TM 81 – FEATURED ARTICLE – GAME CHANGER – 1990 BETA ZERO                    

TM 81 – FEATURED ARTICLE – GAME CHANGER – 1990 BETA ZERO                                            


I have been very fortunate to witness the different stages of the motorcycle trials machine’s development along with the ever-changing face of the sport I am so passionate about over the years. The idea for this article and its generation came from my own thoughts, and were confirmed with Mike Rapley after a long conversation on the subject. It was researching Steve Saunders’ 1990 Scottish Six Days Trial win on the aluminium-framed water-cooled Beta Zero model that set me thinking, as this was a first for the event. This article is predominately about Steve and his win in the ‘Scottish’ but I consider it important to also record my thoughts on the significant development changes of the production trials motorcycle. In reality the basics of the two-stroke trials motorcycle has not really changed for 30 years.

 Words: John Hulme – Pictures: Beta

Read the full article in Trial Magazine Issue No: 81

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