jon v8 Posted November 23, 2021 Report Share Posted November 23, 2021 TT Spud, I think you need to be more realistic about your dreams or ideas of what Pre65 trials is or should be like. I'd like to point out a couple of things to you; 1, Nothing good lasts forever. 2, Many of the riders who have original Pre65 trials bikes are simply too old to ride them or are scared of hurting themselves.( Or their partners have forbidden them ) 3, The Talmag as a trial is a great spectacle,a lovely collection of bikes and well known faces in the trials world. But many of those bikes will go back in the shed and not be ridden until the next Talmag. I have almost begged riders there to come and ride our Ashwicke Classic trials which are set out to cater for rigids and with older riders in mind. None will come and join us, they are happy to ride one trial a year. And its not distance, look in the Talmag entry list and people drive from all over the country to it. 4, You make a big point about cheating with trick bikes, ANY rider who is honest will admit it is the rider, not the bike that wins the trial. Study the results of any trial where you know the individuals and you will see this is true. An alloy tank full of fuel can easily weigh more than a steel one with just enough fuel to finish the trial... 5, If you make the "rules" of entry too rigid then someone needs to ensure they are enforced - Who is going to do this ? And what qualification would they need and be able to prove ? I don't mind my bike having looked at as per the Talmag,checking if the brakes might work etc. But every time I have ridden it, no mention was made of it having a modern BTH electronic mag on it. Point is 80% or more of the bikes would have failed scrutineering for this reason. The late Len Hutty was using exactly the same mag as me each time he won - Was he cheating ? He would have won with a Lucas racing mag anyway. 6, A few years back there seemed to be a big argument / discussion on the Trials Australia forum about using square barrels on Tiger Cubs, I think the Aussy rules banned them. This and similar issues, (From what I was told by a friend living there) has contributed to Classic trials of almost any kind being dead in Australia. Be too fussy and people simply won't bother. 7, Over here in the West Country I ride most weekends, the trials usually have A and B routes plus a Gentlefolk route where you go in the start cards and take any path you choose to the ends cards. It works. Entry is usually between 50 and 100 riders. Few of the events have prizes and those that do are good natured fun. We run a couple of charity trials a year to put back into the sport, and it seems well received. 8, If you are confident that there are people who would like to ride in events with entry requirements as you suggest, why not set up a club like I did. It cost me about £700 in kit and we pay the AMCA an annual fee. Its a bit of work, but well worth it. (Especially if you donate all the proceeds to charity) 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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