Picture: Mark Eastwood inspects a TM 125 Kart Engine.
TM UK has just made a little bit of history in TM Racing marketing and set a first for the both ourselves and the small motorcycle concern based in the beautiful town of Pesaro on the east coast of Italy. TM UK worked hard over the winter period in collaboration with TM Racing and put together an exciting three day package for the UK press.
Treated to an all expenses paid trip by TM UK, representatives from Trials and Motocross News, Moto Magazine, Dirt Bike Rider, Enduro Extreme, Trail Bike Magazine, Enduro.ie and more were whisked from Stanstead airport early doors on Tuesday and headed for the TM Racing factory in Pesaro, Italy.
Tuesday 17th January 2012:
After a brief coach ride from Rimini airport the group arrived at their home for the next two nights, the fabulous Crusier Congress Hotel on Pesaro's beach front overlooking the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas. After a 'light lunch' at one of Pesaro's fabulous authentic Italian eateries it was time to jump in the coach for the a short 5 minute ride to the TM Racing Factory.
Upon arrival many were suprised as to how small the TM Racing factory appeared, however once inside and after the handshakes, the admiring of pictures of today and yesteryear that adorn the walls and a brief walk through the corridor of offices it was soon time to visit the machining and assembly area, stretching rearwards and with more areas hidden in a lower level the size of TM Racing suddenly became marginally larger than the frontage would suggest. Seeing Kart engines and Motorcycles being assembled, engine cases and cylinders being carefully finished with hand power tools and a watching a plethora of CNC machinery making components from billet stock including triple clamps, wheel hubs, pistons and sprockets to name a few. We were also witness to the incredbile ballet of the turret CNC machines changing their own tools and turrets, finish machining crank cases, casings and covers, cylinder heads and much more. The TM Factory never fails to impress and the amount of components actually made in house is vast, even the chassis' are manufactured and welded in house by hand along with numerous parts, parts that others would outsource or never hand finish in the fashion that TM Racing does. After a brief visit to the Dyno room and technical departments it was time to go back to the offices where TM Racing' s owner Gastone Serafini joined us and took questions from the group of wide-eyed 2 wheel fanatics.Feeling the strain of a long day it was soon time to retire and after sampling more fine Italian food, Vino and hospitality it was back to the hotel for a good nights sleep.
Weds 18th January 2012:
After a hearty Italian breakfast it was back on the coach and a 90 minute drive up through the breathtaking mountains of Italy to the Motocross and Enduro facility at 'Citte De Castello Peruglia'. Registering only 2 degrees it was not the warmest of Italian days but as the sun broke through the trees it certainly made it rather pleasant, even if the track surface was a little hard and rough. With a motocross track featuring plenty of elevation changes, a good selection of jumps and obstacles and an Enduro loop winding through the valleys of trees surrounding the facilty and beyond, all backed up with fantastic views it was time for some riding. With a line of of new bikes consisting of 125cc, 250cc, 250Fi and 450Fi MX bikes and 125cc, 250cc, 300cc, 250Fi and 450Fi Enduro bikes there was no shortage of machinery or ground to play on. After a long day of riding various machines, getting 'that shot' for the photographer and testing it was again back on the coach and back to Pesaro for more food, Vino and some thought and reflection.
Thursday 19th January 2012:
After another good breakfast for some..... and a little more sleep for others, Thursday was just the rather relaxed affair of getting back to Rimini airport for a mid-afternoon flight home, however.....fog surrounding the airport witnessed our aircraft having to land elsewhere due to exceptionally poor visibility and we were packaged onto a coach for the 60 minute drive to Ancona airport were we finally boarded our plane and took to the skies heading for home.
Look out in the UK press soon for test features, factory tour information, videos and photos.
Thanks to Mark Eastwood, David Willet, Chris Hockey, Ed Bradley, James Barnicoat, Llewelyn Pavey, Ray Chuss, Anthony Sutton, Robert Lynn, Carl Tiley and of course TM Racing