jacob429

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  1. Ah I think you're right, I was thinking of the electric motion bikes. Yeah there's just so many advantages to electric. Look forward to making the switch one day.
  2. The gasgas clutch is only an on/off switch, and has something to do with engine braking. It doesn't function the same as a real clutch. The cost is really high but I wonder what the trade off would be in terms of maintenance. Would not having to do oil, top ends, etc make up the cost difference?
  3. Finally.. an electric trials bike that appears to use a flywheel and clutch? And not just a simple on/off switch for a clutch. It mentions flywheel in the specs, and there was a clip of the rider revving it out for a splatter, and it actually sounds like hes slipping the clutch in some clips. Use of the clutch and flywheel has become such an integral part of riding and finding traction. Those are 2 things I don't think I could live without, so then aside from the weight and range issue... I'd be all over electric. Goodbye air filter cleaning!
  4. As far as sitting, I think it depends on the hill. For loose or muddy terrain and not too many obstacles up the hill, I find sitting gets the best traction and keeps the front down better. Edit: sitting, but always keeping pegs weighted. Not dangling feet.
  5. More vid of me abusing the poor Beta:
  6. He would have had me fooled too. I thought he would have had that one. Seems like that's often how it goes.. injured on something you would think is routine.
  7. Yeah but he wasn't doing a crazy stunt or anything. It looked like something that for him would be easy and routine. Just made a mistake.
  8. I agree that bicycles, even trials bicycles do not carry over to motorbikes well at all. The only things that might carry over a bit are balance and rear wheel pogo-hopping which is very advanced and 99% of us will never actually apply this. There is so much clutch and throttle timing used in intermediate and advanced moves, things you can't practice on a bicycle. I tried a trials bicycle, briefly, but I didn't like it. Totally different feel and just didn't think I could get into it. Just my 2 cents
  9. So aside from some of the trials tricks I have learned in my 1 year with the bike and transferred to my 300rr, I feel the same way. The japzap on the 300rr is mostly a show-off thing right now but I hope to start being able to use it in the real world this year. Other than that, balance is the main thing I notice on the 300rr, which is huge. Balance is the essence of riding on 2 wheels, and I used to not care so much about it until I noticed what improving balance has done for my riding. Also depends on the type of riding i think. I don't have access to much extreme terrain, but I think the rougher it gets, the more the trials skills will show. I do hope this endurocross track gets built near me. Depending on how technical, I don't think non-trials riders would have any interest in touching a technical EX track. So I think the trials skills will really shine there. I have a feeling that considering the locale, it's going to be more of a fast and jumpy track unfortunately. It's all about MX here, trials really doesn't exist in my state.
  10. Couldn't picture doing slow wheelies with an auto-clutch. It removes so much control from the rider that when you actually need to finesse the clutch, the lack of feedback makes it difficult to do any technical stuff. I've ridden a couple bikes with the auto clutch but I don't think either one had the core. I still don't see how you could avoid the dead clutch feel with an auto clutch. Plus, Rekluse tends to "grab" at a bit higher RPM, and doing slow wheelies you might be at idle RPMs at times with the clutch slipping while teetering at the balance point. So having to get the RPM up a little bit for auto clutch to kick in is probably too much for decent slow wheelies. Would probably be jerky and difficult to maintain.
  11. Remember to leave your clutch out after you hit the log and even blip the throttle a bit as your back wheel hits it. This will help keep the rear end planted and reduce the front wheel dive a bit. Try to keep the front wheel as low as you can to reduce the drop, just so you clear the skid plate. It's pretty difficult to do larger obstacles in the sand no doubt so there might be a bit of luck involved too.
  12. I dislike 4 strokes for that reason. All the engine braking seems to take more energy, and the bike doesn't seem to float over obstacles as easy since the engine wants to drop the front wheel, where the 2 stroke I can leave the throttle out and let the flywheel carry over instead of using throttle, for maximum traction. The 4 stroke works just as well but just a different experience to get used to I suppose. Also riding in a lot of sand like I do, the 4t can tend to wash out a bit more due to engine braking loading up the front wheel more.
  13. Yeah I tried my Uncles xtrainer and it's even a bit lower than my 300rr. Very nice feel to it, but the suspension is too soft. Otherwise it just feels like a slightly smaller dirt bike. The sharper steering angle is nice. I tried a KTM freeride as well, which feels more like a trials bike.
  14. Lol! The Betas lower seat height is a huge confidence boost. I could barely tippy toe a buddies Husky 350. But the biggest problem is no matter how bad I want to commit, sometimes instinct takes over and I back off too late, which always results in a fail or crash. Cajones not big enough!