New to Classic Trials – take a quick look here – Dave Dawson Interview

Welcome to my website….

I am Dave Dawson from Worcestershire, England. I started riding trials in 1996 at the relatively late age of 30, however have always been interested as my Dad has ridden for as long as I can remember. I am not new to 2 wheeled sport though as I had some success with podiums at British, National and European level in BMX in the early 80’s and also some success at Mountain Bike racing in the 90’s following a 10 year Army career.

I rode classic and modern trials for a few years but stopped in 2000 when the foot and mouth outbreak enforced a lay off and I found other things to do on Sundays. I started riding again at the end of 2006 and in 2007 I decided to keep a BLOG as a record of bikes, trials and all things related to my involvement in Trials.

Building and restoring older trials bikes can be a bot of a minefield and the challenge comes from trying to find the right source for parts. As I have spent a few years doing this leg work and chasing around all over the UK I felt that I could share this information to help other riders and cut down the time and cost involved. As there are relatively few websites that provide this information to Pre 65 or Twinshock riders I decided in October 2010 to move all of my BLOG information into this website and organise the information to make it a little easier to access.

If there is anything that you would like to see on here or any information that you are trying to obtain then please get in touch and I’ll see what I can do.

Please feel free to leave your comments or say hi – I hope you enjoy the site!

52 Responses to Welcome

  1. Martyn Bird says:

    Looks good Dave, my boy will be very impressed. Good luck, BTW hope you have logged on to rmpib.com and told all your ex RMP friends about it.

    Had lunch with Paul Cook a couple of weeks ago and Dave Stevenson has just started working with me.



  2. Julie Rankin says:

    Hi Dave, site looks fab, I’m very impressed. Hope you are ok, Julie

    • Hi Julie, good to hear from you. Did Andy carry on riding bikes? I have good memories of going to Bewdley with him and his Dad to ride his 125 Honda when we were kids – they were great times!! Dave

  3. Paul Miller says:

    Dave , bike looks immaculate !! let me know if your riding Nr Bournmouth, I’ll try to get over.

    • Will do Paul – we dont go to south coast very often but the Perce Simon Trial is a round of the sammy Miller series and held in Ringwood each year so you’ll have to try and get across to that one.

  4. Ken says:

    Hi Dave, if you or anyone else for that matter know of any PAL mags for sale please let me know?



    • Not sure Ken but will ask around. I had a BTH mag on my Ariel – superb but pretty costly, I understand they are around £750 now!! You might find something at Wrighty’s show if you are going?

  5. Ken says:

    The re-shoe place I was on about is:


    They did a great job for me 🙂

  6. Paul B says:

    Just found your site, i had the old blog site saved in my favourites but hadent visited for a while, and just wanted to say good job. Will call back this evening for a better look around when i have a bit more time. Keep it up.

  7. dan says:

    hi dave, just seen the picture of that new fantic on toyr web site have they started making trial bikes again cheers dan

  8. Ed Oliver says:

    Hi Dave,
    I am glad you liked my electric car today.
    I had a look at your site-your bikes look amazing (but my dad said they’re rubbish:)
    cheers Ed

  9. juan says:

    love the red swm dave could do with one of those rear brake peddles for mine

  10. Hi Dave,
    Nice little video. and well put together . Film producer next then????

    Regards Charlie.

    • Hi Charlie – thanks for the comment – I’m happy to ride with the head cam on but it helps having mates that do that sort of stuff for a living (usually on the front line in war torn countries though, so a trial was a bit on the tame side!)

  11. Dave Yates says:

    Hi Dave – Great site with loads of useful info. I’m completely new to trials (I’m 45) apart from playing with a TY175 years ago but not competitively, and I fancy getting into it on the classic side. I’m used to building and restoring old classic scooters so if I can’t find a complete long term (cheap) project I might buy a frame such as the Faber Otter and then source the parts as cheaply as possible with a view to riding it in 2012-ish. Any chance you could list or email me any other frame builders that you know of please. By the way I don’t think I’m too far away from you, I’m in Stourbridge.

    • Mark says:

      Hi Dave,
      Recently bought a nice 78 TY 250 and good trailer – planning to have another go after thirty odd years. I’m only a stones throw from stourbridge (between Belbroughton and Bromsgrove). Let me know if you fancy going to a few local trials when you’re sorted. Great site.
      Regards, Mark

  12. Steve Ratheram says:

    Great to see you at Red Marley Dave, the SWM looks a treat, some nice work and plenty of thought has gone into it, see you soon Steve.

  13. Guy Ritchie says:

    dave you and your dad do the best work on swm very good do you got any manual s you put on the web site for swm tl 320 1983 thanks .

  14. Ken says:

    … better luck next year. Very funny…


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  17. Jacques Laplante says:

    Greetings to you all, I am from Quebec
    I visited this site, I find suberbe, there’s some nice vintage trials. I have 2 TY ( 75′-77′ ) & 1 SWM 320 81′

    Regards, Jacques

  18. Wayne Weedon says:

    Nice blog! Glad people are still keeping our beloved twinshocks alive and talked about!

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  21. miroslava says:

    seem to enjoy what you do

  22. paul beard says:

    hi Dave. Nice site you have got. Liked the interview and a insite into trialing. Looks fun. Will have to have abit of practice and then have a go at one of our local ones. Thanks in advance for boots and tyre. Regards and good luck to you in the future. Paul

  23. David Alsop says:

    Hi, I have had the opportunity to deside on a couple of classic trials bikes, 1 being an SWM 320 about 1979, steel tank, full cradle frame model and a Honda tlr 200, so after do sum research, I have decided to buy the TLR 200, and later build a bsa trials bike which I do have the engine, but I am very impressed with the BSA that is on this site, it was a hard decission at the time, because the SWM was a good buy to at $3500.
    This is a great site, cheers David. A from Australia

  24. David.A says:

    I have just purchased a Honda TLR 200, the bike needs two side covers, where is the best place to buy this suit of item. The Fellow with the very nice BSA trials bike (Black small alloy Tank) he has photos on this web-site, I would like to ask him about his bike, what frame did he use. please reply. Cheers David. A (Australia)

  25. stan metcalf says:

    hi dave glad i found your site will put you in my favourites so i dont loose it very interesting stan

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    Would be also interested to exchange info about trials etc.
    Lo ok forward to hear news from you.
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    Ah! holaaa! un abraso desde Mexico!! de un feliz poseedor de una Fantic 240!!

  32. Richar Clarke says:

    We hear and see photos of you back on a bike, was always going to be a case of when not if you were back. So what is the next project ? These pages are over due a new project…..

  33. Tristrum says:

    I have a FANTIC 200 for sale, has been fully rebuilt, full engine rebuild and gearbox, brand new chain, Rock Shocks aswell. will be a nice bike for someone, please contact me for any further information or pictures. no time wasters wanting £1650 ono.

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  36. Deryk Wylde says:

    Hi Dave,

    Just stumbled across your website and found it was truly impressive and loads of fascinating information. My hearty congratulations.

    Are you aware of my own efforts in support of the Pre-65, Classic and Twinshock communities by way of access to my archive of classic photographs, with over 30,000 images (and more coming every day as I scan more of my store of old 35mm negatives).

    I used to publish the first magazine in support of pre-65 trials and scrambles, Off Road Review as well as a series of books, Lochaber Rich Mixture, the Scott Trial, First Rich Mixture (sport in the Cotswolds), Midlands Rich Mixture, the Rickman Story, etc. But that all stopped in 2002 after I lost my wife to cancer.

    Recently I have been persuaded to get all my archives out – including the many thousands of photographs that we never had space for in the books and magazines – and put them where they can be seen and used by people wanting to restore old bikes, etc.

    I was also responsible for arranging, along with two friends John Smith and Derek Lord, the first ever Pre-65 trial in 1971 and then followed that up by creating the trials championship, the “British Bike Championship” which I coordinated for the first ten years. It became the Sammy Miller Championship and has continued to this day.

    This year I have made my archive of images from the very earliest trials, and scrambles, available by recreating my magazine, but now including images taken between the last paper copy in 2002 and the new digital version, today, as well as serialised versions of all the books that I published, including the photographs we couldn’t include in the printed versions because of lack of space and the cost of printing in those days, in a new digital magazine “Off Road Revue (ORRe)” which is available by a small contribution to cover my expenses. Each issue is at least 40 pages – and all information, it is totally independent of all advertising – and there will be at least twenty issues per year (in the first two months we are already at issue7) for the subscription of £12 per year. What is more, anyone who subscribes automatically receives ALL the back issues immediately.

    The magazine can be viewed on many types of devices, tablets, etc., but is best viewed on a ‘pc’ to get all the detail from the photographs. What is more any subscriber wanting specific images from the magazine for their own use can have access to the archive free of charge.

    It is ONLY available from the website ‘www.trialscentral.com’ and there are sample copies to check before buying.

    Try it and see what you think – by the way I am always looking for images of current or recent classic events to add to the archive – that way it becomes more helpful as a free access resource for enthusiasts.

    Deryk Wylde

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