabricate an exhaust rubber and a final muffler stay to
complete the job.

All completed in 2 days, including the finishing decals, and the test firing is done. A success or so
it would seem at this point and I still am no wiser about that big washer. More test rides and every
now and then the kick start locks up. Not good but after taking the clutch out once more I find
where the mechanic should have put that washer!

The Big Yam takes a local win but I still like “Glitzmobile’s” handling so she will be the 2006
Primary machine.

PERRIS ROUNDS 2&3

Arrive on the Friday evening and a complete change from last year as it is dry and we don’t look
like being stuck. Park and level and the duty chin wag with many familiar faces.

  Saturday morning is cool and sunny, with a few clouds, and the prospect of near perfect
conditions for the trial. By now Rich has arrived and our local lad from ASU, Jubal. Fred and Dan
have made it from Wyoming and all the local California riders make up the numbers.

 Off we go for lap 1 and many of the sections look much harder than they are and this is borne
out when all the results are in with 4 of us all on a zero score! This brings the AHRMA old age rule
into force with oldest man wins, so at 59 I take first place with Rich and Dan arguing over 2nd
and 3rd. Well they are both 49 so it now goes to month and the tie continues as they are both
born in May and it is finally decided by the Day! So Dan gets 2nd and Rich has the 3rd. Jubal who
was over the moon with his first ever zero score ends up 4th as he is only 19! You have to feel
sorry for the lad but as it says on my helmet,“Old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill”.
His day will come! Beer and burgers are provided for all who pushed us out last year. Then it’s
back to the RV for some stories of yesteryear and yet more beer.

 Day 2, and it’s colder and might just rain. A lot of overnight talk about easy sections, and the
organizers have tightened things up for Sunday. Once again they look harder than they are. No1
goes well as long as you stick to the line but No 2 has some real tricky bits and it is imperative to
stay on the line and have precise throttle control. It starts with a wiggle through some big rocks
then a drop off into a sandy area followed by a step up onto a big flat rock where a 180 turn must
be made, without crossing tracks. Drop back off the rock then line up for a double step to the exit.

Good clean here and on to No  which has potential for disaster everywhere. Enter, turn right, then
left adverse tight uphill turn into a descending right turn to an uphill right turn through a boulder field,
then down again into a left and right  to the exit. Whew!No 4 is a “jewel” all round a huge rock
but relatively simple. No 5 I really like with 2 full lock turns before an uphill gully to the ends card. 6
and 7 don’t cause any problems but require a lot of concentration to stay on the line. No 8 is a real
problem with an uphill turning entry followed by a steep descent into a choice of lines which has me
puzzled for a little while as I eye up the problem adverse turn before the exit. While I’m pondering
choices Rich comes through and takes a line I hadn’t even considered and cleans it beautifully. Well
I’ve seen it but I’m not convinced I can do it! Believe boy, believe!

I take the same line and escape with a clean also. 9 and 10 are “gimme’s” so no problems and a
clean first loop. Clean loop 2 so things are looking pretty good as I clean the first three of the third
loop under darkening skies. Section 4 on the big rock doesn’t need a look as nothing can change
here, but it helps if you switch the brain on before entering the section. As I crest the second ridge
I have no idea where I am going and get completely off line and I’m forced to dab to put the bike
back where I should have been! Now that’s Dumb with a capital “D”. Console myself by cleaning
the rest and see Rich make an awful dab on 9. So it’s 1 a piece and that old age rule comes into
play again.

 3 events done out of the required 7 and now a fairly long wait until the next 2 which are at Donner
Ski Ranch in Ca. Scores now, Me on 3 wins = 60 points, Rich 2 Seconds and a third = 49, and Dan
with a second and third = 29.

Looking Good!

Tony Down with faithful supporter and photographer Brenda

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AHRMA WITTMAN 2006

AHRMA WITTMAN 2006

AHRMA 2006
So 2006 arrives and looking at the AHRMA calendar there are quite a few events that I can get
to. We have 5 events in California, 1 in Arizona, the same 2 in Wyoming and 1 in New Mexico,
providing Brenda doesn’t get fired for taking all that time off. Only need to compete in 7 events
so could even throw a couple out if we have a bad day. Lots of new bikes are prepped for the
season, including the 72 MAR Ossa, a 320 Majesty Yamaha and ready for 2007 the “Tiger Cub”.

The Ossa came together nicely and graced Wittman for the 2006 opener. I rode Ossa’s back in
1976 and 77 and they suited my style with their big heavy flywheels and ability to get grip when
everyone else was spinning to a standstill. However, after getting used to the snappyness of the
reed valve Yam I am not sure about using the Ossa above 6000’. Wittman, of course is ideal for
the Spanish machine so the decision is made and I don’t even bother with a spare bike.

WITTMAN 2006

 Amazingly the AHRMA clock is on time and after buying another chunk of real estate to get into
the venue all is well for the first event of the year. Section 1 is a simple “stay on the line” affair
and up and round a bush to the adverse exit. No 2 has some tricky turns on the loose and looks
like it will get worse as it gets chewed up. Arriving at No3 on zero I spend some time looking at
the problem of the first right turn into some loose but awkward dirt ripples. The Ossa steers like
dream and holds the selected line and I only lose a dab to most other people’s threes. 4 is a
steepish downhill and a ride around the edge of a muddy puddle. 5 we have seen on previous
years and is up and down on the concrete wash outs with embedded rocks. No 6 is similar to
before with in and outs of the trees and up and down that concrete wall.  No 7 has an adverse
run in, followed by some tight turns, dropping into a pile of wooden railroad ties and a downhill
exit.
 Finally we are back at the start for No 8 which is a series of tight up and down turns on a bank.
A good first loop with just the 1 lost. Lap 2 starts well and I score the first clean on section 3.
However, No 5 gets me for one, as when I drop down a ledge there is a “new” small rock in my
path which someone else has just disturbed. I should have ridden round it, but elect to let the
Ossa bulldozer do its thing. Clean the rest and with the score on 2 set off on the last lap which
I clean. Mister Palmer lost 1 in the railroad ties and 3 more on that tricky section 3.

 Yipee! The first round goes to me and the Bulldozer from Spain.
THE QUEST IS ON!

Tony Down

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