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  1. I take the point about modulating a foot brake. What with a stiff boot and a stiff sole, it’s hard to know if you’re on the pedal, let alone how hard you’re pushing it. I’ve thought about the problem a lot and finally concluded the solution is to grow an extra hand. Unfortunately there is one flaw.
  2. I think you have your answer, rick1962uk. 😃
  3. Seems like a good plan. But if you want to use the one you’ve bought, you’ll have to cut out and drill a bracket to attach it to, then carefully work out and mark the exact position where it needs to go, then get someone to weld it on. Then clean up and paint.
  4. I have been wondering about using one of those 1 litre auxiliary fuel tanks as a drinks bottle.
  5. That’s an interesting proposal. So you’re suggesting 1 mark for a feet-up stop, and 5 for a foot-down stop? It seems quite a good idea to me but you’re still left trying to differentiate marginal movement from a momentary stop.
  6. I put in Nanotrans and it is much better. I’ve got it adjusted so that one-finger slipping is comfortable and not too big a stretch. My only remaining gripe is that gear changes still need a four finger pull back to the grip. Leaving fingers between the lever and grip gives some pretty ugly clunky gear changes.
  7. Perhaps you didn’t have enough free play in the system. When I got my bike and rode it for the first time I made a complete t*t of myself by falling off in the car park in front of a crowd of people. Having come from cars and karts where I was obsessive about having a short travel and a rock-hard pedal, I over-adjusted it, and it “pumped up” and locked. The simple solution was to back off the lever adjustment a touch. Trials bike brakes are so powerful that they deliver a nice hard feel without too much fiddling.
  8. A rigid enforcement of no-stop is just as subjective and difficult to judge as the present not-much-of-a-stop. At the Southern Experts a few months ago we were told to be very strict on no-stop. We dished out a lot of 5s. Some riders were most unhappy and I generally sympathised with them: it seemed unfair to apply the same penalty for a momentary feet-up hesitation as for a total failure. I’m not saying I know the solution; just that we haven’t found it yet.
  9. I don’t know the standard TRS gearing but if you’re right you are geared down about 5%. It will be easier to get through the awkward bits without slipping the clutch but will run out of revs a bit sooner. I would be inclined to go back to standard. Chains don’t like going around small sprockets so a change from 9 teeth to 10 will significantly improve chain and sprocket life.
  10. My daughter and I went through the McDonald's driveway window and I gave the cashier a £5 note. Our total was £4.25, so I also handed her 25p. She said, 'You gave me too much money.' I said, 'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a pound coin back.' She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request. I did so, and he handed me back the 25p, and said 'We're sorry but we don’t do that kind of thing.' The cashier then proceeded to give me back 75p in change. Do not confuse the people at MacD's. We had to have the garage door repaired. The repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on the opener. I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower. He shook his head and said, 'You need a 1/4 horsepower.' I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4 and he said, 'NOOO, it's not. Four is larger than two.' We haven't used that repairman since... I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbour call the local council office to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road. The reason: 'Too many deers are being hit by cars out here! I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.' My daughter went to a Mexican fast food and ordered a taco. She asked the person behind the counter for 'minimal lettuce.' He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg lettuce. I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, 'Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?' To which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?' He smiled knowingly and nodded, 'That's why we ask.' The pedestrian light on the corner beeps when it's safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an 'intellectually challenged' colleague of mine. She asked if I knew what the beeper was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded, 'What on earth are blind people doing driving?!' And she is a government employee..... When my husband and I arrived at a car dealership to pick up our car after a service, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver’s side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. ‘Hey,' I announced to the technician, 'Its open!' His reply, 'I know. I already did that side.' STAY ALERT! They walk among us, they breed, and they vote…....
  11. I’m torn between 1 and 5 on the first video. I’m not familiar with FIM marking guidelines (somewhat irrelevant in my world) so I would follow the observers briefing if it was my call. I can’t see how the second one can be anything but a 5.
  12. One small note of caution. I have seen it said that modern tyres (Michelin/IRC/Dunlop) last about 150 miles on the road. That’s not far if you’re planning on pottering to work on you TLR200. Of course running higher pressures should improve life somewhat. Pirelli’s are supposed to be more durable but not competitive.
  13. Been there, done that, no tee-shirt but a few bumps and bruises. Stick at it, go at your own pace, and soon you’ll be wondering whatever the fuss was about.
  14. Super costs about 15p per litre more. And you use 1.5 to 2 litres in a trial. I just throw in the Super to play safe even though it’s probably not needed.
  15. I recorded the programme on 1 June. The caption said it was World Trials. in reality it was some bloke with one leg walking up mountains. Disappointed.
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