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    2016Beta Evo Factory

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    Earl Shilton
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  1. Faulty new kill switch?

    Pretty much how I feel. They should just work!
  2. Faulty new kill switch?

    Well as I was taking the switch off to send it back, I tested it once more. With the switch off the handlebars, it works fine. If you put it back on the bars and tighten it, it stops working. If you have it on the bars but fairly lose it still works, as you tighten it it stops working.
  3. Faulty new kill switch?

    2016 Beta Evo. Was fitted with a standard push-button kill switch. Remove old kill switch. Take 2 wires that used to go into the kill switch. Wires separate, bike runs. Wires touching, bike stops. So there is no loom issue or anything like that. Fit new Apico lanyard kill switch. Brown wire to brown wire on bike, black wire to black wire on bike. Lanyard magnet on, bike runs. Lanyard magnet off, bike still runs. Switch is brand new, and when you remove the magnet you can feel/hear a faint tick which is, I assume the switch opening and closing inside as you would expect. Dodgy switch? Seems unlikely as it's brand new but anything is possible....
  4. New Bike

    Very good service from John Lee in my experience.
  5. Advice for a beginner...

    Ha! No, she lives abroad, and likes the Beta because it's the colours of the Slovakian flag, so no issues there!
  6. Advice for a beginner...

    I keep my Evo in the kitchen. I wash it outside, dry it down and then wheel it through the door. It's not completely theft proof but it's a lot better than keeping it in the wooden shed in the garden.
  7. Queuing at Sections.

    There has to be a balance You can't stop complete beginners who can barely stand on a bike from learning in competition trials. Unless you want to have a complete shake up of the sporting regulations If you do that, you start defeating the object of trials being a true clubman/grass roots sport and you make it inacessible We have another big thread on this forum about how the sport is struggling for entries, and more people need to take the plunge and start competing, and then we have a thread here saying that people they shouldn't be entering events unless they can complete their sections and not cause a hold up for everyone else I'm not taking offence, just trying to offer a balanced view. The sport cannot have it all ways. As for me, if I fail, I swear at myself and then get out of the section as quickly and easily as I can without getting in the way. Sometimes the only viable route is the remainder of the section, sometimes there is an easy exit path. At the trial I did recently there was a lot of queueing where there were 2 tricky sections back to back, causing a bottleneck - but the only pushing in I saw was from kids being encouraged to do so by their parents.
  8. Queuing at Sections.

    When I lived in Wales, observers at our club trial got free egg and chips and a pint if I remember rightly.
  9. Kick Starting a 2018 Beta Evo 200

    My 300 Factory is physically hard to kick (as in it has a good amount of compression), but easy to start in that it fires first kick 99 times out of 100. In fact, other than when it's running out of petrol or been parked up for months I don't think it's ever not started on the first kick.
  10. Where are all the entries????

    I can't even take my test on my bike - it's road registered, but I'd have to buy or hire something else, as it doesn't fit the criteria set out by the government. You might have taken your test on a 240 Fantic, but you cannot do that now. 120-125cc is a "light motorcycle", then the next category is "standard motorcycle" which means a capacity jump to 395cc - neatly cutting out the huge majority of trials bikes old and new which cannot be used to take your test on. My local practice ground is ten minutes away, so the ability to ride there would be great - but I think the cost of obtaining a motorbike licence today just isn't justifiable for lots of people, particularly those who would seldom actually ride on the road.
  11. Best u.k training? Trainer?

    Earl Shilton does training days at a very reasonable price. Inch Perfect was expensive but included bike/kit/food and I got a lot from it, they pushed us much harder than I expected they would.
  12. Where are all the entries????

    Thanks, I've been practicing there a while but this was my first event. I really couldn't believe how boggy it was around the back (sections 6 to 8), never seen it so badly chewed up and sticky like that.
  13. Where are all the entries????

    Earl Shilton
  14. Where are all the entries????

    Well after lots of time mucking about but never actually competing, I entered my first trial at the weekend. It felt a little bit unfamiliar/disorganised to me because I've never entered one before, no inherent organisational issues, but nobody died and everything overall went smoothly. I just followed everyone else. The hardest things for me were 1) Following the route marking. With different routes for novice/expert etc I personally found it tough to remember where I was supposed to be going all the time and I didn't think things were clear on every section sometimes even after walking them a few times. 2) I was KNACKERED by lap 4 3) Conditions were really really muddy and slippery compared to what I've practiced in, but I guess that's the same for everyone There were 69 full entries I think, and I : 1) Didn't come last 2) Improved during the event 3) Cleaned some sections 4) Learned a lot 5) Didn't fall off 6) Didn't break or damage anything (me or the bike) Overall, really happy I entered, great day, great value, can't wait to do another. Totally different world to practicing free format. Loved it!
  15. New to sport bike selection

    I bought a 300 because I could not find any 250cc examples for sale. I'd agree with most of the feedback in this thread - you aren't going to die in a ball of flames or anything but I do find it tires me more than my previous 250. When I get really tired I feel the bike is riding me, rather than me riding the bike. I did 4 laps of 10 sections at the weekend, and by lap 4 I was really knackered to be honest. I think a 200 or 250 would have been less tiring, but it wasn't like the 300 was completely unsuitable or anything like that.