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    2018 TRS 250 gold

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  1. Apparently the TRS lever has a different leverage ratio (push pin is a different distance away from pivot bolt hole) than other levers so you will be changing the feel and power of the brake if you use a non TRS lever.
  2. Had to replace my seals at 130 hrs. Nothing to do with coolant level. The shaft was noticeably grooved but I put it back together and so far is ok at 200 hrs. If it does it again I'll do the shaft as well.
  3. I disagree. I don't think it matters how much you focus on the end of the log, the bike will still need some kind of physical input to stay upright. This is easy when you can turn a bit left to correct a left fall or right as the bike falls right. When you can't turn you will use the same techniques as when the bike is stationary even if moving forward. https://youtu.be/shJUlpRAN28?t=186
  4. Exactly. If you can't balance with the wheel straight, you can't ride in a straight line.
  5. I think there are 3 main components to balancing. 1. The sensitivity/ function of your inner ear etc Can't do much about this (unless there is a medical issue that can be fixed) so just work with what you have.. 2. The ability to actually read the signs that you are off balance. I think this just comes with practice time. You slowly get more sensitive to recognizing the signs of the bike falling earlier and earlier and the corrections get smaller and smaller. 3. The actual techniques used to correct the balance. I started first with the bars to one side and practiced correcting the balance with small twists of the bars left and right. Once I had that working OK I started to try with the bars centered. Try putting a beer crate on the left to rest your foot on then slowly lift the foot off the crate but don't be in a rush to bring it to the peg. I found I would naturally bring the foot closer or further from the bike to maintain balance. Once you get the left foot to the peg you will probably find the bike starts falling to the left and it's time to swing the right foot out. You'll probably over compensate and then need to bring the right foot back in and the left out again. After a few months of practicing a few minutes every day, I found that I was only swinging each foot out about 6 inches or less and placing it back very gently. The corrections have become so small that I can often just move my hips from side to side now. One thing I have noticed with balance is that initially the exact point of balance feels really weird/floaty. Suddenly there is no feedback to tell you which way to react. You get so used to fighting one way then the other. When you actually balance, you need to stop reacting and wait briefly for the feedback to tell you what to do. It's this feeling you need to get used to. Anyway bla bla the main thing is regular practice and I still need a lot more..
  6. I've been over the bars in a way that I am sure I would have suffered injury from hand guards. Basically did a handstand on the bars and then rolled over the front. Impossible to get my hands off the grips. The levers bent down a bit and my fingers hurt for a few days.
  7. I've replaced both seals. I probably should have done the shaft as well as there is a very slight depression worn in where the seals sit. Anyway there is nothing bleeding out now. I'll put a couple of hours on it then drain the oil carefully to avoid getting dirt in it. I'll put it back in if it's clear.
  8. I just got back from a ride and there is indeed a damp spot around the weep hole. (something just not right about that description). Coolant is a bit grey. I haven't looked at the oil again yet.
  9. I just changed oil and believe it was slightly milky. 18 250 Gold and has done 125 hrs. Should I order both seals?
  10. I really don't think the danger of modern trials keeps young riders away. Look at downhill mountain biking - hugely popular here in NZ. Take a look at the tracks being built all over the place, full of "do or die" drop offs and gaps with loads of teenagers bombing down them having a great time. Plenty of older guys too and lots of injuries. People love it and lots of council funding is going into track building and maintenance. Show most kids a slow, technical, snotty trials section and it just looks boring. If they give it a try, they realize that it's going to take a lot of practice to get good and even then it won't really impress their mates or (more importantly) the opposite sex. Trials is in a difficult position I believe because it probably needs to be flashy and extreme to attract young riders but it's so difficult to get to that level that many will give up. I don't know what the answer is but times have changed and I don't think keeping the sport at a level that old guys enjoy will help secure it's future.
  11. Have there been a lot of injuries in trial GP? It sure looks scary to us riders with far less skill but then the things I am riding now scared the **** out of me (and were genuinely dangerous to me) a couple of years ago too... I certainly get the fact that sections can be difficult without being dangerous but this is a world championship with riders who have taken their skills to another level. It would be interesting to hear their point of view.. BTW it's not uncommon for riders to leave our local trail rides in a medical helicopter. It doesn't seem to deter Mums and Dads from taking their kids along for a good thrash around.
  12. What do you mean by "limited success"? What made you think the coolant was no good?
  13. bluey

    MX clothing

    Trials clothing looks alright on the girls but other than that 🙈
  14. There are a lot of things to like about a new bike that won't necessarily give you lower scores. Easy to start Reliable Very light controls so you can ride much longer without tired, sore or cramping clutch and break fingers Much better and more progressive suspension so less impact is transferred to your body lighter so less work to recover from stuff ups Some people just like old stuff though and this is a hobby after all..
  15. bluey

    2019 raga forks

    If the tubes are exactly the same wall thickness the steel will be a lot heavier. If the tubes are made to be the same strength, the weight difference can be very small or nothing. https://sciencing.com/strength-tubing-vs-steel-tubing-7811536.html
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