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jc2

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  1. You may find progressive springs for the 34mm TY250 forks may fit and improve things
  2. According to one of the Sherpa books I have, apart from the tank, it also got alloy (mud-catcher) rims, a longer bash-plate, steering stops, larger reinforcement gusset at the steering head, & relocation of the VIN to the right side of the steering head (from left side above the swingarm pivot). It doesn't indicate when, and I don't know how accurate the info is.
  3. Its only a minor difference so you'd think yours would be legitimately P65 eligible.
  4. Nice bike Click on this link: http://s1085.photobucket.com/user/trialrider/library/?sort=3&page=1 Is that your model? Except for the rear loop it looks like it to me. The copy of the dated magazine ad shown there (from when they were available back in the day) is Nov 18 1964 . Does that make yours a '64 model??
  5. Charlie, the bikes you're talking about were built in-house at Hodaka R&D. (The Hodaka R&D guys were keen on trials). The 1st one used a Saracen frame with a special Hodaka engine, said to be about 175cc, with a Cotton tank.That frame was single front downtube as per Saracen. (If I recall correctly the parent company of Hodaka also imported/distributed Saracens) Curt Alexander in Hodaka R&D then made 6 frames based on that modified Saracen frame of the prototype but with double front downtubes. When built up they used production Hodaka motors - 100/125. They were called the Bullfrog but were never a production model. On the other hand, the bike pictured in Scot Taco's post is often said to be a Wassell or Wassell-framed Hodaka Wombat. It was actually built by Sprite. If you know Sprites it is very easy to identify as very similar to their Sachs-engined trials frame. It was sold by the Gemini distributor Terry Faust, who was also the Canadian Hodaka distributor. In the US it was sold as the Hodaka Challenger & in Canada it was known as the Sprite Avenger. They used Sprite frames, swingarm, wheels/hubs, forks & yokes etc, with Wombat 125 engine and aircleaner. The tank may well be from Wassell, which is probably where the confusion comes from, but it is the same tank as used on the Sprite MX models. The story from Frank Hipkins sons (Steve & Paul) is that Frank was sent a Hodaka engine by a Canadian Oil/Gas company to be fitted into a rolling chassis for use by their remote workers. It was not originally intended as a competition trials bike. Frank modified an existing chassis to suit the Hodaka engine then those Sprite rolling chassies were sent to the Canadian Hodaka distributor to be fitted with the engines. Sprite were said to have built about 150 of them, in batches of 75 (but I wouldn't be surprised if that figure was considerably exaggerated).
  6. Gents, there seems to be a few 'wires crossed' in this thread. Dalesman may have produced a Hodaka-engined bike - I don't know - but the bike pictured is definitely a Sprite (Avenger, as mentioned by Scot Taco).
  7. Many thanks fourex. cheers
  8. Does anyone know the ID & OD of the steering head bearings for the 350T with Betor forks?
  9. The other thing to consider is that as the actuator cam gets closer to 90deg, the amount each shoe is forced out into the hub gets closer to being the same for both shoes, potentially bringing the second shoe more into play for increased braking effect. That's not to say that I'm suggesting it should be run close to 90deg, for the reasons given above. It's always a trade-off, a compromise with pros & cons each way.
  10. Hmm, yes you may have nailed it westyfield; frame & swingarm do look remarkably similar
  11. One magazine article said the 3 man '68 SSDT team had one red, one blue & one bronze bike. The following thread mentions several colours: http://www.trialscentral.com/forums/topic/47920-gaunt-suzuki/?hl=%2Bgaunt+%2Bsuzuki But remember that Alta-Suzukis, Taylor-Suzukis & McLaren-Suzukis are often confused with the Gaunt-Suzukis & assumed to be the latter. If you google-images B100P/B105P (bearcat) you'll see most of the original models came in black or red but there were some green and some blue also.
  12. My M27 is stamped on the steering head too, but there was a third spot where some early Bul frames were stamped - I think it was under the seat somewhere.
  13. Bit of a mystery but I think trialsrfun is on the right track. Tank-seat looks like Dalesman enduro, forks??, frame looks very Cotton-ish except for swingarm which looks Rickman-ish or AJS. Never seen chain adjustment at swingarm pivot on a Cotton tho. Wheels/hubs Japanese? Perhaps a modified/bitza Cotton Trials Starmaker? As far as I know Saracen never made a Villiers engined bike. Looks very interesting tho.
  14. Here's one built in Australia many years ago. The chap on the right won a state Classic title on it in Queensland in 1990. Uses C11 piston to take it to 220cc
  15. You may find that your Matador does not have the usual wide ratios typically specified for Matadors/Alpinas/Lobito/Fronteras etc. I had one early Matador engine that had much closer ratios from another model.