Rob Hollister, South Africa
Firstly, thanks for taking the time to put together a very informative site on the Ossa.
I live close to Johannesburg in SA near a large dam which is surrounded
bythe Magaliesburg mountains. These are the same mountains for anyone
with archaeological interests where the various bits have been found which
have been carbon dated way back to the birth of man. So much for
the tourguide role; more importantly they make excellent mountains
for practising trials
and are very challenging because of the rock types and formations.
I ride two trials bikes regularly; the one being a '74 MAR250,
or Plonker as you call it in the US. This machine has served me very
well for many years and although far from being in concours condition is
still capable of taking me most places with the minimal amounts of dabs.
Recently however I picked up a problem with the bike in that the kick-start
mechanism seems to
have stripped inside the casing, and as anyone will know bump starting a 250 2 stroke with the sort of sprocket size that we tend to run, is not easy. So at some point I will need to strip it down and take a look at the problem. I don't know if anybody else has had this problem, but maybe somebody out there has some ideas! At the same time as doing this repair I am going to be cleaning the Ossa up a bit; powder coat the frame, spray the tank etc. so that she is ready for the next 26years of service.
The second trials bike that I use is a classic bike that I have just obtained for the purposes of competing in classic trials. Our rules here state that the engine in the frame must be pre 1965 and of a British make. The rest of the bits you attach seem to be pretty much unrestricted so long as they are in keeping with the classic theme. I suppose they may frown upon a pre65 engine built into a 2000 Beta frame. Anyway I have a c15 BSA motor and I must say that it is a learning curve to make the transition from 2 stroke peppiness to 4 stroke low end when you have learnt to ride trials on a two stroke. I'll keep you posted on the developments of my classic campaign.
Aside from these two bikes I have a collection of other machines; but unlike some collectors who collect a make or and era; I collect what I like the look of. Here's the list:
Cheers for now
"I have 150kms of the best trail riding country side about 15 mins from me, and I live close to the largest city in SA. There is always something to do if you enjoy the outdoors and from a motorcycling P.O.V. it is awesome, from thesnow covered mountains of Lesotho through to the twisty backroads of the Eastern Transvaal.
This is God's Country when it comes to our sport and hobby.
Check out the pics of the Lesotho mountains and my old trusty Montesa 250VR as a taste. "