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  1. Nominate Emma!

    Whoops... 'Worthwhile Contestant'
  2. Nominate Emma!

    OK, A bit of an outside chance, but you can join me in nominating Ms Emma Bristow as the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year. Surely a worth contestant. Here.... https://sportswomenoftheyear.co.uk/awards
  3. Difficulty finding neutral

    I used a variation of the rev and go, as suggested already, on my 2011 300 gasser. Put the bike in second gear, rev it a bit and lightly tap the gear lever downwards with the ball of your foot, I stress lightly otherwise you end up in bottom gear. It usually worked for me.
  4. A Class act!

    In this recent French World Round I noticed that the Mecatecno Dragonfly E bike only cleaned the first section, all the rest being 5s with one section missed out. Obviously I know how that feels! and hope it was actually due to some sort of machine gremlins or the £10,000 retail asking price might be looking more than a bit speculative. Anyone know anything?
  5. I wonder...

    I suppose a cup of tea with one sugar from the catering van is still OK?
  6. 2018 EM 5.7, Whats New

    Thanks also for the link. I don't see it mentioning what might be a bit of a deal breaker in that blurb. That is their new PELS system. It is said to be a progressive electronic version of a clutch and so the left hand lever is no longer an off/on switch. Quotes from the EM factory recently ...'The new PELS is a real improvement, it doesn't work anymore as an ON / OFF switch, it is progressive, you can adjust it.' And Masso, Salt Spring Island, a great name.
  7. Best small van on a budget

    "Had 02 Expert non turbo diesel, flat as a witch's tit and thirstier than turbo" - Sirdadalot Interesting simile, but wrong engine. The HDi common rail motor in the Dispatch etc is more economical, more powerful and pretty reliable. Don't have any passenger/2nd rider complaints either as they are usually travelling free!
  8. Best small van on a budget

    My '04 Citroen Dispatch has been pretty good though before I got it it had not been well looked after. Alternator, starter motor, half exhaust and battery in about 6 years. The locks are rubbish and I replaced them. I am advised by my garage that the next version (08 ish?) earlier models are not as reliable, electronics apparently. Mine always goes, there are 2 different engines fitted, one newer (HDi) and more economical than the other. 2 bikes fit pretty easily. Two and three seater versions about, some with steel bulkheads. Heater not bad!
  9. Sandifords, out of Mecatecno

    I understand that the likely price of the new electric Mecatecno Dragonfly has increased to, in the region, of £10,000 UK. That's not far off the cost of the Gas Gas TXT E which appears to be much more powerful. Perhaps the forthcoming 'Mark 2' Electric Motion bike, the EPure will come in at a lower price. It was announced yesterday by the company that the EPure prototype will appear at the French GP on 14/15 July in the hands of Takumi Narita and Christophe Bruand and in Belgium a week later.
  10. E-Pure?

    Even more interesting now that Mecatecno are said to be increasing their purchase price to just a shade under the TXTe's.
  11. Montesa 4Rt for newbie

    How about a nice two stroke Honda!
  12. Sherco bikes of the last 10 years;

    Neither. A three year old bike is governed a lot by its use and its maintenance and even the number of owners sometimes. I have personally had several Shercos although I avoided the back tank models. My 2016 Scorpa is made in the same factory with the same components and is first class. Personally all my (2003, 05 and 07 all new) Shercos were fine construction wise, with no issues. A 2015 Sherco is the first year of the 'normal' design again. It has the slightly irritating but normal Gasser style air filter fixing screw (tail on a donkey) now thankfully changed on the latest bikes. I think the engines are pretty much bulletproof with a bit of normal care ie filters oils coolants etc..
  13. Sister Sport

    I was the 'bouncer/passenger at Gordon's first car trial at Longmoor Hampshire in about 1964 ish. I didn't know who he was, I read about trials every week in Motorcycle News but I didn't go to events so I didn't recognise him. He was just introduced as Gordon, needing a passenger. To say he was a natural is understating it! I thought 'My god this guy's so good.' At the lunch break (in the pub) I asked him his second name and it all fell into place. We came 4th overall I think.
  14. Sister Sport

    The front spark plug front axle rule was clearly intended to control weight distribution. I believe it can only be a 1/5th of the wheel base behind the front axle. The cars can suddenly rear up when climbing also when reversing from a climb on a steep hill when the back brakes are on. Yes the transaxle is for the same reason as is the lead in the spare tyre centre. Ballast is OK but must not be changed during the event. All cars must use the same named tyre and at each event a tyre pressure is announced. This event it was 5psi. No supercharging, so carbs or FI, the engine size being around 1500cc as in Honda or Suzuki. This trial car design is a 'Sherpa'
  15. Sister Sport

    Couple of photos of the trick style sporting trials cars at an event near Petersfield in Hampshire over the weekend. Like the two and three wheel variety there is a thriving 'Retro' car scene but the rules on altering original parts (think Ford 1172 side valves and BMC A series motors) are pretty strict. The latest cars (photos) have transaxle gearboxes and elaborate suspension setups, but all the cars cannot shift their engines back beyond a certain point. Also they are not allowed to fit limited slip diffs. All sporting sections are what we would call graded hills, often with many turns.