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  1. Thanks, appreciate the reply. Thinking of trying one on my Cota 247 - nothing wrong with the standard Amal but I was so impressed by putting an OKO on the SWM that for 60 odd quid it's worth a try.
  2. I didn't know about that source, have you tried it yourself? Would be interested to hear your experience if so. Half the price of the ones from Mid Atlantic but are they the same, ie genuine OKO? Also a question of how they're jetted I suppose.
  3. I looked into that and the answer is no. The previous importer no longer does them. You can find cheap Chinese copies on eBay, marketed as OKOs, but they're not worth having by all accounts. I dealt with Mid Atlantic Trials in USA and found them excellent. Cost was about 118 quid delivered and set up ready for my bike, with some extra jets and hose to attach to air box. I think that compares quite well with buying a new Amal or Mikuni in the UK. If you take a look at Mid Atlantic's website you'll be able to read about what they do with OKOs.
  4. During a trial I carry some zip ties, a roll of tape, spanner to adjust chain tension (I'm fussy about keeping that just right) and an allen key for lever clamps (I keep mine slightly slack so the lever rotates around the bar instead of snapping off if I drop the bike). The above is probably a throwback to riding long lap trials in the old days when some maintenance/repair work during the event was pretty common. As far as I can see, almost all riders nowadays carry nothing at all!
  5. I agree with feetupfun. Put one on my SWM and it pulls much better from the bottom of the range and runs cleanly throughout. Mid Atlantic are a good company to deal with and have worked hard to get the OKOs properly dialled in for specific models.
  6. I have a handbook for the 247c and will pm you re sending a copy of the vital data. Meanwhile you should move the kickstart lever on its splines to the 1 o'clock position. If it's too far forward as in the photo it will damage the side casing.
  7. This doesn't help you, but my first bike was a Dalesman. Would you mind posting a photo of the bike for old time's sake?
  8. Thank you, very useful and unusual to get an experienced rider's view of the EM as a serious trials bike in comparison to petrol bikes.
  9. Yes, various 3.50 x 18 trials tyres on eBay. May not work too well in the sections but might solve the problem.
  10. Linklyfe was the nasty stuff you're thinking of.
  11. I just make mine from alloy strip from the local hardware store. You can easily make one up and make the hole at the top end extended so the arm will effectively lengthen or shorten so more adjustment can be had as the brake shoes wear.
  12. I rode a 200 and a 240 back in the 80s, trialling every week. For me (reasonable clubman rider) I found the 200 the better trials bike. It found grip more easily and instilled more confidence. For me, one big rule applies to the 200: never assume it is underpowered, it's an excellent trials bike. It won many trials across the country and had enough grunt to be used very successfully as a sidecar bike at the time. You would definitely not go wrong with one, assuming it's in good order.
  13. Just wear waterproof socks, Aldi have decent cheap ones from time to time. Solved all my problems of leaky boots.
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