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About compactpete

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  1. Non Stop Trials, South Wales. Hire a brand new Montesa 4rt £60 for a half day, not training but a brilliant venue with everything from simple flat bits to expert grade areas. Ideal for trying out trials at your own pace.
  2. WOW- What a bike !!

    I've an 09 Gas Gas 250 which I am thinking of changing. I have recently been lucky to get to try a 2018 Beta 300 ss, a 2018 Sherco 250 factory, a 2017 Sherco 250 and a 2017 Montesa 4rt. I'm a novice and all felt superior to my Gas Gas but my favourite was the 4rt (closely followed by the Beta) the motor is just stunning and I was immediately able to tackle stuff I struggle with on my Gas Gas. I've read lots about a so called lack of grip but I thought the grip was incredible, even on the very greasy hills. Maybe it just suits my riding style?
  3. 2009 GasGas Pro 250 Springs

    Hi, did my first trial yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed. One thing I did notice was that my suspension was bottoming out quite a lot, now I'm about 15 stone so wondering if I should go for harder springs? I have contacted splatshop who say fork springs are not available anymore. Any thoughts on a way round this? Could I sort it with a bit of preload, thicker oil etc? Unless of course anyone has or knows where I could get a stiffer spring from? Any advice gladly received.
  4. 2009 TXT 250 Pro noise *FIXED*

    Just an update to this, didn't get anywhere with trying to clean up the old basket. Fortunately found a complete clutch on ebay for £50 and it was local so collected this morning, fitted and the bike is now lovely and quiet, just a slight rumble at idle with the clutch out which is totally normal. Super quiet with the clutch in and no knocking when pulling away. Thanks for everyones help.
  5. 2009 TXT 250 Pro noise *FIXED*

    Thanks, I'll give it a go!
  6. 2009 TXT 250 Pro noise *FIXED*

    Well, I have found the cause of my noise! Clearly the previous owner had an issue with the kickstart gear, both look new but on closer inspection there are shards of metal stuck in the clutch basket outer gear teeth. I've taken the basket and primary gear off and just rolling them together by hand you can hear the nose as it hits the damaged teeth. Has anyone managed to clean the gear up to cure this or do I need a new basket / primary gear?
  7. 2009 TXT 250 Pro noise *FIXED*

    Thanks, I've taken the clutch off and it's the whole shaft that moves in and out so the clutch is fixed firmly to the moving shaft, I'm assuming this is normal.
  8. 2009 TXT 250 Pro noise *FIXED*

    Video above is with clutch pulled. The random knocking you (hopefully) hear is much louder with the clutch out and also when pulling away.
  9. 2009 TXT 250 Pro noise *FIXED*

  10. 2009 TXT 250 Pro noise *FIXED*

    Thanks for the links, explains it well! Last question then so I can put my mind at rest - Is it normal for the clutch basket to move in and out 1-2 mm?
  11. 2009 TXT 250 Pro noise *FIXED*

    Thanks Bruce, much appreciated. I've done an oil change today, nothing unexpected there. With the clutch in its pretty much silent, but when you pull away or feather the clutch at low speeds it make a lot of noise, almost a rythmic knock (like big end knock) but once past walking pace with the clutch out it disappears. Its fine under load in the higher gears so i don't think its crank related. I'm not bothered even if it needs a rebuild as I got the bike at a very good price, I just like things to be right.
  12. 2009 TXT 250 Pro noise *FIXED*

    Thanks, I was supposed to be doing a trial today but only got back with the bike at nine last night so thought I better leave it until next week!
  13. 2009 TXT 250 Pro noise *FIXED*

    Just popped off the clutch cover for a look. Everything seems fine. is it normal for the whole clutch to move in and out about 1-2mm. I did check the holding Allen bolt which was tight.
  14. 2009 TXT 250 Pro noise *FIXED*

    Hi, just picked myself up a 2009 txt 250 in lovely condition. It does however have a really bad rattle / knock that you can hear at idle. It disappears when you pull the clutch in. You can also here it at slow speeds in low gears. It sounds rough as hell lol. Please tell me it’s normal!
  15. Hi, advice please!

    Hi, new to the forum. I did one or two novice trials on a Gas Gas JTX270 back in the 90's after packing in motocross and loved it - but commitments got in the way so never did any more and sold the bike. Wind forward 20 years and I now have the time and would love to get back into it but would consider myself a novice again. I went to a local trial last week for a look and things don't seem to be that much different (bikes aside) spoke to a few people and got some good, if not conflicting advice. I've seen lots of posts on here about a 125 being a good place to start, it makes sense, but I'm 6ft and 15 stone so not sure if it's a good idea? I also like the look of the new four strokes.... Any advice much appreciated!