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  1. cleanorbust

    SSDT Newbie

    As a former competitor the main pieces of advice I would give to a new rider at the SSDT are: 1) prepare yourself physically (although it's too late now to do significant training for this year's event) - they are long days and you will find things very challenging. 2) don't hang around looking at sections, time can be tight and you must keep up, in fact give yourself a bit of leeway for getting stuck on the moors or having machine trouble if you can. The experts who spend a long time inspecting sections are also those who can absolutely fly over the moors to keep up on time.
  2. Thanks for updating us. I expect that lady at the ACU has had some difficult questions to answer over the last few months. Credit to her for her honesty.
  3. Like you, I've never been asked to have an eye test (l'm 67 and had a licence continuously for years). Likewise I've never heard of over 70s needing a medical for trials, and I'm sure I would have done so if it was the case. Please let us know how it gets resolved for you.
  4. I rode a TY175 at the same time as you in the 70s Tyupandover. I'd still say it's a good enough bike to hone skills on as it is, provided it's well set up, eg good tyres at the right pressures, brakes cleaned out and adjusted, ignition timing bang on, cables libricated, no slack in throttle cable, mixture tuned to run as crisply as possible, new air filter, fork oil correct, decent rear units, chain tension correct. This matters on any bike of course, but well worth it on a TY175, and really the difference between a good bike and one that'll cost you needless marks. Standard TY175s did very well in the day, winning trials against the best Spanish opposition. In my experience it was one of the best bikes for developing one of the most important aspects of a good rider: precision. Rather like a modern 125 these days. Just get it all as well set up as you can and then get the hours in practising on it!
  5. Go to Inmotiontrials.com They do pullers for MARs, a phone call or email will confirm the right one for your bike.
  6. A decent one in ready to ride state would get £1500-1800 in UK (my guess). So maybe £700-1000 for a non-runner if complete. Just my guess. They aren't that popular in twinshock trials.
  7. No points on a MAR as far as I recall. The early models were somewhat known for electronic ignition failure.
  8. I use Hammerite for lots of applications on bikes. I just give worn bits near footrests etc a quick dabble with a paint brush if it looks scruffy. Keeps things looking fresh for a couple of minutes' work.
  9. Just out of interest, how old is a bit too old for trials?
  10. cleanorbust

    No start 4ride

    Yes, adjust idle setting upwards. (Common cause of starting problems on 4rt).
  11. I'm sure it can be done if the rear footwell was available, both bikes pointing forward with the front wheels dropped into the footwell on full lock. You could try lining up one bike against the van wall in this position and see if it leaves room for another.
  12. cleanorbust

    Stifled 247

    Just a thought...the latest model of 247 was 237cc and had a different timing figure. Could it be the Electrex system is set to the figure used on previous 247s and is giving a retarded spark on your bike?
  13. I rode a TY175 in the 70s, with, for me, some success. Today, one which runs as it should will get you round trials reliably enough, though the gap in development and performance between it and modern bikes will be immediately evident. Depends whether that is an issue for you or not. By the way, the 175 was introduced in 1975 so the one you're looking at will be at least as "young" as that.
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