THE HORNETS NEST
THE HORNETS NEST
Well with the initial rejection of the “Twinshock Class” by AHRMA I, for one, am left in a state of
dismay and bewilderment as to why any oranization devoted to any facet of trials riding would
want to reject such a strong proposal from the membership and for what reason. Seems very
similar to a well known General from France who in the 70’s had a one word answer to all
proposals that he didn’t personally like “NON!”
We are in an age of dwindling older machines, with part sourcing becoming more and more difficult,
increasing fuel costs in a backward economy heading into a recession and many riders to my
knowledge being unable to compete at National level due to increasing costs.
A Future US Champion ?
The Twinshock proposal sought not to change ANYTHING, but just to include the last of the
Twinshocks in a class of their own. They would enter in that specific class, thereby not offending
anyone in Modern Classic, and purely ride the 1,2 and 3 lines depending on their ability. As I don’t
have a machine from this period I have no real axe to grind in either direction but I’m purely
looking to the future when many events may not make ends meet if we don’t increase membership
An EX Colorado Champion
Right now would be an excellent time to buy up machines of this period as they are relatively
cheap as currently if you own one outside of Tennessee or Canada you have nowhere to ride.
New or Modern it’s a demonstration of skills, Bailey on the 1 Line
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be able to compete with and watch the skills of a quite
exceptional young rider, Bailey Tucker, who was riding on the AHRMA 1 line on his TLR. Here is a
young man that competes in the Nationals on his Gas Gas but is prepared to compete on a TLR in
a 2 day Vintage event and enjoy it with the same enthusiasm. It would not surprize me at all if
Bailey went on to be US Champion within the next few years and I have also offered him one of
my bikes should he wish to have a “real go” at the Modern Classic Class. Let me put it this way,
if he accepts my offer there isn’t anyone that will come even close to him in the class!…… and for
those doubting Thomas’s that riders of his ability wouldn’t ride AHRMA sections he lost a mark or
two without anyone altering sections.
We NEED young men in the sport…… and if they can ride both……
It seems intersting that a lot of people assume that by allowing these bikes in that sections will
become harder and maybe impossible to Girder machines and those with a typical 50’s/60’s 6 inch
ground clearance. Where and why do they make this assumption? The only pandering to a “class”
that I have seen has been the 4 line. To be honest there really shouldn’t be a Beginner line at a
National event. Just ride the Novice line and improve. Leave all else alone just swell the numbers
would be my view.
We may have lost the battle, but we haven’t lost the war! Maybe next year we will send out a
survey and get the memberships view. It isn’t going to go away.
…..and for those that poo, poo AHRMA Trials and the sections considering them to be no more
than old men on old machines in a parade, perhaps those people might care to venture back
themselves and see, that just maybe, it isn’t quite that easy….. and some of the old men on
old iron can still get the job done and have FUN, FUN, FUN while doing it!