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  1. hencam

    Bultaco M80

    could it have had a pursang engine fitted at some point? or another alternative motor?
  2. Ashwicke classic trial. A massive thankyou to Jon Cull and all that supported him in laying on a most fantastic classic trial today. The trial catered for all abilities and the experience of the course plotters shone through with some really creative sections. Best of all the proceeds all went to charity! Thanks again Jon and the team for memorable and thoroughly enjoyable day.
  3. don't forget waltham chase beginners only trial at alderbury on 25th november
  4. i recently had the pleasure of riding the swcta dartmoor 2 day, rode round with Jim and the drayton team for most of the 2 days. so much fun.
  5. yep, i know Harnham. PM me i can definitely help out with somewhere to ride/tuition.
  6. sorry should have read first part of post! where abouts in the salisbury area are you. somerton classic put on excellent events and monos are allowed. i am in the salisbury area east side just of a36
  7. in my opinion you would not go wrong at all trying wilts & dorset mcc Roger Painter runs the club. series is called "rider friendly series" 3 routes usually held at Chicksgrove. Roger has been around trials for many years and with his band of loyal helpers puts on some excellent friendly events. Give Roger a call on 01985 216992 explain the situation and he may be able to help. just had a thought what bike do you have?? No monoshocks at Wilts and Dorset.
  8. yep could not agree more, he is a sterling chap and a true gent, not to mention a wicked sense of humour. anyway to the point, I have not repacked mine, however i think Ian Peberdy did, he felt his was packed a little tight so cut a hole in the back, removed packing and then welded it back up. he reckoned it helped with the low down performance. i am not a good enough rider to notice the difference
  9. hencam

    BSA Frame

    personal humble opinion here - but the faber otter is a very different beast to the Drayton, I can speak from personal experience as I own both. The faber otter is better suited to 'open traditional sections' the Drayton will cope with anything you are capable of throwing at it tight fiddly nadgery sections as well as the open type section. a further word to the wise, I would checkout Charlie Prescott website the BSA Otter http://www.bsaotter.com/ for info. the original harry foster Otter was very good, later copies were "long", affectionately known as the "long dog" later versions i believe were shortened and again in my opinion the drayton has the advantage of a NON Oil carrying frame.
  10. try contacting Rex Caunt. he is very helpful and knowledgeable, just follow his instructions for calling time on his website, after 18:00 i think? i had a nasty experience with mine, somebody skimmed the head, knocked the big end out after about 12 trials, found a standard head and it had a 2.5mm upstand/gasket face. mine had been skimmed almost flat with the bottom fin.
  11. Some very valid points, however in my humble opinion section severity is an issue, not sure i like the word severity, as personally i think it is more a problem of the gulf that exists between a rider starting out, a more mature rider who is somewhat careful as they don't mend as well as they used to, or someone recovering from surgery or just getting older etc and the other end of the scale an experienced fit and healthy regular rider. This coupled with the fact nobody nowadays wants to drop a 'cricket score' where as years ago you put up with it. so should a club put on more routes to give everyone something they are comfortable with or do they put on two routes and risk putting newcomers or those mentioned above off? I have also heard complaints of trials being too easy. One of the clubs I ride with regularly with has just ran an event in Devon, a super piece of land with traditional Devon stream sections, but only 30 or so entries. I listened to comments on the day as a number of the people not riding were observing and i chatted with quite a few who felt it was too challenging for them. however if the easier route had been made easier the top chaps/chapesses would have probably not dropped any. the other down side to low entries is less chance of finding 10 or 12 observers, more riders, more chance of observers for what it is worth my twopenneth, you cannot mix the entry between modern and classic, at best it will be a poor compromise with both camps not really happy, however there is no need to refuse any entries but if the moderns turn up at a classic trial too bad just ride it put up and shut up and vice versa for the classics turning up at a modern bike club. 3 ride in my family, i am fortunate to ride most weekends so have built a fair degree confidence, my dad has been recovering from a shoulder Op and is building confidence but does not want to 'hurt himself' or set back the healing process, my brother works for the mafia (a superstore every little helps) and cannot ride as often as he would like due to working sunday so confidence is lower. A two route event does not provide sufficient breadth of ability coverage. I have to hand it to our local clubs Somerton Classic and Wilts and Dorset for running with 3 routes where all three of us can ride and have a good day. The British Bike trial at Priddy attracted over 100 entries for each day, the same is true of the SWCTA 2 day events and the Eurocup, so somebody can get the recipe right! I also notice quite a few clubs in the South west centre are putting on introduction to trials routes, or 5 sections separate from the main event, i have seen the numbers steadily increase, this weekend there must have been 10-15 riders all 'learning' and enjoying our wonderful sport. I agree we need young blood in the gene pool but this should compliment those having ago at any age. my personal view - more people will return if the event is 'too easy' than if they go home disheartened with a high score or worse an injury. all views are based on personal opinion, observation and from chatting with fellow riders.
  12. depends on bike but if pre-65 britshock or twinshock then somerton classic always good, very friendly, i would also recommend ashwick trials club, ran by Jon Cull, is on forum as Jonv8
  13. very good, i wanted some to go over my boots rather than tuck in. my only criticism would be the pathetic nylon zips at the bottom, lasted about 2 trials, thankfully they have velcro as well but even that has given up now, time to approach a sewing person and get some proper zips put in. i would give them 8/10. because in my view a manufacturer like hebo should know better than to put a zip in that you normally find on some persons 'make up bag' especially given they are £100 ++ hope this helps
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