MY Rev3 Trials and Adventures

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Night Falcon, May 30, 2013.

  1. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    Thought I'd start this thread to chronicle my transition from Enduro style Adventure riding to Trials adventure riding and maybe encourage a few others to give it a crack.

    I've been riding enduro/trail bikes since the early 70's but until recently never even sat on a trials bike. That all changed a month or two ago when I bought this:

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    I'm a complete trials noob but the fun I've had so far trying to figure out this curious wee bike has got me hooked. The first thing I learn't was despite the light weight of the modern trials bike they don't float. So after recovering it from a fairly deep and fast flowing river I had some surgery to perform to bring it back to life


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    After rebuilding the engine and replacing two bent levers reshaped after a couple of failed attempts to get up a vertical face (the pros make it look so easy?) I've decided some bark busters might be in order so have got some on the way. Next some bar risers to make standing a little more cumfy and then I have a long range kit to fit once it arrives from Farrari land.

    I'm looking forward to learning some new skills but mostly just having fun on my Beta. Hopefully I can also glean some tips from the experineced trialies on this site who's skill set on a bike I now have a whole new respect for :eek1.

    As part of my master plan to get to grips with this machine, I've managed to persuade (con) one friend to buy a trials bike; there's nothing like a bit of rivalry to hasten the learning cure :evil. So let the Trials and Adventures commence :pynd
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  2. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    Congratulations on the new ride, trials is great!

    I highly recommend finding someone from a local trials group/club in your aria to have them mentor you in person. It was one of the best things I did to get hooked up with a few people from the local group out here.

    Have fun and enjoy the new addiction! :evil
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  3. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    Thanks, I hope catch up with some experienced trials riders some time soon. The bigest challenge I have though is balancing while stationary...I just can't get the nack of it?
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  4. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    It took a bit for me to get it... It helped me to keep no more than 6lbs of air in the front and around 4lbs in the rear, and works best when I keep my body centered between the pegs and handel bars, with a firm grip on the bars. Then a little twist on the bars one way or the other and some shifting on the pegs and I can get it most of the time. I am working on getting better at using my legs to counter balance but most of the time I kick them out to late, and some times a bit to early... getting closer though, so am sure I will have it soon enough. :D
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  5. gybeman

    gybeman Been here awhile

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    My 2 cents worth...
    Stationary balance practice starts with the bars locked to one side. (practice both ways so you don't prefer one sided) Soft ground so the front wheel locks into helps at first, as does doing it on ground with one wheel slightly elevated or lower.
    Firm grip on the bars is the wrong answer... light grip, 1 finger on the clutch and front brake. Foot on the back brake. Engine running helps as you can drag the clutch if you have too, as does the gyroscopic effect of the rotating crank.
    Don't ever have your feet tight to the bike like an mx bike. Mid peg and sometimes end of the peg will allow more peg weighting for leaning the bike one way or the other but turn the the bars to keep your balance, not foot pressure. (if you are locked to the left and falling left, turn the bars slightly to the right) Using the 'keeping the scales balanced' technique of Ryan Young, if you lean the bike, the body goes the other way to offset it.
    Keep your trials bike out of anything deeper than the skid plate. (horrible air box water proofing)
    I too had an Adventure when I got my first trials bike and said then that if I ever had to keep just one bike it would be the trials. Adventure is gone, enduro bike is gone (for now), the trials bike is still here.
    Keep practicing and have fun.
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  6. toro618

    toro618 Been here awhile

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    Congrats on the bike. I am positive you will not regret getting into trials as long as you have the patience to practice over and over the same maneuver to learn.

    I bought my first trials bike only one year ago, and quickly found out that practicing static balancing on my mountain bike 15 minutes a day helped me out on the trials bike. And the same went for the front wheel hop....practicing on a mountain bike everyday helped out a lot. BTW, the same principle of very light grips on the bar applies to the mountain bike as well....and so does flexing the knees properly for the front wheel hop.

    Just my .02. Enjoy the bike.
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  7. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    Sounds like I need to try a lighter grip on the bars... thanks!
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  8. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    Thanks for the tips...seem to be getting the hang of it, even got the front wheel to bounce :D Rear wheel is another story though :cry I think I must have lead weights in the back wheel :rofl
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  9. garrett

    garrett Been here awhile

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    If you get a chance to take Ryan Youngs course I highly recommend it! You'll learn a LOT over the course of a weekend. I took it last August and it was excellent. I don't compete but love riding the bike at the enduroX track and on the trails. I have a Rev3 as well. Nice little bike.
    Garrett
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  10. BEEF706

    BEEF706 King of the dumb dab

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    I swung a leg over a trials bike this weekend for the first time, damn it's fun and addictive. Looking forward to seeing where this new obsession takes you (and me:evil)
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  11. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    video from a few weeks back for your viewing pleasure :lol3

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  12. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    some more practicing


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  13. Kempy

    Kempy Adventurer

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    down the tuki ?
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  14. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    give that man a wyngum:clap
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  15. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    Been waiting for this to turn up for while now...

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    Looks like a perfect fit ....can't wait to test it out this weekend
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  16. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    What did that run? Thinking if getting one for my daughters bike. :evil
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  17. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    Cost was NZ$564.0 from Italy. Worked really well and enables me to take a rest when my dodgy knee starts getting sore. Build quality is a little disappointing though. Had to modify a bracket to get it to fit and the seal on the fuel cap is useless - gas just goes right past it. Managed to do a temporary fix but will have to get a bigger O ring from somewhere :ddog

    Had wee off while testing it but glad to get that fear of breaking the flimsy looking rear guard monkey off my back :D
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    Looks like a bit like BMW rear end

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  18. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    Thanks for the price info, and it looks like you had fun. :clap

    Nice video, thanks for sharing! Also, video's can be deceptive but it looks like your pinching your knees together a lot in the video... it always helps me to have a wider stance as I climb stuff as well as sift the bike more and counter balance to the other side during turns.

    I am new to trials myself, only 6 months now, so take it with a grain of sand, and as long as your having fun its all good. :D
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