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I did about a 30 mile trail ride on my ttr last night, there was a bit of road work and a little mid but most of it was quite rough going stony track surface and plenty of large puddles! The trail tyres that are on the bike have possibly seen better days and are quite lethal on the mud, nearly lost the front end a couple of times. The suspension seems also quite harsh on the rough going, I don't know if the lowering link will have anything to do with that? Anyway I took a few pics on the way.

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Great neck of the woods for trailing in that area between Thirsk and Pickering. smile
Have you been northwest of Kirkbymoorside towards Bilsdale and Stokesly at all?
There are some cracking lanes in that area, with some lovely pubs and inns too. wink
When I lived in the northeast I took my Cub on lots of trail days with the South Durham VMCC lads.
Brings back rose tinted memories. aww

Proper tyres will give you more confidence on the rough stuff and your technique will improve the more you ride. biggrin

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The TTR looks too smart to go laning on wink

Depending on the sort of lanes you ride, an MT43 rear will suit rocky and slaty going whereas something like a MITAS CO2 will be better in mud and clay. The best all round front tyre, in my opinion, for laning is the Michelin Comp IV.

Your frame paint looks intact and it may be worth protecting it before you rub through it with your boots. A sump guard might also be a good investment before you dent or scrape the frame rails too badly.

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Yes I have been on a few trails out that way, there is one that runs from just above kirkbymoorside over to near stolksley, legal trails seem to be becoming few and far between really around here that's one reason why I went for the ttr because at least its quite good on the road too. Where can I get some frame protectors for the bike from? I see tottally ttr's sell the sump guards that look really up to the job but I will have to save up a bit to buy one!

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CRD used to make TTR frame guards but I just checked their website and they no longer list them cry

Anyone else know who in the UK might sell TTR frame guards?

As an interim measure, it might be worth getting some heavy duty sticky back plastic (no - not Sellotape!) and cover the frame until you can get the proper guards.

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Just found this site and they have some listed? Quite a lot of money though! I am hoping weather permitting to take the mrs on the back of the bike to tan hill pub in the dales at the weekend so I will see how that goes, the seats don't seem to pillion friendly though but I prefer the riding position to the sports bikes i have taken her on.

http://www.motoward.co.uk/index.php?cPath=440_105_134_136&osCsid=84d99d18a8ef4333968dd318cce46d28



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B&B Offroad in Australia sell some. I do imagine it is pricey to ship to england as well as current conversion rates. They do say for international orders to email first for postage costs.

http://www.bboffroad.com.au/ttr_250.htm



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We have the B&B product on both our TTRs.  Well made, light, strong and an excellent fit.



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Just seen this thread. Kirbymoorside, Thirsk, Stokesly, Bilsdale. Aaargh. I grew up in Snilesworth and have never been back up there on an off-road bike. We used to schlep around the fields ('Don't go on the roads.') on a Honda SS50, A Garelli, an Italjet and assorted Mutts for as long as the petrol lasted. I can't think why I'm such a dreadful off road rider now.

They look like beautiful trails. How do I go about finding what routes I could use to do a nostalgia tour without receiving the wrath of the 12 bore? That might actually be worth pedalling my TTR up from London. Maybe over a couple of days. Camping. This might turn into a plan.


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I may look into making my own frame protectors, a small sheet of stainless steel a steady hand and a sharp jig saw may do the job?


As for the trails round here there seems to be less places to ride, I used to ride a few trails around Pickering, Newton Dale and langdale but unfortunately most weren't proper green lanes so early mornings were always best.

I am thinking about joining the trf and see where they take me and then at least i will be staying on the right side of the law.

I do see quite a lot of trail riders around here so there must still be quite a lot of trails still used , I will have to do some investigating!

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Certainly join the TRF. Even if you don't go on all the rides the money might help keep a few more of the lanes open. Your lanes look like open easy lanes where the likelihood of poking an eye out or breaking a leg looks fairly minimal. Riding alone probably isn't too foolhardy and you could just pack some binoculars and and a sarnie.

Let us know how you get on.

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Dullthud wrote:

Certainly join the TRF. Even if you don't go on all the rides the money might help keep a few more of the lanes open. Agreed, well worth doing Your lanes look like open easy lanes where the likelihood of poking an eye out or breaking a leg looks fairly minimal. Riding alone probably isn't too foolhardy and you could just pack some binoculars and and a sarnie. I stopped riding alone after falling off on a lane i'd ridden plenty of times & cracked a rib. It took me quite a while to get the bike off my leg & picked up. Then I had a rather painfull ride home. If i'd done more damage to myself, with no one to help, who knows how long i'd have been lying there no

Let us know how you get on.

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domski1 wrote:

Where can I get some frame protectors for the bike from?


 Gaffer tape lasts quite a while until you can sort a permanent option



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Had a ride out today with my mate who has just bought a ttr, lots of big puddles around!










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Good to see you out and about with your mate and his TTR wink



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