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    Montesa Cota 247-T

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  1. Hi Phil, i have a 247 Cota 1977 vintage and the wires are Yellow for the lights,Black to the coil,Pink to the stop light switch,green to the horn. I have not got the lights wired up on my bike though. They are all just 6 volt feeds from the stator so you could use any of them. Remember the feed is direct without a voltage regulator so expect a few blown bulbs. This is how they were wired from the factory.
  2. Thanks for your replies. It looks like if the fork caps or springs fit then that is right for the bike. The fork seals for the 35mm forks look pretty universal too.
  3. Hi everyone,i have a Montesa Cota 247 trail UK registered 1978 but dated on frame numbers as a 1977 model. My question is what type of forks are fitted please as i seem to get two answers in my searches of either Betor or Ceriani. They have the slotted screw in the fork cap with what looks like a bleed mechanism inside it. I am after refurbishing the forks with new springs and perhaps get out workshops to machine up a couple of preload spacers or even fit Magical preload adjusters but knowing what forks i have fitted have stopped me obtaining bits. Thanks in advance.
  4. As suggested do not try to kickstart the bike with the clutch pulled in as it will not engage unlike many Japanese bikes . Ensure the clutch is also adjusted correctly and there is no slippage. If you still have no joy you will need to remove the casing and check the condition of the kick start ratchet gears . Good luck with getting it sorted out. I have a Clymer manual if you need schematic drawings of how it all goes together.
  5. frenchy3

    Monty 348

    Hi,you may have to buy one of those universal sidestands that you bolt onto the swinging arm. This may need a plate welding on and then shortening the stand arm to suit. It may be a case of making something from scratch.https://www.trialsbits.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=470
  6. frenchy3

    scorpa sy tank

    If you ride a bit more frequently premium unleaded has less or no ethanol in it depending which garage you buy it from(do an internet search to find out which) If not i do find Aspen great,it sits in the tank all winter and the bike will start straight away without draining the float bowl of the carb. I used it in my lawnmower as well and there are no real fumes that end up giving you a headache etc. It is expensive but a lot of tree surgeons/gardening contractors are using it now. It is a catch 22 situation,it is expensive so people shy away from it but the price will not get cheaper unless more people start buying and using it. Classic bike owners and infrequent riders are catching on to it now and of course it will not damage brass components in fuel systems and seals etc that are not made of modern materials like viton etc. As for the original point of spraying a plastic tank i find that Krylon paint is pretty good if you key the plastic surface with scotchbrite and wipe it thoroughly with pure solvent first. You will always get fuel vapour breathing through a plastic tank but it will be much better with Aspen.
  7. I sealed off the tank and used an airline to see where the leak was and used some soapy water. The whole seam on the top of the tank had worn so thin there are a series of pin holes where the fuel can leak from which is why i could not see anything obvious.
  8. I filled my tank with a cleaning solvent with some food colouring in it so i could see easily(water has a higher viscosity and will not always show up a leak) There is no obvious crack or hole but it appears the weld near the top of the tank at the back has actually worn away so hopefully our workshop can Tig weld along the seam. I will then glue a strip of rubber instead of that useless draught excluder foam strip Gas Gas use. I will then have a spare tank,all assuming my newer one does not leak as well!
  9. I filled my tank with a cleaning solvent with some food colouring in it so i could see easily(water has a higher viscosity and will not always show up a leak) There is no obvious crack or hole but it appears the weld near the top of the tank at the back has actually worn away so hopefully our workshop can Tig weld along the seam. I will then glue a strip of rubber instead of that useless draught excluder foam strip Gas Gas use. I will then have a spare tank,all assuming my newer one does not leak as well!
  10. Just got hold of a 2007 decent tank but i will buy a plastic tank if i ever see one.
  11. Hi everyone,i have just purchased an early Gas Gas TXT pro 2002 and i thought at the time about the tiny amount of fuel that came in the tank. I finally got around to filling it with premix and most of it ended up on the floor. From what i can see there is a crack along the weld at the rear of the tank. I can get the tank purged and Tig welded at work but the question is....do the later tanks up to the tubular frame models fit at all pre 2007? I see there are plastic tanks for the 2011 on bikes but did they ever make one to retrofit to the early bikes please. Thanks in advance.
  12. I agree,people overthink and overdo the whole strapping down thing. I use two webbing loops around the handlebars and two cam buckle tie down straps(no ratchets) In many years and thousands of miles towing a bike trailer i have never had one come loose or fall off. Sometimes they look a bit unstable but do not move far. You cannot use a fork saver like on a motocross bike because of the shorter travel and low mudguard but i don,t like them anyway as one flew out after bouncing on a bumpy road.
  13. Moving the wheel forwards shortens the wheelbase which sharpens the steering and the bike would lift slightly easier and obviously the opposite applies. This is why you see hill climbers with long swinging arms. I am a poor rider and would never notice the difference but i imagine a factory riders mechanics will have the perfect axle position for the bike and replace the chain rather than adjust it until the wheel adjusters are at their maximum range. 99.5% of the riding population may never know the difference but at the highest level of sport every adjustment is noticeable.
  14. I notice a few people turn the elbows upwards and route the tubes up along the frame rails(including mine) this is with a Dellorto carb,i don,t know how the Keihin is set up.This is so they dont suck up any water .The gearbox vent can be routed to just over the front sprocket so if you get any loss it oils the chain.
  15. frenchy3

    Bike won't start.

    Depending on how crazy they went with the jetwashing you may have water in the fuel. Drain the tank and start with fresh and also don,t forget to drain the float bowl of the carb.
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