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Tim
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Went out to one day of the Queensland champiomships on Sunday. Trial was held outside a town called Jimboomba. A little Hamlet with all the charm of Blackheath Cool. The venue wasn't bad but not up to some of the other venues I've seen around here. Entry was 122. I'm not sure about the split between the twinshocks and the moderns. Again the twinshocks rode a totally different lap to the moderns.

Here's some vids I took:

One for you Brian. You might recognise the name David Goldsmith. He was Aussie champ in the early '80's. Apparently he doesn't often ride these days just the bigger events like the Qld championships:

Tim
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P.S. There's more vids on

P.S. There's more vids on youtube. Just search for toofasttim (one word).

P.P.S apparently I missed the best bits. The trial went up into the hills and had some spectacular sections.

Brian
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Hi Tim,You certainly have

Hi Tim,

You certainly have some good terrain there. 122 riders! thank goodness I'm not trials secretary there!

regards

Brian.

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Charles Oertel
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Awesome

Thanks Tim

That is very inspiring.  Brian is right - the spot is great.  I was encouraged to see the riders making some mistakes (because that is much more my style Wink).

We have it quite easy here with fewer riders - setting and clearing sections is not so critical, and we can use venues with limited space and parking etc.  Still, I can't understand why every motorcyclist would not want to do trials.

Mark Shearer
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Ozzie trials..

My sentiments excatly! Well said Charles!

Here's the way I see it.. until we get a "national governing body" for Trials SA we are never going to accomplish much. Right now, Gauteng don't give a crap about us or anyone further away than 100kms.. We had a great spot on TV that has slipped from our grasp because of Gauteng's decisions. So, while the JHB boys currently run trials in SA we are doomed to struggle on down here.

The other thing is that we do not have enough motorcycle dealerships that carry bikes down here and are prepared to put some effort (and money) into trials..

I agree, I think EVERY mtorcyclist should ride trials Charles, but at the end of the day, it is just tooo specialised and too difficult for the average rider.. they prefer "hanging on the cable" and stopping for a beer!

Mark

 

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Tim
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Mark, I think it's difficult

Mark, I think it's difficult in Cape Town. Its a function of disposable income and the fact that there are many other distractions in CT (mountain, surf and all that sort of thing). There are two specialised trials shops in Qld alone, another in Camberra one in Sydney and some in Victoria. That the economy can support specialised trials shops speaks volumes.

Re: Charles' comments about trials being mandatory for all motorcyclists I think we've seen a change in attitude over the last 20 or so years from the "hanging on the cable" mob. At one point the top enduro riders in the world were very accomplished trials riders (Knight, an ex-British trials champ, Salminen ex Finnish junior trials champ, Stefan Merriman was a top UK trials rider. Even Cyril de Pres is an ex French junior trials champ). It became obvious to most of the fast guys that riding trials became a pre-requisite for enduro success. Of course it didn't do the trials image any harm that the top guys were doing things on trials bikes that scared the bejesus out of most mortals Laughing

Beserker
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Quote:"It became obvious to

Quote:

"It became obvious to most of the fast guys that riding trials became a pre-requisite for enduro success."

Why I'm on this site, Laughing , unfortunately without a trail bike Tongue out.

We do trail skills with normal offroads, not ideal, but the rise in level of skill is worth it.

Enduros are getting progressively more technical, and even offroads (traditionally the "hang off the throttle" races) has more and more tight spots to slow the race down.

Bike control derived from trail skills is invaluable.

Mark Shearer
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Fair comment..

Fair comment Tim.. appreciate your input.

 

Mark Shearer

Tim
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Berserker: tell Garth to go

Berserker: tell Garth to go easy and remind him about "Jelly Bean"!

A few years ago enduros became so technical that entries went down to 60'ish and in one event only 7 riders finished. A few of us decided to lay out a course that could be completed by a knackered XT500 with bald tyres and we let everybody know this. The rider wasn't going to win but he'd have a good time. Entries for that event went up to 180.

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