New Zealand Trials News
Chris Birch visits NonStop5th January 2011
Stephen & Deborah Oliver recently hosted Chris Birch and his wife Monica on their travels around the South Island aboard a KTM 990.
Their adventure had already started before they reached Nelson with flooding closing the road between Blenheim & Nelson and a detour through the Wairau Valley, taking in many off-road trails on the way through.
Upon leaving Nelson they were headed to the Farewell Spit and Whariki Beach. Monica and Chris had developed a teamwork style of riding with both riders standing up on off-road trails.
It was great to have the opportunity to congratulate Chris in person as he is one of New Zealand's most successful off-road riders, having just won the Roof of Africa event for the third time; adding this to his success in the Red Bull Erzberg Rodeo and Red Bull Romaniacs.
Chris was a previous competitor at the Oceania Champs held at the NonStop Trials park in Nelson and like Takumi Narita he has a great personality. Our Japanese friends have taken an interest in Chris's exploits and are also pleased to see his success in Africa.
It was great to meet Monica who has no trouble keeping up with Chris and supporting his efforts as they head to South Africa in 2011. All the best from the NonStop team.
2011 NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial weekend (19-21st February)5th January 2011
2011 NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial weekend (19-21st February)
Saturday 19th February -(am) Scruitineering followed by a NZ NonStop Trial
Saturday 19th February Social evening. Club Waimea, Richmond - Restaurant & Bar available. Time to socialise, meet special guests Mick Andrews & Haruo Kimura and see video footage of the day's riding.
Sunday 20th February - NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial
Due to the interest from the Classic trials fraternity this event will be classic-friendly, bringing all riders together for a fun and challenging ride.
The inaugural 2010 NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial has been very well received with premium coverage in NZ, Japanese, English, French & Italian trials magazines. As a sports tourism event it is also supported by the local Tasman District Council and a draw card for international participants.
NonStop Adventure are pleased to announce that in 2011 we are privileged to be facilitating the reunion, after many years, of long time friends, riding compatriots and two main players in the development of the Yamaha TY250; Mick Andrews, accompanied by his wife Jill and Haruo Kimura.
Mick Andrews, three times Ihatove participant, having been a special guest at Yasuo Manzawa and Shozo Narita's Japanese event in 1990 (picture). Kimura has also worked as development rider for all the Yamaha trial bikes and in recent years the very popular Scorpa 125 which uses the Yamaha motor, with the Ihatove Trial in mind. As this article goes to print Kimura is currently finalising the development of Kenichi Kuroyama's Yamaha/Scorpa works bike for the 2011 Japanese Championship season.
As an adventure weekend this privately run event caters for a large diversity of riders and no licence is required.
As an optional third day of riding Monday, 21st February will be a half day NonStop Adventure tour ride to Havelock, Marlborough Sounds.
Nick & Briony Hosford1st January 2011
UK couple Nick & Briony visited NonStop for an adventure ride over the summer. Nick Oliver took our guests to 88 Valley where they enjoyed a scenic ride which took in the Ihatove Adventure trail. Nick Hosford had read the UK Trials Magazine article about the NZ Ihatove Adventure ride and was keen to sample the views and trail for himself.
Briony also had some one-on-one coaching with Nick Oliver before a ride with her husband to take in the sights.
The two Nicks spent a second day with some more advanced trials riding, while Briony took in the shops of Nelson. Nick Hosford competes in trials in the UK and produced some great riding during his two days with NonStop.
Season's greetings.23rd December 2010
We'd like to thank you for your support and friendship.
The NonStop Team wish you and yours a fun, safe and very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.
2010 has been a very rewarding and exciting year. We have had many interesting and neat people through, taking advantage of NonStop Adventure Tours. Our relationship with our Japanese friends has been a highlight and continues to grow. In store for 2011 Mick Andrews and Kimura have confirmed their attendance as guest riders at the NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial.
The Trials Academy is bearing fruit with the great results of all our riders starting to flow through all levels of riding in New Zealand and with great results for the South Island, taking the win in the North/South challenge at the Nationals this year.
2011 is shaping up to be even bigger with numerous things on the go which promise to make for a great year.
We would like to thank everyone who had a part in making 2010 so successful and we look forward to working with you all again next year.
Special wishes to our Japanese friends. The 2011 NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial promises to be a first class event and is already creating great interest with plans well under way thanks to the support of our local Tasman District Council.
A special thanks goes out to Goldpine and their team for their continued support and belief in us.
Stephen, Deborah, Nick, Pete & Andy
International Tri series, Round 2 Manfield 201022nd December 2010
The Top Trial Team includes Jake Whitaker15th December 2010
The Top Trial Team signs Sara Trentini, Jake Whitaker and other young pilots 15/12/2010
Current NZ and Australian Champion Jake Whitaker has signed to ride for Top Trial and will be riding one of their specially prepared bikes.Jake will arrive from New Zealand after a very successfull 2010 season in the Southern Hemisphere. He will be contesting the World-wide Junior Championship along with another young signing, the Austrian Philipp Berlt.
The young woman from Riva of the Garda and the Tuscan Team have reached an agreement by which Sara will ride an Evo Beta in the World-wide Female Trials and Italian Championships.
For several months Sara has begun to prepare herself for the new season counting on the aid of the Top Trial Team to increase her standing. With the experience of nine international titles, the structure headed by Daniel, Michael and Richard has potential to obtain this improvement.
He will ride the World-wide one and the World-wide Indoor, and has already made his debut in the trial celebrated in Genoa. Jack will participate in the Championships of Italy Outdoor and Indoor.
HONDA Destroy lap record2nd December 2010
METZELER & HONDA Destroy lap record!!!
It was a misty damp morning, looking like it was going to be a wet day, rained on and off all morning, we all got two rides up the hill in big groups to learn the track, I called it four as I reversed the track on the way down to try learn it then as well.
I got 3 timed runs, my first run was on a mainly wet track I was on Metzeler race-tec rain wets they performed extremely well I felt very confident and pushed for what I thought was a half decent time I had a couple of moments where I had to observe extremely quickly where the roads went but managed to come out of it all ok the straight was interesting it's quite rough and the bike does become airborne at times so you just have to hold on my first time was as 49.56 which was only a half second slower than the fastest time set last year in the dry, knowing I had far more up my sleeve I pushed that little bit harder and did a 48.53 in my second run feeling more familiar with the road I gave it a last big effort to push the record out and managed a 46.21 almost 3 seconds faster I did that after even selecting the wrong gear at the end of the straight next year I will go for a better time still.
This was enough to secure the NZ open class hill climb title and the lap record for the event so needless to say I was extremely happy with how both the Honda Fireblade performed in conjunction with my CKT tuned Ohlins suspension and my Metzeler tyres, all in all I couldn't ask for a better combination.
Teretonga Sprint races, Burt Munro Challenge 2010
Again the day started off wet we went out for qualifying on wet tyres with my confidence both my Honda and setup I rode a couple of slower laps just to get the feel of things then pushed for some fast laps the track began to dry up so it soon became too dry for wet tyres I felt them starting to heat up so came in know I'd done all I needed to, I qualified on pole.
This meant that I'd also got the win overall for the Teretonga sprint races which I was very happy to have obtained making it 2 wins from 2 events.
Wyndham Street races, Burt Munro Challenge 2010
METZELER & HONDA Claim a 2nd new lap record!!!
I qualified again on pole and had taken a very short amount of time to learn the circuit.
Race 1 and 2 were much the same we'd softened the bike up for the harsh street circuit it was performing extremely well my Metzelers were awesome I could ride hard into the tight corners dam near a start stop and let the back drift out while still being in total control the crowd seemed to enjoy it when I let it look a little loose I got out in front early and just enjoyed the atmosphere of street racing being so close to the crowd and had a lot of fun doing what I do.
Since id never let go of the bike my deadman switch never came out but the motor did stop due to the tip over sensor as I swung my leg over I hit the starter and it burst into life I quickly got it down a couple of gears and then it was gas on, by this time I was 9th and a little frustrated, I rode the wheels of my bike the tyres again were flawless, I carved my way through the field with 3 and a half laps to go at 38 seconds a lap I knew I was going to have my work cut out for me but I also knew that I just had to finish behind Lee to still get the overall, I had a couple of moments where I thought I was going to be rearranging the hay bales but the Metzelers again lived up to their name and keep me driving forward I made it all the way back up to 4th and still had managed to get the overall for the day, I couldn't believe it after thinking I'd blown it being at an all time low to such a high was an unbelievable feeling, to top it off I then found out that I'd unofficially got a new lap record by nearly a second that just couldn't get any better but to top it of there was no damage to the bike the OGGY knobs saved me there couldn't believe it!
So all and all for the week I'd gained a NZ title, 2 lap records and 3 event wins from 3 entries, I'm very happy with how everything performed, My Honda Fireblade was very strong in the motor, Metzeler tyres were perfect and the event was run very smoothly.
I'd like to say an extra special thanks to Gary Geeves at Smarts Collision repairs for both his help with my fairings / paint work and helping me to get to the event, it is a massive help.
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2011 NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial11th November 2010
We look forward to greeting all the riders again in February and we will update you with more news as it comes to hand.
King Of Ruapuna, Round 2 20109th November 2010
Didn't quite go to plan after changing from slick to wets first thing in the morning I made the mistake of not checking my chain tension so leaving pit lane I noticed a strange clanging noise I soon had a rough idea of what it would be by turn 1, I pulled off after the hairpin exit and confirmed my suspicion, I very cautiously did 1 lap so I'd at least have a time to be on the grid I ended up 10th which really didn't concern me too much as I took it as a challenge to beat all the others off the line into turn 1.
Race 1: (Wet)
I wasn't entirely happy with my setup in the rear, so made a last minute adjustment to preload on the line then got a great start, weaved my way through traffic literally went right around them and ended up 2nd behind john Ross who also started off the back, although he admits he may have gone when the light came on rather than going out meaning a slight jump start but it's all good fun, I tailed him for a lap then overtook down the straight and left the pack behind the bike was working great My Metzeler racetec wets gave me great feedback even in the wet and I was able to push myself but still ride smooth. After comparing my times to the Round 1 2010 National race at Ruapuna in the wet which was very similar conditions my time was over half a second faster than the fastest time by James Smith so at that I was happy with my setup.
After a fresh down pour of rain, again I got a great start making it to the front in turn 1,having the confidence in both my bikes setup, my Metzeler wets and my ability I pushed for a fast pace but still at a controlled level. I felt as though I rode very smooth and really enjoyed how well the bike felt. I ended up crossing the line with over a 25 sec advantage even after backing off in the last few laps after realizing the gap.
The sun came out and we were on for a dry race with slicks, this time I knew things would be close, I got another flying start and got to the front after weaving through the pack and out braking Dennis going into turn one, feeling good I still wanted to be cautious as there wasn't much temperature in the track and there were still a few moist patches, still after a couple of laps I soon learnt where to ride to stay clear of them, John was right on my tail and keen to get past I found that even with a colder track temperature my tyres where working great and feeling good, Knowing that John was right on my back wheel I pushed that little bit extra and even cracking on the gas that little bit earlier coming onto the main straight the back end was just started to slide but still the Metzelers drove forward, without just trying to get another mention in for my sponsors I honestly cant get over how well the Metzelers are working for me, bearing in mind that these are still cut slicks that are road legal ! Plus even after doing 30 - 40 race laps on a rear, the tyre I have on the back has far exceeded beyond what I'd ever expected of it, wearing extremely well and still performing to within 3 seconds of the lap record at Ruapuna I couldn't ask for any better but still I believe there's better to come and I'm find that the more I ride on Metzelers the more confidence I gain and the better my bikes setup becomes. Overall I had a great race holding John off for the whole race and closing any opportunity there may have been to get past, it was close at times but the Honda still had the power to hold off the BMW.
I'm now on target to take both the King of Ruapuna and King of Canterbury titles, so looking forward to the third and final round, hoping for some warmer weather on the 4th of December.
The next meeting for me will be the Burt Munro Sprint races November 27th and the Wyndham street races on the 28th so I'm looking forward to mixing it up with some of New Zealand's fastest riders.
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Jake tests the 'Sheronda'8th November 2010
With the advent of two-stroke trials bikes back at the forefront and the decreasing popularity of the modern four-stroke, NonStop Adventure founder Stephen Oliver, decided to put together a dream bike.
Stephen's project involves the world's best suspension combined with one of Europe's leading engine producers. This machine has been given the title 'Sheronda', so named after its Sherco / Honda Montesa heritage.
Over to you Jake -
Well when first setting off on this machine it is apparent that it is very well put together and Stephen has made a fine job of the transplant.
All the componentry is the same or very similar to other trials machinery so no problems there, while supporting the best rims available from DID.
Stephen informed me that currently the engine is standard and with the addition of the higher compression head from S3 that this would increase the overall power but would need a rider of my ability to get the benefit from the increased power output.
At present the machine finds traction well and providing you are in control and keep your weight to the rear of the machine then it has a very smooth tractable power delivery.
I would have loved to have spent more time on this machine but time was running out so my conclusion is that this is a top machine for all levels of rider.
Well done NonStop.
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