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  1. What I need to do is buy some woodland so I can make up my own rules. Before I become tied up in the nuances of the sport I just want to practice the basics. And besides I am still yet to buy a bike. That's another kettle of fish altogether. I'm hoping my modest 2 grand budget for a bike will get me something half decent to begin with.
  2. Well, I have to say that I'm already feeling a little disenfranchised. It was the simplicity and elegance of Trials that has drawn me in, but it seems that the notion of riding through a section without dabbing a foot on a motorized bike is something that has become entrenched in complexities and debate. Seems a shame. I'll let you know what I think of both regardless.
  3. I'm not 100% on the difference to be honest or at least how it affects the trial.
  4. Once again, great info. I will be popping along to the Nene Valley Trial on Sunday and I have sent you an email Nigel regarding the MK club. You'll be pleased to know I won't be in a 60 foot motorhome with 3 bikes, mechanic, dozen sets of gear and sealed gazebo with autograph area. I have a modest budget of just 3k to get me set-up with bike, gear and trailer so no showboating from my corner.
  5. Thanks for all the replies folks. Lots of info to digest. My early retirement from MX came about due to the overt intensity and as some have pointed out, nasty rivalry. So Trials seems to be the answer. Still getting to ride a bike, test my own skills, learn some new skills without all the bitterness and ill feeling that came with amateur MX. I just want to have some fun and test myself with out all the melodrama. From the replies here it seems that Trials is a very easy sport to get into and get started with once you have a bike, boots and helmet etc. Just what I'm looking for. SSD here I come.
  6. Ok, so I've come from an AMCA Motocross background so the process was I joined my nearest club, Joined the AMCA, got my licence. Attended club nights once a week and booked in for available meetings within my group, paid the club chairman, I'd get my confirmation slip in the post that week. Roll up at 7.30 on a Sunday Morning, hand over my slip at the gate, Gear up etc. Practice, 3 races, go home in pain and soak in the tub for a few hours. As a complete novice to Trials I just wondered of someone could guide me through the process involved in competing in a club trial. I'm not an AMCA member anymore but am willing to re-join if that will give a wider scope of meetings available. Is most booking online/telephone or turn up on the day and book in? What should I expect on competition day? Track walk etc? I'm based in the northants area? Anywhere I should be looking for localish regs? Basically I don't want to make a complete fool of myself on my first trial or get in anybodies way and spoil their day.
  7. I think that's a bloody good idea. being an observer means I can get a full picture of how a Trial runs without the nerve racking prospect of competing myself. Great idea. Thanks.
  8. Sorry for hijacking your thread but I hope it's keeping on topic and saves starting a new thread. After racing MX for 25 years with the AMCA I'm used to the simple process of going to the club on a weekday night, booking in for a meeting 2 weeks in advance, turning up at said meeting, signing in, walking the track, gearing up , practice and then racing each of my three 15 minute races during the day, packing up and going home. As someone who has not yet even attended an amateur trial, let alone competed in one, what is the normal process for a race day? What can I expect? Do most Trials happen through the ACU or another governing body? Thanks and sorry to original poster.
  9. Yeah that's one of the things that puts me off the Betas to be honest. It's clearly a case of when, not if with the Stator.
  10. Great advice guys. Thanks. I'll keep you updated on my search.
  11. I'm looking to buy a 2006 Beta Rev 3 250. Sadly when it comes to Trials Bikes I don't know what I am looking for when it comes to seeing if a bike has been thrashed and polished to sell or has had a genuinley good life with good maintenance. The bike I am looking at looks to be in good standard condition as opposed to polished to within an inch of its life to cover up the problems. the owner stated that the black anodising on the fork legs has not worn off, which he says is an indication of a well used Beta. is this true? He is the original owner from new and he tells me he has used it very little in it's time. I am viewing it on Saturday but could anyone advise on any tell-tell signs of heavy use or poor maintenance?
  12. I agree with your sentiment. I'd rather squeeze the power out of a bike that I can man handle rather than have tons of punch left behind.
  13. Just another quick question. In terms of CC choice, what is best to go for? I realise it's the million dollar question but I'm not 100% sure on CC choice. I do like the look of the Betas and I am a 2 stroke die hard so I am looking at anything from 125 to 270. I'm quite a tall rider at 6"3 and weigh about 13 and half stone and have just turned 30 (not sure what difference age makes). In terms of Motocross I was always preferred smaller CC'd bikes, was never a fan of 450's etc and always rode better with more confidence on the 125/150's. Any advice on options?
  14. Great advice guys and thanks very much Graham for your detailed advice! I'm going to try and get myself to a club event this weekend to try and gauge the standard of course so I know what to expect. Cheers again.
  15. Hi guys, I'll try and keep this as concise as possible - I've recently packed in racing motocross after racing for 25 years. I've always been a casual fan of trials and after much deliberation I've decided that it's something I would really like to try my hand at. As a result I'm seeking some info and I'm hoping you may be able to help. 1) I'm based in Northants, generally speaking what is the competition scene like in and around this area? I'm obviously prepared to travel as far as required but generally is the Trials scene strong in the Midlands, South East area? 2) I've raced MX with the AMCA for many years but I get the impression that Trials are not well supported by the AMCA in terms of events. I'm I right and would the ACU be a better option for competitions? 3) As a complete Trial Novice, do events cater to riders who are just finding their feet or am I just going to have to jump in at the deep end and hope for the best? 4) In terms of practice what do most of you guys do? Are there good spots for practice in or around the Northants/Midlands areas? Any general advice on getting to grip with the bike in terms of practice? 5) Bike choice. I have a budget up to