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    KT250r, Gas Gas JT35

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  1. For me; I'd go for a Fantic 200 or 240, nice and light with good handling. The ones I owned "back in the day" were as reliable as the Yamahas' and Hondas'.. Once you get used to it the kick starter it is much easier to use than the conventional ones. I have no idea about parts in the US, but getting bits from around the world these days is pretty good. Honda TLR250 would be best, Yam TY175, nice and light, and can be setup really well, with some careful research. SWM twin shocks were also really good in their time, along with Montessas', and Bultacos'. Without knowing you fitness, off road experience, etc, I would suggest go for; light, nimble, with predictable power, and good breaks. Most of the bikes are pretty reliable as long as they were/are serviced properly. Good luck with your search
  2. Here's a thought, Which lasts longer, Spending the day enjoying riding a trial, or finding out you've won. I find that if I've won it feels good for a few moments, but if I've had a good ride it lasts days and makes me want to ride some more. As old bikes are few and it would be good to have the sport/class survive, accurate replicas should be allowed. They Must use the same technology as the genuine bikes.
  3. here's a thought; Is winning that important. Or is enjoying riding your machine the point.
  4. Beautiful build, Well done, now get it dirty.
  5. Sorry about the delay Tony, yep its the same one. When I took a break from trials in '97, I knew if I sold it I probably wouldn't get back into trials. Might start looking for a more modern bike soon, but also keen to pick up a '70s TL250. I'm fixing one for a friend at the moment, what a cool beast for twin shock trials.
  6. I ride a 1995 JT35 as my "modern" bike, and yes there's quite a difference to the modern stuff. Seems like about 2001 there was an upgrade (better brake, clutch feel and weight loss), , again around 2005-10, and the latest bikes with fuel injection and active electronic engine management are another step up.
  7. If your looking for the flat type seal. I used one out of a plastic 20lt can cap, (look around the caps come in several sizes), and are generally chemical resistant. Note; anything that has rubber or silicon in its makeup description may swell when in contact with petrol.
  8. Hi Sam, I've just followed my instructions and the web site has changed so they don't work. Try; Trials Australia, Forums, Twinshock (At the moment its on page 3) "Steer Clear, understanding steering" posted by Guy53, on sept 16 2016
  9. Hi Sam, Have a read of the post in "Trials Australia", its all about bike geometry front and rear. Essentially it ends up as a series of compromises. But it helps you understand the trade offs, and how/what to alter for what effect. Really good for tuning things once riding as well. Anyway, go to; Trials Australia, then; Forums, then; Twinshock and Classic Trials, then; Steer Clear, Understanding steering Hope this helps. I had to read it a few times to get my head around it fully, but it was worth the effort.
  10. Cool project, Love the coffin tank. You'll have a blast, good luck
  11. Personally, I think the TY is a better pure trials machine (light and nimble), but a little under powered. If your just having a play and nothing too tight etc, I'd go for the RL It also does to a point depend on your physical size and weight etc. Back when I was riding a TY175 I was 69kg and would have struggled with the RL, now either would do me fine.. Both look like nice tidy machines, good luck and have fun .
  12. Great time to learn to balance stationary. Once you can do this for say 30 sec, start on hopping the front. Back break on full, motor off, The motion is compress the forks, move body back and up using your legs (they should do most of the work). If you dab on the outside, you moved more that the bike, Dab inside, bike went too far. If you can do this, it is a brilliant fitness exercise.
  13. If you want to read about bike geometry, steering head angles,swing arm angles, etc, go to, "Trials Australia", then; forums; next "Twinshock and classic trials", next, scroll down to, "Steer clear, understanding steering". Its really useful. Great looking project by the way, Good luck
  14. I agree metisse, but then we're back to how many and what mods put you in the "special" class. Cut frames, steering head mods, laid over shocks, removed bottom cradle rails....I feel a headache coming on Initially perhaps set it up to get all those excluded bikes back out being seen and ridden Personally, I admire both, carefully restored/maintained originals, and the creativity of the specials. John, well done, your workmanship looks great, If we didn't know better it looks like a production bike with a different silencer.
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