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  1. Hi Chaps Can anyone advise me here? I just entered the 2017 Michaux Dual Sport event, hoping to ride my 1978 Model 199 (assuming I can get my lights wired up!)... I rode this event last year on a DR400 which was fine, if not a bit hard work hauling 320lbs around. My question is, can anyone tell me how many miles I can expect to get out of 1 full tank of gas? The bike has no mods, still using original Bing carb. The course consists of a 59 mile loop in the morning, refuel, and a 48 mile loop in the afternoon. Can I make 59 mile on one tank? Or will I need to find a refuel location on route somewhere?? Any advice/ideas would be gratefully received... TIA
  2. Woody, thanks for the really informative guide! What size are the original clutch basket nuts? M8x1.25 full hex nuts? If I replaced them with a set of jam/lock nuts, would they be thin enough? M8 nuts are 6.8 mm jam nuts are 4 mm...
  3. Is there a sealant product I could use to coat the inside like the stuff used to repair leaks in fiberglass tanks??
  4. Elf htx 740 is a bit thin on the ground over here in the colonies, going to see what Dexron does...
  5. Hi Chaps Another new owner question... Can anyone enlighten me, what is the problem with the plastic tanks and ethanol?? I'm pretty sure my 78 model 199 has a plastic thank that's been painted by the PO, I attach a pic FYI (can anyone confirm, is it plastic of fiberglass?). Not sure when it was painted, I was told it had not been used for the last 10 years, so I don't think the paint is recent. I have heard about the ethanol issue with paint and decals falling off due to the fumes migrating out. The reason for my question is I noticed a small blister on the tank yesterday had appeared... I did have 10% ethanol gas in there for about a week, but no longer, I can get non-ethanol fuel here which is what it has in it now. Is the new blister on my tank due to ethanol, or my paranoia! Is this problem that drastic? Anyone else have this issue? Any ideas?? TIA
  6. Thanks for the input guys, really informative. I'll stick some htx in and see what happens... I did read the Japanese clutch plate post which was also really good, something to think about later on I think...
  7. Hi Chaps, I acquired a model 199! I got it back from CA, better condition that I had thought it would be! Looked it over, oiled the cables etc. drained and refilled the oils (what there was of it, not much!) Runs really nice, clutch a bit draggy though, I put in 30 weight, as per the manual, was thinking, is there anything better, thinner perhaps TQF or would that be bad?? Any advice/ideas would be appreciated! TIA
  8. Thanks Johnsandywhite!
  9. Hi Chaps Anyone know the dry or wet weight of a model 199? I did a search here without success, learnt quite a bit about flywheel weight though! TIA...
  10. Thanks model180, I had seen the Hugh's web site, but was looking to see if there are any other bits and pieces lurking about out there... I found some rear lights on ebay, but no suitable front yet...
  11. Hi Chaps I have just brought a 78 model 199 Sherpa and need to equip it with some lights. I'm on the East coast of the US, can anyone point me in the right direction of some suitable copies/reproductions I'm really after everything, lights and loom/switches and resistor if possible... Thanks in advance.
  12. Thanks for the input guys, I find model history of old bikes and cars really interesting, reasons for small changes etc. Got my first event April 2, can't wait to get it dirty!
  13. Hello chaps I'm new to the forum, so please bear with me if my request has been done before! I'm just getting back into the sport after a 20 odd year rest, hoping to do some twin shock trials and dual sport events on a 1978 Bultaco Sherpa T model 199a. What I'm after is some history on the Bultaco 350/325 sherpas, model years, specs, major change dates etc. Do the vin numbers hold any details of build spec and dates etc.? Are there any useful web sites with model details? I know the much later model 199b was a 6 speed motor an had box section swing arm but don't know much more than that. When did the color change from red to blue? Did the tank seat units change over the models? How do you tell the model apart? The example I brought has the gear change on the right, they are supposed to be on the left?? I attach a pic for ref... Any help/ideas/advice would be gratefully received! TIA
  14. I just found out to my cost, how much shipping is! I'm getting quotes of $600+ to ship a crated bike from Ne to me in MD.... Puts a bit of a downer on my budget. I had seen a nice looking 06 GasGas TXT 280 at just over 3k, was very very nice shape, but with shipping at this level, blows out my budget... So now thinking of hanging on for something I don't have to ship, close enough so I can drive to pick up. Anyone know of a GasGas/Beta/Sherco 07 or later, max of 8 hrs from 21136. My budget is $3500 max... TIA Chaps
  15. Hi Slicktop, the 1999 Bultaco/Sherco is in fact a badged first year of production Sherco, so it is in the fairly modern setup, liquid cooled monoshock. Although, I'm sort of having second thoughts now, as some people have said here, for the sake of an extra $1500 I could get something 2006 or 7ish Beta/GasGas/Sherco which I'm told would be lighter, easier to ride and more reliable... I think I just have to look a bit harder this side of the pond as trials not as prolific as in UK, and, it would seem more pricey!!