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About stpauls

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  1. I have had three Beta 250s including an Evo. I changed it for a 125. The best thing I ever did. I have ridden a Sherco 125 for the last 2 years, but if I was buying a new, or late model bike now, I would probably buy a GasGas 125. I tried a new one out a few months ago and it was brilliant. You don't need a powerful bike to learn on.
  2. I wonder if you could put your original bars in a vice. put a scaffold bar on the end and put a bit more bend/upsweep on them? I haven't tried this myself, so I don't know if it would work.
  3. Yep, best in a van - and don't plaster trials stickers all over it either, otherwise one night you will have unwanted visitors.
  4. When I had a 2014 250 Beta Evo I removed two springs from the clutch. Made it much lighter. Didn't slip.
  5. I wonder how they did it?
  6. The edges on my Sherco 125 clutch basket were the same as the above basket, perhaps worse. I filed them smooth. The tangs on the clutch plates also had burrs on them, where they rubbed against the basket. I filed them smooth too. Following the Beta Clutch Fix I also scraped away all the excess glue from between the pads on the clutch plates. When I first started it up (from cold) it did not leap forward, which it was doing previously. The clutch also feels much smoother. Thanks
  7. I have two pairs of boots, both bought 3 years ago. 1. Garne Balance Oiled. Soft and comfortable, but little foot protection from stumps or rocks. Water resistant. 2. Wulfsport - brown ones. Stiffer, heavier, thicker leather. Lots more foot protection than my Garnes. Not waterproof. Very uncomfortable at first around my ankle. I had a piece of foam rubber stuffed in there for a while - perhaps a year. Now, with lots of dubbing and Duckswax they are as comfortable as my Garnes . I
  8. The clutch on my 2014 Sherco was really good. No issues at all. However, recently it has started to drag. I have started it and left it to warm up for a few minutes. Then I have pulled the clutch in and selected first. It has leaped forward. I have changed the clutch fluid. So I am thinking that either something/s have worn, or the clutch plates have swelled or warped. I am going to investigate tomorrow. I will also do the Beta clutch fix and see if that helps.
  9. 2, 2.5 or 3 the rear. 5 or 6 MAXIMUM in the front. New tyre? Some makes of tyre don't grip very well. Only use Michelin Trial x Lite. Anything else then just bin it and buy a Michelin X Lite. If you are using 5 in the rear then this is about 50% too high! Buy yourself a PROPER mechanical low pressure gauge.
  10. Sorted. It was the reed valve gaskets. The rubber one looked a bit dodgy. I used some Instant Gasket to seal them up. Replaced everything and it started after half a dozen kicks. It is running ok now. I will order a new set of gaskets and replace them when I next clean the carb. Thanks everyone.
  11. Hi all Thall1 - I am sure that there is not a leak between the carb and the air box. Digger144 - Floats look correct. Needle and slide seem to fit and work ok. Fuel is fresh. Dan Williams - no-one else to blame but me! Beta_blocker - I removed the jets and cleaned them. They were fine, I will have another look at the pilot jet. Lineaway - Will try the tower if nothing else works. Cascao - The reed valve cage gaskets looked dodgy. I will check these.
  12. Hi. 2014 Sherco ST 125. My bike was running ok but as I am on holiday I decided to take the Keihin carb off and clean it. I have done this at least 3 times before, with no issues. I noted all the adjustment screw positions, then stripped down the carb, cleaned everything and blew through all the holes and jets etc with an air line. While I had the carb off, I removed the reed valve cage and checked the reeds and fixing screws. Everything was fine. I then put everything back together. Now the bike will not start or run without the choke on. With the choke on the engine screams. Close the choke and it dies. What have I done wrong? Ideas please. Thanks in anticipation.
  13. The clutch on my 2014 Sheco ST 125 has always been good. Very light, very slipable and never dragged. However, recently the clutch has become more on/off and the clutch is dragging. If cold, it drags badly. Same oil. Changed monthly. Ideas?
  14. I love the smell of castor oil in a 2 stroke engine. It takes me back to the 1960s. I wish someone would make an additive to make modern fuel smell like the old stuff, that I could put in my Sherco.