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Old 09-24-2012, 12:16 AM   #976
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I would love to get hold of a Ossa Exsplorer 280i
may have to wait 10 years when the used ones are afordable



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Old 09-24-2012, 01:51 AM   #977
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It must be weird not being able to grip the bike with your thighs. I'd also love to give it a go. I used to have great fun as a kid playing around at a quarry on little 2 stroke farm bikes.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:24 AM   #978
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There was a Gas Gas JTR 270 up Kapiti way I was going to have a look at but it's just sold. The guy was asking $2500 ono which is about my budget at the moment.
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:24 PM   #979
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I would love to get hold of a Ossa Exsplorer 280i
may have to wait 10 years when the used ones are afordable
They certainley look interesting - pretty extreme engineering with the reverse cylinder and fuel injected 2 stroke
would love to take one for a ride

I do wonder if you would lose the essence of a trials bike though. On a trail bike when I hit a really knarly bit I drop from standing into the seat and use my legs to dab/stabilise/push/duck paddle. I suspect I'd do that whenever I ride a bike with a seat and panic sets in. On a trials bike that aint an option - you have to stay on the pegs and ride the bike - even dabbing is risky as if you put too much weight on the dabbing foot you lose all your traction. I'd like to think the trials bike will force me to be a better rider whereas a bike like the explorer will allow me to continue in my bad habits.

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It must be weird not being able to grip the bike with your thighs. I'd also love to give it a go. I used to have great fun as a kid playing around at a quarry on little 2 stroke farm bikes.
the first few rides I fell off a few times simply because I tried to stop unwanted movement by bracing my thigh on the seat tank - old habits die hard. Once you get over that its almost like floating over the terrain - there is so little bike around you.

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There was a Gas Gas JTR 270 up Kapiti way I was going to have a look at but it's just sold. The guy was asking $2500 ono which is about my budget at the moment.
If you can squeak a bit more you can get a significantly better bike. The JTR was about a 94 vintage (the ad was wrong). For $3.5K you can buy one of the well used but well serviced 2003 Montessa 315's (honda hrc engine) from non stop trials in Nelson and he will throw in a days training.
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:42 PM   #980
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I have never been able to grip the bike with my thighs.
I've always let it "float" under me.
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:01 AM   #981
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You've gone very quiet Mr S

I've picked up this



But I think Ill need a bit of practice on it before I ride it in anger. I almost looped it tonight riding up some stairs.
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:24 AM   #982
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You've gone very quiet Mr S .
His skeleton is resting beside his trials bike in a lost valley in the Akatarewas that it is not even possible to walk into or out of.

Where is the other cylinder on your new bike?

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Old 10-30-2012, 12:32 AM   #983
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Where is the other cylinder on your new bike?
Other cylinder? it has just the right amount.
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:43 AM   #984
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I've picked up this
Already lowered too...
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:21 AM   #985
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You've gone very quiet Mr S

I've picked up this

But I think Ill need a bit of practice on it before I ride it in anger. I almost looped it tonight riding up some stairs.
Cool - engine looks the same as mine. Looks tidy for a mid? nineties bike
Don't they feel strange the first time you ride one
I hope the stairs concerned were outside not inside....

My oldest boy and I are riding the trials bikes most weekends so once you get comfortable come and join us for a ride.

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His skeleton is resting beside his trials bike in a lost valley in the Akatarewas that it is not even possible to walk into or out of.

Michael
we ride in a few places that just about fit that description - some uterly awesome areas are burried in the back of the mungies if you are prepared to go off the beaten track a bit..

We call this area 'the lost valley' - its real name is Martins Flat.



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Other cylinder? it has just the right amount.
any more is just wastefull
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:04 AM   #986
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We call this area 'the lost valley' - its real name is Martins Flat.




Looks just like riding a real bike....only slower...
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:48 AM   #987
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Looks just like riding a real bike....only slower...
that pretty much sums it up.

Havent really taken the trials bikes anywhere yet that we havent allready been on the trail bikes

the difference (fun bit) being how much your body position/movemnt influences what the bike does. And how easy it is to drag out of ruts and bog holes etc...
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:54 PM   #988
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that pretty much sums it up.

Havent really taken the trials bikes anywhere yet that we havent allready been on the trail bikes

the difference (fun bit) being how much your body position/movemnt influences what the bike does. And how easy it is to drag out of ruts and bog holes etc...
Mountain bike with an engine...
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:43 PM   #989
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Mountain bike with an engine...
yup - exactly
the ultimate mungatooks toy

rode the wr last saturday - felt like a klr by comparison...
Andy Macs video..

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Old 10-30-2012, 06:53 PM   #990
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yup - exactly
the ultimate mungatooks toy
Have you seen the new KTM 350 Freeride in the flesh yet? TSS have one, there's not much to them.

It's pretty much a trials bike with a seat, comes stock with trials tyres fitted.

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