Trial factory Montesa by Doug Lampkin

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Trial factory Montesa by Doug Lampkin

Trial factory Montesa by Doug Lampkin
On the brink

In no other motorcycle sport discipline are triumph and disaster so close together as in trials. The fine line on the path to success requires an unbelievable sense of balance? and special machines.

Peter Mayer


The rock wall towers a good three meters high. Perpendicular. At best to climb for a free climber? without a motorcycle. What Doug Lampkin needs for the climbing tour ahead is just a boulder. Hardly bigger than two fists and pressed into the earth at a distance of two motorcycle lengths from the rock. Before that, the Briton positions his bike, is full throttle ?? and can be catapulted up from the Winz ramp. The front wheel is steeply covered, the rear wheel hits the vertical with full force, is thrown back at an angle, and whack ?? Dougie grins from the plateau. Not a problem for a trial rider? But. No problem for Doug. The best of the best. The man has ten world titles. Five outside, five in the Indoor Trial World Championship. And a work contract from Montesa.

When it comes to trial sports, the Spanish manufacturers still set the tone. Montesa, Gas Gas and Sherco are the names of the trial forges located within 50 kilometers of Barcelona. Only Scorpa (France) and Beta (Italy) still play a role in the balance profession. They are all technically up to date. Even if in their very special direction. Power from the low rev range instead of top performance counts for the engines, enough space for the acrobatics of the pilots instead of huge spring travel applies to the chassis ?? which cause the peculiar look of the trial machines.

Because only the deep seat, which doesn’t really deserve its name thanks to the permanent standing position of the jockeys, enables the motorized gymnastics lessons. Montesa traditionally relies on the aluminum bridge frame. The version for Meister Lampkin differs only slightly from the standard trialer. A steering head that is half a degree flatter is the only modification. In the frame profiles, which are barely a hand’s breadth apart, there is space for a mini-tank made of Kevlar carbon fiber laminate with a capacity of just two liters. The aluminum swing arm is unchanged from the series.

What cannot be said about the fork. Do the standpipes shimmer like their counterparts for sale in a striking blue-green? Color gradient of the titanium nitride coating, the damping parts inside the fork hide their origin from the racing department of the Japanese suspension specialist Showa. Weight is beaten here too. Because there is only damping in the right stile. It goes without saying that the shock absorber also comes from the Showa noble suite. Like the care. For the chassis set-up of the works strial, Doug is at least the same squad that votes on the works Honda of 500cc GP star Valentino Rossi. In general, little rebound damping helps the trialers on the climbing tour to use even the smallest edges as jump ramps. In addition, Showa staff can be billed in-house. Initiated by import restrictions imposed by the Spanish government, Honda devoured ?? Their empire also includes the supplier Showa – at the end of the seventies the Montesa plant was added without further ado. Dougie is twice as happy. Because the Honda units have long been driving the Montesa trialers.

250 cm³ are the standard displacement of the series version. Dougie’s Nobel Trialer owns ?? secret, secret ?? but a few more cubic centimeters. Doug does not need more than 20 hp peak power and likes to trade in full torque at the lowest engine speeds for it. The boss also dispenses with the first stage of the five-speed gearbox rotating in the feather-light magnesium engine housing for weight reasons. In any case, there is hardly any shifting in the sections, if only because the foot has to be removed from the pegs that are extremely far back for each switching process.

After all, the pressure of the body weight on the pegs is urgently needed for traction – even if the relatively finely profiled, tubeless tires in the rear wheel with 0.3 bar air pressure suck themselves onto the stones like chewing gum. By the way: Michelin has a kind of monopoly on top results in this discipline? just like Doug.

Technical specifications

Water-cooled single-cylinder two-stroke engine, bore x stroke: no details, power 15 kW (20 HP) at 5600 rpm, four-speed gearbox, magnesium engine housing, Dellorto carburetor 0 26 mm, hydraulically operated multi-disc clutch. Chassis bridge frame made of aluminum profiles, made from solid Milled fork bridges, Showa fork, titanium nitride coated stanchions, Showa strut operated via deflection, spring travel front / rear 185/150 mm, disc brake with AJP brake caliper, double-piston caliper front, single-piston caliper rear, brake disc diameter front / rear 185/140 mm, total weight without Gasoline 78.5 kg.

Trial regulations

Actually, everything could be very easy in trials. Once you put your foot on the ground, you get a point of error, twice you put your foot on the ground and cost two meters, et cetera. If you fail at an obstacle, you get five points. The one with the fewest points wins. Logical. But it’s not that simple. Because trialers have long been able to maneuver forwards, backwards and sideways and stand still, the “Non-Stop Trial” regulations have been in place for a few years. Since then, anyone who stops has been given one point, and whoever rolls back receives five. Although this set of rules has brought the trial more dynamism, it has also brought additional problems with the definition of the term stopping. Incidentally, the “non-stop rules” do not apply to indoor trials ?? probably to make it easier for the fans to get an overview.

Full house

A few years ago, MOTORRAD wrote: In Koblenz, indoor rallies are not just organized, but staged, even celebrated. And we have remained true to this judgment ever since. Every year anew. Because in fact the troupe of the organizing MSF Winningen has got the hang of it. From the presentation to the moderation to the construction of the sections, the love for this sport can be felt. And by no means only with the organizers. Even Doug Lampkin himself raves about the “nice atmosphere and the impressive effort these people put in.” That is why the Koblenz climbing party has now become an integral part of the Indoor Trial World Championships. After the start in Sheffield / England, the stars of the scene will show up on January 12, 2002 on the Rhine. Whether the reigning champion Doug Lampkin, his compatriot Graham Jarvis, ex-world champion Marc Colomer or the young Spaniards Marc Freixa and Adam Raga, whoever has rank and name will compete in the sports hall of the Koblenz district of Oberwerth – for all those who run on the total of 3500 cards are left behind, remains ?? do you want to stay in the area ?? only the following day left. The best of the local balance artists fight for the International German Indoor Trial World Championship in slightly modified sections. Mind you: The spectacle around the sport remains impressive even with the Germanic free climbers. If you missed both or can never get enough anyway, you can look forward to the second of the two Indoor Trial World Championships in Germany in the town hall in Bremen on Saturday, March 2nd. Information Koblenz, Indoor World Championships, January 12, 2002, 7 p.m., entry 30.17? Koblenz, Indoor-DM, January 13, 2002, 3 p.m., entry 14? Phone 0261/9121107, Internet: www.hallentrial .de.Bremen, Indoor World Championships, March 2, 2002, 7.30 p.m., admission 15.50 ?? 35 ?? Telephone 0421/353637, Internet: And if you missed all chances, all you have to do is wait a long time for next year’s indoor events. Because within Germany, the stars of the industry will no longer be seen this year. Because the Outdoor World Cup has been avoiding Germany since a Spanish-Italian marketing consortium painfully tightened the thumbscrews of potential organizers in financial terms.

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