Highland Classic 2 Day Trial – THE THORPE EDITION – 7/8 June 2014

The Inverness & District Motorcycle Club’s Highland Classic 2 Day Trial at the beautiful Alvie Estate, near Aviemore is taking shape with a fresh section of route being tested at this time. Entries from all over Scotland, England and parts of Europe are now confirmed. There are 125 riders and a list will be shown here shortly.

This year’s Guest of Honour is former Ossa, Bultaco & CCM factory rider, Dave Thorpe from Chesterfield, England. Dave was the first man to win a World Trials Championship round in 1975, the year the championship was won by fellow Bultaco rider, H. Martin Lampkin.

The event is aimed at Pre’65 and twin-shock machines, Thorpe has entered the event on his Triumph Tiger Cub and will be riding the A-Route/Unit Class. Other notable entries include: last year’s Guest, Yrjo Vesterinen with daughter Hanna Vesterinen; former Bultaco team rider: Norman Shepherd; former Cheshire ACU champion, Peter Salt; bike builder and developer, Alan Whitton; from Spain: Javier Cruz; Luis Munoz; Puablo Munoz; Salvador del Campo; Juan-Pablo Moll and journalist Tim Britton.

The event is sponsored by Classic Trial Magazine & Trial Magazine.


Entry List in pdf:

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Important ‘Gas Gas’ information for SSDT – 2014

Information to assist Gas Gas riders in this years’ Scottish Six Days Trial, issued from Gas Gas Motos Ltd – UK’s John Shirt.SSDT DESIGN 14


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Trials Guru wishes to thank Gas Gas Motos Ltd for allowing us to share this information.

John Shirt Jnr.
Director, Team Manager
C/o GAS GAS Motos Ltd., 33 Harpurhill Business Park, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9JL. UK

Phone +44 1298 766813 opt. 5

Fax     +44 1298 766816

For GG Bikes and spares checkout www.gasgasuk.com
For all other Accessories and Clothing checkout http://www.trialendurodirect.com/

SSDT 2014 – Official Merchandise – TRIALS UK


‘Trials UK’ – based in Horsforth near Leeds, are the Official 2014 Scottish Six Days Trial merchandise distributor for the forthcoming event.

Run by super-enthusiast Nige Pearson and his team, they are a friendly outfit and have supported the SSDT for many years taking a stand within the Parc Ferme/Trade Village area in Fort William.

Follow this link to view and purchase your 2014 Scottish Six Days merchandise from Trials UK.



The Man they call ‘MUNCH’ – MSPORT

When Honda/Montesa launched their new to market 4RT (Four-Stroke Racing Trial) model in 2004, there was one southern English trials dealer who was particularly taken by the new fuel-injected trials machine from Montesa.

Based in Bedfordshire and with a background in the motor trade on the technical side, Mick Gallagher decided that he would find out as much as he could about the seemingly complex machine.

Mick or ‘Munch’ as he is universally known in the trials world, had been in touch with the then Montesa UK importers, Jim Sandiford Imports Ltd in Bury, Lancashire and a dealership was agreed.

The new model was brought into the UK in time for the 2005 trials season and had been rigorously tested in the previous year’s Scott Trial by factory development rider, Amos Bilbao. No apparent problems were encountered even although sceptics wondered how all that electronic wizardry would stand up to inclement UK weather, but it did, and still does!

The Montesa 4RT uses the PGM F1 fuel injected technology taken straight from Honda’s Fireblade, except it manages one cylinder instead of four. Munch began collecting as much data as he possibly could from a variety of sources and soon established himself as the oracle on the 4RT.

Over the period 2005 until 2009 when Sandifords were still importers, many riders purchased their machines from MSPORT, Munch’s dealership. Many had their bikes breathed upon for increased performance or even just detailing.

Munch himself a trials rider, on Montesa 4RT of course and each year has a week’s holiday at Fort William where he is one of the 30 strong observing groups of officials at the annual Scottish Six Days Trial.

In late 2009 the importership of Montesa was transferred to Pidcock Motorcycles, who sold direct to market and did not operate a dealer network. This didn’t upset Munch too much, for by now more and more riders were seeking him out to repair their now ageing machines and saw what improvements were possible over the standard product from Montesa. MSPORT became an independent dealer, but specialising in 4RT models and this is what they do to this day. This is a common feature of the motor trade with franchise official dealers and those who are classed as independent but use genuine parts for repair or if the customer has a restricted budget some aftermarket or non-OEM parts.

Either way, it’s the build up of knowledge over that past 10 years on this particular model of trials bike that sets Munch and MSPORT apart and still keeps the Bedfordshire dealership buzzing.

MSPORT are 100% independent and can upgrade a customers 4RT bike to M-Spec using many innovative parts, sourced from all over Europe.

MSPORT are always keen to hear of someone who is selling a 4RT or is looking to buy a new or newer model. Whether it be a decal set or a complete motor tune or re-map or suspension upgrade, Munch is your man!


For full details of MSPORT follow this link to their website…



This Trials Guru article was written on April, 3rd 2014.

Sadly, Mick ‘Munch’ Gallagher died on the evening of 16th March 2016 having suffered a cardiac arrest while playing five-a-side football. The Trials world is poorer as a result of our good friend’s passing.

Link to Munch Tribute



Steve Saunders – On Trial


The well respected ex-works Honda; Fantic rider; World round winner and ten times British Champion, Steve Saunders has launched a new comprehensive trials book entitled: ‘On Trial’ – A Complete Guide to the Sport of Motorcycle Trials.

He has worked closely with trials literature specialist John Hulme of Yoomee bringing you a full size A4 semi-hardback book covering all aspects of the sport. Nine chapters of text, supported by a superb selection of over three hundred images in one hundred and thirty pages from the classic days through to 2013. All aspects of the sport are covered including:

1 – History
2 – Machines
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 Getting Started
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 How to Ride
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Steve Saunders: “I have wanted to produce the book for many years and my first choice was with John Hulme and his company Yoomee. In the book you can learn the history of the sport and reading though the chapters understand the machines, what clothing to wear, how to transport the machine, maintain it, how to get started, techniques in the hazards and I finish off with a look at my career and the special events such as the World and British championships, the Scottish Six Days and Scott trials as well as the Ladies and Youth areas of the sport”.

The book is one you will want to read time after time on the sport of motorcycle trials and is aimed at the complete beginner through to the more experienced rider.

To order this book, click this link:


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