El Donkey Returns as #255

James Moorhouse 2015
James out front on his Bultaco in 2015, flanked by friends, Boyd Webster (183) and Alan Mudd (182) – Photo: Neil Sturgeon

El Donkey, the nick-name given to Skipton rider James Moorhouse’s Bultaco Sherpa 340 will be ridden in the forthcoming Scottish Six Days Trial (2-7 May, 2016) in Lochaber.

Allocated number 255 this year, the machine suffered engine failure on the tough Tuesday run which had stressed the 35 year old machine to it’s limit.

Moorhouse had to retire as the motor had suffered irreparable damage, but vowed to have the machine rebuilt for 2016.

James also has his own amusing nick-name which is ‘P***-Tank Frank’.

The SSDT ballot was run and James was successful in his entry. Last year he rode number 181 and the elderly Bultaco caused great interest with SSDT supporters, many who remember similar machines being ridden in the 1980s.

James’s usual riding companions, Boyd Webster and Alan Mudd are not far away at numbers 247 and 248.

Here is a full list of entrants:

SSDT 2016 Rider list TG


James Moorhouse wrote: “Wow! – Thanks for the support Trials Guru, much appreciated! Here are some details of the improvements I have undertaken on my 340 Bultaco.
Altered top clamp to change the rake. HFS internals in the front forks. I’ve re-lined the hubs fitted Rockshocks. Over sized frame tubes, tube-less rim on the rear. Right to left rod for brake instead of cable. Fat-bars with 6 inch rise. Electronic ignition. Lengthened front part of the exhaust pipe. Made straight through and narrowed the club-foot rear exhaust. Fitted a Keihin flat slide carburettor. Smaller seat“. Kind regards see you all in Fort William – James Moorhouse, Skipton, Yorks.


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James Moorhouse with ‘El Donkey’ in the 2015 SSDT – his 35 year old Bultaco Sherpa 340cc – Photo: Neil Sturgeon

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