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Dr Peter
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New Gumbie

Postby Dr Peter » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:12 pm

So, 40 years ago, I had a DT125 E monoshock. It was great fun. However, my mates bought roadbikes. OOOps!. So, despite starting off with Montessa Cota 247 (thanks Col, for lending a kid your wonderful bike) I had joined the darkside and then later, I joined an even darker side ---- the leased car.

So here I am, 56 and trying to make up for it. I bought a new road bike but I also bought a DT175, 2002. When I started it, it sounded just like 40 years ago.It's extraordinary how sounds resonate in the memory.

However, these days I want to get into slow trail bike/trials-like riding again. Practicing slow wheelies this week lead me to wrenched arm muscles - and I fear I am, a complete gumby. I need adult supervision.

One day, a pukkah trials bike might figure but for the moment, a geared down, ex-chase the cows dirt bike, DT 175, is it. Very low Ks, and the nostalgia factor is hard to beat.

Is there a place for me in your world? Which club? Living near Shepparton. Learning to slip the clutch.



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Re: New Gumbie

Postby David Lahey » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:07 am

Welcome Dr.
Good to hear you are getting interested in trials again. There are lots of blokes of our era still riding trials.
One thing about the DT175 monoshock models (I ride a DT175G) is that while it is a great bike to ride sitting down and excellent for the nostalgia aspect of dirt bike riding, they have poor ergonomics when standing. The main problem is that the footpegs are about 100-150mm too far forwards to suit riding when standing on the pegs. If you can mod the footpeg location you will have a much easier time riding trials.


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Dr Peter
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Re: New Gumbie

Postby Dr Peter » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:52 pm

David,
Thanks for the reply. The bike was definitely set up for sitting down when I got it but a bit of playing around with handlebars and levers has helped. It has passenger footpegs which might be utilised at a pinch as far as getting pegs to the rear. I am also thinking about dropping the forks down the clamps a little and may be using a lighter weight fork oil. I should probably post in a different section about this. Do people ride trail bikes in trials events?



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Re: New Gumbie

Postby David Lahey » Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:52 am

There have been a few in the last 10 years that I have seen but they have been modified to made them more suitable. CT3, DT175, TS185, TS185ER and Honda CT200 come to mind. Footpeg location and turning circle are the main mods. Yes softening suspension at both ends is also important


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