The Jotagas ran very well , however i noticed a few little improvements that could be made.
I have some trials coming up with road work and the Jotagas' top gear (5th) isnt the highest. With a 5psi tyre you might get 40 mph max , but it would be nice to have a little more. The standard sprocket is 40 teeth. I looked online and you cant see 38 Teeth rear sprockets anywhere. They are the same as GasGas , Montesa , Beta and Sherco , but they are not widely used . I telephoned Talon and they had a 38 in stock , so i ordered and fitted it. With the standard rear sprocket on , there are 4 rear teeth to everyone tooth on the front sprocket. So , in theory i was increasing the front sprocket by half a tooth, not that , that's really possible.
I have had a spin around the woods and it hasnt made a huge difference , which im glad of. Im sure it will give me a few extra MPH on the road and track though , which is what i was after.
- This is the first mod which takes 30 minutes
This is easy and takes 5 minutes - When you undo the rear wheel allen bolt, the swinging arm expands in width by 6mm. Enlarge the sprocket side wheel spacer , by fitting a 5mm thick alloy washer . This gives you another 5mm.
This gives an extra 8.7mm clearance between the swinging arm and the tyre , meaning there is no problem anymore.
One side issue from doing this 2nd mod is that the swinging arm spindle isn't perfectly long enough and pushed through half of the swinging arm and not all of it. Having looked at the situation , this is more than adequate. I will keep a close eye on it and make sure the rear wheel is kept tight at all times.
Secondly i have fitted a light plastic mud flap on the front mudguard. despite it being light the rear of the front mudguard with the flap attached flaps a bit hitting the tyre. Its a tiny thing and was caused by me fitting the flap , but by raising the mudguard it will cure this -- hopefully :)
Simple and easy once you get the hang of it.
I am awaiting a size 36 idle jet which im assure will cure the slight pinking i get when the bike is hot on medium throttle. Again , its not a problem and doesn't affect performance , but i just want it perfect.
Here is a photo of the first ever drawing of the Jotagas logo. Marc Arano the previous World wide sales manager drew this with Jordi Tarres and the JTG owner Josep Pibernat.
This is what Mark said about the logo
"About the sign, we just wanted to support the brand name using a shell like other well knows brands such as Ferrari, Porsche, Ducati And so on ... So the idea in Its terms came from us meanwhile the design came from the communication agency. The image inside is what we call in Spain a " halcón peregrino", a fast And smart kind of eagle... Emular inf the shape of a trial bike......"
Kev won't mind me saying this. On Saturday we went out practising. He is Kevin Nolan ,a very very good rider. He's expert level and I've never seen anyone hang off a bike like Kev fighting and waiting for grip. A truly ace rider whose mostly know for winning the Normandale last year on the impressive modified SWM.
He is a much much better rider than me. He always has been.
Any way...... he took out a brand new demo sherco 300 and I was on my Jotagas 300 14 model. We set up a simple section consisting on going down a slippery steep hill . At the bottom there was a horseshoe and then straight back back up again.
Kev tried no less than ten times on the sherco and couldn't touch it AT ALL.
He jumped on the Jtg and was straight up for a clean. He repeated it on the Sherco and again had a big five. He could get out and had to push the bike out with me pulling. Then I cleaned it again.
The sherco was absolutely crucified in this comparison test.
Tyres were the same along with pressures.
Kev was gutted. Everywhere he rode on it , it was spinning out.
It's no mystery. it's the power delivery. The Sherco had way more power. Great for Enduro or rocks in Spain but not mud in the uk.
Later we tried a different section requiring traction and again the Sherco didn't grip on the slippery base. Kev immediately said' Let's go' in disgust after cleaning it on the JTG. He packed up straight away and was straight on the phone to Steve Saunders for a new bike.....lol.
Remember ... he hadn't set up my JTG at all.
So from this direct comparison with no advertisers to keep happy... straight out of the crate the JTG is much much better at finding grip .
Kev came out to practise ready to buy the Sherco. He's desperate for a new bike , but after this the Sherco went straight back.
On this one day the JTG made me better than Kevin . Nice one :). Thats never happened before. In Kev's words " You made me look like a beginner".