Author Archives: Robert Cochrane

About Robert Cochrane

Enjoy all aspects of classic motorcycling, from dirt, racing, road, trials. My road classic bike is a 1971 BSA A65 Lightning 650cc that I use for BSA and Classic rallies. I have been active in classic bikes since 1977 and with friends started the NZ BSA Owners Club in 1978 and with other friends started the Wanganui Classic Club in Feb 2010. In late 2010 I started the NZ Classic & Twinshock Trials & Scramble Association with friends around the country to co-ordinate events and assist the development of the sport in NZ. As secretary its a lot of work but I believe its important to work in the best interests of the sport so I put my hand up. I write a motorcycle column for the Wanganui 'Midweek' newspaper 2 to 3 weeks a month, plus articles for VMX, Old Bike and Kiwi Rider. I own a BSA B25MX scrambler that my son raced for a few years and was ridden by Jeff Smith at the Legends of Dirt. It's resting in my shed as Dan is working offshore. I hosted the 'Suzuki 50 Yrs in NZ' event.My twinshock trials bike is a Kawasaki KT 250cc mount that I bought off TM Bill that has had lotsa time and a modest sum of money poured into it, but is a power of fun. I love motorcycling, its just the job that gets in the way of having full time fun.

Italian Scramble in 1960s

While MV Agusta currently produce some remarkable modern sports bikes I am sure few of the readers realized that they have a rich history of racing scrambles and motocross in domestic championships during the 1960s and possibly the 50s and early 70s. I was doing some research on the MV Factory media website for the upcoming ‘MV Agusta Classic’ race meet on Feb 1-2nd at Taupo International Raceway when I … Read More….

MV Agusta 350cc Electtronica Scrambler

Although better known for their extreme performance multi-cylinder machines, MV Agusta also built a range of very stylish single cylinder sports bikes throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s that often crossed the line. The Street Scrambler was such a machine. At a time when dirt-bike racing was starting to gain traction with seriously focused design that really did create a new genre of racing , MV Agusta took the essence … Read More….

The eNZed VMX Series Well Underway

As you can see from the series poster Round 1 is behind us with Round 2 in Feilding at Labour Weekend so we’ll see you at the next round having more fun on old bikes, catching up with both old and young faces alike.

Twinshock Trial at Bullocks Quarry Bulls – Sunday 13th October

A Twinshock Trial is on at Bullocks Quarry this Sunday, sign on from 9.30am, trials starts 10.30am. A great property off SH1 beside the river bridge on SH1. $20 entry on the day

eNZed Vintage Motocross Championship 2013-2014

The NZ VMX family and supporters have much pleasure in announcing the dates for the eNZed VMX Championship as listed below. Please note the new Website to enter the series. Round 1, Sunday October 6th @ Whakatane. Pete & Les. Round 2, Saturday October 26th @ Manawatu. Dave J. & Crew. Round 3, Saturday 23rd November. Kiwi Vintage Crew. Round 4, Saturday 15th February. Neil Hitze & Crew. Round 5, … Read More….

Bulls Trial this Sunday 25th August – SH1 ‘Bullocks Quarry’ Bulls

You have all head the saying, its ‘Bullabull in Bulls’, well this Sunday its all ‘Trialabull in Bulls’ at the Bullocks – yes this is for real – its not another Bullabull jest or story of Bollocks. It really is the Bullocks Quarry on the river. Trial will be signposted off SH1 at the Bulls township end of the highway bridge. All welcome, no dogs please. Sign on from 9am … Read More….

Awesome 7 acres of Forest to play in – Sunday 18th Wanganui

Come enjoy the fun riding sections through the trees, with tons of log hopping practice. Marangai Rd just south of Wangnaui, past the clay target shooting range. Sign on from 9am, start 10.30am entry $20 on the day. The weather looks great for tomorrow – see you there

Shed 5 Auckland

On business trips to Auckland over the past few years I have made a number of visits to Shed 5 in the city and its had a recent refit with covered seating area outside but the motorcycle collection is still amazing from board track replica Indian, early Honda 4s, Production race Norton Commandos, Vincent, Gold Star, Triumphs by the dozen and a good mix of interesting dirt bikes. This trio … Read More….

KT Recoverd

In a remarkable story of local factory workers spotting the bike in the Brunswick Rd area and Micky Rat Marshall getting a key Triumph Riders member living in the area to keep a look out, the Police recovered the bike on Thursday night. The factory worker got a video of the 16-17yr old joyriders on my bike and we passed it to the police. The kids had taken the name … Read More….

‘Manawatu Twinshock Trials Champs’ Sunday May 26th Kakariki Rd, Halcombe

Honda TLM200 Parts or info Wanted

Can anyone out there help with where a workshop manual or parts book can be found for a Honda TLM200 trials bike (or if they are included in another composite manual), they were a two stroke trials bike made in the mid 1980s I understand and are an early monoshock frame. Does anyone know if other model pistons and rod kits fit them etc. Any contacts info or help greatly … Read More….

First Twinshock Trial of 2013

The Summer Carnival ‘Trentham’ Classic Trial took place at Trentham Memorial Park on Saturday 23rd February in glorious weather with some great addition challenge added with the introduction or a range of logs to the totara reserve section of the course.The river section was very dry and a lot easier than in previous years. Fred Carter Fantic 200 won the Expert section from son Evan by 1 point, Colin Richardson … Read More….

Series 9 – Good Bastard Award to ‘BSA’ Bruce Fergusson

At the March 10th prizegivng at the Wanganui Greyhound Clubrooms Bruce Fergusson picked up the coveted ‘Good Barstard’ Award for his contribution to the sport during the season, always there doing it in the dirt having fun. There were a few jokes about not needing any engine cleaner as it would spoil the look of his bike but jokes aside, Bruce just loves riding his old ‘pom bomb’, as he … Read More….

Series 9 VMX Round 5 for 2012 – Wanganui Sunshine

Mark ‘The Eel’ Ellen in fine form today on the Suzuki 400 at the new Upukongaro track above the Wanganui River and SH4. It was a bit dusty but a brilliant rolling country track with many riders enjoying the big speedbowl style banked turned 3 & 4 and the flowing nature of the track. It was a very hot day with only a puff of a gentle sea breeze after … Read More….

Wanganui Classic Dirt Photos on Facebook

John Nelson receiving a signed event poster from Bryan Wade plus a set of elbow protectors courtesy of Kiwi Rider. It was John’s first trial and he had just won the B Grade Sunday trial. All the trials riders on Sunday were in the draw for a new Mitas rear trials tyre, and John’s name came out the hat so a new 400 x 18 rear will be couriered to … Read More….

Wanganui Classic Dirt – Sunday 19th Feb

Come to Wanganui and ride with International Motocross GP Star Bryan Wade, the only person to ever win the British 125cc, 250cc and 500cc Championships. This is a Pre ’76 meeting on the old Bob Coleman ‘of Colemans Suzuki fame’ famlet at Kildare just north of Wanganui a couple of kms. If there are 5-6 of you who want to front on the day I will allow Pre’78 machines to … Read More….

Husqvarna 1971 400 ‘B.Aberg Replica’ for Bryan Wade to Ride

Steve Roberts wheels out his friends circa 1971 Husqvarna 400 Motocross machine that has been offered for Bryan Wade to ride at Wanganui and Upper Hutt. Steve’s friend in the UK is delighted that ‘Wild Wade’ will be riding his machine. I delivered the bike to Malcolm at Joe Lett Motorcycles today for a full service in preparation for Brian’s arrival. Bryan Wade won the British MX Championships Five times … Read More….

Looking Back – The Green Machine

An action shot I am very, very happy with of the now retired VMX rider Wayne Marshall in action at the final round of the series in Fordell a year or two ago now. Pretty sure this is the KX 500 weapon (could be a KX420?)but not sure as I don’t class myself as a knowledgeable Kawasaki owner. I am not sure how Wayne got the nickname ‘Weasel’ but this … Read More….