New Zealand Trials News
Peter & his much favoured 4RT9th October 2009
After a somewhat frustrating ride at the 7th round of the North Island Championship, Peter returned home to let his hair down and have some real fun to remind him why he continues to ride his favoured Montesa 4RT.
It was to be a great day out and fortunately the cameraman was on hand to capture the moment.
This Adventure Trial free-riding(Takumi style) is a great way to get the best of what is on offer from a trials bike.
Peter's facial expressions told the story all afternoon as he jumped and flicked his machine around the NonStop facility.
Check out more images to see the Showa suspension put to the test.
North Island A-grade trials championship goes to Peter29th September 2009
At the weekend Nelson's Peter Oliver completed the last two rounds of the North Island A-grade trials championship to take out the title for 2009 against the best up and coming riders in New Zealand.
You can learn more about this event by clicking here.
Pro Rider NZ National Motorcycle Show15th September 2009
Sunday 13th September dawned to a brilliant sunny Nelson day just in time for the Pro Rider NZ National Motorcycle Show at Founders Park.
Between rides their young fans had the opportunity to meet the boys and have their Sherco posters autographed by our local celebrities.
The show was a great success with a two-day event planned for next year and the organisers planning ahead for the next five years.
NonStop's Facelift14th September 2009
Thanks to our association with Goldpine Industries Ltd, our major sponsor, NonStop has had a facelift in the form of a freshly painted bike trailer which now displays the NonStop Adventure and Goldpine logos along with a lifesize trials rider, which debuted at the Pro Rider NZ National Motorcycle Show.
This highly visible, professional asset makes for a great backdrop to our Goldpine NonStop Display Team which the boys have dubbed Team X-treme.
33rd Idemitsu Ihatove2nd September 2009
While those of us who attended the Nelson club trial on August 30 revelled in rain and mud, the 33rd Idemitsu Ihatove Trial was taking place under clear blue skies in Iwate Prefecture.
2009 Idemitsu Ihatove: Finishing Touches27th August 2009
With the 33rd Idemitsu Ihatove Trial (Aug 29-30) just a couple of days away, the organizing team is busy putting the final touches on this year's courses. Plenty of tight turns are promised in the novice and intermediate sections, which are guaranteed to test riders' skills under the non-stop rules.
Meanwhile the Classic course for more advanced riders will once again feature the spectacular seaside hill-climb - always a spectator favourite.
Best wishes from everyone at NonStop Adventure for another successful event! Lets hope that the fine weather continues.
Yasuo is in the middle of this beatiful seaside photo with our good friend Takumi on far right.
Gathering at the NonstopTrials Park21st August 2009
Here in the Tasman district, things are warming up. Our weather is improving and so are the number of riders. There is increasing interest in what our sport has to offer. The friendly enviroment and the quality of our venue all makes for a great fun day out.
Deano was back out for another shot on the Gas Gas 160 and he bought a friend along with him who showed good riding skills and will be one to keep an eye on in the future.
It is neat to see more of the father and son combination and family participation which is what it is all about.
Gordon and Callum did a great job of organising the days activities with Stephen and Nick keen to lend a helping hand.
Liz and Jonathan Clarke were out with the whole family making the most of the sunshine. The photos clearly show the spirit of the day.
Trials Touring (article by Gordon Anderson)12th August 2009
Two weeks ago 4 of us (Me, Callum, Dave Hart and Dave Davies) travelled down to Westport to, meet up with the local guys who have bought trials bikes recently, and explore the Denniston Plateau. We had a fantastic day out.
The plateau consists of rolling barren moorland covered in huge slabs of weathered rock.
The rock is grippier than Alexandra!!! The equivalent of riding on P-40 grit sandpaper.
Access is easy and there are tracks left over from the coal mining days that allow you to cruise all over the hills in search of wicked terrain.
I have included some photos to showcase the area and hopefully wet your appetites for a trip down there.
Our thanks go to Tony Devasconi (Duck), Jason Baker - yes there are 2 of them, and Rory for being our local guides and giving us a great day out.
These guys have bought trials bikes as their dirt bikes couldn't get them where they wanted to go.
We will definitely be returning later in the year for some more Trials Touring action. Come along, the more the merrier.
Idemitsu Ihatove Team at Work and Play5th August 2009
This year's Idemitsu Ihatove Trial will be held on August 29-30 in Japan's Iwate Prefecture, and preparations are already well under way.
The first photo shows Ihatove Trial chairman Yasuo Manzawa (front row, third from left) rallying some of his troops.
It's not all hard work though. True to the spirit of the Ihatove Trial, the team still find time for fun - check out the style of the rider coming up the rear!
At the end of this month the Idemitsu Ihatove Trial will see hundreds of riders head off to enjoy a weekend of friendship and scenic riding in one of the more beautiful parts of Japan.
Takumi, Yasuo, Ishiyama and Rumi will all be taking part and have also confirmed their entry for next years Tasman Ihatove event.
At the present time this event is creating a lot of interest with good positive feedback.
Nick tackles the Sherco 29028th July 2009
Having become familiar with his 4rt Montesa for fun free-style riding as demonstrated by Takumi Narita, Nick was recently thrown a curler when asked if he would like to change back to a two-stroke.
At first he was given time to readjust (not as easy as it sounds) and then asked to do a rider appraisal of this year's Sherco 290.
This is what Nick has to say: When firing the 290 up for the first time it certainly felt nice and lively, performance was good from the bottom end with a softer delivery to what I have gotten used to from my 4RT.
I quickly found that you could use the three lower gears from the five-speed box in sections.
The engine does seem to have lost some of its previous torque and along with this it does rev harder. Not mega revs like a Gasser but definitely higher than on previous models that I have ridden.
The Sherco is a real easy bike to ride, just climb on and it feels good. Footpeg and handlebar relationship feels spot-on and the front / rear balance must be right because you don't even think about it.
Overall handling is as steady as it gets with stable steering and smooth action forks and rear suspension that were more than good enough to handle anything I threw at it. The 290 machines are always expected to be a bit of an animal and here came the surprise! It isn't! Sherco has made a real effort with the big stroker for 2009 and I have discovered among other things that the factory have treated it to a new cylinder head and a longer front pipe and suddenly - what a transformation. It is now much easier to ride than previous models. I spent a lot of time getting used to the 290, riding it on different sections; streams, rocks and steep slippery banks - and I have to say I have got to like the 290 and what it has on offer.
Usually I find that the 250 machines are far less tiring to ride and the big two-stroke trials bikes feel good when you first get on them but quickly tire you as they pull at your arms and shoulders. But I don't get anywhere as tired with the 290 as I would expect, it has loads of torque and finds grip exceptionally well. It is particularly good on climbs where you can rev it up on wheel spin and then back off the throttle and feed in the grip.
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