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    Cota 247 | J Gas 300

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    Monmouthshire, UK
  1. 2018 Jotagas R

    Another thread hijacked by the keyboard warriors... what happened to keeping things on-topic? "Mainstream" (route to ownership), as in buying a Gas Gas, Beta, Honda, etc... nothing to do with material science. Would be nice if people read the thread before deploying sarcasm.
  2. 2018 Jotagas R

    I didn't refer specifically to the UK dealer...if you read the post it relates to a Pan-European and worldwide network, any/all of whom are willing and able to supply parts from stock, via mail order... no requirement to purchase a plane ticket for that, last time I checked. It's such a shame that some of those who stick with the mainstream route to ownership fear/loathe the alternatives so vehemently, but that's how it seems to be these days. There's a vast inter-changeability of parts between different manufacturers/models which makes supply less of an issue - most model-specific parts are readily available and those that aren't can often be made at home - cutting gaskets from blank sheet and turning-up a few fasteners is hardly rocket science now is it? As I said, each to their own. As far as your "Ethnic Minority" reference goes, not sure where you're going with that, but do look up the definition when you get a moment. Happy trialing and peace on Earth to all.
  3. 2018 Jotagas R

    To keep this thread in perspective... JTG have a worldwide network of dealers (the majority of whom are based in Europe), all carrying spares and, in the majority of cases, with excellent technical understanding and interest in the marque - notwithstanding the array of componts shared with other manufacturers and the simplicity of the design. Visiting Spain for a gasket or fastener isn't and never has been, necessary. Each to their own, as the saying goes.
  4. 2018 Jotagas R

    Fantastic bikes, quirky management at the Factory, but at least they go their own way and there's nothing much wrong with that, surely? Viva la JotaGas.
  5. As above in relation to trials bike transport. The weight of a trials bike shouldn't cause any issues when mated to a Dave Cooper/similar bike rack (tow bar mounted), and small family hatch. To truly have your cake and eat it - if combining a few local lanes with organised Club events is your thing - get the bike road registered and legal, fit a bar mounted aux fuel tank, find space for a 1 or 2ltr back-up in your rucksack and the world's your lobster - just get used to standing-up lots, or buy a hybrid seat (easily removed as and when needed)!
  6. I too, recently came to trials after road and enduro riding. First thing to strike me was how friendly and helpful trials folk are... patient, welcoming and approachable. I'd suggest you join your local Club, which in association with the ACU, will run regular events and practice days, offering as much riding time as you can muster, for a meagre joining and entry fee (long gone are the days of me shelling-out £65 for an enduro practice day!). Also, don't discount the importance of practicing slow riding in a limited space set-up (driveway/garden area), which really does help in adjusting to the low speed bike handling skills so important for trials riding. Oh yeah, and never EVER, discount the abilities of the flat-cap wearing, pipe smoking pre-65/twinshock/classic brigade... seeing how certain members of that contingent can handle a trials bike really is believing. Have fun and keep the faith.
  7. Cota 247 Motoplat Ignition Set-Up... Clueless!

    Thanks again Keychange, I'll give that a try. TBH, its going to be an engine strip and rebuild next - I've tried the 'make do and mend' approach, which hasn't exactly proved fruitful, so best to bite the bullet and get properly stuck-in from here on. Cheers for your help, encouragement and guidance... all greatly appreciated.
  8. Cota 247 Motoplat Ignition Set-Up... Clueless!

    Filled gearbox and clutch with new fluids in readiness for the BIG EVENT (getting the useless heap of cr*p started), only for everything to leak out of various cracks and poor weld repairs in the RHS crankcase! It seems that the closer I look, the more issues I find... can only imagine the life this poor fella has had! That's me and the Mont done... back to being a rather expensive and not particularly functional, garage shelf! Over and out.
  9. Jotagas 2013 Parts

    Ahh, OK. Thanks for the info.
  10. Cota 247 Motoplat Ignition Set-Up... Clueless!

    Since fitted a new coil and Venhill decompression mechanism... spark still appears weak and no joy with starting (although the kicking process is much less barbaric with the decomp)! Electrex electronic ignition about to meet 70's Spanish metal - I'll update as and when! I was considering digging an 8' deep pit out the garden and throwing £20 notes into it - but I'll save myself the hassle and throw myself and the Cota in if the Electrex fails to evoke life (with the Missus filling in the hole shortly thereafter). Peace!
  11. Jotagas 2013 Parts

    +1 any feedback on sourcing those parts... did you contact Border Bikes?
  12. Cota 247 Motoplat Ignition Set-Up... Clueless!

    Still a Work in Progress, but I'm getting there. Success will likely, see me cartwheeling nekkid along the A48 - wearing nowt but my Hebo trials boots and a stupid grin!
  13. Cota 247 Gear Selection

    Thanks, that would be greatly appreciated. I've tried sending a PM, but the system states that your profile does not accept messages. If you PM me your email address, I can reply accordingly. Cheers.
  14. Cota 247 Gear Selection

    Thanks Keychange - I'll need to check on the chassis/engine numbers as I don't have them to hand. As an aside, where did you source the 247 manual? I have a VERY rough pdf version, but it looks like its been scanned and copied a milliion times and is virtually unusable? Cheers.
  15. Cota 247 Gear Selection

    Apologies for coming across as a bit of a Doofus, but my 21M Cota 247 (underslung clutch arm), only seems to have 4 selectable ratios in its 'box. Was this MY a 4-speed (can't find anythng definitive via Google), or is the fact that there's nothing above 4th, representative of another bodge-up by the PO, requiring further time and cash? Thanks in advance.