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  1. I think to get the best out of Merlin, you need to be a very very good rider, Possibly one of the liveliest, fickle bikes I have ever ridden , motor having just been done / prepared by the famous El Puma in Spain, not for me . I have seen Luis Gallach ride his and will gladly leave to him. Hope this helps, maybe someone else may have a differing opinion.
  2. Good thread and I have been speaking about to chums on a similar line here in France. If and only if trials are set out as they used to be in the late seventies and early to mid eighties you don t need a trick Fantic , but a well fettled Bultaco, Ossa Montesa even Suzuki... is good enough if the rider is of a good standard. Certainly here twinshock trials have become tighter and tighter where you need a 200 Fantic, or Ty 175 just to negotiate the turns. I hate the fact that big bikes are dying out and that history is repeating itself where everybody thinks you have to have a Fantic, trick Yamaha or Honda to do well. We recently ran a trial here and I deliberatly put in big hills and power sections just to level the playing field. Back to the thread, I have a 340 Fantic which is the best by far however I ride a red and white SWM for the challange and a Bultaco being built to ride.
  3. Right then, better get out next week and get more of those rock sections cut out.... Now the main criteria has been sorted, ie... I can still ride my trials bike, getting a house, health system, language, and all those other minor issues that crop up, are of no significance.. n'est pas.. Life is all about priorities...
  4. At this rate, we may have our own little expat trials club before long. Happy days, certainly got the land for it.
  5. Great couple of days, shame not more of an entry, but discussions are taking place to possibly make it a two day national next year. The sun is still shining and will look at cutting a few more rock sections out for you when your next down..
  6. This on behalf of a French chum, could anybody please tell me where you might be able to buy a Piston for a Tlr 250 70 mm ie. original size bore. Thanks .
  7. Cheers, will adjust accordingly tomorrow..
  8. I am sure its on here and been discussed before, but could some one just remind me the weight and amount of oil per leg for a jumbo please. Thanks
  9. The problem with bikes of certain era, the time when Bultaco, Montesa etc ruled the roost, sections were set out with these bikes in mind. Now, certainly the twinshock trials I ride are getting tighter and trickier, making history repeat itself , by having the need for a bike lighter, easier to ride hence the continued rise of even more Fantic's, Hondas, Majesties and even trick TY's. If you are happy to ride to a moderate level then stick with the Spanish theme, if you are a good experienced rider stick with the theme as well, as a stick to beat yourself with. If not a Fantic or TY Yamaha would be perfect.
  10. Hi Sorry will check my inbox and delete and make room. Yes it is very spectator friendly, with some seven of the 20 sections within walking distance of the start. The others on the second loop a little further , but with easy access. The trial starts at the Rally cross circuit called Circuit Bonnet. This is in the commune of Saint Andre Allas some 4 kms from Sarlat. This is best accessed from the Sarlat to Beynac road and will be well signed. It will be best to visit the Sunday morning and if you want to say hello just listen for an English voice or ask one of the organisers to point me out. Hope this helps
  11. Out for a morning practise with a guy yesterday, Fantic 340, and new Beta 300. Riders similar age and experience,e mid fifties. The Fantic could do everything the Beta could. Only when it started to get a little silly could you see the age gap, although the old Fantic was willing. She won t be replaced just yet for a younger model..She's still better looking.
  12. The consensus is that the 340 is brutal compared to the 325, again this is hearsay, albiet by many respected people, the six speed is always a plus. Also the Pre 80 class is becoming very popular and the 199a fits perfectly. I have a friend Marti Font, who always rides his Bultaco, I think its 1974.. with the campeon seat and tank unit, he swears by it . It is a puma bike , but to back this up I know for a fact, he has a 1979 Bulto and a very nice Montesa last model 349 all built by Puma and in his garage. The softer less agressive, more ridable bikes are better suited I guess for the southern climes, or just for the classic section nowadays in general. Don't want to start another what is best bike type thread just my two euro's worth.
  13. Being new to the Bultaco family even after nearly 37 years of trialing having never owned a Bultaco and only ever riding one in a trial once, I have sold a nice Pre 65 to reinvest in the marque. I read with interest this thread because I thought the 199b was the Bultaco I always wanted, and should buy, only to find that many other people, better qualified than me talked me out of it. When I was still adamant thats what I should buy several were for sale in France and also in Spain. This backs up the point Dabster made about they are not that sought after in Spain, or highly prized, perhaps like the Uk. Many of my Spanish chums including El Puma think the 199a is the better bike . Now this is not to say one is better than the other just to reliterate a point made earlier about the desirablility of one model over another. I did out of interest buy a very nice 199a after doing my homework, its having a little bit or work done in Spain, I will report back when done what head steady it comes back with.
  14. Just on the off chance someone out there might be interested. The Easter weekend 15 th 16th April we are organising a classic trial here in the best bit of the Dordogne. Just a few km's from Sarlat, 20 sections of fantastic quality, with a ride round of 20 odd km's. Might even be an excuse to get away, you won't be disappointed. We will accept modern bikes for over 40 riders.. all non stop. Camping is avaliable from Friday until Monday with toilets, and an evening Saturday night meal is arranged to help empty the French wine lake. Further details available by PM
  15. Stuart, Do you mean the big hill in Ballingdon grove, sadly no longer in trials use.