Jump to content

turbo

Sammy Miller Series 2017 - Proposed Changes

Recommended Posts

 

As a matter of interest does anybody know if there is going to be a series next year and what it will be called ?2017 

2017 acu classic trials championship ?

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Hi collyolly,

 

Look, the whole thing always gets silly as your post proves.  I believe that you can't have a pre65 sport which allows cheating, you ride a highly modified bike and so that upsets you, others here fabricate parts and so on, fair enough.  Woody does not want a british bike series because he rides a Spanish twinshock in the current series, which ironically was a core reason to create pre65 to begin with, fair enough.  I apologise for that and you get abusive.  I call that getting silly.

 

As someone who knows pointed out, you must have accurate classes or the sport will not be fair and will fail, as has been comprehensively proven by the complete loss of pre65 bikes from the pre65 series, and since I can help with drafting some decent rules and regulations catering for todays situation, I have. I would be just as happy with Deryk's original rules which deals with modifieds very well, it is just that I think all the modifieds being lumped together into one all-encompassing Specials class would be worse for them, but if that is what happens, so be it.

 

As for my posts, it has all been said before and that is the only way to prevent the silliness getting out of hand.  It is a small sport, everyone knows each other, so perhaps try to be polite, we need all the riders we have.

 

All the best, TTSpud 

Edited by ttspud
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Well said Woody.

I know well the small team at Dales Classic who work hard to organise many events throughout the year, if one of these events was cancelled due to low entries probably because it was in the main holiday season better that than put all that work in for not a lot.

Ttspud though on his own admission has never organised a trial so has no comprehension of the forward planning, course laying, on the day problem solving with only the results to work out afterwards.

Ttspud show us pictures of your bike so that we may get some idea of what you are saying, post the pictures.

What do you mean by 'highly modified' please explain,

which period in trials history do you regard as being definitive,

Pictures of your machine which you claim to be of that era you refer to might help us better understand your point of view.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Spud, I object to you stating what I do or don't want and why, as you have no idea. And if you actually took part you'd know I've ridden my BSA in Miller rounds on many occassions as well as my twinshocks

 

I don't want to lose the twinshock class as twinshock has bugger all else in terms of a road based series. As I've said before the KIA is not a twinshock only series and it isn't road based. Pre65 has the Miller, NBB Championship, Pre65 Scottish as well as other Pre65 only events. Does it need another.

 

And yet again you're dragging the topic away from its intended purpose which was ro ask people involved with the series whether they think there is a problem with the current format and if so what. You aren't offering any solutions.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

I started reading then skimmed through the rest. Sorry if any of this has been covered.

For what it's worth coming from someone who is yet to ride classic trials.

Road work could lessen entries if there are many machines not road registered or riders with full licences.

With a range of machines from Air cooled monos to big old pre units, 3 routes will give a better range on the severity of sections.

Each class needs a standard and specials sub class as majority of older bikes I see are highly modified.

 

Just my opinion as I'm not a rider in the classic scene but hope to have a bike built for next season.

 

As it stands so far I will not be able to ride the series under these rules but I will be riding plenty of other trials so it's no big deal. 

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
 

Too many classes, some too confusing and not consistent across all routes

 

What's a Pre85 British twinshock?  Armstrong Hiro or Rotax?  Well that's a foreign engine with foreign components in a British frame - same as a Beamish, TL Highboy, Bultaco highboy, Godden Majesty, Whitehawk etc etc.  So do you have Yamaha framed Majesty in class 3 and Godden framed Majesty in class 4?  It's already causing confusion and debate amongst organisers and riders.

 

I don't understand what purpose the twinshock split between Spanish/British and Japanese/Italian serves. In the latter a TY175, or KT250 still has to go against a Fantic 240/300 and in the former a 1970 Bultaco or Montesa still goes up against the latest Cota 330 or 350 or Bultaco 340 or a Merlin (maybe an Armstrong) so where is the incentive to enter them. People seem to have been brainwashed by some of the drivel written on forums over the years that the sections in the Miller series are 'modern classic' sections suitable only for cut and chopped Hondas or Fantics and they think that an older twinshock is not up to it. They are, they are perfectly capable of being used in these trials. They're harder work than the much more capable later twinshocks obviously but they can still do it. Sadly I think too many believe what's been written, on many occassions by people who don't even ride the series, and think the bikes can't cope.

 

I think if the twinshock class was to be split, a better split would have been post and pre-77, giving older bikes a chance to compete against machines from the same era and maybe then more riders would bring them out. There must be hundreds lying unused.

 

This isn't 'having a go' in a negative way, it's based upon my own opinion and discussions that we had after today's Miller round with both organisers and riders, and also upon the suggestions I sent into the ACU in response to their survey.

 

All that was wrong with the current format was the omission of unit / pre-unit class split for the British bikes class over the last few years. The rest of the classes were fine, although I'd still like to see a Pre77 class in twinshock

 

Another possible issue with the current series was maybe with the same clubs running the events every year for the last eight or nine years, some riders feel it has gone a bit stale and just don't want to ride the same sections / groups every year, but if other clubs don't come forward to stage a round then there isn't anything anyone can do about that.

 

There was also the severity of some events that were not testing enough on occassion. The trials need to be challenging enough to take around 10 marks from class winners. Having several riders going clean or losing just a few marks isn't challenging enough for a national series and riders won't travel 2 to 3 hours if the challenge isn't enough when they can find it at a local event.

 

Anyway, thanks to South Birmingham MCC today for an enjoyable trial with their round of the current series. Overnight and early morning rain to spice up the sections, sunshine for most of the trial, nice variety of sections with some good old fashioned mud and a nice ride around the Lower Clee Hill. It was a good event with about 60 riders entered.

Edited by woody
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Most of the major Spanish classic trials run a similar format as described above.  They run pre 65, 75, 80 classes and then everybody else .. It works fantastically well and now there are more and more early and mid seventies bikes making a return and not every other bike is Fantic or Honda. It really isn t difficult and brings the cost of being competitive down.

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
 

I don t know really. I guess so all the early Montesa's  Bultaco's  Yamaha 434 etc etc all  play together on an easy route,  and then the first SWM, later Bultaco's Montesa's Green Ossa's and a few I have forgotton can play together on a harder route.  Of course you can always enter your pre 75 in the harder class if you wish and play with the later bikes. What it has done has brought out a lot of inexpensive  early to mid seventies bikes, and has levelled the playing field so to speak.  I mentioned it to add to what Woody had said and to show it can work. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Or just to complicate things you could do what they do here in France at one big trial introduce a handicap

With twinshocks, Pre 80 every mark you lose stays as such, Post 80 every mark you lose costs  1 1/2 marks , the last two posts are just examples how other countries do things.. I let those reading make there own judgement on both.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Metisse has explained the system in use where he is now living - but the lad originated in our midst, and rode his Ariel replica both in pre-65 events - but also in local club events where there was much satisfaction to be gained in beating riders on the current machines of the day, mainly Bultacos and Montesas in his case.

 

Photo by Mary Wylde.

post-19290-0-08081100-1476802008_thumb.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Any news for the classic rider for 2017 ?

It's a shame that if you look on the ACU website for the seasons results for the Sammy Miller series it is still to be finalised ! So much for series support and enthusiasm created by our organising body ! ( or am I looking in the wrong place.

New year resolution - Ride more.

 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Well guys, 4th round cancelled in Yorkshire due to lack of entries 19 I believe ,not looking good really and the last 2 rounds (in IOM ) approx 35 each day . With revitalised classes etc the series is still not attracting a lot of interest . This is a shame as I fear it could be the beginning of the end for the traditional ,single lap classic road based trial that some of us enjoy . I feel sorry for the stalwart club members in various parts of the country that are prepared to carry out the hard work needed to run these events. I also note that about a year ago when I posted a local interested parties thoughts on the series there was the usual avalanche of advice on how the series should be managed and run, however it seems few of you are actually prepared to support the events . 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

×
×
  • Create New...