Been a while … !

It seems that most people do all their online stuff via social media these days, and I am no different !

I have spent so much time on my personal facebook page, Twitter and Instagram that the r2w site has taken a bit of a back seat lately.

But hopefully, as the weather improves, we should be able to get back out riding again and also be able to get the camera out without it being in danger of getting waterlogged 🙂

Graham, Francisco and I have been visiting our local practice area near Chelwood, just below Bristol, a fair bit over the winter. Not only is it more like traditional woodland trials venues but for me it is at least an 80 mile less round trip than heading up to Gloucester. Also my job has meant i have been doing 200 miles a day regularly and really can’t be arsed to drive too far at the weekends at present!

It has been well over 6 months since i rode in an actual trial, I much prefer mucking about with mates having a laugh and trying some harder stuff when i get the confidence. I just can’t stand queues at sections and to be honest I have lost my confidence a bit when being observed … but i will be riding in the Jersey two day event in March so hopefully i can overcome that in time.

My TRS has had a few additions, along with the Reiger shock and 2018 graphics. Jitsie red water pipes, S3 carb screws, SXS splash guard around the front pipe, TRS UK carbon front pipe guard, CSP lever adjusters, Jitsie airfilter, Domino grips and a nice cnc’d number board. Almost none of it actually needed but i have to find something to do in the garage now i don’t have to do all the work riding twinshocks used to require 😉

Also I have the TRS riding gear and the new Jitsie Domino kit … well, everyone needs more than one outfit 🙂

The main thing of note that has happened to me is that I was given the opportunity to attend the Sheffield Indoor Trial, and spend the evening on the arena floor taking photos … a huge thanks to John Hulme at Trial Magazine for this.

No matter how many videos you see of the top guys riding you don’t get the full feeling of what they can do, when you are literally within a metre of them when they ride the hardest sections in the indoor world it really strikes home. Not sure if i wanted to go home and try their techniques on my own bike or just sell it and pack it in all together!!! Amazing stuff.

Here are a few photos i took … i tried a new small mirrorless Sony camera for the first time, i knew it was going to be dark and difficult to get action shots but it was a great chance to just try a few settings on the new camera…

 

 

TRS Graphics updated

My TRS One 280 was looking very “last Year” so it was time for an update.

As soon as i saw the 2018 bikes i knew what style mine was going to have to be !

Thanks to Steve Saunders at TRS UK for ordering and supplying the graphics so quickly after the 2018 launch … i left a couple of the ’17 graphics on just to make my bike a little different.

My TRS in 2018 trim

2018 TRS ridden .. and it’s lovely!

 

Me on the 2018 TRS – One !

Thanks to Steve and James Saunders I had a quick play on the 2018 TRS ONE last weekend …

Lots of little tweaks have made it even better, the standard rear shock is better tuned than last years and the ignition is changed that makes it run and start better … there are several other tweaks but these were the stand out things on a quick ride.

More soon …

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Out with the old … !

Well both Fantics have been sold and I now ride one of these new fangled modern type thingy’s 🙂

For several reasons I just wanted to return to a modern bike for a while, I am 52 this year and figure i only have another perhaps 5 years of riding some of the slightly harder stuff and i was finding that the extra weight of the old bikes was not being kind to my joints … especially my knackered knee!

The TRS weighs over 30 kilos less than the 300 and 15 kilos less than the 305, and having reliable brakes, clutch, suspension and electrics was the killer blow for the old bikes.

I still have a TR34 Beta that i think i will be rebuilding and perhaps riding once in a while, but that will be a winter project as i am having too much fun playing on the TRS …

 

One has to go!

Something has been mulling around my brain for a while, something I didn’t really want to admit too .. I am not enjoying riding the twinshocks now that I have been out playing on the 305 !!

Because I just had the 300 at the time I was riding local twinshock events, but eventually I was getting a bit bored and frustrated with them. For obvious reasons they are generally fairly easy and I just want to throw the bike up something bigger or more technical at times, so I stopped riding events for 4 months and just went up to the Zona 1 quarry practice area where I could try some rocks etc. But the problem then arose that the extra weight of the bike started to cause my knee some issues and more often than not I would choose to ride the mono as it was not only lighter but also had better brakes, quicker engine and fair better suspension.

I had always said I would like to keep a 300 as it was the best twinshock I had back in the day and I won many club events and a couple of championships on one back in 1984, but the reality is that I don’t have the space to just keep one in the garage and no-where in the house that I could display it .. even if Jo would let me 🙂

The painful decision is that the white 300 is being sold, it has a new home to go to already. Sad but the right decision. I know I would be better off having a modern bike but can’t justify the cost of one, and I enjoy riding the 1989 305 against modern bikes as well as the option of riding in some twinshock club events on the aircooled mono class.

You never know I may end up with something newer as well, but the 305 is staying. It will get a better engine soon and gradually smartened up, but I am enjoying it as it is for now.