Greg Villalobos

  • Greg Villalobos posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Hi – I’ve noticed the Map link is not working – we will try to get it fixed asap.

    Sam – this is the beginners link http://www.trf.org.uk/beginners/

    Darren – you are welcome to join us at our next Northumbria TRF club meet. 7:30pm Staffs Club Blaydon.

  • Greg Villalobos posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    This is on my To Do list Christopher. I’ll be adding instructions here on Trail Website hopefully this week.

  • Trail Bike Review: Honda XL100S

    Who are you?
    Dominic Hunt

    What TRF group do you belong to?
    Northumbria TRF

    Where do you ride?
    Slaley, Weardale, Hawes

    What bike are you reviewing?
    1978 Honda […]

  • Hi Andy – you can email me at greg@trf.org.uk

  • I have added Doug’s manifesto to the supporting documents

  • It’s an icon of a magnifying glass. Works on Chrome. What browser are you using. Sorry I can’t add a screen grab.

    Either way, it’s obviously an issue that we need to look at.

  • Top right of the page – on the far right of the menu items. We are looking at making this more obvious. 🤔

  • Hi Justin. The lowering kit was fairly straight forwards to fit, but you need a little confidence. The front end is just a case of adding a spacer next to the triple clamp. The rear requires the shock to be taken out, opened up and a spacer inserted using a tool supplied with the kit. I’m no expert but I managed ok. It lowers the front and rear…[Read more]

  • Trail Bike Review: KTM 450 EXC

    Who are you?
    Greg Villalobos

    What TRF group do you belong to?
    Northumbria TRF

    Where do you ride?
    Mostly Northumbria and Cumbria

    What bike are you reviewing?
    KTM […]

    • I’d love to know how you get with the lowering kit, i saw these a few years ago but haven’t got around to buying one.

      Justin

      • Hi Justin. The lowering kit was fairly straight forwards to fit, but you need a little confidence. The front end is just a case of adding a spacer next to the triple clamp. The rear requires the shock to be taken out, opened up and a spacer inserted using a tool supplied with the kit. I’m no expert but I managed ok. It lowers the front and rear the same amount so you keep the geometry. Prob not so great if you were racing but for green lanes it’s fine. I’ve not had any problems with the bike bottoming out and it does help with the height. If I bought a new EXC, now I’m more confident, I probably wouldn’t bother lowering it. 🙂

        • Great to here, i was thinking of fitting one on my 2nd older exc so that i had a lowered bike and standard so that i might be able to learn some new riding skills for tackling the Wye valley!! without getting a road legal trial bike as i’m short in the leg.

    • Stick the rim lock back in and get the wheels balanced.

      Advantages: More comfort, longer tyre life, longer bearing life, longer fork bush/seal life, better braking feel, better on-road handling.

      Disadvantages: None.

    • Low-cost convenient anti-theft solution: Good quality padlock through the back of the rear sprocket. Better security than a disc lock (you can smash the disc with a hammer…try smashing a sprocket with a chain round it)…cheaper as an expensive padlock is the same price as a cheap disc lock, and easily transported with your tools.

    • I’m loving my 2015 Husky equivalent. A nice, relatively light torquey plodder that will zip along the inevitable road sections with ease. It was Tony Lacey who suggested it and I am grateful for his intervention.

      KevInYorks on the KTM forum does an inexpensive plug and play hidden switch that cuts the ignition for those garage and cafe moments. Within the length of the cables, you can hide it in loads of places.
      Even a padlock won’t stop someone lobbing it in the back of a van but it will stop the ride off thief. Heartily recommended.

    • Hi Greg, I’ve just joined the TRF, I live in Northumberland (near Hexham) and I’m very tempted to by a KTM 450 exc, but have been advised it will rip my arms off. I’d love to talk and perhaps even meet-up sometime. Although I’ve joined, I’ve still to work out what I do next. First things first, get a suitable bike 🙂

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