With no machines released to the press we decided to bring you the first impressions of the exciting new TRS, and who better to ask than the official UK importer Steve Saunders? With a tremendous sporting pedigree, having won World trials rounds on both four- and two-stroke machines I am sure you can imagine his excitement with this project. We know the TRS looks impressive and with both Steve and the trials legend from Spain, Jordi Tarres, involved in its development programme it was time for Saunders to throw his experienced legs over the machine to find his first impressions.
Steve Saunders: “If first impressions can give anything away I believe the new TRS looks a winner with its very modern and practical aesthetics, which really do catch the eye. This machine is a pre-production model and I am sure it will look even better as the finished product. Quality products have been used throughout and we felt that the forged aluminium twin-spar frame was the correct route to take for durability. Simplicity for ease of maintenance has also been taken into account, and for this reason we have also remained with the tried and tested carburettor method of fuel delivery. This model we have is the 300 with its liquid-cooled single cylinder motor and five-speed gearbox”
“The factory has gone with the 60mm stroke motor for the 300, 280 and 250 models as both Jordi and myself feel this brings the best attributes for trials use with its bottom-end power and torque as you open the throttle. Without a doubt a hydraulic-operated diaphragm clutch system is by far the best and this is what we have used; it’s compact and very effective. The five gearbox ratios are unique for trials use and, again, we have chosen these taking into account the open moorland and tracks found in the more traditional events such as the Scottish Six Days Trial”
“I am delighted with the new machine; it ticks all the boxes for me. Small important things like access to the air filter; it is simple through a door in the seat area where the filter is attached by a spring-loaded clip, leaving no excuse for not cleaning it! The suspension linkage is so easy to remove and all the bearings are located in the linkage, so it’s just three bolts and you have all the bearings off the machine and on the bench for cleaning and greasing”
“Riding the machine the handlebars feel slightly closer to the body, making the front end much lighter whilst retaining stability. While the fork angle is opened up to gain stability and reduce pushing and washing out on corners, the motor is powerful yet remains linear, with a very good torque feeling, and the whole machine feels light and nimble. With the ultra-progressive rear linkage the rear end soaks up the bumps very well, and bottoming out even on big drop offs is minimal. The carburetion is sweet and clean, and thanks to the latest double spark ignition system with inverted flywheel the whole package complements one another”.