At last, some beautiful weather for trials riding and good conditions in which to test out a newly refurbished NT410. The eagle eyed reader my see that I got rid of the old REH rear hub/Sammy Miller alloy front hub and replaced the alloy fork yokes with Alan Whitton ones. I extended the fork damper rod by an inch or so in order to take up the sag on the front end. Having waited some considerable time I was very much looking forward to getting back on NT410. It was another full factory day out with Dave (Ariel HT5), Pete Collins (Ariel HT5), Teflon (410 Matchless G3LC) and Master Chef (350 Matchless) so there was a distinct element of competition. After a quick rider briefing, we got away bang on time for 3 laps of 12 sections of which, 6 were on the rocks of the quarry while 6 were on the steep, greasy banks of the lower slopes.
|Rock strewn gully of Sub 10|
Being dry, the quarry sections rode really well however, you had to concentrate as the loose Cotswold stone scree could easily force a dab or two. I did take a dab on the steep, loose climb of sub seven on the final lap and also slack dabs in sub nine and ten. The killer for me was the slippery sub six; the greasy, tight exit over exposed tree roots was tricky and I found it difficult to get any traction. A dab on the first lap was OK but I was harshly judged for a five on the second lap before finally going clean on the last lap. It wasn’t a day for the big bikes and the top runners were all on tiddlers. Best Pre-65 went to Tony Sullivan (250 BSA) who having sorted his gear box problems out is having some excellent rides lately.
Pre-65 results (Sportsman route)
Tony Sullivan 250 BSA 2Ian Wathan 250 BSA 4
Alex Ross 350 Royal
Jai Jacka 410 Matchless G3LC 9 (31 cleans)
Dave Arkell 500 Ariel HT5 16
Nige Townsend 410 Matchless G3LC 23
Pete Collins 500 Ariel HT5 25
Master Chef had to depart early for a family lunch engagement so only did one lap of practice.
|A banked turn in Sub 8|
Thanks to all at the Stroud club for their efforts and of course, all the observers.
Full results can be found at the club website HERE
|NT410 in its latest guise before the trial|