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JonM

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  1. That's what I've gone with, we'll see if it's the right choice.
  2. Local trials specialist fitted a new clutch & clutch hose as part of diagnosing killer drag issues. Today's the second time I've taken the bike out... .. and suddenly no clutch. The fluid running down the hose reveals the brake line has worked itself loose. FFS. Should the union have a copper washer, loctite, PTFE, fernox or something else to stop this happening?
  3. Thanks, guys. (I actually used Motul in my GasGas and Motul 300V in my R1. I rate them very highly). I'd decided to go with Elf HTX740 as that sounds like one of the most slippery, lowest viscosity gearbox oils. Phoned Splatshop to order and it was confirmed that whilst it probably would solve the drag, it's also a very 'quick' clutch. As a novice progressive is better for me. So Putoline Nano Trans is going in.
  4. Clutch lever action feels very positive, better than before. I'm not saying it's a perfect bleed, but it's certainly up to the task and the piston moves well. I'm confident it's not an actuation issue. This is sufficient drag for the bike to always be pulling, and now neutral can't be found.
  5. I didn't consider changing the viscosity, I thought this was a suitable replacement?i Besides, I might have this backwards but I thought a lighter oil would be less draggy but less progressive?
  6. Silly question but humour me; The 2013 Sherco ST I bought earlier this year has always suffered from clutch drag-terrible when cold, just annoying when warm. Last weekend I bled the clutch and changed the gearbox oil- 450ml Putoline light gear oil. Just started the bike and wobbled around the garden, and it's worse than before. I'm thinking maybe it wasn't absolutely empty and so now it's slightly overfilled?
  7. Rabie, that is so helpful- thank you. Are you with Sidcup Club? I think I might join them. This weekend I'm planning on riding at Poles Wood with my dad who has a '71 Bultaco Sherpa and got me into this (riding the Bultaco last October was my first taste of trials) but I'll definitely enter some of the other events. I have a LOT to learn about the sport but really enjoying wobbling around.
  8. Already have! 😁 (I've raced short circuit & motocross so am familiar with ACU membership + club requirements.) I joined Southend District MCC, albeit I've yet to have any confirmation or correspondence from them...
  9. Thanks, I'm looking out for local events which cater to novices. I've taken a look at the North Kent Trials Combine as suggested by Goudrons2, too.
  10. Thanks guys, all those comments are very useful and supportive. I'm not adverse to coming last (finished at the back plenty of times) and I've got a few trophies in other disciplines to balance it. Goudrons2, I've been learning at Poles Wood so have joined Southend District MCC but I live in the Borough of Thurrock so have unlimited crossings of Dartford. This means that events around North Kent are a possibility for me.
  11. I bought my first trials bike in December last year, rode it for the first time Sun Jan 3rd... ..and not again until lockdown allowed in April. I'm a cowardly novice that can do rudimentary basics, but that's it. I've entered a Sidcup Club (Canada Heights) practice trial as I'm keen to try real sections and learn more, but know I'll be either getting fives or taking fives everywhere! Will my lack of ability frustrate more seasoned riders, or is it accepted (dare I even say encouraged?) that new riders need to start somewhere?
  12. It does seem a little complex but I suppose less so than a 4RT with the capacitor & efi? People do seem to have trouble with fuelling on these, even with jets getting clogged despite filters + care. I'm actually really sorry it's going back but better that then stripping the carb, sourcing a replacement inlet manifold and maybe considering crank seals... So once I'm refunded I'm back on the bike hunt!
  13. I emailed the dealer Monday at midday (by then I was already back home thanks to the bike not running) and having not heard, called him yesterday. Based on our call it was all very civil and he's agreed a refund. Possibly they knew there was an issue, possibly they're just being responsible dealers. We're going to speak again Monday to confirm the return but assuming it goes ahead as described I'll let everyone know who they are, and give them 5 stars on Google. I'm disappointed but they have a business to run and I completely understand this is costing them money.
  14. OK, I spoke to the dealer today and they've agreed to take it back. All on good terms- easy. I'm just in the garage now having a look and thought I'd poke around a bit, and it looks like the inlet manifold is missing a corner? Now I wonder if that first 5mins was enough to heat the bike up, interfere with the sealant and cause an air leak? Also, whilst searching the forum I read a post where it was recommended to a Sherco owner to use LOWER octane fuel who had similar issues- is this a thing?
  15. Thanks, Michael. The bike felt light and balanced (albeit a bit soft) and I think I would've been happy... If only it had run! Also the yellow frame matches my kit, so that scores style points in itself.
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