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About rabie

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  • Birthday 01/28/1985

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    2014 300 Beta
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  1. in the modern world of ANPR (ie computer readable number plate) i don't think "movement" on number plates is realistic the rest of it, broadly bikes are built for a pan european legal system (which we may be brexiting), and bike manufactures have to jump through hoops to get them on the road, and we (riders) have to jump through more hoops to get the bikes on the road. should we (the sport) try and spend vast sums of money (raised by who from where ???) on hiring lobbyists and trying to get the law changed or loopholes added for our obscure minority sport ??? we can if that is what need to be done, but even then we can only hope to change what is on the legislative agenda, which beyond incorporating EU law en masse into UK law doesn't seam to leave any legislative time in the next few years, if after that some sort of transport bill comes up we might get an opportunity. off the top of my head, are the trials importers members of the MCIA ??? (Honda as the current importers of Montesa) How much does the MCIA spend on lobbying, or should it be the ACU and AMCA ??? Even if you were Honda, are you going to rock this boat for the tiny number of units you sell in the trials market, and of those units how many are put on the road (we can look this data up from new registrations with the DVLA that are published)
  2. I'm going, bringing one other (maybe two more) and an observer. haven't been to sevenoaks weald for at least 10 years so should be good!
  3. this is a huge and complex subject that is evolving as we all grapple with what brexit will / might mean if we suppose that most trials depends upon hiring farm land that is in receipt of farm subsidy. this subsidy can be supplemented by environmental stewardship subsides. as above the farm can chose not to claim for all their land and thus hire this out to activities excluded by the conditions of environmental stewardship. in this case then we (the sport) could hire the land at such a price that farmers would be prepared to take land out of stewardship for the rental income we give them. but this is a radical change for many who are paying nothing/very little for land. we could of course go elsewhere (to other land owners) and this might entail higher fees - down here many have used the MOD but a change in their practices has made trials land very expensive (or are we just not used to paying market prices?). others have gone elsewhere (forestry commission, private land eg quarries, etc) and some have brought land. this might however imply a concentration of our sport into a handful of venues that would get used more frequently (which i think is happening already) as opposed to some places that are only used once a year (which i infer would be impractical to "hire" out of subsidy) now is the logical conclusion of this to ask to what extent we as a sport - MCIA, federations (ACU, AMCA, etc), LARA, clubs, individuals, are going to lobby government to shape current policy and then future policy (ie brexit) into a more trials friendly shape - now that requires some leadership and funding and guarantees no outcome (eg countryside alliance, hunting, etc).
  4. the manual, parts diagram and wiring diagram are all available on the net, but as above it doesn't go into that detail. i've got the owners manual and parts diagram as PDFs on my hard drive if you are stuck (just PM me or email me). im no mechanic, but my 1999 techno (and i think most others) suffer from stator problems
  5. Someone has just given me the "Michelin 2017 off road range" leaflet. In the small print "recommended pressures" for trials, both tubed and tubeless, it says Front 5psi minimum and rear 4.25psi minimum - i can scan it if you want. I'm well aware that some riders around here (soft southern [mud] fairies) run as little as 3psi dry and less when wet.
  6. Off the top of my head hawkstone have limited planning consent to a handful of weekends per year, thus it commands a relativity large fee to hire (for a mx venue) - for the limited financial means of a trials event this would be prohibitive
  7. what he said No (less) typos money up front and cleared everyone can see who enters easier to enter (web and card rather than post and cheque book) licences checked, etc its really easy, and if clubs want help there are load of people about to help clubs use the system
  8. down here the "novice" (ie red) route is shared by youth novice, over 50 clubman, twinshocks, pre65 and even sidecars - while other trials won't have these. an event without sidecars can lead to narrower gaps, and event without twinshocks and pre65 can have much tighter corners, steeper hills, etc also as above the status of the event has a major bearing on the standard. at centre championship round, for example, the "novice" route will be significantly harder than a group or club event. when we (sidcup) run our centre round the red route is pitched as being as hard as the group level "inter b" (that ride a 66% red 33% blue route). when we run a wobbler trial the blue route is easier than then red route at a centre trial - because we are catering to the respective ability ranges entering. more tellingly the conclusion you draw / ask - that because you finished last should you go down a class? - this is more telling of all trials. if the event was pitched at the right level and you are happy / can bear the score as a "new" novice then ride novice. the jump down to yellow (wobbler/beginer/sportsman etc can be a long way (ability wise). there are also some events without a yellow route (lack of entries, unsuitability of the land, etc). conversely the event could have been pitched wrong, endured worse weather, etc that means it isn't a great example of where you should be. other factors like the venue/terrain (some people don't get on with water, mud, roots, rocks, chalk, etc while others thrive) can greatly affect it.
  9. no one should, you could, but i wouldn't want to depends on how you might intend on fixing it, with say a car tyre and a car puncture repair, you drill out the puncture and then plug. This and/or the original puncture undermine (critically) the structural make up of the tyre. in trials use at low PSI this may not lead to catastrophic tyre failure like in a car being used on the road, but does low pressure trial work lead to more stress - beyond my knowledge check out the national tyre dealers association 3 page pdf on puncture repairs -
  10. there is a 18 second video on facebook from "David McArthur" here (if my coding works) from the front
  11. ACU clubs pay the ACU a small fee around October time, based on the number of members they declare, other than that, each member doesn't "cost" the club anything (unless the club chose to provide it - eg magazine, a club card, etc). Several clubs around here have very cheap, or even free membership (eg to youth) as they "make" enough money from the events they run PS if a club is "registered like a business" it *might* mean they have become a "limited company" to sensible limit the liability in the even of a ruinous legal claim. theoretically it is very risky running a club as an "unincorporated association". Many clubs have become "limited companies" to surmount this (there are other more costly avenue like charitable status). The key is is the company "not for profit" or *not* paying dividends to shareholders. Obvisouly if someone thinks they can run a business (ie for profit) running a trials club then bloody good luck to them!
  12. its been some time since i looked but tubeless tyres are effectively not designed to run at the mega low pressures we run them at
  13. let me reassure everyone that in this worst case scenario the ACU (assuming its an ACU event) would supply the club/its offcials with legal representation (eg a barrister) so clubs/offiails can be legally covered. I would also say/note that if one looks at the insurance section of the handbook, there is also a medical malpractice cover (in addition to the earlier notes about first aid being outside of the realm of suing)
  14. try and
  15. the posts above list some good local dates list putting an ACU hat for a second - the idea is nice to try and have a national dates list, i belive it is populated from the permits database - ie when a club asks for an event to take place it is recorded for insurance purposes - the extrapolation to a dates list is a stretch because there is no human input, but its better than checking a million website or having to phone around. Andy has a calendar (see and so does TMX, but both depend on users inputting dates - i'm (as an organiser) as guilty as many others as i don't put our dates on either