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  1. I think the pastime / sport of motorcycle trials needs to be defined in the current timeframe. I am now 60, I have been involved in the club scene on and off ( as everyone else, houses and kids have dragged me away but I've always come back ) for 45 years. Around here in the South East of the U.K. I could probably get a ride most weekends at club / centre level, I have never had aspirations to ride at the higher level as I know my limits and have always enjoyed my 'sport'. At this level, which I would suggest is the vast majority of riders, there is no concern about getting spectators out to watch nor a desire to have the sport moved on to be more extreme. As far as participation is concerned we get around 45 - 70 riders at a local compeditive event but between 130 and 200 at a practice day, ( sections laid out but no observing, ride as many times around as you like ) I think that speaks volumes for what the grass root rider wants. Get out at the weekend and enjoy the challenge of riding a motorbike through and over stuff that won't kill him/her So here is a loony suggestion, if we want the sport to grow forget the World Championship, get the factories and their sponsors to invest in grass root sport. It would make an interesting poll to find out what the bulk of the riders want. Sorry if this is off topic, but trials will not improve if you only consider the top 0.1% in fact 0.001%
  2. These riders are the 'best of the best' why not 4 laps of 12 ? Make them work for the championship.
  3. Since there are only 10 or so regular GP riders how is your 5% going to work ? The whole sport needs an overhaul, let's face it it bears no relationship to our domestic weekend riding (U.K.) . We were only discussing how things have changed at the weekend, when we were young there were world rounds in cold wet countries and most seemed to be in the winter months, we now have a sport geared to big grippy rocks ridden in blazing sunshine it's no wonder the Spanish rule. Also what happened to the indoor series if you look at the rider list it's more like a Spanish indoor world championship.
  4. Well how did this all end up ? Were there enough rounds and is it going to continue in 2020 ?
  5. I think the Raga replica came with magnesium crankcases, if not looked after the engine will be a definite money pit, you already advise it dosn't have any compression and the clutch has a problem so possibly also the gearbox. Not sure about bike availability on the Isle of Lewis but I would 'not touch that one with yours !'
  6. collyolly

    1996 gas gas

    Depends what you are needing, you could try Allens (? check spelling they are in the U.K.) bike breakers or just make something similar fit.
  7. Oops just noticed this originally started back last year, hope it got sorted O.K
  8. Hopefully someone could confirm that the wheel is centred in the swingarm on original bikes, you may also want to check your chain run as its all very tight.
  9. Interesting that an auxiliary fuel tank is mentioned, that is a copy of the 'Thirsty' tank made and sold in the U.K. a few years ago, specifically as a drinks container. In fact I am sure Mr Tarres used one in the Scottish converted to carry his fuel ! Around 550 were produced and it took about 5 years to sell them, it was before the Internet was up to speed with the likes of e-bay so relied on 'trials specialist' outlets. The tool still exists but not sure the demand is there to enable more to be produced, biggest problem is the headlight has to be removed, Oh yea you have to do that to put on a number board !
  10. When you say restoration due you mean to standard spec or to modern day riding, those shocks look period modern ones don't.
  11. Hi, just got some time back on the bike after a long lay off ( holiday ) Followed the advice given and fitted an original air screw, re set the float height as I feel it was a bit on the low side after reading the Internet, put the needle back up, fitted a new plug as it had some special fine wire electrode thing fitted. Starting has improved but still not one kick, could be my technique or is something else still not right ? Entered the dark side and fitted a flywheel weight, this has the effect of giving the starting kick a slight bit of extra momentum and does appear to help though still not as good as I think it should be. (Had GasGas bikes for 20 years so I know they can start ) After some discussion I decided to look at the reed valve assembly, it all looked O.K. apart from appearing to have an extra gasket fitted between the reed cage and the reed block. I do not think this is correct as the built in sealing face of the reed then sits inside the gasket and does not do anything, also on removing the assembly there appeared to be fuel across the whole face of the gasket so could have been a leak. Put together without the suspect gasket and the bike now starts quite easily, half a kick to load up the inlet and then a full kick once compression is found and away she goes. Just got some fine tuning to try now as it feels a bit rich off the bottom but that could of course be the lag effect of the flywheel. Anyone confirm the gasket fitment as I will leave it out if it's not needed
  12. collyolly

    Future of Gasgas

    Where's the smile, must be missing the smell and audio of a petrol engine !
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    Future of Gasgas

    I must be bored I just read through this lot of xxxx, what's the latest on GasGas ?
  14. Squirt some 'easy start' or 'Cold start' into the back of the carb. Also try with a pre heated plug.
  15. Footpegs look a bit slippery ! I would think a fabricated bracket with modern mounts to enable grippy, foldable footpegs would be a good mod. Those pegs are probably illegal as far as modern trials are concerned ( ACU rules ) Perhaps fit the pegs slightly further back and lower, together with a set of bars with a higher lift would make the 'cockpit' feel less cramped and the bike would then become more manoeuvreable.
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