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About turbofurball

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    Little Miss Falloffalot

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  • Bike
    TY175, Cota 349

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    South UK
  1. MAJESTY questions

    If you have deep pockets, get Yamaha-majesty.com to build you a new (well, 90% new) one. Converting a regular TY isn't too horrible, but having additional changes beside the original can make them feel very much like a modern bike ... my TY is partly majesty-fied, it weighs 4Kg less than stock and handles very similarly to the 2004 TxT Pro I used to have.
  2. Transporting a trial bike in a trailer

    Tangentally related, but last night I used a proper handlebar tie-down strap (£13 off a certain famous auction website) on my other half's CBR600RR ... it was sooo easy, and I'll definitely be using it on my trials bikes in the future too! Wish I'd bought one a long time ago, now
  3. Transporting a trial bike in a trailer

    I wonder what kind of load that's going to put on the front wheel bearings compared with tieing down to the handlebars, which holds the weight of the bike upright (but might not be the best for the fork springs
  4. Preventing Your Trials Bike Getting Stolen?

    You can get similar things on ebay, the self contained ones appear to be about £60 at the mo in the UK I've heard anecdotal evidence of the wired ones working well on street bikes
  5. 16 vs. 18

    I am indeed, and a dual sport is a dirt bike in my book! My point wasn't that it was a trials bike, but that the battery, recharge, and speed controller technology is moving forwards at a high rate on knots ... electric trials bikes will follow suit and come down in price as it matures
  6. 16 vs. 18

    I was looking at the Zero trail bike last night, started production in 2016 and by mid 2017 the range had doubled ... worth holding on to your cash IMO! I'm still waiting for that elusive universal twinshock electric conversion kit ...
  7. I found MSM to be no use for the TY or the Cota ... same with classic bike specific insurance. In the end I just went to compare.com and they're covered for ~£80 each with Devitt. Modern trials bikes will probably be more expensive to insure. If you want to be able to ride trails or down to the shops a twinshock is more practical since they come with actual seats and more chilled steering geometry (but are then harder work in actual trials).
  8. Laziest way to clean rust from a tank?

    I'll be doing this in an outdoor industrial area used to store waste fuel, if there's any sparks the acid will be the least of my worries! As for testing, the tank is already screwed, it'll either get better or be equally screwed ... guess I'll find out by the end of the week
  9. Laziest way to clean rust from a tank?

    I do have enough to fill it, my plan was to put it in, leave it for an hour or two, and pour it back out. I deal with lots of volatile stuff at work, so I should manage not to blow myself up!
  10. Laziest way to clean rust from a tank?

    Quick update - I left the vinegar in for the weekend, came back in on Monday to find it had eaten through the tap seal, poured out, and eaten through the epoxy floor paint. Also, the inside of the tank is now far more rusty than it was. I had checked it after 24 hours, and it hadn't appeared to do anything by that point ... The other acid will hopefully go in sometime later this week (since I need to supervise it and have it outdoors), and this tank will be an emergency stop-gap as it's now pretty stuffed
  11. Show Us Your Ty

    Mmm, I went and did a little reading ... an ally tank is in my future!
  12. Isle of Man Women's Rounds

    Thanks, in the mean time I've booked a track training day close to that date so wouldn't be able to come ... it's a shame, but I couldn't really wait longer to get my holidays booked!
  13. Show Us Your Ty

    Ah ok, never mind! (the Majesty style tanks are not to my taste )
  14. Show Us Your Ty

    That seat / tank unit looks nice, any idea where it's from?
  15. TY 175 rebuild

    I've got a 428 chain (lighter, plenty strong enough for a 175) and standard sprockets ... if I were to make a change, I'd want to try 1 tooth up on the front so 1st gear is more useful ... though that may then lead to having to change gear in some sections that I could otherwise have done all in 2nd ...