Friday March 20th 2020

Here is a nice pic of the Factory James Team ready for the 1954 Scottish - bikes were rigid back end - on the Trials model which was called the “Commando”  - I had the later Competition bike called the Cotswold - which had the swing arm rear suspension a big break through at that time for the Motorcycle Industry.  - I’m not sure how these riders did at the event, but as a young lad, I used to always check out the results in the Motorcycle Magazines, they won a lot of Trials between them.
Take a look at the extremely lightweight forks, and the vulnerable looking crankcase & shifter ( on the right back then)

At that time airbox’s had not made it onto competition bikes, so we used to cut a large piece of rubber from a car tyre and fit it behind the open carb intake  ( You can see this on two of the bikes in the pic, while Stirland appears to have a different set up.
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Got a call from Sammy yesterday & we talked about the effects the Coronavirus is having on everything - Please see the post on the dirt schools planned for BC.
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This pic shows why Sammy Miller won so many Trials - He never gave up trying to save a dab!!

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Another pic from the past - the winning Scottish Six Days bike from 1969 ( Photo Credit A Smith)
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And back to the modern stuff - this is Heath riding his TRS in the Rhonda Valley of Wales -likely the last time for a while, as this private land has now been shut down because of the Corona virus.

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And a pic of the Yamaha Factory bike of Kuroyama - big heavy slug on which he did really amazing things. - But does anybody remember him?  after a brilliant career, he had a bad fall at the first Xtrial at Sheffield and broke both his wrists.
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And finally - stay positive and healthy during these troubled times.

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