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  1. really depens on the event and/the bike if the event is in the same field you park in then why carry anything, if its a road trial with a 100+ mile lap you really want to think this out! if the bike is unreliable or just old then yes, but modern bike are (normally) very good for modern short course events i've a little box in my van of usual stuff (as above, tube, levers, spark plug, lanyard, etc) but for long events you want to think where you can carry items (on you or the bike)
  2. we had a french test run of paperwork checks yesterday, for only 1 day, motoway all blocked up with lorries, right where some of the good venues are in east kent are they are building a medium sized lorry park for a few thousand lorries, the big french strike of 8+ years ago went to 6000+ lorries, so the fall back plan is to shut large strenches of our motoways (and an old airbase) and park 8-10,000 lorries
  3. we won't be able to get around down here because kent is going to be turned into one great lorry park!!! ?
  4. and thus do we want to pay that? if we (ACU) charge that, would everyone sod off and join someone else / set their own federation up persoanlly the ACU is there for faciltating the sport - fighting governament regualtion, polictal lobbying, getting insurance, Health and saftey support, offcial's training, etc. In my (very humble) opinion "burning" money on helping some "pro" be a better "pro" is extravagent / a waste. on the other hand if that "pro" is really helping out at a grass routes level, say coaching/helping out newbies, plotting courses, etc then my "tollernace" for this support is higher. particualry this year / next where covid has devatstated the sports finances, this question of priorities is going to be key
  5. The calander is normally (not this year!) set in stone around late october / november time - once an event has a date, further calanders (clubs, local events, etc) are built around it and trade offs are made (clash with the SSDT yes/no, clash with the local village fete, etc, etc). Once the ball is rolling its very difficult to stop. Even when bad weather comes in, the riders, venue, club, series prmototer, etc might already be committed elsewhere. As i understand it the BTC calander is set to avoid euro trial round and the WTC, then they set the BTC (around other tentpole events like the scottish, scott, etc). Then others that ineract are set around it - eg ladies and youth rounds (some competitors do both). As i've aluded too there are often local considerations on the venue or the club (other events going on). Really we are in the UK and expect bad weather - we canceled a big event at the last minute last year in the face of simialr weather and took a lot of flack for it, however most consider trials a more all weather sport normally going on regardless of the weather. the organisers are dammed if the do or don't cancel and (would) have suffered either way
  6. the other option is to pallatise it and see if can go on a pallet courier - last time i looked for ROI you are up to ~£150. you could find someone going back to the ROI with space who might do it (shipley ??? - its not something i've ever looked into), dave is only just off the motoway here in Kent 24mx do list one, and ship around europe, but i no know one with one, while dave cooper's work is really well rated around here (but he is from here!) chris - we have the same at work UPS don't surchage the IOW but DX do. thats when site like parcel 2 go come in as they bulk buy off most couriers and sometimes you can find a way around/minimise some of these surcharges by moving away from your usual courier. For ROI work this halves my costs at work.
  7. try looking at specalist parcel sites (such as parcel 2 go) that will collect from the UK and send to the ROI, this has halved my courier bill at work. but i'ld imagen the parcel is going to be large and heavy.
  8. the feedback on the the mitas 400x18's are they are "hard" (hard wearing / not soft) similar too the vee rubber. Vee rubber and Cheng Shin might also do one (been a long time since i sold tyres!)
  9. "initial Local Authority approval will still be required prior to any planned event" i just hope everyone is / has been doing this
  10. rabie


    if you are riding a lot on mud (we do down here) then its proably like a 50:50 split IRC to michelin (Dunlop aren't really seen much down here) if you are on rock (i infer you are) then it seams to be a split between Dunlop and Michelin the x-llight save weight but for most riders thats not an issue if you are really tight then the pirelli is cheaper (much more hard wearing for road work) and then there are cheaper ones still (vee rubber, cheng shing, etc, etc)
  11. as above if you are an organiser should you be using over 70's as officials (that seams to account for many in most clubs) the guidance from above (ACU/AMCA/etc) says among many things you must try and reduce risks, such as taking measures such as pre entry only (means your got all contact details, no cash, forms all filled in, licences all OK, etc). you've then got to decided how many riders your venue can accommodate in a socially distanced fashion (and given the small bits of land we have down here, some are a real tight squeeze). Then how many vehicles can you park 3m away from each other. we as motorcyclists have got to look the part when we run these events and not make a bad name for ourselves. there are many things going on (be it pubs, beaches, shops, riots, etc, etc) that are not doing such a good job. at my club we've decided to do the same (existing club members only) to start with (august) but mainly due to our numbers for our mx's and enduro's - it's something we can review later when we are more experienced at doing all the social distancing stuff.
  12. this is the real issue for me (as an organiser), all it needs is for some photo to get out (of some riders not doing it right, because they don't think it is an issue/real/etc) and the wrath of the do gooders / authorities / etc get us in trouble
  13. a few clubs are poking their heads above the parapet down here with "practice" trials. often closed to club all with limited entries. my club are tentativly looking at it but there are a lot of issues to be surmounted
  14. Beta UK have a part website, where you can put in the parts numbers from the above PDF. when i sold mine (a 1999) about 4 ish years ago, getting the plastics was getting a challenge, but you'ld often find old bikes being broken on ebay for parts
  15. rabie

    Beta Techno Stickers

    a plotter! (and some vinyl) making them and applying them is the (relitivly) easy part, creating accurate graphics is a nightmare (hence the 8 years old, non replied question above) - once you know the fonts, etc it is easy. a proper graphics deisgner is going to want lots of £££ to replicate it for you
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