A crazy story about a Californian dirt bike rider, Tim Hollis, whose Facebook posts end up getting him to Australia riding a brand new tricked out Yamaha 250 for a Rally. Action and dirt bike fun to be had by all. A Yamaha WR250R motorcycle adventure at its best.
2018 Yamaha WR250R Rally
This year we saw 60 riders join us for this event – be sure to sign up to our newsletter so, you dont miss next years ride as we will be capped at 60 – with a first in best-dressed policy!
Don’t Miss Out On 2019 Yamaha WR250R Rally!
Yamaha WR250 Rally Video Transcribe
Narrator: Motorcycle Adventure Dirt Bike TV is proudly supported by Adventure Spec back in England, Rally Raid Products, Giant Loop in the United States and Adventure Moto in Australia.
Dave: I’d like you to meet Tim, currently the luckiest American in Australia. It’s fair to say that Tim’s riding style is unbelievably loose, but equally unbelievable is how Tim came to be here: A unique combination of Facebook, beer and a mutual love of the Yamaha WR250R. After seeing Tim getting loose, I’m pretty sure there’ll be a few engineers back in Japan scratching their heads as to what he can do with what they designed as a day tripper for the Japanese market. I caught up with Tim fresh from his flight from the United States.
Greg: It was quite surreal to be sitting at the airport this morning, going wow—I’m waiting for a guy I’ve never met who I contacted on a Facebook page and went, “Hey, if you get yourself to Australia, I’ll provide everything else you need, and a bike with Teknik Suspension, and a whole heap of Adventure Moto Gear and a bike supplied by Yamaha Australia,” and wow—I’ve never met this guy, and I’m hoping he’s not an axe murderer!
Dave: Greg Yager, the man that drank too much beer while Facebook stalking and made it all happen, has taken Tim straight to Teknik MotorSports to get Tim’s suspension sorted on his brand new Yamaha that he’ll be riding in this weekend’s Yamaha 250 Rally.
Tim: I’m just beyond excited! I feel like I’ve won the motorcycle lottery. I can’t thank Greg enough for the opportunity. I’m excited man—I can’t wait to ride!
Nick: So, we’re just doing the first of a series of tests. I’ll just do some quick live tests to make sure that the shock has the gas pressure in it that it should have, and it should be somewhere near our dampening targets before we actually do the test. The Dyno just runs through about 13 different test speeds, which is part of our standard testing procedure.
Greg: So, Dave, I have had a couple people say before, “Oh, it’s a little bit more expensive to have it done by Nick” or “It takes longer”, or something like that. What I would like to point out is that it’s just come off the Dyno now for the third time. So, without that Dyno, he wouldn’t know what the difference is that he’s got there. So if you build it or if someone else builds it, they could have more dampening or less dampening, and they really don’t know. So the quality control is so fine that Nick’s found that there is a slight difference, so he’s going to go and make the tiniest of tiniest adjustment that he just made previously. But I couldn’t believe that it would make that much of a difference, but we’ve seen the difference on the Dyno, and this is what he talked about before—that slight difference.
Nick: That’s the first test we ran. So, in red is the first test we ran, where we are making a little bit too much dampening all over. Then the second test we ran was in green, and it was still a little high. And this third one we are doing now live which is in blue, we are a little bit under where we should be, but that’s okay because the shock is a little bit too hot. So, it’s a little bit too hot, we lost a bit more dampening, which is fine.
So, we are now finished. We’ve done it and I’m quite happy with how this one now tests. It’s only the third time and when people say, “Why does my shock take so bloody long to do”, it’s because we don’t just assemble it and punt it out the door. If it’s not right then it comes apart again.
There you are—and it’s even warm!
Dave: Now um, did we tell him we weren’t giving him a bike, and we are just giving him suspension?
Tim: He’s going on a moped, right?!
Dave: Yeah, this was just a setup.
Tim: When I got here and when I first walked into Adventure Moto and saw the shop here and all the blue, it was kind of WR heaven in here, Yamaha heaven. And when I went back and saw the brand-new bike there with all the parts and everything, it was just kind of overwhelming. I didn’t know what to expect and this has just kind of blown me away.
Greg: Well, mate, this is all your stuff, you’ve seen it there. So if you take that, that…
Tim: This is all I need?
Greg: …and that… And we’ll be leaving in about 25 minutes, so could you just get into it?
Greg: Don’t look so confused mate—it’s not that hard.
Tim: No, I’m good. I think so… Thanks. I’ll see you guys in a little bit.
Greg: Yeah, in about 25 minutes.
Dave: One day before the start of the Yamaha WR250R Rally, and the boys took him for a shakedown ride to give him a little time to settle into his brand-new tricked up 250.
Dave: Well, shakedown was a success and the boys headed home for some beer, Facebook and bench racing. One more sleep until the rally begins.
Sean: We’re all set to go on the WR250R Rally 2018, as you can see from last year the numbers have pretty much doubled. We’ve got riders come up from Melbourne—they did a four-day ride to get here. We’ve got a guest rider from the U.S., Tim Hollis and the event’s just getting bigger and better all the time, so I’m stoked to be part of it and can’t wait to get on the ride.
Greg: Hey Dave, how you going? Bigger and better than last year—sixty bikes this year, Dave, probably a maximum. So next year there’ll probably a line up of 60 bikes so what we’ll probably do is first in best dress. Be aware of that.
Dave: It’s a sea of Yamahas!
Rider: I’m fully geared up from Melbourne!
Dave: Alright, there’re 10,000 people watching you.
Rider: Ah, far out.
Dave: He’s up! Look at the carnage here, look at the traffic jam! Oh, he’s gonna crest up! Oh, he’s come off right in front of me.
Rider: Sorry, Dave!
Dave: That’s alright, mate, it’s all part of the action.
Rider: …do not offend the ninja! Here we go!
Dave: Go, go! Come on, get that baby going! Come on! Get on the seat. Put your bum on the seat. Just put it down—put your bum on the seat and drop the clutch—that’s it!
Dave: Gotcha. You’ve been got in slow motion stills. Two thousand frames a second! You’ve been done. There’s no bench racing with that. We know exactly what’s happened.
Dave: That was a good effort.
Rider: Don’t wanna spit the front sprocket out again.
Dave: You did alright. You nearly went over the handlebars frontwards. I was pretty impressed.
Dave: You’ve gotta sit on it. You’ve gotta sit on it. Give it another go! You just did your wheelstand at the wrong time. Just do your wheelstand at the top over there and that’ll lift you over. Clear it like a man! Go go go go go! Well done! Right, we’ll give you a hand…
Dave: Troy, so how did this Mad Max scene work?
Rider: So, if you do remember in the scene when they pull up in one of the little townships, and the head of the bikies lined them all up and backed them into the street there, wound them all up, got them to rev the crap out of their bikes, then they shut it off and went and took over the town, so we’re sort of doing of a reverse order on this one.
Dave: Alright, so we’re leaving the town after buying our Twisties and milkshakes… Right…
Rider: Nothing hardcore here! And then we’ll wind them up, and then they can kick us out of the town and we’ll be on our way.
Dave: Okay, so you’re gonna be out the front with a wig on.
Rider: If I can find one, I’ll get one out there and put my scruffy bikie wig on, yeah that’ll probably do the job.
Dave: Alright, beautiful.
Leader: Are we ready to ride, boys! Go brother! Go brother! Yeah! Go my boys! Ride away! Into the blue yonder, and beyond!
Dave: How’d you find today?
Rider: Bloody brilliant. Good weather, good riding, no offs.
Dave: That’s what you like to see. I saw a lot of people come off today, but not at much speed.
Rider: I think I might have put a bit of mud in people’s faces as well.
Dave: Ah, oh well, don’t admit to that…
Dave: How’s it going?
Tim: Going good, I’m just—I feel like a piece of jello—my whole body.
Dave: You had a lot of activity yesterday!
Tim: Yeah, it’s been so much riding, you know. Day number four, I’m just trying to survive and get through the day.
Dave: You ready to go?
Rider: Absolutely! Bring it on!
Dave: Was it a good day yesterday?
Rider: I had a fabulous day yesterday.
Dave: Excellent, well done.
Dave: Looking forward to today?
Rider: Oh, I can’t wait! First rideADV rally, absolutely loving it. It’s gonna be massive.
Dave: Good! Look at the bLU cRU—they’re out in force today.
Dave: Hey mate. Ready to ride?
Rider: Yeah, ready to ride.
Dave: Mate, I’ve been admiring your helmet for two days. Love it.
Rider: Thanks mate. Patriotism at its finest.
Dave: Yes, I need to get something like that.
Rider: It’s day two, what a great bunch of people. Awesome trails, the bikes have been brilliant, the weather’s been good. And just solid gold people to hang out with on a weekend, so, WR250R Rally, long may it continue!
Dave: Gentleman, how you enjoying it?
Rider: Oh, it’s great fun. Clean, breaking my bike, it’s the best. Loving it. Loving it. You liking it, Brennan?
Rider 2: Loving it, man. It’s been great. Gotta get more in the dirt. I’m not dirty enough, I think.
Rider: Only got a 1,000 km ride home tomorrow.
Dave: Tim’s broken his finger.
Tim: It happens. What can you do. It’s part of the game.
Dave: Okay, so which one’s broken.
Tim: That guy. It’s completely snapped in half…
Rider: Do that thing again.
Tim: No, let’s not… Just wanna make it straight again, you know?
Dave: Okay, can you bring that together? Just bring them together. That’s it. Now I’m just doing this loose…
Tim: Okay so, what had happened was Pete and I were pushing real hard. We passed just about everyone in the pack. And I got to a comfortable pace and I was mobbing and then all of a sudden I had a 450 on my tail, so I was pushing it, you know, because I wanted to see how well the WR250R would do against the 450 on the trail here. So up there I just was going way too fast, I was about fourth gear tapped, didn’t clear the bottom roller here, completely bottomed out both ends of the bike as hard as they possibly could, I probably got bucked a good, I don’t know, 40 feet.
Rider: You did, and you hit that tree over there. If we just focus in on this tree, you’ve taken a fair bit of the bark off of it.
Dave: That tree is 35 meter from where you hit…
Tim: I think I got kicked from about there, airborne until somewhere around here, landed. Oh, well, I don’t know if I really landed—but I did a couple of front flips, landed on my feet of all things…
Rider: You got up like a cat…
Tim: Got up in about a millisecond and I was fine until I realised that I snapped my pinky.
Rider: I was following Tim, and we came up off this—I don’t know—the top rise, and if you hit it fast enough, you’d probably be able to double jump it. Unfortunately he backed a little bit at the top so he didn’t make it, so he’s cased on the lander, and that sent the bike in the air and so he’s a bit sideways in the air at this time and as he landed he landed completely sideways. So the bike dug in and flipped long ways, not front over back. It went sideways flipping off the track and it’s hit this tree here.
Dave: You can’t show me the tree…
Rider: If you can see that tree, and that bark, you could probably make a canoe out of that. It’s actually fairly thick isn’t it.
Dave: The aboriginals used to make dishes like that, Tim, and you’ve done that in one go.
Rider: And then before it was over, before the scene had actually—the dust had settled, he was on his feet walking over to me going, “Man I’m ‘right, I’m ‘right”. And then he started thinking, and he goes, “No, I think I’ve busted this…” and hats off to him, it was going good, he was going well.
Dave: Well done, Tim!
Tim: Thank you guys.
Dave: Now remember this trail, it’s called Yengo Trail, Y-E-N-G-O.
Tim: I’ll never forget it, that’s for sure. That’s the most wicked accident I’ve ever had in my life, so…
Dave: So, let’s just come back a bit. So we’ve got a hole in a tree, where’s the hole in the motorbike?
Rider: No, I think he might have hit with the bottom of the bike maybe, I don’t know. Have a look.
Dave: The bottom of the bike?
Tim: I don’t know how this bike isn’t snapped in two!
Dave: Oh there it’s hit! It’s hit with the bashplate.
Riders: There’s liquid there—what’s that? Fuel.
Dave: Agreed, these Yamahas are tough. So he wanted to make a canoe in Australia, with a Yamaha. And he nearly succeeded.
Tim: All in all, I think a finger ain’t too bad.
Dave: Lochy, Lochy hang on a minute. Did I see.. Hey, Tim…
Rider: We threw everything at him, but it turned out to be Yengo that broke him.
Tim: I definitely have some other sprained fingers, but none of them are broken like that pinky is.
Dave: Well the sounds of that prang, mate, it’s lucky you got a head. Well that Chris, those two guys on the 450s are world motorcycle champions. We forgot to tell you that…
Tim: Who’s that?
Dave: That’s Chris Watson.
Rider: I’m not… Watson is. I just ride with them!
Tim: Well, at least everybody can see now—I do crash, people.
Dave: You look like a little rabbit, you got a tiny bit of dust on the top of your nose. Very twitchy!
Chris Watson: Yes, fantastic. Double entrance from last year. Everyone had a great time. Greg put on a great show, and quite proud of our shop, Chris Watson Motorcycles, could help out. We had a good day today riding and we’ll be back next year.
Dave: Mate, thanks very much! It was great, Chris. See ya!