Getting into trials?

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Sting32, Mar 22, 2010.

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  1. Whiskeywarlord

    Whiskeywarlord Adventurer

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    From another guy brand new to trials - I just picked up an '12 Ossa 280 and has treated me great so far, albeit I've only had it for a month. I'd say it's the best bang for your buck on that list. That price seems fair if it's well maintained. We have another guy in our club selling one in that same price range. Keep your eyes peeled though, I saw the best deals in OR when I was looking.
  2. heffergm

    heffergm Long timer

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    The 2010 Sherco. It's the newest thing in the list made by a company that's still in business.
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  3. mylsmkj

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    Are those high prices? I've looked from time to time and have seen better deals it seems. Thanks for the replies
  4. Bronco638

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    I was leaning towards the '10 Sherco but that price seems a little high. I'm also aware of the fact that it's your money (not mine). I spent about $1200 buying a '92 Aprilia Climber and getting it running. After one event, I decided trials was something I wanted to enjoy. So, I sold the Climber, at a slight loss, and ended up with a '14 Sherco 3.0 ST (for not much more than the asking price of the '10 Sherco 290). The general consensus of this board is that you should purchase the most bike you can afford. That is, if you have $4K to spend, go for the Sherco. If your budget is $3K, go for the '03 TXT. The general thought is that you don't want to be handcuffed by the bike and you don't want to get into something that can't keep up with your learning curve (bikes that are 10-15 years old seem to fall into this category). Now, I'm talking from a competition perspective. I usually ride 8-10 events a year. If you want something to mess around with, out in the woods, or may compete in an event or three, an older, more affordable bike might be the way to go. YMMV.
  5. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    I don't know if I would go with the 03 GG txt280, that's a lot of $ to me for that bike and the 02's and 03's I thought still had more transmission issues than the later 04+ bikes...
  6. Beatprojim

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    I have a 2001 GG 280 and I love it. However, friends of mine point to the fact that the restructuring that GG went and is going through, eliminated the old distributor and perhaps making parts for bikes older than 10 years hard to get. I have no actual knowledge of this and a friend just found a shift shaft for his 03 with just one call. Just throwing that out and would like to hear some opinions.
  7. mylsmkj

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    So the guy just told me that the bike needs the clutch bled. That it drags until it warms up. Are these the transmission issues you speak of?
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    All seem to have sold except the 2003 txt 280.
  9. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    Only one possible problem and bye far not the one I would call the worst.

    I know more than one person personally that have had to split the case on an 03 TXT because of broken transmissions.

    The bike could be fine but for that price and the potential for a lot of work if it does pick you as the guy to give up on. I would find a different bike.

    My opinion. Good luck.

    Some of the issues I have herd of: Shifting internal components braking then bike stuck in a gear (shift fingers? friend had this one), kick start prawl brakes or cracks (can happen to new ones but not as common), loosing a gear (friend had this one, don't remember witch)...

    Oh and I am not saying don't get a Gas Gas, I would just make sure it was newer. My wife's 08 is a great bike.
  10. mylsmkj

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    Thank you for your input! I passed in part because of your help. I think I'm gonna try to go to events and enter beginner on my ktm 300, to meet folks and hopefully one will come up that feels right. Hopefully I won't get scoffed at! :photog
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  11. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    I doubt you would get scoffed at, but hopefully if so it's in jest... and yes going to an event is a great way to find a bike.
  12. heffergm

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    Things might be different in your local club in OR, but here with regional organizer a trials specific bike is required by rule. If your local club does small events they might not care, but check it out first.
  13. Champe

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    Your KTM300 will not be scoffed at, but you will be at a serious disadvantage. Trials courses are very tight and will take good slow speed balance. You will need trials tires at most events because landowners don't want their ground torn up. You should check ahead to see if they allow knobbies and if so, give it a go. I have a KTM300 EXC as a trail bike myself. I think you can do it, but you will probably have a very tired clutch hand.

    There are usually some trials bikes for sale at events and normally you can test ride them. That will be the best education you can get. You will see what is being ridden and supported in your area. Club members will usually give you a good deal, also. They may have to put up with you later.

    Oregon has more trials activity than most parts of the country. I checked your Craigslist and there are lots of choices.
    I think condition will be a big factor in the price. I would suggest a popular late model with some scuffs and dings.

    Clutch drag on cold started trials bikes is fairly common. Can often be cured with different, usually lighter, transmission oil.
  14. mylsmkj

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    Thanks I'll keep looking. I ride with a trials tire all summer on the rear so that's no big deal.
  15. hondabtr

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    Just got a new Beta 4T. First trials bike. Looking forward to getting involved with the WOTA this summer.
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    C'mon man, we need pics :) .
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  17. Bronco638

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    Great to have you! You're certainly welcome to join us at some NITRO events as well (Lena & Oregon).
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    Heres a follow up question: I will be picking this Beta up on the 31st. There is a WOTA trials in Mauston WI not 12 miles from my house on April 23. Should I enter and try it with only 3 weeks of riding? Would I be laughed out of the place?
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  19. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    Definitely enter.

    Tell someone there that it is your first event - they will help you navigate the procedures. Choose the easiest class you qualify for. After that , you will be well on your way. Have fun !
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  20. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    +1 on picking the easiest class for your first event so you can focus on learning how they work instead of how hard it is. Then move up if you want next event. Also, even if it seems to easy, remember every event is set different so it might be good to go two events before moving up a class unless it was crazy easy.

    And it's about having fun so don't rush and you will enjoy it more! :thumb
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