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  1. sc1980

    New Ossa

    Having spent the day at the show in Milan I'd have to say the Ossa was the best new bike I looked at, in comparison to some of the other off road bikes the Ossa was a breath of fresh air. It seems to be a well funded project with some off the wall design ideas on a trials bike, the engineering and components looked high quality and the effort they have spent in promoting the bike in Milan was well done, even the clothing was trick looking and very retro old style Ossa which was good to see. Oh and Scorpa have gone orange quite literally, no guessing what motor is in it!
  2. I have had an email this morning from KTM USA Off Road team manager Antti Kallonen who is with Taddy in the hospital in Seattle. Antti has told me that Taddy is improving following 4 hours of surgery where they have put in 4-5 plates in his face to keep the bones together and in line and Antti confirmed he has had multiple broken bones and fractures in his face. Antti is hoping Taddy will be released from the hospital all being well tomorrow but he is staying in the Seattle area just in case of any complications after release from hospital. I wish him all the very best for a speedy recovery to fitness.
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    Hells Gate 2008

    The reason the crash happened is a rope got caught in the back wheel. The route ran up the ramp in the morning and they had a rope to pull up the riders that could not ride up. He was held up for a good few minutes as you can see until they found a knife to cut the rope.
  4. See the Enduro forum there is a direct link to the Hells Gate website and some You Tube stuff. Yes it was a bog stock Sherco four stroke bike with enduro tyres fitted.
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    Hells Gate 2008

    With David Knight opting out of competing in this years Hells Gate event to focus on his GNCC preparations it was left to our lads Jarvis, Bolton, Sagar, Evans and Wrayford to put pressure on the young Polish rider. Jarvis almost caused an upset and was applying the pressure on Taddy and at one point in the race was under a minute behind Taddy, but tiredness and leg pain from an earlier accident kicked in towards the end and Taddy pulled away from Jarvis during the fourth and final lap to take the victory. Grahams performance was all the more astounding when he qualified in the top 10 in the morning enduro on a Sherco four banger trials bike with no big tank or comfy seat, it was a bit like the Scott on speed! Taddy took the win with Jarvis second , Bolton third and Sagar fourth an all current and ex trials rider top four? Results and image are on the Hells Gate site Grahams get off on
  6. It runs, they have a big screen TV on the stand showing a film with two bikes running, one of the bikes has a black frame, the other has the red frame. They have several prototype bikes unning around on test. This is still a prototype on show, the bike is scheduled for launch in 2009 according to Gas Gas factory staff at the show, so lets not panic about anything just yet!!!
  7. No surprise but David pulls it off at the weekend. Full report on his website http://www.knighter.net/
  8. sc1980

    Scorpa T Ride

    The Scorpa site does have a forum on the T-Ride, this does give you some idea of the spec and also a price but you will need to use a web translator French to English to read and understand some of the comments, there are some in English already. It seems people like the bike but not the projected market price! The T-Ride page is as follows, then click on the forum link on the page to read and discuss the T-Ride. http://www.scorpa.fr/actualites.php?actu_id=22
  9. sc1980

    Scorpa T Ride

    It would be more than my life is worth to divulge spec, I am sworn to secrecy! Sorry I cannot be more helpful.
  10. sc1980

    Scorpa T Ride

    I have seen the latest prototypes of the bike in the flesh and I know quite a bit about the bike. Start saving your money, it is going to be a great bike, I want one. That is all I am going to say!
  11. I shoot in RAW mode and use an Epson P4000, works great and you can review and delete images on the fly and stores 80GB. When you get back home you can download to PC or external disc drive and then manipulate and print images. If you shoot in Hi-Res Jpeg the P4000 will show images as a slide show so you can show off your days work in the pub and sell a few images for a beer or two! The P4000 is a bit pricey but it is the dogs, check out eBay or any of the good online camera retail sites, there are several other less expensive options that will do a similar job to suit your purpose in Fort William.
  12. Having witnessed the performance of both David and Wayne this weekend I would have to conclude that David is something a bit special, and at this moment in time is the best rider in his chosen field of the sport in the World right now. His composure, execution and mastery of this weekends event was truely out of ths World. I would also like to add that the performance by Wayne was of the highest order. For Wayne to arrive a couple of days before the event and have to prepare and ride a bike on top of the effects of Jet lag truely desreves high praise. These two riders alone proved to American and World what it takes to win such a tough and demanding event.
  13. sc1980

    Beta 4-stroke

    It says 5 Speed. It also says the following Carb: Mikuni Carb Bore: 77mm Stroke: 53.6mm Compression Ratio: 11.5:1 Displacment: 249.6cc They did not have a spec sheet for the 4 stroke, the 07 range brochure they were handing out to Italian dealers only had the 2 stroke range of trials bikes, Italian product planning and marketing for you!
  14. sc1980

    Beta 4-stroke

    The Beta four stroke has been launched in Milan today, looks lovely. Here are some shots that I took of it today, better start saving lads? Beta Four Stroke in Milan
  15. Hi Charlie A good find, I have most of the books that are mentioned on the site, I have all the Sammy Miller books by the way which has some good shots of both bikes. I have a pile of information on all both bikes which I was gifted or collected over the years, this makes for some good reading. A good way of telling the GOV / GON bike's apart and you have already spotted this is that GON had the subframe down tubes, it never had the GOV frame mod. If you look at the numerous shots of Sammy riding the Ariel over the years you can start to see differences in the bike on various events, there are some shots of Sammy riding the bike with the GON plate but most are of a bike with the GOV number plate, but are they the same bike! I will let your fertile mind wander to see if you can pick up the changes and or spot the difference, also look at shots of Jock Wilson riding GON for comparison because that is a good comparison test after the Miller era with the bikes!
  16. Hi Charlie From what I know when the bike was restored a lot of the original stuff did not survive due to wear and tear. The seat unit, chain guard and a few other parts were all hand crafted and replaced by Deryk Wylde to bring the bike back to a restored state. Not being the one to restore the bike you would really have to ask Jock Wilson what happened to the bits.
  17. OK Big John As promised I managed to find a CD in the loft today with some of my 786 GON images, the rest of the pictures I have are all prints and I don't think that scanning them will be any better than the following link. Enjoy 786 GON Images
  18. Charlie Comerfords bought both of the bikes from Ariel, the man that really knows about both bikes after the Miller era is Jock Wilson and dearly departed Reg May. There are both myths and legends attached to both bikes, Deryck Wylde was involved in the restoration of 786 GON, he was able to give me a very good history on that bike and his opinion was that 786 GON was in fact GOV 132 apart from the camshaft was different in the engine. The story goes that Jock Wilson asked Comefords if he could buy GOV, they told him how much for and he declined, meanwhile legend has it that Jock and Reg over the weeks swapped bits from GOV to GON. He then asked Comefords how much did they want for GON this was a lower price than GOV and he bought it. Deryck made a fair point that would conclude this legend and it was a test on GOV carried out by Don Smith, the bike was then owned by Colin Dommett. If you look at GOV it had the wrong hubs and sprocket carrier fitted to the bike and a few other bits, the parts that were on the bike were from GON! I have lots of pictures that back this legend / myth up of GON when I had the bike, such as the billet rear sprocket carrier, front and rear hubs and various other parts that were not known to have been on GON but were on GOV. If you look at pitures of the two bikes in reports or articles of the time you will see some differences between the bikes. Some even suggest that Sammy switched number plates over on the bikes because each bike was set up differently for different event. Due to the switch of number plates some people have even suggested that GON was the bike that Sammy won some of his Scottish and Scott victories, only he would confirm these point, but why would he want to when GOV is the legendary bike! I say that both bikes are one in the same, it's just a different number plate ridden by a great trials rider at a great time in trials history, these are the things that should be remember, and they are never lost. I will try and get around to scanning some of the images and posting them for you to look at shortly.
  19. Hi Big John I thought all the bedrooms you had were already full of bikes! By the way where is that list of Scottish trails history you were going to send me? How come you did not feature in the over 40's Scottish Championships, were you just giving everybody else a chance as usual!
  20. I can confirm it is 786 GON, I owned the bike and still have a photocopy of the brown log book with Mr Miller listed as an owner. Don't understand why it is not listed on the DVLA computer the bike was sold in 2000 with log book at the time. Mind you it was never registered for a good number of years, it sat in one of the bedrooms at home for 7 years.
  21. Just to correct Big John, 786 GON was sold to a private collector in the South of England, if it is in Italy now he must have sold it on since I sold the bike. I still have lots of nice pictures of the bike and a photocopy of the registration document with SHM as one of the registered owners. Lovely bike to ride Big John but I never used it in anger you know what I am like taking care of bikes!
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