New Zealand Trials News
JTG TRIAL "Press release"10th November 2011
Here is the latest Press release that has come to hand. We also have some really detailed photos of the new Jotagas Trials machine (see more images).
The more time I spend looking closely at the attention to detail and quality of finish, I am now starting to understand that this is a very well thought-out machine.
I believe that this will be a top contender in our world of trials.
V3 suspension system has been designed to provide the best advantages, the position of the damper, anchored laterally to the frame, lowers the overall weight considerably without losing progressiveness, ideal for the practice of trial.
Result of an intensive job research, a revolutionary frame has been developed integrating exceptional conditions, an optimal triangulation and a reduction in the total volume in terms of both, size and weight, forged aluminum provides strength and the possibility of working variable profiles optimizing each part and increasing material only where it is needed.
JT swing arm has been considered one of the strategic parts of the bike, made of forged aluminum 6061 provides a variable profile including real distinct forms, it´s structure has been designed to integrate the V3 anchored suspension system on the side.
Designed and developed for the practice of trial, small and integrating all the requirements to achieve both, reliability and performance.
AIR FILTER BOX:
Considered a strategic part for the performance of the engine, it has the best air capacity, almost three liters and a great suction power to guide the flow of air through a rubber nozzle giving the engine much more power to all levels.
WEIGHTS AND RIDING POSITION:
The geometry of the bike, a key aspect, provides comfortable, pleasant and efficient driving reactions; the weight reduction has been a priority and has been achieved through the design of each piece pursuing this purpose without losing the proper weights supply and the driving position that allows the bike to move easily without losing precision in the front part.
In the Blood9th November 2011
Great Grandfather Allan Oliver has cause to be very proud; sons, Stephen, Grant & David, became top contenders in all off-road disciplines, with all three working for Honda dealerships while Allan was the South Island Sales Manager.
They rode in events with Allan all over the South Island, accompanying Dad as he visited his dealer network and have achieved numerous national titles.
Stephen specialised in Enduro, Moto-X & Trials taking out his Enduro national title in the early 1980s and then moving on to multiple national trials titles and has three sons of his own Andrew, Nick and Pete who have all made a name for themselves in the world of off road motorcycling, while Grant was a particularly fast and fearless Enduro & Cross County racer and has many wins to his credit, until just recently, after a shoulder injury sidelined him.
Like their cousins they train and race together and have a very healthy understanding of having fun while being competitive at their chosen sport.
Jotagas unveiled5th November 2011
The off-road world today got its first look at the long awaited new Jotagas trials and enduro machines developed by the legendary Jordi Tarres, unveiled at the EICMA Show, Milan.
The new Spanish company, also known as JTG, revealed five two-stroke models; the JT250, 280 and 300 trials machines and MK 250 and 300 Enduro bikes.
The new machines will be imported into the UK by ten time British Trials Champion Steve Saunders who has set up Jotagas UK. The exciting new models will be part of a range of new Spanish Trials and Enduro machines developed by seven time World Trial Champion Jordi Tarres and Enduro star Miki Arpa.
The new models feature class leading components, low weight characteristics (65 and 100kg for the trials and enduro machines respectively) and a unique rear suspension system.
Based at a 'state of the art' Jotagas factory at the MotoGP circuit of Motorland Aragon, the new models have been developed at the extensive trials, motocross, enduro and supermotard tracks at the facility.
We can't wait to get the first machines to the UK and start getting riders out on them for their first reactions!"
4th generation20th October 2011
Our very good friend Youji Ishiyama has just recently posted an article on their web site concerning the" 4th generation". Family participation is deeply encouraged in Japan and when a family has more than two generations involved, and then this is seen as being very special and a great achievement. Ishi has kindly translated the article and here is a brief summary of what he had to say.
"A new born baby is the beginning of a 4th generation
Boot Camp11th October 2011
Sunday the 9th Oct was the NonStop Academy boot camp coaching day, with beautiful blue skies and warm sunshine in total contrast to the day before.
The founder of the NonStop Trials Park and author of the recent NonStop Off Road Coaching Manual, Stephen Oliver, covered the basics in good fashion, before moving on to some well marked out sections to put the theory into practice.
Stef Downes helped to set the bench mark and lead the way all day; the male participants using this as good motivation to lift their game plan.
The group had a ball, with plenty of fun riding included, along with the coaching, to give good balance to a great day.
Upon completion of the day's activities Nick Oliver played the clown and entertained us all with a fine demonstration on how not to take your self too seriously, he had all of us in stitches.
Everyone took away with them a hard copy of the coaching manual and the latest NZ Ihatove riding shirt, in addition to some pieces of useful information and new found skills.
See Flickr photo gallery "Boot Camp"
The Power of Trials10th October 2011
Well what an action packed weekend to kick off the advent of day light saving.
Firstly Saturday saw the first day of the NonStop Academy boot camp, which worked well as a pre-event warm up for the actual coaching day on Sunday.
Out jumped the very keen and eager Power trio ready to rock. Greg Power multi NZ Trials and Off Road Champion now semi retired along with his son Chris Power and nephew Karl Power who Greg is helping to manage.
Greg was there to take the photos while both the boys received some one-on-one coaching and pointers to help them when they take on their next major event, The Roof of Africa. This is renowned for being one of the toughest events on the planet and as Chris Birch, a previous winner, has found a few added trials skills go a long way to a successful outcome.
It was a great afternoon of camaraderie for the Power and NonStop teams, both having a ball sharing their knowledge and experience of the different off road disciplines.
See Flickr photo gallery "The Power Team"
Fun Times8th October 2011
We have received this story from Ishi in Japan and he goes on to tell us how a small group have had a very enjoyable fun filled weekend, meeting up and riding their road registered" treasured" TL125 Trials bikes.
6 enthusiasts gathered in Appi resort, and enjoyed riding on their old bikes very much.
Masafumi Siota (an efficient staff member of the Japanese Ihatove trial) riding his TL125 field tripper,
We could see a brilliant rainbow stretched across the country side.
It seemed easy for riding, but was enough of a challenge to enjoy playing on our old bikes!
It is great to hear these stories and what different groups are up to in the search for fun times. We at NonStop would like to thank Ishi for sharing this with us here in New Zealand.
World class performance.4th October 2011
Jake has successfully defended his Australian Moto Trials Championship title with a world class performance.
Our congratulations go out to Jake for doing us proud.
Sammy Miller's Motorcycle Museum19th September 2011
by Dave Britten
A visitor to the Hampshire village of New Milton, a pleasant two hour train journey from London to England's southern coast, might be excused for thinking that the village is charming but not remarkable. That is true - until a half-hour walk brings you to a most remarkable place. Sammy Miller's Motorcycle Museum is well worth the trip. On display are over 320 bikes, mostly British (but significant Japanese and European brands are represented), and nearly all are in restored, immaculate, and running condition.
Sammy himself, in case you don't know, was multiple World and Scottish Six-Day Trials Champion (his 1400 trophies are displayed), developed the TL trials bikes for Honda, and he has competed in speedway, long track, and road racing. He is more than just the museum's figurehead, and is actively involved.
On the day Maree and I arrived, he was busy in the workshop applying the finishing touches to a customer's New Imperial, but he spared us the time for a tour, a chat, and he obligingly posed for a couple of photos. Not surprisingly, there was a TL250 engine on the bench, getting some demon tweaks added. When Sammy asked where we were staying, and we replied that we had a few days in London, he expressed his disgust and pointed out the Isle of Wight in the distance, and suggested we go there instead.
Everywhere you look, there is something amazing. For me, the best part was not only seeing bikes that I had heard of but never previously seen, but also seeing bikes of which I had never previously heard.
There are a number of one-off prototypes, too, including a two-wheel drive Maico cross-country bike (which has four separate chains from the drive sprocket to the front wheel), and my favourite bike of all, the 1912 Verdel 750cc five-cylinder radial-engined.
It is hard not to tiptoe around and to speak in whispers, as you keep finding different design elements that attract your attention and need pointing out. How about a prototype two-stroke Triumph, or the half a dozen various Vincents proudly displayed.
Need a break from staring in wonder? There is a café, a craft shop, and Alpacas, donkeys, and goats to pet. Something for everyone - but most of all, for bike enthusiasts with seven quid, there are hours to spend admiring the design, construction, and boldness of the pioneers who were the catalysts for the modern bikes we now enjoy.
Good Feed back10th September 2011
NonStop has already had some very good feed back from the onset of the off road coaching manual.
I totally see where you're coming from. The boys and I also enjoy the fun aspects of riding and we do a lot more of that when we all go out together, but also to give balance and have a goal we include more serious competition riding. I hope our Ihatove event has eliminated the necessity for intense practice to become good enough to take part. You should understand that the manual content you're referring to is aimed at those that wish to better themselves from a competitive perspective.
The "practice what you are not good at" is for those that wish to challenge themselves to learn new skills. However, as my wife has found, when you are not confident with something it makes all the difference to have someone coaching you who can give you good advice and the confidence to give it a go knowing that they are there to support you when you try it and reduce the risk to yourself.
This is obviously optional and only a recommendation, as we have stated that it is very important to remember to have fun, our comments in the Introduction clearly makes this point - "Observed trials is a challenging sport which when given time and practice allows you to become a more skilful rider. Don't lose sight of the reason you started riding. Wasn't it to have fun? Enjoy your sport at a level at which you feel comfortable, and always remember that it doesn't matter if you are a raw novice or the world champion - you can always improve!"
It is important for the Team at NonStop to have an appreciation for all of our readers and their needs we have been surprised at how different people view things and what is and isn't important to them.
Thank you for the feed back and we have made a note for the next edition.
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