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  1. I pulled the stock light and board, removed the headlamp and buttons. I then place the buttons into the foam bar clamp protector and ditched the lamp. This allowed a normal board mount (formed plastic clips onto the forks) and better button access. These thong bikini boards (my Ossa had a similar one) are pretty useless as is the headlamp, much prefer a standard board with letters you can actually see....
  2. So I've now got about 20 hrs and one full trial on the battery-less system and can say it is great. No more prodding a button with some type of start up pattern, just kick it and go like any other trials bike. 2.0 map is much better than previous ones, the addition of the map and battery-less makes me say what a fellow Vert rider said after his got changed.." Now I have the bike that I thought I bought to begin with." The initial learning curve/Beta testing was well worth it, really enjoying the bike now.
  3. FYI you can get an out of state temp sticker at just about any bike shop that will allow you to ride and unreg'd bike at an OHV in CA. $50/yr rather than $25 for a red sticker. Almost all of the Sacto Pits events are on private land so no issue there and when we do and event at and OHV (Prairie City etc) they consider it a special event and you don't need a sticker, just a spark arrestor. Doubt it will be an issue for you to have that bike, lots of folks in our club have Sherco/Scorpa/TRS and none of them can be reg'd in CA. You may want to expand your search a little, there are some good dealers in Idaho, Oregon and even BC that may be easier to deal with than bringing one back from the EU.
  4. Well I got the battery-less system installed and the 2.0 map loaded. Starting is much better and the 2.0 map seems different off the bottom, a little more torque by my seat of the pants-o-meter. Only have about 4 hrs on the new system but so far am liking it. The 1.3 map has a pretty rich set for idle/starting and I had times when I couldn't start the bike even having just ridden it for a while (1/2 hr or more, no shut-off). If you don't have the throttle pretty open it will put too much fuel in when the pump starts and just about floods it....not always but enough to make me worry about shutting off; not a good thing in trials at all! Price for the system is about $150; I was told it costs about 300 euros but they get 150 euro back for the power control module (not the ECM but the little black box at the head stock) so the cost is somewhat recouped. I'll update my post after some more time but so far it seems pretty good; took the dealer about 1 hr to install and re-flash the ECU. They cut the power line from the battery and run that line to a new capacitor, add a ground out of the wiring loom and replace the power control module. They also added a one way fuel valve from the line going from the pump to the injector; looks like a little plastic pancake fuel filter.
  5. Ditch the weight and use map 3? It is so soft on 3 that it messed my timing up big time at the BAC. Back on 2 or 1 and I was good to go. 4 is for high altitude I was told (over 7000 ft)
  6. I get the same thing and also added a 5mm spacer at the bracket. It is the lower rear part of the fender flexing and catching an edge on your tire, a small rock stuck in the tread will cause the same sound. I'm not too impressed with the fit of my fender, stock the front tip was about 1mm off the tire tread....bad plastic mold I guess.
  7. Turns out I will be a guinea pig for the wireless update. 1.3 map on my bike and others with the battery is causing hard start issues. In order to sort this out my dealer wants to load a 2.0 map on but it needs the battery-less system installed. Dealer is going to put it in for me and load up the 2.0; I should have it back this weekend so will report back slightly as to any positive or negative affects.
  8. That is exactly what those two wires are for, 2013 and before didn't have the light (as shown). You can run any small bulb or buy the actual one, pretty sure it goes out when the level is low (opposite of normal).
  9. Not sure if they retarded it or advanced it.....; ) I was told it was to accommodate a stator that could power lights etc. There was no charge for the flywheel swap, map update or labor.
  10. I confirmed this with my importer a week ago, all the newer bike come with a different flywheel and no battery. Any of 2.xx maps need the new flywheel to work, they moved the angular relationship between the pick-up and the keyway (crank position). I was told that this was due to the Vandal and how it it set up, they want all the parts to cross over that can. There is a battery elimination kit available, think it's about $150. Haven't had an issue with mine so not too worried to switch but will eventually. I'm guessing most of the new map development will be with that system.
  11. The fuel injection allows the fuel tank to be low and the filter to be high, good for center of gravity and water getting in. Last year we had a fairly deep stream crossing that a few gassers got drowned out it while my Ossa didn't get close. Handling is tighter than my Ossa, turns tight like a Beta but handles similar to a Gasgas. Off idle response is super smooth and makes holding pressure easier (for me at least); response is faster than the Ossa and the different maps are very noticeable. You can't do much without a dealer as to the motor, I see mine at most events so can usually do any computer work there. If you don't have that option I'd consider it an issue. The FI is great for elevation changes but a carbed bike works if you know how to mess with it. I waffled when switching from the Ossa due to the whole FI issue and almost went TRS, then opted back to FI and the Vert. If I didn't have a close relationship with my dealer I might've gone the other way. Power is very good, overall build is good, dealer and factory support is very good.
  12. It does look like someone added some extra holes at the lower tube (sanding marks on some but not all). Only thing I can think to check is that you didn't get the rebound cap/rod on the compression leg; one leg is comp, one is rebound. I found an online fork manual at Marzocci, was in spanish but easy enough to follow. Look for it, it may help (think there was a link from this site/subforum somewhere). The clickers have about 18 clicks if I remember right, shock has about 25; too many bikes with different forks/shocks.
  13. We have two events here in the Sierra's at 7,500 and 7,800 ft (about 2,500 meters+) and a couple more at 5,500 ft (1,800 m); ridden the OSSA 280 at most of them and the power is down slightly, idle is lower but the rest of the behavior is fine. So much so I never thought too much about the elevation. The vertigo has a special map (#4) for high altitude but I forgot to run it this last weekend (7800 ft). Ran pretty good on map 1 but I wish I would've remembered #4, heard it ran great on that.
  14. I'll second what africajon said, Adrian did mine at the end of a trial, took 10 minutes. Contact him ahead of time so he knows to bring the laptop and battery. Bear Valley is in a couple of weeks and will be a blast, plan to ride it if you can.