Saturday, April 14, 2007

Trial without error: Dougie Lampkin

The MotoGP crowd probably can't do this. Lampkin can...

While Valentino Rossi is the best man for hurling 220-horsepower MotoGP bikes down twisty circuits at 300km/h, when it comes to riding motorcycles over seemingly impossible terrain, it’s 31-year-old British rider Dougie Lampkin who’s on top. Lampkin, who now lives on the Isle of Man, is possibly the best Trials rider ever, and has no less than twelve world championship titles to his name. He started off in Trials in 1991, and shows no signs of slowing down today.

What this 250cc, single-cylinder Montesa can do with Lampkin on board, simply defies belief

Lampkin rides for Team Montesa–HRC, and his bike is a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder, 250cc Montesa Cota 4RT. This Trials-special motorcycle has an aluminum twin-spar chassis, 5-speed gearbox, a computer-controlled digital ignition system, and PGM-FI electronic fuel injection. There’s a 39mm Showa cartridge-type telescopic fork at the front, with 22-step adjustable compression and 20-step rebound damping. Rear suspension is Showa single damper ‘Pro-Link’ with stepless compression and 12-step rebound damping adjustment. The bike weighs 73kg dry.

Watch this video to see what Mr Lampkin is capable of doing on his bike!

Also see:
Libero Liberati: 500cc motorcycle GP racing world champ in 1957!
Kenny Roberts to build Fireblade-based sportsbike
The 2007 Cannonball Bike Run
Can you learn to live without bikes?

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