THE BUCKET LIST

THE BUCKET LIST


THE BUCKET LIST

With the financially enforced Trials Sabatical Year now behind me time to think of the “Bucket List” for
2012 as after all, post the 2012 season, the world comes to an end doesn’t it ?

Friend and blogger Dave Rhodes, who writes daily on his blog spot www.outlawtrials.com has just
come up with a NEW proposed class for his 25th annual Outlaw Trial.  As Dave was the Canadian
importer for Yamaha for many years and of course in the TY heydays he is thinking of a Yam Class.
This would give me the incentive to meet him in person and resurrect the Super Glitz which was last
ridden by Mick Andrews at the 2008 Sandia Classic.

Perhaps the best Yam I ever built ?  … “Superglitz”

Last ride for Superglitz with Mick Andrews

Another place I always have great plans to do is Steamboat and Jenny Ranch. Try after try it just
never seems to happen.

More locally the Ute Cup is usually on my doorstep in relative terms, but again plans dwindle as the
event gets closer.

On the Ahrma scene I would really like to do TTC as the going looks reminiscent of my trials
childhood and even with the long drive involved it might be in with a chance in 2012.

If money were no object, ho, ho, ho! ………. then a NEW John Bull DOT …. another ride in the Scottish
Pre 65 and then after suitable time travelling Europe the 2 Day in Madrid for the Robregordo with Big
John and Javier Cruz . After riding that disgrace of a SM prepped BSA I would dearly love to ride the
Pre 65 on a bike that was personally prepped by ME and one that was set up to ride rock sections
and although the “Mick” variants of the James go well that DOT looks like my kind of bike.

How the Pre 65 ride felt on the SM BSA heap!

It did finish though

The DOT drooler !

What a beauty !

On the home front a major assault on both Premier divisions would be good but funds don’t quite go
that far to ride 14 events so still a big ? as to which one to go for.

Just a joy to ride

Still toying with changing the front end of the Enfield and if Graham Foster can get away with those
“square” 1980’s Montesa forks I can’t see my plans should draw any comments.

The 2011 Premier Heavyweight Champ’s front end

Something out of here maybe ?

Another thing I’ve been planning is of course an in-town Vintage Trials School so whether with
increased enthusiasm that will get off the ground remains to be seen. Plenty of local land suitable
for Vintage bikes, just persuading a few landowners it will be good for town business.

TONY DOWN

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  • 11/8/2011 10:16 AM Dave Rhodes wrote:
    Hi Tony – A bit of a correction required as I only “Worked” for the Canadian Importer – which was Yamaha Motor Canada – recently taken over pretty much by Yamaha USA. – It was a fun period of my life from 1973-1984.
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  • 11/8/2011 7:26 PM Steveo wrote:
    Hi Tony,it’s been awhile.I am simply amazed at my Fantic’s front brake period!After 3 years of riding ,with no cleaning or servicing ,many deep water rides,I can easily lock the front wheel on the road with an easy single finger pressure,better than many disc systems.It took at good year for the brake to glaze up enough to be friendly,prior to that it was a mite scarey.I have a complete front end & wheel,minus the fork crowns.If you are interested I could spin the wheel over and see if it runs true,interested?
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  • 12/12/2011 8:54 PM Jimmy Allison wrote:
    Let us know when the local trials school will be and be sure the bars order extra beer. Gotta support the local economy. Oh yeah, reserve me a spot at your RV park too.
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  • 12/13/2011 5:08 PM John Holbrook wrote:
    I’ll second Jimmy, park me next to his rig. He does an awesome cobbler, and his beer ain’t bad either.
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  • 12/18/2011 11:44 PM Jose Bustamante AC wrote:
    WHENEVER you have a Trials, or Trials School down there, count me in. It’s only 9 or 10 hours one way, while towing the trailer. Less if I haul the bike on the back bumper of the Subie.
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