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  1. Welcome Michael! Plenty of good clubs to join, if you're after practice venues then you could join HUX who have a venue that they use every 2nd and fourth sunday of the month, just turn up and enjoy yourself, it's based in Denham which isn't too far from you. There's also Berkhamstead (just look up Berko trials) who also have their own venue, once you've joined you get a code for the gate and you can literally access the venue 7 days a week as far as I know and ride whenever you like (although best not to practice on your own). There's also Hook Woods who have a great venue near Guildford which you can pay to practice. Good luck with the Gas Gas, it's fair to say you'll find it significantly easier to ride than a KTM enduro bike! 😆
  2. Rock Shocks & Falcons are generally considered good for pre65 trials but I think you'd need something a bit firmer/heavy duty if you're going to do more mx type riding on it. I'd recommend Hagons, I've got them on my '58 Triumph trials bike and although I may change them because they're a bit firm for trials I do think they'd be prefect on a scrambler. Tony at Hagons is super helpful, if you give him a ring and tell him the type of riding you'll be doing and how heavy you are he'll be able to advise you on what spring type you need and build a set specifically for you.
  3. 😆 I'll try mate but I've not got a good track record with my missus! I've resorted to not telling her when I buy a new one but then having the invoices sent to my old mans address! Few years back I switched from a beta to a repsol mont, couldn't be more different, the mont is bright orange but she didn't even notice! 😆
  4. Some bikes just suit you better, it’s as simple as that. None of us will ever outgrow the capabilities of a modern bike, they’re all way better than we are! Suspension set-up and fine adjustments will always improve a bike to your own personal liking but it’s horses for courses, if you don’t try other brands you’ll never know what suits you best.
  5. Well done Hughie, cracking bikes! No excuses now though mate!!!!
  6. Thanks for sharing, was going to go but stuck at home with bl*ody covid so these will do nicely. 👍
  7. Good decision to start your trials life mate! To be honest i think you should try them if you can and see what suits you best, a beta 200 is a cracking bike to start trials on but then again as you're coming from a mx background you might want more grunt. I haven't ridden the latest gasser so can't speak from experience but I'm sure they're decent. I ride the latest Beta myself, am on about my fifth one now and I love 'em. There's a reason they're so popular...
  8. Was chatting to my old man recently and he mentioned Sammy Miller's regular trick back in the day was to ask someone at the front of the que to hold his bike while he had a quick look at the section then jump back on it skipping the que, he once asked my dad too which he replied 'yeah sure' then as soon as he walked the section my dad dropped his bike and rode off! Made me chuckle!!! Does happen too often though!
  9. Hi Hughie, I meant to have a chat with you at the Wycombe trial recently but didn't see you. Just to chip in with what others have said, I don't think the bike is the problem, in fact you have a pretty much ideal bike to start on, it's just all about practice, particularly throttle control, all novice sections can be ridden with no or little clutch, just on the engine, but you need to learn to be really smooth and gentle with it. A slow action throttle and flywheel weight will definitely help but what will help more than anything is practice! Just simple figure of eight turns and up and down small banks just using the throttle, you'll get there mate!!!
  10. You'll be fine Hughie, ridden there many times, I'll be there Sunday. Like Petert says, bit of everything but nothing too big. Just ride whatever you feel like.
  11. Yes I am but not many 'official' practice areas round here unfortunately, Nash Mills (Berko) is probably closest for you. Apart from there and Milton Buzzard there's Hook Woods but that's near Guildford so a bit of a trek from Aylesbury plus not very novice friendly to be fair. Best to try Nash Mills or try and befriend a local farmer with some woodland but easier said than done!
  12. Hey Hughie, I know Ken at Oxford Ixion (and the venue) well, they're a good bunch and you would be absolutely fine just to ride round and have a look on, if there are any sections you fancy having a go at then do so, if you don't like the look of it then don't. Meet some people and get some advice, get used to riding the bike and just enjoy it - you'll be fine.
  13. Plenty of familiar names in there, including my old man! Thanks for posting
  14. Great Wood is a decent piece of land, ridden there many times in the past. Generally a non expert trial these days so would be perfect for you to get started mate. Having ridden enduro previously you'll be fine. Enter as a novice and see how you get on - can always move up to Clubman with a bit of practice.
  15. Hello mate, I'm from the marlow area and always up for a practice, problem is where to ride! Have you got anywhere in mind near Henley?
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