22/11/2017 at 6:08 pm #72663
Why drop it? In my opinion things were never better that when it was the big bike rally challenge.
I have not been on the 950 this year because of a knee injury so been taking it steady on a lighter bike for now but hopefully back on it soon as hopefully will others. Just leave the option there.23/11/2017 at 8:29 pm #72672
I’d guess too few entries and not everyone on a big bike can muscle them around the events available.23/11/2017 at 10:28 pm #72673
But if it doesn’t exist nobody will try.
May as well drop Trail bikes, Rally class and +575cc bikes too?? Only 3 or 4 in those classes this year.
Only 12 riders did 3 or more events
🙁24/11/2017 at 10:37 am #72674
Guys, we are doing something new for 2018 that will be much better suited to the “Big Bikes”
Currently I can’t recommend to new riders in the series to join in and start riding events like the Beacons, Ryedale, Hafren on Big Bikes – there are only a few riders that can actually ride these courses on the bigger bikes and we certainly can’t ask newbies to do this types of courses.
My main concern was one year at the Cambrian a guy turned up on a new XC800 to do what was an easy rally and promptly mashed the front end to bits.
I think Rob110 has a point with the trail class and rally class as well – the only classes maintaining numbers are the RL1 and RL2 classes and these are enduro bikes !!
Anyway we have something new in the pipeline for 2018 which will sit big bikes, rally bikes and trail bikes.
25/11/2017 at 6:58 am #72676
Burt not interested in anything less difficult than the rallys, Could you please just leave the class as it is?27/11/2017 at 2:51 pm #72695
OK – but I think we need a bit of a clarifying statement on the difficulty and suitability of the courses for big bikes.
29/11/2017 at 5:44 pm #72731
Ok Thanks Burt.30/11/2017 at 12:25 pm #72739
I managed to get round for a few years? … and I am old……….30/11/2017 at 6:38 pm #72758
Maybe big bike classes have slimmed down because??
Owners of £15k + adventure bikes don’t want to see their hefty investment stuck in a Welsh bog or sliding down a rocky hill without them.
People don’t have the skills to change tyres and replace bearings and maintain a bike used off road.
People with their bike on a PCP daren’t risk it.
I’m sure there are a few more reasons out there too.
All power to those that can ride the big’uns, I use my SE for easy off road but have to admit i am a bit precious about it and prefer to use a rally’d up enduro bike for the rally’s. I have even thought about getting a £3-4k 950/990 adv just for offroading so i don’t worry about it as the big KTM’s are amazing fun to ride.
I do like to see the big bikes ridden properly for what they were designed for, think it was Mrbling on the elephant that was great to watch 🙂
Off to eBay now to daydream about a nice adventure S.30/11/2017 at 8:15 pm #72760
Yes I rode a blue 900 Elefant which I still have but now use a Adventure 950 S.30/11/2017 at 8:21 pm #72761
What? I’m finally getting round to running my 950SE in fat-boy class…what’s planned for 2018?01/12/2017 at 11:03 am #72765
We will keep the Multi’s in the ATRC but I think it will only attract a few riders. Back in the day when we had the Cambrian as an event and Kielder – these were more doable on the big bikes. Most of the organisers of the ATRC events are not interested in the big bikes either!!
Now the courses we use on the ATRC have become “tougher” with enduro style stages in some cases – which is OK but you need to be a very confident rider on a big bike to tackle these.
We will be doing a “Bike Bike” focussed adventure event in May 2018 – this is aimed at getting the adventure riders into our sport without fitting off road tyres and modifying bikes – this will also not suit everyone.
So we shall do both.
05/12/2017 at 5:34 pm #72778
Well I hope you keep the big bike stuff as I recently joined the site and have been adventure riding for a while but have only come across the events lately by chance really. I often watch you tube and a video come up of the events on there. So over the last few months I’ve been preping my baghira 660 enduro bike to take part in the events so it would be a shame to see them go . I have done a fork change to a yz fork and triple clamp with wheel and brakes and have just started looking for a crf450 2007 onwards mastercyclinder as I read they upgraded with a linkage that makes the nissin brakes better for more off road riding rather than the original conventional forks and brakes I have been doing loads of work on wiring changing over to superseals that are more waterproof and sorting out power for more gadgets upfront and I spent a bit up to now so to see these stages go would really be a waste for me as I’d have done all this for nothing ha ha .05/12/2017 at 8:55 pm #72781
Mike kitts, your bike will be in over 575 single cylinder class but still good to see any bigger bike out there having a go.
I caught a glimpse of my old Cagiva 900 Elefant today, it has been buried in the back end of my workshop for about 2 years, I did ok on this bike a few years ago but wanted more umph so got a 950 ktm, if there is any one out there who has some enthusiasm, wants a go in the big twin class but can not afford a bike you could have some use of this as long as you do not try to take the p**s. It needs a front wheel and front brake system but I will have some bits. PM me.06/12/2017 at 12:23 pm #72782
oh no i’ve read this now….it cannot go unseen!
mmmm multicylinder class mmmmm rallies mmmmmmm monster trailies mmmmmm
whats up with front wheel and brakes?
didn’t it get stuck in gear on Ryedale?
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