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  1. Just bought the black ones. Love ‘em, they make my Formas look like carpet slippers!
  2. Thanks for the tip! 👍
  3. Thanks once again for your input - the problem is now sorted out. A previous owner has fitted a gear change lever that is too short, probably because they had also had the footrests moved back. I have now fitted the correct lever which is a good 30-40mm longer and ‘hey presto’, combined with the clutch cleanup and fresh oil the gear change is now fine. What is wrong with some people……. 🙄😆
  4. Thanks for sharing …. I’ll give it a good run before doing anything else and see if it sorts itself out now 👍
  5. Thanks for your reply. The clutch was sticking badly when I got it so I drained the oil, removed the clutch plates and cleaned them up. There was nowhere near the full amount of oil came out of it, the friction plates do look a bit ‘battle scarred’ in places and the steel plates were stained up pretty badly. After cleaning up and replacing with fresh oil the clutch stick and drag seems to have gone although I’ve only briefly ridden it. Gear change is still the same though, really notchy and stiff. So much so that upchanges have to be done with my heel. Could this be down to the clutch plates?
  6. Hi, I have just bought a 2003 Pampera mk3 and it has a really stiff and notchy gear change. It’s the same engine as fitted to the early non-Pro TXT’s. Can anyone advise on possible cause and fix for this? The shaft doesn’t appear to be visibly bent from initial inspection (without removal). I have drained the oil (which was low) and filled with 650ml Putoline Light Gear Oil which hasn’t made an initial difference.
  7. Thank you, that makes it clearer. I think I get it now 👍
  8. Can no one answer this? I’m just trying to get an understanding of the structure of national and international competitions so I can see the progression. Does a young rider compete by engine size due to age and then go European championship, Trial 2 and then Trial GP in succession of he’s good enough? Or is there regional followed by national followed by international progression? It would be great if someone could give me a brief explanation on how it works. Thanks in advance.
  9. I’m just trying to get an understanding on the different competitions and what is related to what. As a relative noob I’m assuming most completions are run by the FIM? So there’s European, National and International championships, 125cc championships, then there’s Trial 2 - I’m struggling to get my head around what leads into what or if they are all different ‘leagues’ or competitions in their own right? Then there’s various names trials, Wallace etc, are these one off events rather than multi event championships? Could someone point out the structure so understand how it all fits together better please?
  10. Sound advice Trialman…. I’ve been practicing figure eights and static balance and am getting better each time but didn’t think of putting a brick down, that’s a great idea. I managed to track down a copy of Bernie Schreibers book online which makes for great reading, I didn’t realise there were Mick Andrews and Sammy Miller books as well, I’ll keep my eye out. I want to read anything and everything I can find. Also, I hear what your saying about log hopping…. It’s just too tempting when they are in front of you. The Devil makes me do it (bit I really ought to stop until I’m better equipped!). Thanks for the tips 👍
  11. That’s exactly what I need to do 👍
  12. Thanks. I’ve been riding bikes since I was 13, 53 now but never tried riding competitively before. Always fancied trials but I’m also a musician so have spent my weekends travelling around doing that for the last 30 years but during Covid, when entertainment stopped, I had a bit of a ‘now or never’ moment and decided to try trials out. Im loving it but am also not that great yet, only been going 6 months so there’s heaps to learn. The thing that’s surprised me most is that I always thought I had good balance and a good feel for a bike. I think, I’m my mind, I thought I would be a natural - how wrong I was! I lift weights 3 times a week and cycle a bit so I’m in reasonable shape, albeit not the skinniest. Quite fit though and lifting the bike is no problem. I really do need to get the hang of thinking beyond ‘take off’ when I decide I’m going over obstacles though. Maybe I should stick to my camber turns, which also need lots of work, and leave the log hopping for later on!
  13. Bambi on ice springs to mind…. 😉
  14. Well, I got to take the new (to me) 2020 200 Evo out today to Milton Buzzard practice ground. What a bike! It’s just lovely, the front end is as light as a feather and the power is pretty smooth. It’s a revelation compared to my Rev3. Already managed to bin it though! Promised myself to not try anything I’m not confident with, at least for the first couple of outings so I could avoid dropping it. But then, I went over a log, no more than probably 12” or so in diameter, misplaced my front wheel on landing and went down in a hole beside the track. Bike up in the air, bar end straight in the thigh on landing. Ouch! Big lump there now! And, when I picked the bike up, somehow the rear wheel had come completely out of true and was rubbing on the swing arm. Still, sorted that out and apart from a bit of a temporary limp, a red face and some temporary frustration all is well and the bike isn’t damaged. I seem to have a bit of a bad habit though. I approach an obstacle and sometimes seem to lose control halfway through the movement and then ‘land’ badly as if I haven’t thought through the whole move including the ‘landing’. I feel like I’m not following through patiently or precisely. When this happens, all too often I end up on the deck. Then I’ll watch someone steadily doing what I was just doing as if it’s nothing at all. I’m hoping with practice it will all come good as falling off hurts too much, I’m not a teenager! Love the bike though! 😀
  15. Hughie

    Best Evo levers?

    Good idea Ref the plastic washers… but that wasn’t it really, I just think the one OEM Beta/Grimeca lever I have is more substantial and feels better than the thinner Apico ones I have. It’s no biggie, but I was wondering which brand is nearest to the original in terms of thickness and feel. The Apico ones, at least the ‘basic’ ones seem skinnier… wondered who’s are best I suppose, or of indeed there’s a lot of difference brand for brand (S3, Apico, Jitsie, AS3 etc…)
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