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About chewy

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  • Birthday 09/15/1951

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    Gas Gas 280
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    Kingswood MCC......Wessex

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  1. A little tip for Michael from a long time rider AND observer... try not to gob in the sections .. a stupid comment but pschology affects observers as well as competitors. As an official I,ve had "run ins" with Douggie over the years but he is so professional and able...barring disasters it,s his to lose.
  2. How did it all work out for you ?
  3. Looks like Janet and I are sole UK riders again It,s a pity as these trials have something for everyone.
  4. I ,ve been looking on this forum more as we get closer hoping to find a few titbits. However trials are for doing more than watching and there is plenty to do at the SSDT whichever side of the section markers you are. It,s also true that this is an open forum;...nothing to stop us speculating, reminicing etc etc. Lets be constructive and positive, as Andy said it,s all voluntary.
  5. Just a note, We now done 6 hrs running in found a few build faults ...chain tensioner sticking, a cylinder head bolt on the 125 was ready to fall out (noticed leak of coolant) other comments lots of small adjustments to personalize the bikes had to set air mix a tad towards rich and pick up the tickover as the bike was rushing me or trying to that the clutch and I are getting along it,s fine although Janet is still having problems ( the motor is much crisper/cleaner than her 2014 model, probably due to the kehin carb). So far so good just hope Torrot can come up with the correct COC,s to get reg.d and insured before the Cantal.
  6. I just bought 2018 Gas Gas here in France...Crazy but true...doing a bit of a blog within Gas Gas forum as I seem to be only owner of 2018 model anything at moment.
  7. Boiught from Dherbey Moto in france (we living here) to check it out. Model TXT Pro racing/E4 PS Monday riding session was good, probably got used to the bikes now ....still feel I,m being rushed re stalling but the motors are still tight which is good. All adjustments need to be very precise (10 deg. on air screw changes it completely). Steering is great, you would need a 3 way shock if good enough I should fit a fat git spring ( Ihave to use the damping to "help" the spring which compromises/slows the extension when rock hopping or tring to deplace le arriere)...if my legs were 40 years younger it would be no problem but then I would have all the problems of a 25 year,job,career, taxes,family, etc.. Clutch is OK ..plenty of feel but still drags a tiny bit ...hope imminent oil change will help that. I have yet to benifit from the racing headlight but lights are compulsory here as is registration and insurance so just as soon as the C.O. C. arrives we.ll be "in business". Just reminded myself that what I started out trying to find out is eg.; are there "fat spark" plugs available? What oil is best? (these are first new Gassers had in the last 20 years).
  8. happy memories of doing the Manx Gazzer Scrivs was similarly incenced so he went up to the guy asked him what he saw....."riders??" no its a f ing queu and thats the back of it now get back worked.......Some guys have thier head so far up thier own a*** they find it impossible to consider others especially when it.s a competion. They need to be told is the message, I mean what is the worst they can do or say once the position is made clear. Usual answer is oh I had a problem/puncture /etc and need to catch up. Invariably these types are first to be finished ,loaded and on their happy way home ....maybe they,re pussy wipped or their mum told them to be home early??? Its a long time since I rode in championship events where you used to have to grow big elbows and push and shove with the rest of em. Takes the edge off of a day out though. We also had the same old faces doing this back when I rode in our centre trials...maybe naming and shaming what with all this social media would calm them down a bit........rant over...... not alone oni nou
  9. Lets hope this becomes a very hot topic...some real competition for Michelin is long Dunlop still the preferred tyre for the SSDT (stays on rim better when punctures arrive). what we all want to know is how good is it.s grip and feel how easy to fit how long does it keep its edges how much is it
  10. well its strange ; I spent an hour tinkering on saturday; effectivly ..air mix richened by 1/4 turn ..just off lumpy tickover clutch master cylinder/lever adjusted 1/2 mm leaving just minimum free play for the piston to return to its stop position fork preload off by two turns ...(rear spring on by 2 turns &handlebars raised 5 mm on mine.. I suppose i should have a fat man spring as I am now 83Kg..but if i was serious i would have bought the 3 way rear damper these bikes have Reiger two way i.e spring preload and Damping adjust for compression;rebound is single adjuster) I did find the chain tensioner on mine was sticking.....take off /lube and refit.....all part of ADI process. Et voila they are different bikes... Sundays session restored our faith... today is confirmation session at Goudarges which is a very unforgiving venue. PS Yes they are trials bikes...The clutch "rework" is typically vague sales publicity, both bikes have kehin carbs... I can.t spell... I wonder if it may be something to do with heat cycle through the clutches because they are so much better (Sunday evening )
  11. Just become proud owners of 2018 (yes!) gassers a 250 and a 125. I appreciate I.ll have to wait for Glen to get back from sunny Spain but am looking for general experiences from others. I should say we have less than 2 hours on the clock so my impressions are probably a bit premature. 1) The reworked clutch is dragging (even adjusted right to the extreme/ the hydraulic element is fine) is this a funtion of the OEM filled oil? 2) The steering is sweet..don.t know what they changed in detail but yep great. 3) Both the bikes feel a bit "flighty" or nervous which with the clutch drag makes them harder to ride than my old bike (280 2015) 3a) They are both "hard" to start as if it could be a sticky float needle;.. definitly not first kick (yes I know there is a knack plenty of practice with that) 4 My gut feeling is a weak spark, if I set the carburation (only using air screw and idle) to run smooth and sweet it makes the bike more nervous than if I set it to run lumpy/rich on tickover. clearly the motors are tight ( reccomended 8 hours of running in) so it may simply be this. Being a parsimonious pensioner I cant help bemoaning that we are going to take the edge off two new tyres whilst struggling with draggy clutches and tight motors before I can make a proper assesment. I can say not straight from the box /PDI easyplan to get on and ride well.
  12. B40 is probably right...... spark plug... however..... Why dont you take it back under the warranty? as I understand it ,it is 6 months parts and labour.
  13. It used to buy them by the hundred and sell packs of six....if I stumble upon the reference and spec I.ll post it up.....just find a spring maker or even seller and take a stock or oem Spring with you and ask for c. 20% lighter wire with same physical dimensions...should be a starting point....logically they won't put same pressure on the plates so if you have a need for gutsy motor and Mitch clutch dumping this may not be solution for you....maybe a diaphragm clutch?
  14. Looked and still no wiser.. yes forks...yes.reiger 1 damping adj. yes night time headlight (WTF always handy that)..internal engine changes weight distributionnot even a clue....... .maybe I.m looking for too much information
  15. it.s about time the WTC organisation realise that most punters attach little relevance to thier series , it,s nice to watch a circus or a show but It has very little to do with my purchasing decisions or the day to day organisation of events for punters. maybe the manufacturers should do thier own marketing and research??