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  1. Back in the day I had 2 rl Suzukis self indulgent I know. One for practice one for competition, keep one good. Didn't really work just ended up with 2 clapped out bikes instead of one.
  2. Well informed post Dan. The point I would make is that modern bikes are virtually unrideable without constant use of the clutch. I watch beginners struggling with this every event and would probably get on better if they left the clutch alone but the bikes can't be ridden that way. In these parts most of our trials are won by an 11 year old ona Beta 80 you've got to ask why does everyone have a 300?
  3. I'll edit it for you ,cerainly outlast most of there owners by a margin.
  4. Not really any point, going by their owners average age most probably got one instead of a gold watch when they retired.
  5. A wee Oset story. My 11 year old moved up to a Beta 80 at Christmas so the Oset 20r was def surplus. He'd been on a borrowed ty 80 lately as a stopgap the last few months and how can I say ruined it and I had to return it to a friend (probably ex) Anyway first club trial I really fancied my chances against junior on the wee Oset. Now bearing in mind I don't think he ever finished a Trial on the Oset as it's on lead acids I thought my 40 years experience would offset the disadvantage of my 12.5 stone. All went well matching him mark for mark until a small hillclimb, no way I had to ride it like a caterpiller on steroids just to keep moving. Soundly beaten the shame. Moving on (As usual) I laid out todays trial and surprisingly all the sections were on the level! If only I could get the batteries to last I could be in with a chance. Sadly this envolved pushing it up all the hills between sections my pacemaker was more in need of a battery than the Oset. Well worth is though as I punched tha air in victory as the batteries gave out on the climb up to the pits. Didn't think it would be so much fun beating an 11 year old but I wish he would stop crying.(Only joking) .
  6. For sure I think that was in the David Knight era. .
  7. I really don't know a couple of years back Paul Bolton did the Scott Trial on his KTM I think. Wouldn't say it was much more technical than Getzen certainly plenty open country (80 miles) Obviously light years behind on observation but also a good hr or so over the winners time. I'm not so sure a trials bike wouldn't be a bad bet I feel it's more about credibility. Graham Jarvis would know.
  8. As I said before I've no gripe with this. However when a rider turns up with the latest classic thats been lying in a shed for 40years it's time to get the gas masks out. Normally some 50 something codger trying to re live his youth with an old Bultaco/Ossa?SWM with an exhaust full of stale 2 stroke that is constantly trying to ignite. Absolutely no consideration for the general entry, then for a finale the crank seals will fail just to give the whole country a taste of this indescribable stench. This does happen and I was that Bultaco rider.
  9. Surely I speak for all fellow Scots when I say I would rather take up Morris Dancing than even open the front cover of any manual be it for bike/TV/ chainsaw you name it. Maybe this explains why I can't sort much (Anythingif it's electric) anyway it makes life a lot simpler I don't have to pretend I know anything.
  10. Rode it the last couple of years and as I only ride easy club trials it's a bit of an eye opener. Looking at a section I decide if it's really worth it going for a clean and if not plan out a controlled 3. This way I don't tire myself out and it saves the bike and saves a lot of marks at the end of 180 sections. You can look a right puddin dabbing all the way through easy bits but it does pay off Not often I worry about gear selection 2nd for the loose stuff and really big steps 1st for the rest ran out of riding ability before I ran out of grip. .
  11. Luckily it's not much of a problem up here as most trials are held in well open spaces not enclosed valleys. or really short circuits. You do get the odd "classic" bike that there owners seem to run on a mixture of old diesel and tar usuallly compounded by an exhaust loud enough cause earth tremors and leaking enough oil and fuel to run a modern bike on. If you get stuck in a queue with a coupe of them the fumes will be the least of your worries. A few minutes listening to there owners going on about things like Sammy Miller points ignition steering head angles you will lose the will to live probably hoping the fumes from their disgraceful mounts will cause you to pass out.
  12. Positive as usual Nigel but sadly all I can add is I hope it rides better than it looks
  13. I certainly wont single out Gas Gas for any criticism but I would make a more general point. Owning and running a Trials bike requires a fair degree of meckanical know how. This isn't good as it's a big barrier to people taking up the sport. It's all right for us that have grown up with bikes but put yourself in a new guys shoes.
  14. I have to admit I'm an armchair fan of hard enduro but I can't really take in that Getzen Rodeo. It looks like it's set in a park and appears to be a 3 mile long trials section. There must be all of about 500yards where the bikes get out of bottom gear. The spectator value is awesome and has great crowds But tell me anyone that's been there wouldn't it be miles easier on a trials bike not that it would be any fun to watch.
  15. Surely it's better to have a banter with the observer. It's harder to 5 someone you like not that I'm suggesting this happens. I certainly don't mind the odd stint observing as it gives me a chance to tell everyone how rubbish they are and generally criticise there bike.