2012 BUYER’S GUIDE
Even though Beta has earned recent attention for its
enduro products, the Italian company has a much longer
history in the trials world. For 2012, the company will
offer a fairly large line of plonkers. For young riders, there
will be a mini, an 80cc Jr. and an 80cc Sr. The full-size
two-stroke line (the EVOs) will have the 125, 200, 250 and
290. The four-strokes offered will be the 250 and the 300.
Last year, Sherco acquired the French company Scorpa
and will now be distributing those products in the U.S.
through Ryan Young Products. The Scorpa-line flagship is
the 280 two-stroke, which has a Yamaha-based powerplant. The company also offers a 125 four-stroke. Both
models are available in the “Competition” configuration and
in “Long-Ride” trim, with a large fuel tank and seat.
Sherco is a Spanish company specializing in trials bikes. The U.S. importer is
none other than Ryan Young, who was once an
American Trials Champion himself. The four primary
models are the 3. 2 (a 320cc two-stroke), 2.9, 2. 5 and
1.25. All have steel frames, hydraulic clutches and the
necessary trials trappings.
If you’re old enough to remember the original Ossa, good
for you. Now, go back to your Matlock reruns. The name
Ossa is back, and it’s associated with another Spanish trials
bike. But this time the technology in intriguing. The bike is a
two-stroke with a reward-slanting cylinder and fuel injection.
Unlike most EFI motorcycles, the injector is not located in the
throttle body, but on the crankcase side of the reed valve,
which Ossa engineers label as their brand of direct injection.
Very sophisticated and imported in limited numbers. ;
Aprilia: (800) 631-1101, www.apriliausa.com
BBR: (888) 668-6227, www.bbrmotorsports.com
Beta: (805) 226-4035, www.americanbeta.com
BMW: (800) 831-1117, www.bmwmotorcycles.com
Cobra: (517) 437-9100, www.cobramotorcycle.com
Gas Gas Enduro: (404) 223-4646, www.ggor.us
Gas Gas Trials: (816) 809-8404, www.gasgas.com
Honda: (310) 783-2000, www.honda-powersport.com
Kawasaki: (949) 770-0400, www.kawasaki.com
Pitster Pro: (801) 796-7416, www.pitsterpro.com
Scorpa: (502) 647-5220, www.shercousa.com
Sherco: (502) 647-5220, www.scorpausa.com
Suzuki: (715) 996-7040, www.suzuki-cycle.com
Yamaha: (714) 761-7300, www.yamaha-motor.com
TM: (909) 608-0082
The premier trials models from Gas Gas are the Raga
models, which will be available in three sizes: the 250, 280
and 300 two-strokes. The TXT Pros have some different
components, but are the same core machines, plus a 125.
The four-stroke will be available in limited numbers. There
are also youth models called the Boy, Rookie and Cadet.