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  1. Look into the lowering plates, it was suggested by D.C. himself
  2. I have used mine for 15 years to cart around an Ariel HT replica, believe me it weighs more than a Sherpa, you will sort out a technique that works for you. For me it’s front wheel first, then lean the bike over so that when you grab the swing arm ( outside ) and lift with your legs the weight is more central over your lifting hand. You could also consider a set of drop plates these go in between the tow bar and the tow ball then the rack bolts on up to 4” lower on the plates. A pair of plates ( possibly welded together to stop bending) and longer high tensile bolts will be required.
  3. collyolly

    Racing or gp

    Unless you are a very competent expert rider I would give the 300 a miss, I have a 2017 white framed 250GP and believe me it’s plenty powerful enough. In fact I have lowered the compression with a Stars head and insert and it’s now a fabulous ride. I had a 300 racing before this and it was good fun but very tiring. In my eyes the 2017 GP in white is just the perfect aesthetic, you are right. I have had numerous GasGas machines over the last 20 years and this rumour of lower quality in the later years of production is just plain stupid. I am not going to diss other makes on here but the riders who complain about bits falling off any modern bike are the ones who don’t ride over the obstacle but attempt to ride through it, literally ! Good luck with your search.
  4. Hi rabie Sidcup club still has its practice night up on the calendar for July, also ‘Bike Night’, are these going ahead or is it wait and see ?
  5. Back in the dark ages a class was started for pre65 bikes as there seemed to be a demand for a separate class for these old abandoned machines. It was popular enough to then be broken down into sub classes catering for ‘pre-unit’ big old beasts, ‘unit’ your C15 and cub 4 strokes, class C which were any 2 stroke sewing machines and of course your totally uncompetitive ‘Rigids’. All went well for a number of years then the entries started to drop off, I am talking inter club and centre level, we all know one off trials such as the Scottish pre65 still draw huge entries. Entries dropped off to such a degree that you often found yourself in a class of one or two, so down here in the South East we amalgamated all of the classes, we even included the newly formed twin shock class in this, as they rode the same route and again often only had a few entries, to be honest a well set up pre 65 is a good as a Bultaco etc. The twin shock class mentioned above was again started to try to get the old nails out, it only really gets good support at full national level ie Kia, locally you just don’t see the numbers. We tried the ‘Air cooled mono’ class in the S.East a few years ago and I remember turning up at one of the early championship rounds on my newly acquired Fantic 303 ( well it looked like Steve Saunders bike ) to find I was the only entrant. So if you want a new class you have to find an obvious demarcation in technical terms, ie pre Bultaco era, pre Yamaha / Fantic mono, pre Water cooling but at the moment I can’t see it and I am sure there is not the desire entry wise for it. Back in the good old days we had two classes, Novice and Expert we now have up to 8 or 10 with smaller entries so it’s no surprise class sizes diminish and competition goes away.
  6. If you have had it from new could you not seek advice from the dealer ( If they are open of course ! )
  7. How long have you been riding a trials bike ? Do you have mates with trials bikes and experience or a local club ? Before you get too concerned about changing your bike I suggest you get some advice on setting it up, it may just need the engine tuning and the clutch and brake ‘bite’ points setting up to make it more rideable.
  8. What a joy to keep clean with all of those lumps and bumps with fins on top !
  9. collyolly

    Sherpa Brakes

    I think you will find that is hard chrome plate, you won’t remove it with ‘wet and dry’ ! Rebuild the bike and try the brake performance before you try modding those hubs.
  10. The above search advice does not work ! Search for ‘250gp’ in the forums section and it will take you straight there, second item listed Cheers
  11. I posted a similar request for info back on 15th June 2019 relating to my Gasgas 250GP that has the same carb. Go into Forums and search ‘Gasgas 250GP carb settings’ and it is on about page 6 of the search or trawl back to June 15. My bike works beautifully now, good luck.
  12. I asked the question last year about the lack of coverage of the Scott it was very obviously not covered as well as previous years but then again I am not up there contributing either ! The world scene is a waste of time, I don’t see how the small sport justifies its existence in its present form. Bring back the days of guys turning up in a Transit van, read the stories of Lampkin ( Martin) , Rathmell, Birkett etc competing at world rounds, it’s all got too sophisticated chasing the mythical interested spectators. I have said before this sport is all about the clubmans participation at grass roots level that’s why we get entries on the day of approaching 150 for a practice trial but struggle to fill 40 places for a centre trial, the sport has moved on its more about lads just riding their bikes at a level they are ‘ safe’ at rather than pushing themselves to compete. So now you end up with a website ( which is brilliant ) that caters for the bike enthusiast rather than pure competitors.
  13. That does not look like a trials bike more an enduro bike, as the steering and foot rest position would not work for trials.
  14. Got to bear in mind this is a U.S. Suzuki not a Beamish, from recent reading the original Suzuki RL ( U.S. market also known as an ‘Exacta’ ) had a much ‘revier’ engine and more relaxed steering hence the Beamish mods when launched in the U.K.
  15. You say the original run time was dire, what’s that 10 minutes, 45 mins ? You then say the new battery was O.K. for its first use, better performance or much longer run time ? You could have a motor fault that’s dragging the battery down, as you say the volts drop to 3.5v when loaded or of course you may just not be fully charging the battery, have you got the ability to measure amps on your meter ( I assume you have one as you are taking readings ) Do you still have the original battery ?
  16. If the battery volts drop as soon as you turn the bike on then it has a fault ( that’s called the load ) or the bike has a fault, as suggested above does the bike work with the standard battery or do you not have one. Perhaps you could give a bit more history of the problem to enable a remote diagnosis, ie was the bike working O.K. in your ownership, why have you replaced the battery etc.
  17. Hi all I have got myself a Mk1 Beamish in silver and red to relive my yooff ! Can anyone confirm the point of kickstart engagement, the lever looks to be in the correct position mounted on the engine, but does not engage until it is approx horizontal when kicking. It’s so long since I had mine that I don’t know if this is normal or if the internals need looking at. Thanks for any replies
  18. Good effort to try and cheer us all up, my bike is now in lots of bits so I can’t be tempted to go out on it. It needed a new set of linkage bearings, hope it will benefit from a new small end and of course it’s now surgically clean.
  19. Has it already been played with ? It's an old bike so may have some history I tried a top youths bike a few years ago and it was tuned for max splat it was useless for my old rider technique !
  20. From what has been said in the past I would think availability in your part of the world is the first problem to overcome, so find your nearest dealer and seek some advice or better still join a club, bikes often move by word of mouth.
  21. I think you will find instances of bikes running full bore and the lanyard will not help, the engine gets so hot it self runs. You have to resort to turning off the fuel and stuffing your gloves up the exhaust, all very stressful with an engine probably still in gear and revving it's nuts off !
  22. I think I heard that in the 'old days ' riders would travel to an event with their own barrel / piston to convert a standard bike to 'works spec' BUT surely compared to even 10 years ago modern bikes are just so perfect why not have the added cudos of competing and winning on a 'box standard' bike that any joe public can then go and buy. Do we really need these bikes to progress any further, if a developement programme needs world round competition to push it forward then the targets are already too high.
  23. Could you play around with the bottom shock mount position to move them inboard ?
  24. It was posted on here earlier that the bikes must not be 'one offs' well I have never heard that before and I bet you can't buy any of the world class bikes. Why not limit the G.P riders to only using production bikes, that would mean all the riders turn up at an event and use a bike from the nearest distributor, straight away you have slashed the costs of competing as the bikes would then be sold on as 'ex demo !'
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