Peter Paice wrote:No criticism intended of David for trying to make his clutch light, it is just a worry that bikes are being modified to match modern bikes, and ridden in a modern style. I believe the whole reason for a twin shock class should be to bring back the riding style of that era combined with having a love for the old bikes.
I know my hands would have been much stronger back in the old days, so maybe a lighter clutch would be beneficial for older guys, but not necessary for use within a section.
The modern bikes are already available, so no need to modify old bikes. I have seen a couple of TY’s butchered and almost unrecognisable, to try and make them ride like a modern bike. The rules for twin shocks should be non stop and with the percentage of twin shock bikes being small compared to the rest, the observers would have no trouble accommodating them. There is no grey area for the observers to get confused under the 70’s rules. I’m sure the non stop rules would encourage older riders to come back to trials because there wouldn’t be the technical aspect required to ride modern style.
The modern rules being applied to old bikes are what annoy me, not the riders who are all enjoying this great sport.
Jena L grimsey wrote:well, what an interesting conversation! I can see why you would want to make the clutch lighter as they can be quite hard to pull in....if you are pulling them in all day. I remember having sore hands from this....(although I probably wouldnt have noticed it as much if i didnt spend majority of my time on the TY trying to do wheelies so I could out do my father.) But i soon realised after a few tips from an ol geezer that If i rode the TY like a TY and not like my then boyfriends Sherco it became a lot easier. And it taught me so much more riding like this, keeping momentumn and trying to be smooth. Riding like this also gives so much more satisfaction when u suceed a section. If I had of known about this modification when riding my TY i probably would have asked dad to change it..... lucky I didnt, I soon would have got lecture on it! .......'it's not the bike....it's the rider!'
Im sure though as time goes on and when im older and my hands have arthuritus....and my TY still hasnt been upgraded (well since the TY 175 to the TY250) .... i hopefully will have gained all the skills and become a champion TY rider and will take my clutch cable off completely and let my lever hang free and ill be bumping the bike to a start and riding like smooth criminal!
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