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New Zealand Trials News

Chris Birch visits NonStop

5th January 2011
Chris and Monica call to say hello
Chris and Monica call to say hello

Stephen & Deborah Oliver recently hosted Chris Birch and his wife Monica on their travels around the South Island aboard a KTM 990.

Chris and Monica get an early start
Chris and Monica get an early start

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
1988 Stephen gets to meet Mick
1988 Stephen gets to meet Mick

2011 NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial weekend (19-21st February)

Saturday 19th February -(am) Scruitineering followed by a NZ NonStop Trial
A conventional trial running nonstop rules
-(pm) NZ NonStop 'Scott' Trial
A time event, run over an off road course, divided into sections.
OR -(pm) Social/Recreation Coaching

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
2 separate spectacular scenic loops (taking up to 2 hrs with multiple on-route sections per loop), 4 lines - Social/Classic B, Recreation/Classic A, Sport/Classic A+, Pro

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 Hosford

1st January 2011
Nick meet Nick
Nick meet Nick

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.

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Season's greetings.

23rd December 2010
NonStop Xmas Greetings
NonStop Xmas Greetings

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 2010

22nd December 2010
Ryans mechanic / Dad Rob burning the midnight oil.
Ryans mechanic / Dad Rob burning the midnight oil.

After a day filled with dramas and an all nighter my mechanic / Dad had to pull when we discovered my bike was slipping out of gear after downshifting, which was not the most enjoyable thing at the end of a straight to experience, we managed to sort the spare parts we needed and luckily Johns Mechanic Scott was flying up that afternoon so we were very lucky there, dad had the motor out, new parts in and running by 4:30am on his knees at the track, it wasn't all one way though I found some loose change in my gear bag so he got a pottle of chips race day.
Any how qualifying was half wet half dry, I went out on wets but it had dried too much for them I got in a couple of laps ended up 8th on the grid.Race 1:
I got a great start, shooting through the first row and was 3rd to turn one but had Rees and Frost rode a little harder around turn one than I did still regaining my confidence in the gearbox I took a couple of laps to settle in and learn how hard I could push, I was feeling comfortable until I hit a damp patch coming out of Higgins that put me into a violent highside followed by a good old tank slapper, at this point Both Hayden and John had just about run me over they somehow managed to avoid me, once I got back on the seat and could get my hand back on the throttle it went to the stop and stayed there as Hayden had just got past after avoiding me, I chased hard to regain the gap and I knew John would be right on my tail so the pressure was on. I took a couple of laps to learn where Hayden rode and where he braked so I could gradually pull him in and set him up for a pass, I railed Dunlop (the last corner before the start straight) squared of f the corner and pulled alongside
International Tri series, Round 2 Manfield 2010
It was side by side down the straight and I was not backing off until he braked, I got past tipped in then had to fight to hold my line, Hayden tried to get back around the outside but I held my line, I then concentrated on tidying my lines up in general and riding consistently, by doing this I kept Hayden and John behind I crossed the line in 7th place.

Ryan up and racing thanks to his committed Team
Ryan up and racing thanks to his committed Team

Race 2:
Again I got a flyer of a start and almost the holeshot but then didn't quite have the confidence to take on Stroudy and Jimmy Smith under brakes so had to settle for 3rd to turn 1, I was feeling very motivated to obtain a better result than the last race, I felt as though I had the speed but just needed to get the tow from those fast front runners, Upon entering the S chicane I made sure that I held a tight line as in race 1 I drifted wide which allowed Cole to get past, he must have thought I would move over again in race 2 but I held my line he still tried to push past and rode straight into the side of me, in doing so it pulled my left leg off the bike and lifted my bike off it's line which put me into a wobble that I managed to save otherwise it would have been carnage with all the other riders behind me, Cole later come over to apologize which I appreciated, so he obviously knew it was a little on the close side of
things. By the time I'd regained control of the bike I'd lost a few positions and had to ride hard to keep the rest at bay I managed to haul in James Smith and passed him coming onto the straight, I rode the rest of the laps with john on my tail and made a mistake on the 2nd to last lap going into Toyota I didn't change down enough gears and was going in way too hot, that split second that it took for me to re-select the correct gear John got up the inside, I knew I'd have to keep on his tail as John is also a very consistent rider. I gradually gained on him but couldn't quite find a way though I had to fall back on a last chance rail the last corner and go for the drive I squared it off and tucked in as tight as possible pulled out of his draft and alongside but just needed that extra couple of meters it was down to the wire we were side by side John just go a wheel in front and got me by 00.076 I was again 7th.
Overall I'm currently sitting in 4th equal in the series with Tony Rees and Nick Cole.
Extra special thanks to Kevin and Chrissie Carian from City Honda who very kindly have looked after our trailer and all the gear, for both rounds including this weekend, very much appreciated.
This weekend I'm off to Wanganui for the final round of the International Tri series, I'm really looking forward to it going to be extremely close racing. Looking for a top 3 or at least a top 5 finish!
Huge thanks very much to all my sponsors for their continuing support:
Hampton Honda, Bluewing Honda, Smart Collision Repairs, Forbes and Davies, Metzeler tyres, Airoh Helmets, Muc-off products, Castrol racing NZ, Darbi Accessories, Berik Leathers, Sidi racing boots, FIVE gloves, Moto-batt, RK Chains, AFAM Sprockets, W.Whites Wholesale, SPY Optics NZ, PRV NZ, Powerbar sports nutrition.
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The Top Trial Team includes Jake Whitaker

15th December 2010
Jake joins the 2011 Top Trial Team
Jake joins the 2011 Top Trial Team

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 present female trials champion of Italy, Sara Trentini has also signed to join the Italian Top Trial Team.

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.

Top Trial Team member Sara Trentini
Top Trial Team member Sara Trentini

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.
British rider Jack Challoner will continue being the main rider of the Team.

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 record

2nd December 2010
Ryan wheelies to victory
Ryan wheelies to victory

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.

Race 1:
I got a good start gaping the pack and running in clear air for the majority of the race I choose the wrong gear coming into the last corner which caused me to run a little wide John took advantage of this and made the move on me I regained my composure and pushed to get back on his tail to observe where I could make a move with laps running out it wasn't until the last lap on the last corner where John was passing a lap rider I read what direction the lapper was going to go and where that would cause John to go it all worked like clockwork and I carried the extra corner speed around to ride the ripple strip straight past to take the win.

Race 2:
I didn't quite get the start I was hoping for but still made it to turn 1 out in front that is pretty much how it stayed for the whole race, we had a major oil spill from one of the old classic bikes that apparently had it's sump bung stripped and had been patched up with thread tape which didn't work so I was cautious with my lines and tried to ride around it all where I could the bike was performing well and the Metzelers held up fine for the race giving optimum grip and therefore me confidence in them. I crossed the line ahead of John on his BMW.

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.

Race 3:
I had a poor start ending up 4th into turn 1 I knew I'd be able to get past though so it wasn't a concern id got to 3rd by turn 2 and 2nd coming out of turn 2, I followed the leader back around to the start/finish straight where I wound on the gas and committed to a move up the inside, I was carrying a lot more speed and when I went to get back on the race line to enter turn 1 I grabbed a handful of front brake but with the extra speed the back wheel left the ground and crossed up in mid air when I put it down again I got into a violent tank slapper thanks to my Ohlins steering damper and a bit of my general bike control I somehow managed to keep the bike to a point under control settled the wobble down and made it 90% around the corner by due to running wide I hit a patch of loose hay and there was nothing I could do I hit the deck and slid up the road coming to a stop with my leg under the bike and the thought of just losing the win for the day and that was me done but in a split second I decided to give it one more shot as soon as I stopped I managed to free my leg pick the bike up.

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.

Also thanks very much to all my other sponsors:

Hampton Honda, Bluewing Honda, Smart Collision Repairs, Forbes and Davies, Metzeler tyres, Airoh Helmets, Muc-off products, Castrol racing NZ, Darbi Accessories, Berik Leathers, Sidi racing boots, FIVE gloves, Moto-batt, RK Chains, AFAM Sprockets, W.Whites Wholesale, SPY Optics NZ, PRV NZ,
Powerbar sports nutrition.
Ryan Hampton #366

2011 NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial

11th November 2010
2011 NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial Poster
2011 NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial Poster

Work has begun on the second NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial, to be held in Nelson on the 19th & 20th of February 2011.
The 2011 poster and entry form are now available on the Ihatove page along with the new format for the event next year.
We are very happy to announce that it has been confirmed that special guest riders for the 2011 event will be Mick Andrews and long time friend and Yamaha development rider Haruo Kimura. Mick is in NZ for a 5 weeks tour and will also ride in Upper Hutt, Wanganui, Kapiti and Hamilton
This has been made possible by the efforts of Robert Cochrane and Yasuo Manzawa with the additional support of many.
The Pioneer M/C Club are host to Mick and wife Jill in the week prior to the NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial, when Mick will be offering coaching, and this will be a great opportunity to rub shoulders with this world-famous icon of our sport.
The NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial event will be catering for all levels of rider and promises to be a fun-filled occasion.

The sections and trail are well underway with most of the markers already laid out.

We look forward to greeting all the riders again in February and we will update you with more news as it comes to hand.

Please note that entries close 31st January 2011. This is to enable us to produce an accurate program with everyone's name included. While entrants need to provide their details before or on this date, payment of entry fee will be accepted on February the 19th in the morning when signing on. Those that are happy to pay in advance may wish to take advantage of Early Bird Entry (10% disc on Ihatove event), which is available until 31st Dec 2010.

King Of Ruapuna, Round 2 2010

9th November 2010
Ryan Hampton Championship leader
Ryan Hampton Championship leader


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.

1st Ryan Hampton / 2nd Warren Hudson / 3rd Dennis Charlett

Race 2: (Wet)

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.

1st Ryan Hampton / 2nd Dennis Charlett / 3rd John Ross

Race 3: (Dry)

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.

1st Ryan Hampton / 2nd John Ross / 3rd Dennis Charlett

Even after being a cold, wet start to the day and I'd have to admit there's nothing worse than wet boots all day, I still really enjoyed myself and had a lot of fun in all my races.

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.

Ryan Hampton #366
Thanks very much to all my sponsors:

Hampton Honda, Bluewing Honda, Smart Collision Repairs, Forbes and Davies, Metzeler tyres, Airoh Helmets, Muc-off products, Castrol racing NZ, Darbi Accessories, Berik Leathers, Sidi racing boots, FIVE gloves, Moto batt, RK Chains, AFAM Sprockets, W.Whites Wholesale, SPY Optics NZ, PRV NZ, Powerbar sports nutrition.

Jake tests the 'Sheronda'

8th November 2010
Jake test rides the 'Sheronda'
Jake test rides the 'Sheronda'

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.
The suspension is made by Showa and used on the Montesa Honda 4RT. The chosen chassis is basically a modified Montesa 315 and the power plant is the Sherco 290 engine running a five-speed transmission, titanium header pipe made by S3 which has been grafted to the Montesa Honda centre exhaust chamber and muffler; also utilizing the Honda air intake and air box. Now with this combination the engine is able to breathe much better, increasing both bottom and top end power.

The Sheronda had its first outing at the recent NZ Moto Trial Championship piloted by team NonStop rider Nick Oliver. Nick achieved excellent results, gaining first place in the A-Grade competition over the weekend. However, for the purpose of our test report we have secured Jake Whitaker, current Australian & NZ Moto Trials Champion to evaluate the "Sheronda".

Jake gives this machine the thumbs up
Jake gives this machine the thumbs up

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.
Having spent time riding the Montesa Honda 4RT in previous seasons I have a real appreciation for the Showa suspension. This Sheronda rides well and the suspension can really take the hard hits while giving the rider a nice plush ride when negotiating the smaller obstacles. Top marks on this front.
I quickly found that the front end feels a little heavier than my current mount and I suspect this has something to do with the handlebar being set a little further forward than I am used to. The weight distribution is also slightly different to my bike. Having said that I found the front end very stable and the bike held the chosen line extremely well. The chassis looks a little larger than the state of the art machinery available for 2011. However, Stephen informs me that the chassis is no heavier than a standard Sherco frame and that it just looks a little heftier. On that note the Sheronda felt light and was very easy to manoeuvre.

The overall balance of the machine was top notch and I found it easy to adapt to when trying out some of the sections I had been competing on over the weekend.

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.
The power delivery from the Sherco engine suited the bike and would be ample for the majority of trial riders. I personally would have opted for a little more power as I can't get enough of it these days.

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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