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Grizz
04-04-11, 16:24
Firstly, a massive heartfelt Thank You to Jon "Lebowski" for letting me test ride the Scorpa a whole Wobbler days worth on Saturday and riding with me and coaching me, so much so that between him and Chris they assured at least 5 clear yellow sections for me. (one took about 15 tries in total on my own after they moved on and I chose to stay)

Jon and I had been speaking about me buying his older bike off him as he has a Beta Rev3 now that his confidence and skill has improved so much after a year on the Scorpa.

On Saturday he brought it 80 miles to a great venue about 25 miles from my home to test out and decide if I really wanted to buy it..... I know only one other guy who is that set on a buyer being sure and happy that they want to proceed, and that is Myself.

Today he drove 60 miles with his van to my place to deliver the bike and chat about it and how to keep it in top fettle. Have I mentioned the guy is a bit obsessive about his toys being in tip top condition ?

The deal was done, now I need to start to learn how to ride it and enjoy it.

Sure you have seen many Scorpa's before, but now this is MINE !!

2003 model SY250cc Scorpa, with Yamaha motor, in very good condition.

Any advice or tips on maintenance, riding, transporting etc greatly welcomed.


http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1010595.jpg

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1010598.jpg

Timolgra
04-04-11, 16:33
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JohnnyBoxer
04-04-11, 16:52
Well done that man

Steve V
04-04-11, 17:08
You'll need to be striking up a good relationship with Nigel Birket in Cumbria, he'll look after you :thumb

Paul G (BHT)
04-04-11, 17:13
Any advice or tips on maintenance, riding, transporting etc greatly welcomed.

Nice one Grizz, excellent little 'toys' aren't they :thumb2

As Steve says, these are (http://birkettmotosportukltd.co.uk/) the boys for spares etc :thumb2

For transporting your new toy, a Dave Cooper rack (http://www.davecooper.co.uk/motorbike_racks.asp) does a fine job... here's my setup.

http://ukgser.smugmug.com/photos/1237215092_yUHDQ-XL.jpg

lebowski
04-04-11, 18:26
That looks cleaner than when I last saw it!

It's certainly cleaner than my Beta....

Enjoy it (at last!)

:)

Jon

earthmover
04-04-11, 19:21
Excellent! :thumb
I do think the Scorpa's are lovely looking bikes.
Mark

Spout
05-04-11, 06:00
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1010595.jpg



That's a fancy "start gate" on the "section" behind the bike :bounce1

Grizz
05-04-11, 08:23
That's a fancy "start gate" on the "section" behind the bike :bounce1

Bike was promptly removed from "her garden and lawn" after pic was taken, when she saw it there.

Hence second pic being taken on driveway :augie:augie:augie

Would be a limited section, but dies have a 3foot drop beind the bushes onto concrete in front of garage.

Other side looke like this. :D

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1010539.jpg

lebowski
05-04-11, 08:37
Bike was promptly removed from "her garden and lawn" after pic was taken, when she saw it there.

Hence second pic being taken on driveway :augie:augie:augie

Would be a limited section, but dies have a 3foot drop beind the bushes onto concrete in front of garage.

Other side looke like this. :D

No problem mate, just make sure you pull a nice big wheelie off the top and she'll land nicely...... nice big run off area too....

We'll have a go next time?

:)

woodsie
05-04-11, 09:26
...................she's too good for you:D.

Dave Copper bike rack - I've got one of those that may be available:augie:augie

Nice looking bike. Very neat. Very clean.
:drool

timeandtide
08-04-11, 07:28
...................she's too good for you:D.

Dave Copper bike rack - I've got one of those that may be available:augie:augie

Nice looking bike. Very neat. Very clean.
:drool

I might be interested in that is it for a 4x4 or ordinary car?:mmmm

Grizz
08-04-11, 21:27
I might be interested in that is it for a 4x4 or ordinary car?:mmmm

I suspect you could add them to any tow hitch,as ong as you fit the adaptor plate to bolt it to.

I did think of getting one, but at the moment my trailer is getting a make over, so hopefully it will be enough.

Grizz
08-04-11, 21:53
I thought I may as well run this thread as a thread related to the bike and our evolution.

Today I finished painting the outside of the house a new colour, and also did the second coat of wood oil on the deck, followed by painting the facias white with enamel paint.

After this I was a bit bored and thought it would look good if I used the white enamel paint brush I had used to paint all the facia boards and plant hangers around the house to paint the bike trailer white as well.

Not a great colour for trials, but good for visibility.

I ordered a towbar for Nicola's Peugeot 1007 this week, to be home fitted next Wednesday. Then I will be able to get to venues over weekends and possibly through the week while I continue to look for a job.

Of course, typically, once at the garage my head started whiring, and I thought why not weld in a small support so that I can load and strap down the bike on my own when going riding or afterwards.

A quick dig behind the shed got me some angle iron, and a different pile of scrap gave me a piece of heavy guage steel that looked like the right size. One angle grinder session later, it was clean and the very old nut and bolt that went through the hole was cut off.

I welded the lot together, found a small offcut of 12mm marine ply, still left over from the Teardrop Trailer build, cut that to fit, drilled it and added a couple of gutter bolts to hold it in place. This will be perfect to put my cup of coffee and sandwich into when parked up between sections, or a helmet etc.

After this I flipped the trailer over, painted the underside, then the topside.

Will add the lightboard suitably reinforced tomorrow.

So still not had time to practice riding the bike, as there was lets say a potentially unsavoury workforce excavating and laying a new driveway and parking for my neighbour this week, and I prefer not to show off, or make too much noise when there are eager ears and eyes out there...... IYKWIM

Getting the bike onto the trailer with a log support and blocks to stop the wheels turning.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1010602.jpg

Balanced as it should when I want to tie it down with the ratchets.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1010604.jpg

Preparing one of the support pieces, self portrait again.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1010605.jpg

Support and plate welded in.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1010607.jpg


Nicola came down to see if I had managed to cut anything off, or weld myself to the chassis and took a pic of the progress.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1010613.jpg


Done...... Paint still very wet, and small table in place, note recess if you can where the side stand will tuck into.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1010619.jpg


Hopefully I will get the bike started over the weekend and practice my fine motor skills.

In the mean time I again feel the need to mention the fact that I have the good fortune to have a wife who actively encourages me to enjoy the bike, and am hugely thankfull, even though I am sure I will "Pay up some time"

I also need to dismantle some pallets and cut a railway sleeper to create and build a few simple obstacles.

Thats all folks.

Grizz
08-04-11, 21:55
...................she's too good for you:D.

Dave Copper bike rack - I've got one of those that may be available:augie:augie

Nice looking bike. Very neat. Very clean.
:drool


PS: Kevin, I know she is too good for me, but if you do not tell, I can continue to reap the benefit, and you can stay my friend......:D

Grizz
10-04-11, 10:45
Trailer done,

Next up, dismantle a few pallets and a sleeper and build a few small obstacles.

Pics later if I remember to take them.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/IMAG1323.jpg

Grizz
10-04-11, 18:43
Another weekend gone.

After doing a load of domestic stuff this morning, I got to the garage by about 12 o'clock to start creating some obstacles to play and practice the basics on.

A Circular saw, a bag of mixed, used nails and some new nails, along with broken pallets and some bits of timber from when I broke out a dry wall just before Christmas resulted in these by about 5pm.

Bike in the picture just for perspective.

There is a small adjustabe "beam" on the front right, then right rear has a rocking ramp, which also flops over to create two "potholes" to get through and over. The blue ramp on the left reat is adjustable and can be used in various ways to practice less and more ambitious moves on the bike when I feel confident enough. The four upright pins are markers for doing figure 8's and fine motor control. the large sleeper is obviously also moveable and to try ride over at dead slow pace. Lastly a small wedge of railway sleeper for me to start on and to try "bunny hops" over.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1010626.jpg

Timolgra
10-04-11, 18:47
It's going to end in tears:D

Spend the time riding lock to lock figure of eights slooooowly:aidan

Grizz
10-04-11, 18:52
It's going to end in tears:D

Spend the time riding lock to lock figure of eights slooooowly:aidan


Why are you and Woodsie telling me the same thing ?

Am I missing a vital clue ??

Figure eights and slow throttle controll are very high on the agenda.

Timolgra
10-04-11, 19:02
Why are you and Woodsie telling me the same thing ?

Am I missing a vital clue ??

Figure eights and slow throttle controll are very high on the agenda.

It's because we don't want tomorrow's photo to be of you in A&E with a nail in your head:D

lebowski
10-04-11, 19:39
Remember that bit when I said......

Walk before you start running.....

As beautiful and (hopefully) as safe as you have made those obstacles, the basics are what's needed now......... Kickstart comes later!

:eek:

Please mate, take your time...... otherwise it will end in tears as Tim so rightly says....

Practice your turns, your balance and if you want, lifting the front wheel in a straight line (think single brick rather than breeze block on end!!) and you'll be doing just fine.

You might consider me a fair trials rider..... I know that I have missed one or two basics, or not perfected certain things before moving on to the next challenge and I know that by doing that I will be found wanting in certain situations. Don't make the same mistakes as me!

Use some simple markers, laying out left and right turns, alter them after you can do them easily, make it slightly harder each time. Remember what I had Wes doing? Nothing hard, just turns and simple, easy climbs....

Take it easy mate, don't try to conquer it all in a week!

:)

Jon

JohnnyBoxer
10-04-11, 19:39
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1010626.jpg

That pic made me laugh out loud:D

Great effort:thumb...................but you need 4 times the space for that little arena lot............even the pro's would get tied up on that little lot:blast

Grizz
10-04-11, 20:43
That pic made me laugh out loud:D

Great effort:thumb...................but you need 4 times the space for that little arena lot............even the pro's would get tied up on that little lot:blast


Now you made me and Nicola Laugh out Loud again.... Thanks.

Tim, Jon, Johnny, I just made the lot and put them all in a pile together to show what is here now.

The plan is to keep doing the slow basic stuff till I am happy with myself.

Johnny, the idea is to use one or two items at a time, and leave the rest piled up in a corner.


Thanks for your combined concern, much appreciated.

JohnnyBoxer
10-04-11, 20:58
Now you made me and Nicola Laugh out Loud again.... Thanks.

Tim, Jon, Johnny, I just made the lot and put them all in a pile together to show what is here now.

The plan is to keep doing the slow basic stuff till I am happy with myself.

Johnny, the idea is to use one or two items at a time, and leave the rest piled up in a corner.


Thanks for your combined concern, much appreciated.

Good man.....................great to see the effort you've put in, so far

Go at it steadily, preferably on dirt too:thumb

Grizz
16-04-11, 17:16
Been playing in the back yard, doing figure 8's and 3 bollard twister, also got a few small obstacles up the driveway to practice lifting the front wheel over etc, as I am not allowed on the grass.

After a couple of these.....

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1010646.jpg


Things got better, and I was getting to "clear" my little obstacle course.

Nicola's car also has a towbar fitted now, so I should be able to get places for dabbers meetings and also any other propper places to practice.


She took the pics while watching to see if I needed an ambulance or neck brace.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1010641.jpg


On Monday I kick started the bike and somehow managed to miss the action completely, ending up with the back of my knee hitting the top of the kickstarter at full force.
It was not really sore, but it has progressively gotten more impresive looking, today it is a whole rainbow, with a nice large egg sized lump under the skin.
Teach me to be casual about it.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/13042011106.jpg

The Reverend
17-04-11, 19:46
That's a big OWWWW! :blast

Impressive logging piccies, Grizz. Looking good, chum.

:thumb2

Grizz
20-04-11, 06:52
That's a big OWWWW! :blast

Impressive logging piccies, Grizz. Looking good, chum.

:thumb2



LOL, thanks.

The bruise continues to amaze us with is evolution, and colour changing.

Still weird how its not really sore, but I can feel it stiffening up with the healing. Sundays colour. :blast

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/IMAG1353.jpg

maverick
06-06-11, 12:38
So I made the biggest mistake yesterday trying out this trails bike malarky and I want in :D I can't move today due to being stiff and sore but hey ho all part of the plan as Agent Oso would put it :blast

Now where do I get a decent bike for under 1k to start :D

Grizz
07-06-11, 08:23
So I made the biggest mistake yesterday trying out this trails bike malarky and I want in :D I can't move today due to being stiff and sore but hey ho all part of the plan as Agent Oso would put it :blast

Now where do I get a decent bike for under 1k to start :D

LOL @ Dirk.... !!!!!

He spent about 10-15 minutes on my Scorpa and was knackered, and this froma guy I see as pretty fit.

I have to say, Dirk is an absolute NATURAL on the trials bike.

He went up the garden to the house where a table and the old BBQ were on the drive and just did a perfect turn about, then the same with some obstacles and tight figure 8's

Go for it mate, you will be good.

lebowski
07-06-11, 18:16
Have we got a new team member then Rian?

Am I to be looking out for a bike locally?

Don't forget Canada Heights next Wednesday evening.....

Jon

:)

Grizz
07-06-11, 19:26
Have we got a new team member then Rian?

Am I to be looking out for a bike locally?

Don't forget Canada Heights next Wednesday evening.....

Jon

:)


Hi Jon, Dirk is over in Tillbury, ESSEX , so not a problem I am sure.

He was irritatingly good from the off, and has never even looked at a trial bike close up till Sunday.

Canada Heights is next Wednesday, not tomorrow ?

maverick
07-06-11, 21:28
Have we got a new team member then Rian?

Am I to be looking out for a bike locally?

Don't forget Canada Heights next Wednesday evening.....

Jon

:)

Hi Jon,

If you see something interesting please let me know. I should be in a position the next two weeks to seriously start looking at getting a trails bike - all okayed from the head of finance :D

Rian thanks for the oppertunity and think I there was certainly more luck than skilled involved, as they say ignorance is bliss :augie :beerjug:

lebowski
08-06-11, 15:34
Hi Jon, Dirk is over in Tillbury, ESSEX , so not a problem I am sure.

He was irritatingly good from the off, and has never even looked at a trial bike close up till Sunday.

Canada Heights is next Wednesday, not tomorrow ?

Yes mate, 15th....

There's a slight possibility of a Betchworth on Saturday, but I'm changing wheels bearings and generally tidying up at the moment, plus the van is stripped for insulating, lining, seats etc....

Will let you know...

:)

lebowski
08-06-11, 15:36
Hi Jon,

If you see something interesting please let me know. I should be in a position the next two weeks to seriously start looking at getting a trails bike - all okayed from the head of finance :D

Rian thanks for the oppertunity and think I there was certainly more luck than skilled involved, as they say ignorance is bliss :augie :beerjug:

Hi Dirk, welcome to the fun and frustrating world of trials!

:eek:

I'm on the hunt......

:)

Jon

lebowski
09-06-11, 06:46
Right, doesn't seem like there's too much about at the moment but I have found these....

Don't know where it is, but maybe worth a call?

http://www.trialscentral.com/classifieds/detail.php?siteid=9831

Again not sure where, but seems a very good price...

http://www.trialscentral.com/classifieds/detail.php?siteid=9818

The Scorpa on this page looks very good, from the colours it might be an 03, but no matter..... (What a bargain Grizz got......:augie :)) It's a distance from you, but you may have to do the miles or risk waiting....... and the trials scene goes very quiet in late July and August....

http://www.worthingtrialsclub.com/_sgg/m5_1.htm

Finally the Beta on here.... left hand kickstart which some hate, but a good bike at a good price and as it's being advertised on his home club site so would think it's all pretty genuine...

http://hrc1.org/?page_id=45

Personally I think Betas, Scorpas and Montesa 315 are the best beginners bikes, easy to look after, pretty gentle on power but more than capable bikes for the first couple of years of riding. Stick to 200/250 rather than the bigger bikes, you don't need the extra power yet!

As has been said on here before, buy on condition rather than age or price. Trials bikes can be expensive to put into fighting fettle, look for someone who has looked after the bike, regularly changing oil and filters etc. Someone who has ridden either Sportsman or Novice at club level..... If buying off a club site, check the clubs results if you know the guys name....

If there's anything closeish and you'd like a second pair of eyes, let me know and I'll try to come along with you. Rian has my number....

Will keep looking for you.

Jon

:)

maverick
09-06-11, 12:44
Right, doesn't seem like there's too much about at the moment but I have found these....

Don't know where it is, but maybe worth a call?

http://www.trialscentral.com/classifieds/detail.php?siteid=9831

Again not sure where, but seems a very good price...

http://www.trialscentral.com/classifieds/detail.php?siteid=9818

The Scorpa on this page looks very good, from the colours it might be an 03, but no matter..... (What a bargain Grizz got......:augie :)) It's a distance from you, but you may have to do the miles or risk waiting....... and the trials scene goes very quiet in late July and August....

http://www.worthingtrialsclub.com/_sgg/m5_1.htm

Finally the Beta on here.... left hand kickstart which some hate, but a good bike at a good price and as it's being advertised on his home club site so would think it's all pretty genuine...

http://hrc1.org/?page_id=45

Personally I think Betas, Scorpas and Montesa 315 are the best beginners bikes, easy to look after, pretty gentle on power but more than capable bikes for the first couple of years of riding. Stick to 200/250 rather than the bigger bikes, you don't need the extra power yet!

As has been said on here before, buy on condition rather than age or price. Trials bikes can be expensive to put into fighting fettle, look for someone who has looked after the bike, regularly changing oil and filters etc. Someone who has ridden either Sportsman or Novice at club level..... If buying off a club site, check the clubs results if you know the guys name....

If there's anything closeish and you'd like a second pair of eyes, let me know and I'll try to come along with you. Rian has my number....

Will keep looking for you.

Jon

:)

Wow thanks for all the effort Jon, I will follow up on these and will definitely give you a call if it is something local to go and see. As said earlier I will only be able to commit in about two weeks time from now to something and in the mean time just scoping out the sales :thumb2

Grizz
05-08-11, 06:36
Still waiting for the stars to allign for Maverick to get himself a trials bike.

In the mean time the Scorpa has gathered some hours as they do.....

Well, I had Jon "Lebowski" over at our place for the day today.
Ostensibly to help me move and switch two dead cars in the garage and supervise the service on my Scorpa.

Scorpa got new brake pads, chain removed, washed oiled, airfilter washed, oiled and engine oil drained and refilled. Chain tensioned up.

I also got Tom's new gloves I ordered off Ebay yesterday, and a Nau helmet and some boots off Pete for him. Hopefully tomorrow we will fetch Jon's Blackbird and his spare Beta which Tom will be riding. Both bikes to live in my garage till he has his new garage secured etc.

Nice and bright helmet so that we can find Tom in the woods. He asked for Red gloves, so will be looking like a Christmas tree.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1020293.jpg


Nicola's 1956 Ford Anglia which has been stored the last 18 months, was in the rear of the garage, due for ressurection next week with new brake and clutch master cylinders and brake rebuild.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1020295.jpg

Places were swopped with the 1963 Ford Transit van, also parked up since we moved here a year ago. This has made more space for the bikes and for Jon's bikes.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1020297.jpg


Scorpa being seen to, calipers were very dirty and brakes have tended to bind when worked hard recently, so I tried to clean the callipers out as well as I could.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1020305.jpg


Nicola made us tea through the afternoon while it rained outside.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1020306.jpg


The time is drawing near for me to sort out the garage into a more workable shape.

Soon I tell thee, soon !!

MattW
05-08-11, 07:29
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1020293.jpg


Boots on the table :eek
Bad luck - my gran would have had something to say about that! :D

I'm enjoying reading about your start in trials Grizz - it's reawakened a bit of an 'itch' for me that might have to get scratched....

earthmover
05-08-11, 09:37
it's reawakened a bit of an 'itch' for me that might have to get scratched....

Anytime you want a play, let me know! :thumb
Mark

MattW
05-08-11, 09:50
Anytime you want a play, let me know! :thumb
Mark

Brill - thanks Mark!
I might just take you up on that :thumb2

Grizz
05-08-11, 19:08
Hi Matt, trust me, regardless of your gran, I have a wife who would boot my arse out the house with boots on the table :D

Took them off very quickly.

The trials thing is certainly a biting bug.... I hope you get onto it again some time.

Here is a pic I did not post propperly yesterday.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1020306.jpg