Archive for ‘Trials’

May 30, 2017

Here’s one I made earlier

Get Down Shep! – Part of my youth was a biweekly watching of the children’s BBC show Blue Peter. Where the presenters got up to all sorts of studio or outdoors hi-jinx. One of the most popular was John Noakes who was on the show for a record 12 years. He Was never without his sidekick , border collie, Shep. Sadly John passed away yesterday at the age of 83. Here’s screenshots of his 1980’s show Go with Noakes where he tried his hand at trials riding across the grassy moors of the Isle of Man. 

March 15, 2017

Over the Top

Hump Day – well, this is one way to overcome midweek. Take a vintage Montessori Cota 349 trials and loup over the roof of a classic Volkswagen Beetle. The Pfederstall, or horse stable, restaurant Is a suitable backdrop of motorcyclists rendezvous for such antics.

March 4, 2017

Allay Cat – finally put the finishing touches to the Cub. Tank decals, oil bag sticker, few tuning tweaks to the cables and tidy-up of wires. Had a quick run around some local alleys to rattle through the gears. Fun scoot! Just took 4 years!

March 1, 2017

Woden’s Day

‘Ump Day – What do you get if you cross a Triumph and a Greeves? A Grumph! Perfect name for a mutt; even with immaculate pedigree. Offered the choice of a Rickman Metisse or this… pretty hard choice.

February 9, 2017

Fettled 

Black ‘Gin – after the ‘new’ Cub we saw yesterday here’s another approach. A well sorted trials with a plethora of goodies from J&M Enterprises. Mostly engine parts: 250cc piston with matching barrels and other lightweight components.

February 4, 2017

Scarab

Bug Cub – like some emerald carapaced bug, the wee trials bike was brought out into the chill February air. I took it around a parking lot to let the engine and gearbox ‘stretch their legs’. 

November 20, 2016

Clarty 

Sunday Worship – damp field and muddy tyres. I need to find some open ground to get the little Cub out to stretch its legs.

November 3, 2016

Steerage 

High Bar – the Bonnie has new ‘andles. I’ve installed braced enduro bars giving an upright, yet still forward, stance. Some fanagling of controls was needed, and I’ll have to lose the tachometer. Heck: we’re getting it set up like Daryl Dixons moto!

October 24, 2016

They Don’t Own Me

Verve- The aforementioned 90’s group frontman Richard Ashcroft has a freshly released album. One piece is supported by a cool video of this troubled troubadour alternately crooning and riding across a windswept British countryside. It’s a beautiful Triumph Cub in trials form that he scoots across meadow, through wood, and along lane on. 

Urban Hymns by The Verve is quintessential 90’s music. 

October 3, 2016

A Man, A Plan, An Ambition, A Cub

Goal Achieved – I set out to put together a vintage trials motorcycle over three years ago. Using examples such as this image as guidance and inspiration you can achieve your objective.

September 12, 2016

Trial by Dury

SSDT – our bloke Guy Martin took part in a pre65 course at the Scottish Six Day Trials on a typically damp April weekend earlier this year. He’s dabbing along on a nice Ariel 350 single. Boiler suit, mountain bike helmet and Dainese race boots complete the appearance.

September 3, 2016

Exhausted

Home Straight – I might have said that before but I believe we’re out of the tunnel and enjoying the scenery. New muffler with chicanery mounted piping allows a few runs up and down the alley. New front brake shoes, sorted a catching throttle cable and the riding feels more plated. Still a little honing but nothing too serious. 

It was April 5 2013 when I picked up the frame and engine cases..http://wp.me/p201Lz-193 

August 11, 2016

Green ‘n’ Mean


Green Tiger Cub – hardtail trials in emerald green and aluminum silver… Good look!

August 9, 2016

Vintage Trials


Bobble hat & Boilersuit- here is a lanky Chris Leighfield romping his brand new Cub over tussocks on some long forgotten Northern English fell. 

August 7, 2016

Beware of Dog


A new Mikuni carb was installed for smoother power delivery. Some cajoling to make the fitment work but after a few kicks and cable tweaks a nice bark came from the new trials silencer.