THE TOOLS OF THE SHADE TREE MECHANIC

THE TOOLS OF THE SHADE TREE MECHANIC

THE TOOLS OF THE SHADE TREE MECHANIC

 Many of you may well have seen some of these before but, they are essential tools for the
workshop:

DRILL PRESS:
A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching the flat metal bar out of your hands so that
it smacks you in the chest and flings your coffee across the room, splattering it against that
freshly stained heirloom piece that you were drying.

WIRE WHEEL:
Cleans paint off bolts then throws them somewhere under the workbench. Also good for
removing fingerprints from fingers in the time it takes to say “Oh S***!”

ELECTRIC HAND DRILL:
Normally used for spinning pop rivets in their holes.

SKILL SAW:
A portable cutting device used to make studs too short.

PLIERS:
Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood blisters. A tool most
often used by women.

BELT SANDER:
An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch up jobs into a major refinishing
task.

HACKSAW:
One of the family of cutting tools built on the OUija Board principle. it transforms human energy
into a crooked unpredictable motion, and the more you tryto influence its course the more
dismal the outcome.

VISE GRIPS:
Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads.

WELDING GLOVES:
Heavy duty leather gloves used to prolong the conduction of intense heat to the palm of your
hand.

OXYACETYLENE TORCH:
Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on fire.

WHITWORTH TOOLS:
Once used for working on obselete British Trials bikes, they are now used mainly for
impersonating that 9/16 or 15/16 socket that you have been searching for.

TABLE SAW:
A large stationary power tool commonly used to lauch wood projectiles for testing workshop
wall integrity.

E-Z OUT BOLT & STUD EXTRACTOR:
A tool ten times harder than any known drill bit that snaps neatly off in bolt holes thereby
ending any possible future use.

CRAFTSMAN 1/2 X 24 INCH SCREWDRIVER:
A very large pry bar that inexplicably has an accurately machined screwdriver tip on the end
opposite the handle.

AVIATION METAL SNIPS:
See Hacksaw.

PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER:
Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids and for twisting off old oil filters while
splashing your shirt with dirty oil. Can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips
screw heads. Women excel at using this tool.

FLAT HEAD SCREWDRIVER:
A tool for opening paint cans. Also used to convert slotted screws into non removable screws.

AIR COMPRESSOR:
A machine that takes energy produced in a coal burning power plant 200 miles away and
transforms it into compressed air that travels by hose to an Adelaide Pneumatic impact wrench
that grips allen bolts in fork legs and instantly rounds out their heads. Also used to snap off
lug nuts.

PRY BAR:
A tool used to damage alloy, top of fork legs etc while trying to remove worn out seal.

HAMMER:
Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used to as a divining rod
to locate the most expensive part adjacent to the object we are trying to hit. Women use it
to make gaping holes in walls when hanging pictures.
(as Father said ” Don’t force it…. Get a Bigger Hammer”)

CRESCENT WRENCH:
Adjustable wrench used in place of the proper tool. Generally rounds off bolts slower than
pliers but with the same effect. Also used as hammering device.

MICROMETER:
A precision tool made for measuring objects in increments of one thousand of an inch. In
emergency situations it can double as a “C” clamp.

Shade Tree

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IN PARENTAL CARE BUT COULD BE UP FOR ADOPTION

IN PARENTAL CARE BUT COULD BE UP FOR ADOPTION

IN PARENTAL CARE BUT COULD BE UP FOR ADOPTION

(If the price is right!)

This is currently what I have, built and ready for competition, sitting in the workshop. There are
5 others ready to be built. A 280 SWM, 242 Montesa, 2 x TY250A, TY175 and of course others
that come and go.

First the Yam Collection

The TYZ. You don’t see many of these in the USA! Looking at exchange rates for 1991 if this had
been available it would have retailed at $7500!!
Now, rebuilt, polished frame,forks,tripple trees and forks, new fenders and tailpipe, new Michelins,
sprockets and chain. Rims repolished ….. and it rides well!

The 1974 Replica of my Scottish Six Days Machine with a bit more chrome.

Such a pretty bike it deserves a second shot.

The 320 Majesty. Modified rear end and Falcon shocks. A one off beautiful alloy bashplate, new
carb and exhaust system.

“SUPERGLITZ”
2006 ARHMA Modern Classic INT Winner. Fantastic motor, some are just better than others!
Other goodies, post photo, Majesty chainguard to fit the forward shock mountings, showa shocks
and SM rear and down pegs.

“BABY GLITZ”
More chrome than a Harley, when other cases and alloy parts are polished this beauty is all
chrome. 2004 AZ Twinshock CHampionship winner. A perfect tool for AHRMA

Another Glitzy 175. The Trials Virgin. Untried since rebuild, with full rebore, now with different
shocks and exhaust.

A 1977 TY250D with polished everything! Super soft motor with lots of whoof! Multi AHRMA
event winner.

The ROTHMANS Honda 250RTL. Drop dead gorgeous, Ex Adrian Lewis and finished by yours truly.
These have to be one of the finest trials bikes ever made. A true classic.

Worth another look.

The Honda 260 TLM. These came in PENTAX colors but I like Rothmans! Amazing power and
superb handling.

The 350 CAGIVA. Well you can use her in ITSA but not in AHRMA…. shame!

The 1972 OSSA MAR. Now with Falcon Shocks and a turquoise barrel. 1 ride, 1 Win.

The OSSAMAHA

Where do I start ? My own creation. DMW, yes DMW (Dawson Motor Works) frame, Ossa front end,
1974 Yamaha TY250A engine and rear wheel. Amazingly it handles like a dream.

The 1964 Sammy Miller Tiger Cub. Now running the Del Orto and BSA B50 forks and with the
recent footrest conversion for improved saddle time! Current AHRMA Prem Lightweight points
leader.

The 1960 Don Morley. ex factory ROYAL ENFIELD 350 Bullet trials. Now complete with all the mods
and ready for the 2008 season.

EVERYTHING IN LIFE HAS A PRICE!

If you see something you like, or have questions, use the blog or call me on 602 376 5414

Tony Down

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ORPHANS TO NEW HOMES (BUILT & SOLD)

ORPHANS TO NEW HOMES (BUILT & SOLD)

ORPHANS TO NEW HOMES (BUILT & SOLD)

 Here are some of the bikes that have been acquired, rebuilt to a standard that I would personally
want and then offered for sale. I usually ride them once in competition just to make sure that if the
BLACKCAT logo is on it then it works!

In just about all cases these machines all have new tires, handlebars, throttles, cables, chains,
levers, sprockets, carbs and filters and of course a plug.

The First TY250A “GLITZMOBILE”

Caster & Pollux The Heavenly Twins.

CASTER

POLLUX

A 74 In Purple & Gold

Another 74 in “Rothmans” colors

Little Brother 76 TY175 also in “Rothmans” Livery

Another 74  “Baby Blue”

A 74 Looking Good with a White Frame

A 76 TY250C/D A Fabulous Bike!

1977 TY250D Bought by a Lady from Salt Lake

1976 TY250C with superb original paint on the tank. The Salt Lake Ladies Husband couldn’t
resist!

The Revamped “Rastus” Montesa

The “James Bond” 242 Montesa  Serial No  007!

These have all gone off to their new homes but if you see something you like or have ideas of
your own (color scheme, level of polish or chrome etc) then give me a call……

Tony Down

downdiversified@aol.com

602 376 5414

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AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS HOLLISTER 2007

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS HOLLISTER 2007

NAPA & HOLLISTER 2007
It’s Monday morning and we are going away for a week! Lots to do so with everything loaded
on Sunday we get on the road reasonably early with the Beemer, Cub and mini TY.

 Everything goes well until LA where the driving becomes crazy and the roads degenerate into
cart tracks and amid all the lunacy I can’t make an exit so we end up with an in town detour.
Finally, after 600 miles, pull into a truck stop for the night which is a pleasant place in the trees
with hotel, gas station and casino. Tuesday morning, on the road early, and after about 2 hours
join the lunacy and more awful roads on the outskirts of San Fran ….. how could you live like this
surrounded by idiots every time you venture out of the house?

 Just manage to creep the bus through the most ridiculously narrow toll booth for $11.75 of crap
roads! THANKS!!

 Onward and upward and into Napa Valley, which, is just as pretty as last year. Arrive at our berth
in Calistoga Fairgrounds  bang on time so now a bit of lunch, a 3 day break for the generator, get
the Beemer out and off for the license.

All ready to go for “THE DAY” it starts raining and rains all night but never mind the forecast is to
stop in the morning. Everything goes to plan and very soon Brenda is ready and gorgeous, the
flowers arrive, then Jason the driver and wine expert.

 Over to the Gazebo and the other parties are also all there so now to get the show on the road.
Arrange angles and lighting and cut out the blue tarp and the orange netting along with various
city signs and trash containers. All’s well, so off we go with individual dedications and then into the
main ceremony.

All too soon it’s complete and sealed with a kiss. The free champagne (certainly not cheap), from
Frank’s was delicious so they are our first point of call ….. but, before we can proceed it’s time to
swap wedding shoes for something that will work for the day.

Off to Frank’s and in no time we are having a private tasting and without more ado the first 6
bottles are in the cart. Onward up a hill we go to a quaint little winery where fun host takes us
through an outside tasting by the vats and then into the man made caves with all their leak
problems but a lot of fun and knowledge here! Outside again and down through some spectacular
gardens all with their own little benches and wine selections and then into the circle of trees
(fairy circle) and more wines just sitting on benches….. what a nice touch!

Back to the car a buy a case of A S S  Kicker, believe it or not that’s the name. Host throws in
some $80 bottles as a gift and off we go again. Pick up the picnic goodies and look out it’s time
for Rutherford Hill.

Their wines don’t seem as good this year but over the course of the tasting the hitherto
vanishing 2001 Merlot suddenly returns as if by magic and is snapped up before you can eat
a blueberry.

Picnic and a 2001 complete a lovely day and then on the way home a detour for a late tasting
which picks up 2 more bottles of something wet and expensive. They also had an enormous
black Newfie!

 Dinner ordered and the final stop in Calistoga to pick up cake and steak.
Full, bloated and happy…… bed!

Thursday, our last day in the Fairgrounds time to dump and pump and then take the Beemer for
a ride round into Sonoma. Nice bendy roads amongst the vineyards and fortunately no wet
leaves on the corners so all is well. Find Francis Coppola’s place and apart from the proximity of
the freeway everything else about the place is to our liking, including being able to smoke and sip
wine in the same place. A pleasant ride back through the woods completes a leisurely day before
taking on last night’s steak. With all bikes reloaded it duly comes onto rain again ….. but who cares.

 Friday and time to break camp and off we go in the pouring rain for the 3 hours to Hollister.

2 hours later it stops raining but the forecast is for more to come. Arrive in good time to get the
same slot we had last year. Jim and Rich are here already but seem to get thwarted by the park
rangers who won’t let them ride round to see the sections. Ed and Evelyn turn up in their other
car and drop the trailer off with us before leaving to their motel. The rain continues and the cloud
lowers and dog lovers are not impressed with the volume of mud they manage to bring back into
the coach after every outing.

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS HOLLISTER 2007

Saturday and I’m still going through all the mental gymnastics and what ifs and after much
deliberation elect to ride as I’m feeling confident. If I check I’m level with Bob on 136 and he would
then need to get another win as I would have 6. If he did that we would still be even on rides but
he has taken the checker points so would run out on 140….. but, I of course could always slip
down to Georgia and get my checker points. Well that was the thinking and would still work if he
felt under pressure at Barber and didn’t win.

The trial begins and the 2 line boys are starting at 1 for a change and I’m all juiced up and getting
used to the cardboard bar. No 1 starts at a tree and then has some drops over some slippery
rocks before an uphill with a turn on the exit bank. No problems here so confidence on the rise
and over to 2 which has a series of fallen trees to cross and by now the “riding in” has knocked
most of the moss off the trunks so stay perfectly on line and all should be well. Another easy
clean and ride on to 3 which has plenty of problems should you stray off line. An up the bank
round the tree and drop off the bank start then downhill round the tree on an adverse, back up
to the path and then slip between 2 trees for another turn back up to the path and exit. Perfect
throttle control and don’t go too low on the first adverse. More cardboard and the plan is duly
executed to perfection. No 4 is close at hand and has a tricky little wiggle around a tree but the
rest should be plain sailing. Plan works and on we go for a ride round the hills to 5. Another
follow the line on low power and keep it smooth, before a bit of a step over another mossy fallen
tree. See Rich get caught for a 2 as the wheel span on the moss. Half way round and still clean
so let’s see what 6 has to offer. This one is through rocks but is so simple it should not have
been in even at beginner’s level. 7 is a little way up the hill and has loose rocks to negotiate
before dropping down to the lower level. That was OK but could get worse.
Up the hill dodging 4 wheeling loons and time for the rest of bar one while inspecting what
appears to be the hardest section so far. A very steep opening climb on wet dirt and exposed
rocks then consolidate on the upper level and choice of lines across more slippery moss covered
rocks. See several riders coming to grief, especially the clutch merchants…. They never learn!!
 Well here we go, up the hill, no sweat, back to idle, wide turn, shift the weight out and back
and on with the power, over the wet ones, cut the power and trundle out on idle.
Down the hill and 9 is lurking in a muddy gully which could have been a great section with a bit
more imagination but as it was, just ride the line and stay out of the mud. Well that’s 9 cleans
so what has 10 got for us. Up and down through the leaf mould but there appears to be plenty
of grip so just take care on the downhill, keep the weight off the front and don’t use too much
front brake in the loose. Yippee! A clean loop so back for a drink and another of those yummy
bars!

Loop 2 goes well until section 3 where I started my turn about 3 inches too late and didn’t react
quickly enough with weight so trying hard to power out I lost a dab. The rest of the loop went
as plan and nearly had a problem on 8 but a good recovery got me through. Back at the start I
see someone has 2 clean loops %^&*! A Mike Atkins, who normally rides Prem Heavyweight….
%^&*! %^&*!!

Join up with Ed for loop 3 and I clean the whole thing while Ed makes a similar mistake to mine
on his section 3. However his 1 point loop is the best and also gives him victory on the day and
his 7th win to take the MC Novice Championship, well done ED!

My 1 point loss regrettably cost me the championship as 5 wins and multiple seconds doesn’t
crack it. The annoying thing is that 2 of those second place rides were on a SINGLE POINT….. so
close and yet so far. Had I checked I would have been level with Bob but ahead on age which
would force him to go for a win as a second wouldn’t crack it. Well the only remaining chance is
that he doesn’t win at Barber and then I would be forced to go to Georgia to get those 20 points
.. it never ends.

 What’s left? 2 more CAT trials and then the season will be done. So 2007 appears to be the
year of “The Second” or “First Loser”. This of course does not please me but makes me more
determined for next year when it will be Prem Lightweight Exp with the Cub and Prem
Heavyweight Int with the Bullet. There are some changes coming in CAT so if Twinshock and
Vintage are combined I may have to get Glitz back in action for that series.
 Tony Down complete with New Wife  BRENDA!!

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AHRMA & ITSA VINTAGE TRIALS DICKSON 2007

AHRMA & ITSA VINTAGE TRIALS DICKSON 2007

AHRMA & ITSA VINTAGE TRIALS DICKSON 2007

2 days to get the show on the road and then its “make or break” Dickson for the last 2 day of
the season. Lots of thoughts on the A over T problem….. could be stance, too much weight on the
front, too much weight period!…… so over to the shop and measure everything and think back to
the only other bike that chucked me over the bars….. the SM 325 Bultaco in the Miller Hi-Boy frame!!!

It seems the ideal distance from spindle to peg is about 37-38 and I’m at about 35 and also my
preferred ht is about 11-12 and not the Miller 14!!! Some frantic pleading and lots of Mister Nice
Guy are required and the task is to persuade Barry to drop everything and reconfigure the rests
where I want them…. He agrees. Another superb job. No time to try them as loading is under way
and we need to make Amarillo on day 1 which is a quick 745 along I40.

Wednesday, and we leave nearly on time and have an incident free run to the planned destination
and join about 20 other coaches all lined up in Walmart. With all that distance we have slipped
through 2 time zones so its quite late on arrival local time.

Thursday and out of Texas and into OK which was fine until OK City where the roads are in an
awful state of repair and are throwing us about all over the place…. More of that later but as an
aside we amuse ourselves with “songs of the route”…… well it is Route 66 so that’s a start then
Amarillo, Oklahoma, Memphis, etc, etc. We also take the Route 66  trivia challenge and get a pretty
reasonable score. Out of OK and into AR which isn’t much better but after a while the road
improves. Does anyone live here?

Eventually decide the eyeballs have had enough battering for one day and elect to stop at
Walmart Forrest City. Just 240 to go on Friday morning so enjoy the drive and cross the Mississippi
at Memphis and then the long tree lined drive to the planned exit. Clearly Nobody lives here…..
it’s just trees!

Very strange! Mile after mile of trees and no people or exits to any towns? Eventually our exit
looms and when we do get off there is “Redneck Land” all NASCAR and bib overalls here!!
Wander through backroads to the start and get settled into our parking zone…… going to be
fun getting out of here. Ed and Evelyn are in situ and a bit of a surprise, Jim and Travis are down
from Utah. Travis is riding Jim’s BJ rebuilt TY and Jim is riding the James….. the BJ James?  ….. so
that answers the question as to what Bob’s plans are. I assume he thinks I will get an arse
whupping and he will take Trialsmaster points. We will see!!

Much talking and looking as the trials norm and then a standard Friday night with steaks etc and
a few drinks. On opening the trailer Brenda’s bike has taken a tumble thanks to OK and AR roads
and has a broken perch and a damaged fender and throttle rubber.
Saturday and its time to go riding. A good turnout and 25 sections a day to contend with except
you only ride a dedicated 10 which in my case is 5 of the “B” and 5 of the “C”. It seems a good
concept as despite miles of ribbon there are no split markers in ANY section so it’s very straight
forward.

My First ITSA Section

ITSA TIGHT! But ITSA CLEAN!

Off to our group’s first section which is a B. Being the new boy on the block I watch and see how
everybody does.  Mikey P has a dab, which was close to a five and then Merlin drops his bike. I
sail through for the clean and we are off to the next a series of up and downs across a gulley
very reminiscent of sections in my youth without the rain and mud. Next section another B across
a hillside of roots and loose up the climb back to a similar adverse and final climb. Down to the
“Infamous Creek” and here we actually have some mud, goop and running water! We have 4
sections in here and the first doesn’t cause any problems for our group. The next one cost me
the round as it transpired but was very cleanable on any other day. First attempt catches me off
guard and a triple dab effort is not pretty. Mikey suffers the same fate and Merlin, on a strange
line, runs the tape round his axel nut without breaking it for a miraculous clean!

Up the creek we have a cul-de-sac section up some slippery slabs turn at the top and back down
to the start. Tricky in parts but everybody through without error. The last in the creek has some
tempting lines but those that try them get in all kinds of trouble so wise man takes what appears
to be the hard line and pushes through with good doses of power.
3 to go, so up and out of the creek with me on 3, Mikey on 4 and Merlin on 5. An uphill twister in
the dry which rides easier than it looks and then 2 fairly simple in and out the gulley sections to
complete the loop.
Loop 2 starts badly with a dab on the opener so I’m now level with Mikey and then its even
Stephen all the way back to the creek where Mikey cleans the problem child along with Merlin
and I lose a 5 when I stall the engine. So at this stage I have gone from first round leader to third
with a total of 9 against Mikey’s  4 and Merlin on 6.
Loop 3 and I ride well until the creek where determination doesn’t help and I collect another 3
losing 11 in all on this one section. Everything else clean! Mikey and Merlin clean it but pick up 2
apiece elsewhere on the loop so final scores are Mikey 6, Merlin 8, and yours truly 12!!!  Although
I’m very happy with the riding position I’m not pleased with the score!
Patiently waiting for the famous “Pig and Pie” as advertised it turns out that the P&P is actually
just the concession stand and there ain’t no bar-b-q here mister as the owner of said
establishment has gone home and the venue has now become the famous “Poke in the Eye”……
no matter, Evelyn and Brenda combine forces and soon we are round the campfire drinking heavily
and eating bangers and beans.
DAY 2

From the Sidecar  Fred as Minder

THE TIGHT TURN ON 1 (A STUDY OF FORM)

All’s well Saturday night and then Sunday is here and off we go again. Section 1 is a difficult “B”
and has quite a lot of experts in all sorts of trouble. It is exceedingly tight between the trees and
for once I’m forced to use the clutch and get through for a dab. Section 2 is a fairly simple wander
through the trees and now playing the “energy” game I’m nibbling a bar of tasteless cardboard
every 3rd section. 3 is a fun up and down the sides of a gulley and no problems here. Down to the
Creek but this time we have a twisting double hillclimb before a steep downhill to an adverse turn
before the exit. With the new footrest position it’s difficult to find the rear brake so ease it off and
then just keep it under the boot. Along the Creek bottom (man, there is a lot of potential here!)
and back up the hill to a simple ride up the gulley with a choice of meander or straight up exit. I
take the latter after more tasteless chewing and all is well. Our next section is 6 which has some
sneaky downhill turns in the loose which will require back brake and clutch and I get it just right.
Back down the hill to 7 which has 2 very different lines and I elect to take a high line across a
double fallen tree followed by a drop into a gulley and then an uphill wriggle to the ends card.
8,9 and 10 are all fairly simple by our standards so finish the loop on 1 along with Mikey and Merlin
on 3.

Lots more cardboard and with a mouth like the “Billposter’s Bucket” stop for Gatorade.
Loop 2 and with this new regime let’s concentrate on the problem children….. 1 is tight so use the
clutch, 4 has that steep downhill so use the back brake. 6 is brake and clutch and 7 has the double
problem of the trees and the drop. With a lot more chewing I clean the entire loop! Mikey has had
enough and lent Merlin his bike who loses 2 more and Steve Glinski changes bikes and loses 1 on
an old Greeves Scottish.
More bars and Gatorade and off for the last loop. From an awful entry I’m all fingers and thumbs
and take a dab on the first hill and then descend clutch in and wall of death the first corner and up
to the tight turn in the trees which I crash through removing skin and branches in one fell swoop
but escape with a dab from an awful attempt but that’s all folks and the total for the day is 2 for
me an unexpected 6 for Steve Glinski and 8 for Merlin. Well that’s another win so now I’m on 5
apiece with the Guru and my total is now 132 to Bob’s 116.

I wonder what the results will show??

By now my sudden cold is beginning to set in and by the time the giant rig is reversed out of the
trees I’m feeling quite poorly. We make it back to Forrest City in AR unaware of Evelyn’s disaster
on her steps.

2 uneventful days of driving and we are home for a few days before the Napa Adventure
 Tony Down
Lots to see on Brenda’s web site www.trialsphoto.com

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AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS SANDIA 2007

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS SANDIA 2007

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS SANDIA 2007

  Next venue is Sandia and conditions are as the name implies…. SAND. Well that’s fine by me
just like mud without the water. I’m running a beginners trials school once again so we set off
on time on Thursday morning and apart from the driver’s mirror coming loose we arrive incident
free with 5 bikes including all the “Rothman’s Hondas”.

The ROTHMAN’S Collection, 929RR, 250RTL and 260 TLM

Steak supper and plenty of wine. Plenty of moto-crossers here and I have never understood why
they camp like ants all on top of each other?

 The trials school goes well in the deep egg timer sand and the Trialsmasters decide that section
1 is impossible and even with the alterations it’s going to be a superb ride for a clean on the 1 & 2
lines. We have some new ground over the road by the landfill but now at the eleventh hour some
petty Hitler is making a Hoo-Ha about nothing saying we cannot cross the road as it will interfere
with the trucks entering the dump.
A good band of checkers attend the checkers school and seem to have plenty of questions and
join in wholeheartedly with the demos.
The trial gets underway on time and the storm in the teacup re: the dump has been resolved.
Starting at 1 I enjoy a super dab while boiling my soft egg! Section 2 should have been easy but
2 dummies wander into my line and block my path and I end up shouting at them to get out of
the way, I escape with a dab an elect not to claim the baulk and re-ride.
Section 3 looks fine and I’m in on a perfect line. Up and around the first tree and then disaster
another A over T!!! I hit the ground on my head sunglass lens and elbow. Now this is getting
ridiculous…. 3 trials, 3 A/T all very similar, there is definitely something amiss here!!!
Oh well, get the proverbial in gear and ride the rest of the section perfectly. Section 4 has a
series of tight turns around bushes on banks and this goes well for a clean. Sections 5-9 are
across the road and are in some deeper sandy gullies. 5 has a long downhill wander and an
awkward gate at the bottom and then follow the wash uphill before a rubble blast to the exit.
Lose 1 on the tricky gate but should do better next time. Over to 6 with another downhill entry
then follow the wash up and round a tree to either a tight turn on the flat or an adverse crossing.
Plan on the adverse and all goes well. 7 is yet another downhill entry with a turn in the loose
before a quick uphill into a tight right hander in the powdered chalk then recover before a simple
turn to the exit. Plenty of room for error but no hint of the A/T in the turn and through for the
clean. Just 2 more to go, and 8 seems simple enough and rides like it looks. 9 again looks harder
than it rides with a quick uphill from the start then a quick down and up into a right hander on
crumbly dirt into an uphill rubble burst…. Love it!
First loop gone and 8 lost which of course could have been 2! Loop 2 starts with the powder
sand and despite a good ride I give up a 2. Section 2 isn’t much better and I take the final turn
too slowly and pay the price in the soft egg timer sand. Clean the disaster zone of 3 with a
waving leg and ride well through 4. Back to the other side of the road and give up another dab
on 5. 6 goes well and despite a much better line on 7 need a dab to correct a line error in the
powdered chalk. Cleans on 8 & 9 result in a 6 point score for the loop.
Out for the final lap after a fun ride round the cross country course and having seen the speed,
or lack of, the mind hankers back to ISDT days?  Will he do it again?? OK forget that back to trials
and with a different line I’m through 1 for a dab. Finally clean 2 and no more problems with 3.
Make a goofy mess of 4 and escape with a lucky dab. 5,6,7,8 and 9 all go to plan and even clean
5 on a different line so a happy sprint back to the finish with a last lap score of just 2. Overall 16
for the day which was the best on the 2 line by quite a big margin so I’m well pleased and another
20 points is in the bag.
Brenda gave it a brave go but the heat and lack of practice told in the end and 1 lap was the
sensible and correct decision. We will get there one day. However the ride was good enough for
Second Place in the Beginner division…..WELL DONE!
A nice Barbie and lots more drinks to hydrate after a pretty warm day. Bed, but not for long as I’m
awake to the sound of rain and wind. The bus is blowing around in a gale and the auto awning
system hasn’t detected the problem so along with many others time to lash down the ship.

The Full Line Up

Damm that sure is Pretty! ….and the bikes are nice as well.

Saturday and with help from all Team Rothmans is over to the display tent and set up stage
center. A proper breakfast later and after watching the so called “motor-cross”….. man, if I couldn’t
do better than that……. Well dream on….. maybe next year. Back to the Honda tent and spend
most of the day watching a variety of roadracing events……No, no, no!

Rocky Mountain Contingent…. Steve,Hugh, Ed, Wolfy and yours truly.

 Quiet evening and now it’s Sunday and time to leave with our overfill grey tank and empty fresh
water. Flying J fills all and no problems today with the dumps. Air pressure also corrects itself after
dumping….. don’t ask!
Approaching Flagstaff here come de rain ! well will they, won’t they? Holly Moly  they DO!!!!!!!!
So now we have a chance depending on what the Ginder does. 2 rides on his home turf and then
Hollister. He has 5 wins and a second to my 4 wins, 2 seconds, 2 thirds and of course the throw
away fourth. Points wise it looks good on 149 for me and 116 for Bob but on count back I’m on
125. Only wins will do!
Tony Down with Brenda who rides today!

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AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS CASPER 2007

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS CASPER 2007

AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS CASPER 2007
All set and actually leave on time! The run towards Trinidad is relatively uneventful until the
top end of New Mexico where the thunderstorms are massing. After the first downpour…. Guess
what? ….. yes, the wipers fail AGAIN! Now this is no longer funny and with the black mushrooms
ahead and night moving in the border crossing through the storms into Colorado looks a little
foolhardy. Decision: night stop at the refueling point.
50 miles extra today, but at least its not raining, so good progress and only encounter a few
showers in the Cheyenne area and arrive in clouds of dust at our reserved berth in Casper. The
bus looks like it has just finished Paris-Dakar! So out with the air line to make it look like a luxury
coach again. A standard Friday night with steaks, stories and much drinking. Saturday a nice
leisurely start and all the usual chatting pre event. Finally the morning event is over and the
Vintage Team take to the hills.
Section 1 has a multitude of lines but I find one to my liking and sail through this hazard for
three easy cleans. Section 2 is down in the river and despite a good ride I take a dab. No3 has
some slippery rocks whichever way you go and it takes another dumb dab which is not helping
the cause. Shine on section 4 with three great cleans and no problem with 5 either on the uphill
mud. Section 6 had a difficult wiggle to the mud exit but 3 more cleans here and over to 7 which
looked a lot harder than it rode. Section 8 was on an adverse bank but enough grip for three
more cleans. 9 was the “gimmee” of the loop in sloppy 6” mud and no problems here. Back to the
start area and a twister up above the coach. Again this rode easier than it looked and 3 more
cleans are in the book.

Day 1  Section 11

Down through the start area and a simple splash around in the river before a tricky little uphill
exit which I could not quite get right on any of the loops and overall this hazard cost me 4 marks.
Section 12 (you always get your money’s worth at Casper) was in the concrete jungle and this
year had a very ambitious step for the 2 line. I cleaned it once but it robbed me of 2 more on the
other loops. Finish loop 1 for a score of 4 which in reality could have been a clean card.

A Big Step for the 2 Line Section 12

Don coming out of the River

  Loop 2 starts well enough but just when I have Section 2 in the bag I clout a small rock in the
river and the wheel stops but I don’t and go headlong in the water with feet still on the rests…..
this is very similar to Chehalis me thinks? Sail through everything else and finish the loop on 7
which should have been a 1. Loop 3 goes the same way but now I have dab on the entry to
section 2 then make the rest look easy! 3 through 10 all clean and finish with dumb dabs on 11
and 12 for a total of 14 for the day on what should have been a 3-4 point day! CRAP another
one for Ginder!!!!!
Saturday night and the “bring and eat Barbie” and in this case I’m sold on Bob Carpenter’s wine.
Brenda’s turkey was off the plate before the first “gobble, gobble” was heard. Back to the bus for
some serious drinking!

Day 2 Section 1

DAY 2….. got to beat the Ginder!!!!!  Well off we go again with a major self inflicted headache.
Section1 is right by the coach…. A drop and turn into the river, climb up the bank, wriggle through
the trees and down again, turn across the adverse to the exit. Nicely done for the clean, and
onto Section 2. A classic Scottish style section up the river through the rocks, simple turn and
straight run back to the checker….. all good and away to 3. A couple of tight dry turns through
the trees then a springy root/branch to get over and another wiggle to the exit. The springy
branch sure is springy and whips the chain off an unsuspecting Greeves! Through without
problem and on to those mud sections which should be good for ME.

Section 4 drops into the river and then has an uphill turn to the left onto the upper bank, well
a real “Horlicks” here and the first 2 of the day is lost &*^%! Section 5 is more to my liking with
another river to cross followed by a steep uphill out of the river, but by taking a high line in the
bushes a very neat approach line is available and Steed is through for a redeeming clean. 6
should have been easy for me but the dumb dab is played like the infernal joker. Up to 7 which
should have been even easier but another is lost on the approach to the turn. Well this is getting
annoying and I’m not enjoying myself! No 8 and again after a good entry another dumb dab…
%^&*!!!

Section 10 “My Favorite”

Ride across the hills to 9 which is very simple and no dumb mistakes here. 10 is a classic bread
and butter land of my birth section and I sail through to my personal delight. Back to the river for
a near repeat of yesterday’s No 11 with an extra turn and an extra exit option. Take a spectator’s
advice and pay the penalty and get stuck on the top of the log for an ensuing 3! 12 is the reverse
of yesterday and I manage to get cross threaded in the tunnel and lose yet another 1. What a
dreadful loop? 9 points of the dumbest kind and that has blown the day for me. Loop 2 is much
better with only 2 single dabs which was about right as I needed both of them. Well with a better
frame of mind after the reasonable second loop I set off hoping for sections to have cut up but no,
they stay the same so I’m up against it already.

Dan Straka making a welcome return…. must have enjoyed it he bought a CUB!

Back to No 1 and I manage to stall the motor on the first downhill on what I would consider an
easy section.%^&*!!!!  2 &3 are OK but a ridiculous turn out of the river has me in a panic 3 on
section 4, BRILLIANT! 5,6,7,8,9 and 10 all clean but the duty dab on 11 and a clean on 12 wrap
up a dismal ride against strong competition. Just can’t ride like that with these boys…. They are
too damn good!

Fred returns after “The Crash”

 Seems Casper and me are not having a love affair this year. That’s 3 years at this event and I’m
getting worse each year despite it being one of my favorites, oh well, 2 firsts next year!
 So was has that done for the Championship? Well not much in my case. Bob now has 5 wins
and a second to my 3 wins 2 seconds 2 thirds and a fourth…errrrh! Well it looks good on paper
with me on 129 to Bob’s 116 but of course there is the scale back factor which puts me on 105,
corrected score.
The run home starts with me deep in thought and Brenda deep in sleep as her hangover is not
going away. Just before Cheyenne it starts raining again and of course the avid reader of the
journal will assume what is about to happen. ……. To save any more time yes, the bloody things
go AGAIN. Into Flying J refuel, water and dump and tighten down those wipers again! Back on
the road and all is well until we approach Denver where the thunderstorms are now having a
field day! Well at least Colorado drivers slow down in the wet unlike the AZ loons so wiperless
once more I steer the Andrea Gail through “The Perfect Storm” and some hours later in the dark
we pull into Walmart Trinidad.

Well holiday Monday and we drive home with just the wipers to repair, which by RV standards
is quite amazing.

Back home the RV goes in to play Monaco’s game of setting 20ft/lbs but we don’t even make it
to the break off loading before the arm shears off! They order a new set and it duly arrives.
The bus goes in to have everything fitted and it appears they have sent the entire assembly
including new arms and blades. Tuesday it’s in and Wednesday we go and collect it and they
have even washed the coach at NO CHARGE!    ….. time will tell.

Tony Down, dogs and a very busy Photographer Brenda

If you were there then YOU are on film!

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  • 11/18/2007 8:21 PM jim wrote:
    Tony,
    I think you have a great site very interesting with a splash of humor.
    I hope anyone that is into this sport will enjoy it as much as I did.
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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!

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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!

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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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