Thames MCC Motorcycle Trial at Frensham Vale, Nr Farnham. 31-01-10

2010-01-31 Thames MCC-9807, originally uploaded by Shutes Images.

A great trial at Frensham Vale, Farnham, Surrey last Sunday. When I say great, great if you like mud, mud and more mud (oh and a load of 5’s to go with it!).

This was the second round of the Thames MCC club champs, I have only joined Thames this year and it seems like a great club, friendly people, well organised and with club champs to boot –  which is great to add a bit of real ‘sport’ – the trophies looked nice too, although i doubt i’ll get one of those (this year!! – my time will come!!)

I recruited 2 new members for the club, James Finn and Matt Wright who both had thier first adult trials outings on newly acquired Gassers. James is a former Super-Moto rider and Matt used to ride for the South of England as a schoolboy. Both went straight in on the red route and fared well – James had to retire with a knackered clutch just as he was getting his confidence up, which was a shame but he will be back! Mat (king of the bounce grip) showed he still had his old skills, we both started with cleans at section 1, (if only that had been how it continued!!) – i think we were pretty close in the end, but i reckon he got be by a couple of 3’s

Heres to the next (a bit drier) one.

Feet up!!

http://www.thamesmcc.org/

Big thanks to Ian Shute for the photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gixershagger/

The Dirt Bike Show

Had a great day at The Dirt Bike show with Dad, saw some great stuff.

The 2010 Sherco was ace, symmetrical exhaust pipe and tank along with easily access to the engine and spark plug etc, so you dont have to take the bugger apart just to change a plug! But i do have to say all most of the plastics seemed a bit brittle and, well…plasticy almost as it was a toy. I also really like the new Gas Gas but i still have a massive soft spot for that Gold and Black Raga Gasser – mainly because its looks like an old 80’s super burner!

The live show was really good to with a ‘Kickstart’ style timed course rides including Michael Brown and James Dabill. There was also a mini bike stunt team – back flips in a cow shed anyone?

Raga replica Gas Gas

Mmm...black and Gollllld

 

2010 Gas Gas

2010 Gas Gas

2010 Gas Gas

2010 Gas Gas

Me on a 450 KTM

Me on a 450 KTM

Mini Bike stunts

Mini Bike stunts

Sherco 2010

Sherco 2010

Symetrical Tanks and Exhaust

Symetrical Tank and Exhaust

Sherco 2010 Engine

Sherco 2010 Engine