Well, its been a couple of weeks since the 2018 Scottish Six Day trial and finally i have returned home and able to catch up with some stuff on the web, many folks have asked for pics and info on the SSDT so here are a few pics and daily coverage videos for those who don't know what the SSDT is or just want to see more!
Note-- this account is based on an "old" average level rider ---no spring chicken here!!!
This year was my 10th SSDT and at 60 yrs old with NO practice or training i was a little apprehensive to say the least-- and-- on top of that it was a wet one!--- the moors and bogs were hard, VERY hard-- for those here in the USA it is extremely difficult to explain what a Scottish peat bog is-- there is simply really nothing like it here!, for those of you who have done the SSDT you know exactly what i mean, these things are bottomless and if you manage to go into one ( and you will) they are very hard to get out of-- and very energy sucking which doesn't help as you are already exhausted for just trying to avoid them!
We all watch the videos and think, "Yeah!" i could ride that section, not that hard !---and , if fresh and fit! maybe there not-- but be aware-- the videos you see are generally were people can get to !--what you don't see are the miles of hard graft between the section groups and no one gets to see a lot of the groups as they are just to far of the beaten track in the wilderness!
Its not the weather on the day that is the major contributing factor to riding the SSDT--the sections yes, they do alter fairly quickly with water level and severity based on the local weather, but more so the month or two leading up to the event will depict how hard the going will be---this was an exceptionally wet lead up to the event making the event harder than usual.
For the 2 other riders that were with me from here ,Jon Berlin his 3rd SSDT and also Bert, his first SSDT i think although tough, we all finished and now looking back i can say it was fun, that's the thing about the SSDT, it can be like a drug to some folk!---YES, it is painful and hard and wet and cold and quite often you think "What was i thinking" ,some never return again! BUT, some of us do , cant explain why, i think if you are into trials then there is simply NOTHING like it--- and you HAVE to return!
New TRS "GOLD" edition, now available to special order-- only a limited number of these beautiful example of trials machine will be available in the USA--priced at $9975 available in 300/280/250 cc models,--order yours now!
The April issue of "On The Pegs" is here, this month they report on Toni Bous performance at the X Trial in France, which earned him his 12th indoor title-also are interviews with Busto and a report on the incredible new "Dougie Lampkin12" Replica from VERTIGO
Vertigo is really proud to unveil the Vertigo Combat Dougie Lampkin Replica, a direct descendant
from the victories Vertigo and Lampkin himself have taken in the last three editions
of the SSDT (Scottish Six Days Trial), the most emblematic race of world trials. This
new model follows the main Vertigo values, which are design and innovation, but this time,
introducing all the experience and wisdom from Dougie Lampkin’s successful career, who
currently is the ambassador and developer for the brand and 12 World Champion, plus
record holder of 11 victories in the SSDT.
The Dougie Lampkin Replica will be produced in a limited edition. Concretely 150 units will
be put into production, all of them adding their respective nameplate with the number of
the series. This is an aspect that constitutes a very important differential factor, giving to
the final user the opportunity to own a unique bike.
Another aspect to take into account is that
this Dougie Lampkin replica features a white
tubular frame of 15CDV6 aluminium in colour
white, which will provide its future riders
a great handling of the bike.
Following the same line as in former models,
Vertigo has put special attention in light
weighting the components in order to offer
a light bike, for that reason, once again the
clutch and engine covers have been mounted
The injection management has also gone
through interesting modifications. Here we
can find the addition of a switch that allows
to select a double optimized map developed
jointly with Dougie Lampkin, which gives to
the final user the chance to benefit from the
large experience in competition of our brand
150 Units limited edition worlwide
Tubular frame in aluminium 15CDV6
Engine and clutch covers in injection in order to reduce the total
Front fork Tech Alu in gold.
New injection map with double map switch.
Adjustable fork clamps and new steering geometry.
Reiger shock absorber
New lateral protector
New Dougie Lampkin decoration - 12 Times World Champion
Renthal Handlebar, handlebar protector, grips
Special “power parts” combination manufactured in aluminium by
CNC in anonized beige: clamps, footpegs, cylinder head cover,
semishaft dumper, rear chainwheel, levers adjustment kit, pump
brake cover and clutch cover
Mechanized rear rim with X-Light tyres
FIM Homologated rear brake disc
Magnetic kill switch
New radiator protector
New skid plate
Titanium exhaust Dougie Lampkin Replica
Orders for this VERY unique special limited edition are now being taken both us here at lewisportusa and your local Vertigo dealers, we are not sure how many of these we can get here in the USA so please do not hesitate to get your name on the list for this very unique bike.
New from lewisportusa-- the "Mini" Viper USFS Screen Type spark arrestor, same superb qaulity just smaller and more affordable!----$59.95
***Compact Spark Arrestor
***Uses legal screen size
***Fits most trials motorcycles
***Slips over the silencer tip
***Tightens with 3 stainless steel set screws
***Allen key included
***Availible in 3 sizes,1.260 / 1.190 and 1.135
Availible in various sizes for TRS / GAS GAS / VERTIGO / MONTESA (4rt -315) SHERCO / SCORPA
Gas Gas no longer requires extension tip and fits straight onto OEM end tip.
Torrott and Gas Gas launch there all new TXE model, the first electric bike with a full mechanical clutch and 6 speed gearbox.
The bike has been developed by Torrot, a leading manufacturer of electric bike / scooters and has encorporated a state of the art electric motor that is both powerful and very effiecent.
Weighing in at a light 150lbs and uses the chrome moly frame the tried and trusted txtpro has used for many years, the bike will also use state similar suspension set up as the gas powered trials txt pro race models.
The bike is due to arrive sometime between july and october 2018 and orders are already now being taken.
Please note-- our online shopping cart is going through some fairly large changes over the next few weeks so please if you are having trouble ordering or do not see what you are looking for please call/e-mail or text and we will be glad to try and help.
New from Hebo--CRANK / CORE1 / ORIGIN bike trials helmets -- plus MUCH more trials bicycle parts and apparel -- Check out the new HEBO range of motorcycle and bicycle wear and parts, available to order here now!
A few pictures of our pit at the World Round Trial GP held at Kingman AZ
, much appreciation to the organizers Mike Carlton and his crew for a incredible event which was well received by all visiting manufacturers.
We just wanted to remind customers that we stock and are able to offer the enduro line of Gas Gas motorcycles also, here is a video link that Dirtbike magazine released on the all new GAS GAS EC race bikes,
Some pictures from our Lewisport Trials training school---
Just a reminder lewisport offer one on one training schools for beginner through upper class riders at our unique riding area here in Copperopolis--typical class consists of anywhere from one to a max of 5 riders giving all attended a high level of attention for either half day or full day training.
We also have the opportunity to hire a bike so that prospective riders can get a feel for the trials sport before purchasing there own bike.
Please call shop 1-866-997-2622 for more training info
Vertigo / Crossbow Trials bikes are suitable for the Amateur thru Proffesional trials bycyle riders, this Highly competative product is built to an exceptional standard and available here soon in both 20 and 26 inch models:
Available again in short supply, the replacement for a HEBO rear brake on 90 onwards TXT models--this has been a problem for some time for customers with the old HEBO caliper that has no longer has parts available -- this kit replaces the whole caliper and uses existing hose, ----------Recretail, $374.30
Not really too trials orientated but sort of is!---many many years ago we helped this young kid win the US national 125 trials championships name was COLTON HAAKER.....I think we all knew he was destined for bigger things back then!
Look where it got him now!..........................................If your still on the fence about whether getting a trials bike will help your dirt bike riding here is the proof!!!
New for the TRS--Rieger rear shock-- heres the word!
Reiger rear shock absorber as used by Adam Raga-
After a season of competition with Adam Raga, the TRS factory is confident in releasing the "Factory" accessory Rieger shock. This shock is a limited production specifically tuned for the TRSone, and has settings consistent with the desires of typical top level trials riders.
Rec retail-$1015.00--part number 05007TR100
ALAlso new for the TRS one--Kehien carb conversion now available here,
2016 Scottish Six Day Trial--well!--what a week it has been --here are a few videos of each day and some pictures I took whilst riding.
Having lived here and ridden the SSDT many times before this has been a 16 year break from the last time i rode the SSDT and i must admit by far the hardest !
I went into this knowing it was going to be tough!--and to be honest with suffering from arthritis now in both knees not knowing if a finish was going to be achievable.
My two companions Bill Merritt and Jon Berlin were both first timers and a life long dream for them to compete in the SSDT.
When you watch the videos and look at the pictures it all seems quite straight forward doesn't it?------cant be that hard right?----well i hate to shatter your elusions but this is hard--VERY HARD! There is NO other trial that begins to compare with the severity of this event both in length / physically /mechanically and mentally.
Around 100 miles a day , in the first week of May in the Scottish highlands can be interesting weather!-- and this year did not let us down--we had sun , rain ,snow, hail, wind , oh and did i mention rain!!!
We all started late on the first day (times change each day) and rain somewhat cautious of what we were getting into--and as the week progressed my companions learnt all about the things i had told them, but now it was for real!
PEAT BOG:-wet spongy soft ground of decomposing vegitation: has poorer drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation
This stuff is EVERYWHERE!----there is NOTHING anywhere in the US that begins to compare with this stuff--you have to just experience it--some are hard enough to walk on--some are soft enough to completley engulf a bike-- and rider!
I knew what we were in for on Monday being late-- good going in the 30+ sections but hard going on the moors because of the 250+ riders that had been through in front of us, Bill and Jon unfortunately did not! and soon got there first taste of what was install for the next 5 days!
Unfortunately Jon encountered some electrical connection problems on Tuesday and got excluded on time with a 4 mile bike push back of the moors returning late Tuesday night!--but once quickly fixed continued to ride the rest of the week (no finishers award basis)
Bill unfortunatly went out on Wednesday with some carpul tunnel issues and sat out the horrendous Thursday long Rannoch moor day and the rest of the week.
Both Jon and i carried on and finished the event, exhausted , excited , thankful!
In summary--- it was a GREAT week in the Scottish highlands-great to see MANY old friends here---would i do it again?--i WILL return!---this event is simply THE biggest trials event in the world--MUCH appreciation to the organizers and folks that take time to actually put the is event on and make it happen-- it ran flawlessly as always, also to Team Vertigo Uk for the bikes and the team truck and mechanics / helpers that made this week possibly---THANK YOU ALL!
Get your Tether kill switch now --Ridding Nationals this year?--or just want the security of knowing when that big off comes ! the engine will not rev out causing expensive repairs or worse still hurt someone!
As usual Lewisportusa are ready with huge stocks and cheapest prices--$32.52
TRP shock upgrade replacement for the Montesa / Honda 4rt-- in stock!--The TRP trials shock absorber is a great upgrade for any trials rider to obtain a better suspension setup as it allows for a wide range of adjustments to be made to the rear rebound damping using the anodized serrated roller:
-fully adjustable rebound
-top quality CNC machined aluminium parts
-anodized serrated roller for easy adjustment
made and assembled in Belgium
-all bushings and bearings available separately
- fully rebuild able
Some folks have asked for better images of the incredible true "Factory" bike from Vertigo-- the "RR" model--so here they are!--FULL titanium frame-- Termignoni titanium /carbon exhaust / mag casings and so much more-- this comes in at 130lb!!
We at LewisportUSA are extremely proud to announce sole distribution of the all new VERTIGO TRIALS Motorcycles in North America.
Following the success of the latest prototype version of the Vertigo Combat as ridden to victory by Dougie Lampkin at the recent and famous Scottish Six Day Trial (SSDT), the 2016 production edition will now benefit from the information collected during this absolute test of reliability and performance plus the continued work to deliver the best possible package to end users.
Taking immediate effect the parties listed belowhave been exclusively sanctioned to act on behalf of Vertigo Motors within the geographical limits specified in each case.
1: Official and exclusive Vertigo distributor for Northern America
Address: UNIT1, 90 ROCK CREEK RD, COPPEROPOLIS, CA 95228 USA
Phone: + 1 2097856878 / + 1 5055155005
Territory: United States of America
Without exception, each appointed party has a great passion and a vast experience within the sport of trial and therefore Vertigo Motors are confident in these exciting and new collaborations, and wish their newly appointed official Vertigo distributors every success now and in the future as they each play their important role in establishing the brand around the World
Many of our customers are not aware of our very extensive "MANUALS" page, here you can find part numbers for most all modern trials bikes along with some extremely good information / videos on anything from general maintenance to specific tasks on specific brands---look for the "MANUALS" tab on the left or "CLICK HERE" to go straight there.
Also, when ordering OEM parts it helps us a lot if you can give us part numbers to avoid confusion.
PRICING: While we try our hardest to keep the posted prices up to date, prices are not guaranteed. ALL prices are subject to change at any time.... please CALL for up to date pricing! With so many of our items being imported, there are a lot of variables that can change our cost.....
And a reminder..... we not only sell all our items retail, but also have special dealer pricing. Call for details.