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    I've got the urge and time for a trials bike, yep I'm 70 years old and did compete in trials 40 years ago, I know I will need something lightweight and mild in nature, I wont a 2 stroke water cooled modern bike, are 125 cc modern bike power full enough for a 12st old bloke, are they big enough , will they lift the front wheel from the throttle to get over logs etc or do I need a 250c what make would suggest.

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    Default Re: what modern trials bike for a 70 year old?

    Don't think there's many trials types here.

    I'd be tempted to go visit RAS Sport in Brighouse, they usually have loads of different trials bikes for sale and might be able to give some good advice, or Road and Trials in Barnsley, but they sell more new than 2nd hand.

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    All the modern trials bikes don't have a seat. At your age, that might be a problem. When I started, in 2007, I'd just had a big smash and busted my leg, so needed a seat. I bought a 1985 TY250. Fantastic machines, with a proper seat.

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    your correct of course modern bikes don't have seats but I have a van and don't need to ride a bike to an off road area, I had TY 175s and Suzuki Beamish bikes in the 80s when they were very competitive bikes, I just fancy something modern and up to date.

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    A 125 2 stroke will be powerful enough for what you want, might be worth having a look at electric trials bikes, they're supposed to be good.

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    What sort of riding are you planning? If it's proper competition trials I'd say search eBay or trials specialist dealers. If it's just bimbling round the countryside you should be aware that "illegal" riding is clamped down on these days, so pottering round woodlands like we used to do is something of a no-no. For legal trail riding get to know your local TRF and maybe consider a bike that's halfway between trials and enduro like KTM's Freeride 250F.

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    As has been said , would need to know what you are planning to do. Still plenty of classic trials about so that maybe an option. I did competitions up to my early 40's when my bad knee finally cried enough!!

    If you are going for a modern bike then 250 would be more than adequate, I had a 4 stroke montessa that I never really gelled with, a 280 gasgas that was a bit heavy and finally a 250 sherco that was light and responsive, best bike I had by a mile. If you are doing competition TMX is your friend and look for a local beginner, classic or 'dead easy' trial to get your eye in so to speak. I had great fun, it is a lot harder than it looks but ultimately very rewarding when you get it right. I have a few trophies in my study (i'm no dougie lampkin though!) but the ones i'm most proud of are my trials ones.

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    Thanks for the replies, I have no intention of entering any competitions again them days have gone, there are a few places where if you join the club you can pay for a days practice on private ground, this would mean I don't need it to be road legal as I would transport it in my van, It's just for fun and keep me active, if you guys think a modern 125 cc will be power full enough I'll have to try one and see if it's light enough for me to pick up when I fall off, thanks ,

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    I used to have a share of a twin shock TY125, it was powerful enough for messing around on, a modern 125 will have a lot more power than that had, and if you can't pick up a trials 125 it's time for the Zimmer frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldlegs View Post
    Thanks for the replies, I have no intention of entering any competitions again them days have gone, there are a few places where if you join the club you can pay for a days practice on private ground, this would mean I don't need it to be road legal as I would transport it in my van, It's just for fun and keep me active, if you guys think a modern 125 cc will be power full enough I'll have to try one and see if it's light enough for me to pick up when I fall off, thanks ,
    A 125 MIGHT be OK. A 250 WILL be OK.

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    Question for those who know. For laning it's often said less is more, and this ties with my own experience where a 450 4T will tend to lunge forward on a whiff of throttle and catch you out in places where a 250 wouldn't. For trials I'd have thought a 250 smoker would be more useful if you want to lift a wheel or get low-down pull to get up a slope? There's probably more to it than that, enlighten me

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    The small amount of trials I've done required two things of the engine, throttle response and traction, what you didn't need were great gollops of power, if it were me I'd be looking for a 200 two stroke, 125 can be a little lacking and 250 a bit too much, but the best thing to do is test ride some bikes and buy the one you think is best.

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    I've been in touch with a couple of local dealers for advice and the common answers are that there is so little difference in weight between a modern 250 and 125 that it does not matter, these days to lift the front over a log is more about body position and compressing the suspension with just a wiff of throttle, a modern 125 will climb most gradients of a section but would need to rev much higher than a 250 so I think a 250 is top of my list thanks,

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    Ive done it, I got a 2018 Sherco ST 250 Factory a bit above what I wanted to spend but I fell in have love and got the card out, can't waited for the weekend to have a ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldlegs View Post
    Ive done it, I got a 2018 Sherco ST 250 Factory a bit above what I wanted to spend but I fell in have love and got the card out, can't waited for the weekend to have a ride.
    Cool

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