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I am 49 years young, about 85 kg and never have owned a motorbike and have virtually no riding experience. I have always wanted a dirt bike for the frill of it, but with no friends riding I have just not got around to it. Have my learners and getting my provisional in next few weeks.
I am now biting the bullet and weighing up which bike to buy. Single trail, dirt roads, forest trails, riding parks is where I am guessing I’ll be riding. But to be honest, not really sure of where, but it will be somewhere close to the Gold Coast where I live.
I have been educating myself with all the online reviews and think that I am on the right path, but with so much info available it is difficult for one without bike experience to siphon the truth from the BS and agendas. One example is whenever I have called a KTM dealer, and said I have been considering buying a Beta, every time they pretend they have never heard of Beta. This is obvious sales propaganda from KTM and that pisses me off.
Anyway, I have been set on 2017 Beta xtrainer or rr250. Reviews suggest that the 250 is easier than the rr300 and has better suspension than the xtrainer. The 2017 KTM 250 exc was considered but cost too much.
So I was seriously considering a new rr250 with 12 months rego for $11,600, $770 more than xtrainer at $10,830. Now I just found out that the local ktm dealer has the 2017 ktm 250exc on sale for $11,945 with 6 months rego. The only downside seems to be the Mikuni carb.
Is the ktm worth paying the extra $400 over the rr250, and $1,115 over the xtrainer? Or should I just buy the easier to ride xtrainer? Can anyone set me free from this too hard decision?
Xtrainer as a Dual Sport Review.
I plated my Xtrainer last year with a restricted plate here in Idaho when I first got the bike. The Restricted plate allows me to ride anywhere except on Freeways/Highways unless the posted speed limit is 45 or less and within 3 miles of an established city. That would have been good enough but I live about 10 miles out of town and I have to use the highway with a speed limit of 60 to get there. Along with other off-road designations I would use the Highway to get to I needed the unrestricted plate.
My wife works for the DMV, she got me the proper paperwork for the unrestricted plate. She also got to look thru the “Dead” plate list and found me MTN 208, 208 is our area code. I added the turn signals and a mirror so now my bike is legal for any state anywhere, just as if it was a factory street bike. Insurance is only $75 a year.
List of modifications.
1” bar risers.
FMF Spark arrestor.
Hammerhead brake pedal.
Generic Turn signals for the front and LED strip for the rear with LED Flasher.
JD Jetting and slightly lower Float level.
Everything else is stock, tires, gearing, suspension, ETC.
Pavement Ride report. Nice and smooth in the 30 to 60 Miles per hour range. It will run 70+ but the engine is singing along at that rate. Trying to ride 25 or less at a steady pace was not as good. The bike didn’t like the lower steady RPM. It would gurgle and surge. This was a bit better than before I had the JD Jetting. Plug still looked rich, black. Adjusting the Air/Fuel screw didn’t change much.
Off-Road the bike performs great, just as it should. Plenty of low end grunt. Varying the throttle off-road the low speed gurgle isn’t noticeable.
Pavement Ride Report with Float set even lower, about 1mm. WOW much better. Low end gurgle is pretty much gone, just a slight amount but livable. I rode it 30 miles on pavement and it didn’t miss a beat. It is very comfortable at 50, the motor is running smoothly, about 1/4 throttle at this pace. Very little spooge out the muffler but it might because of the high revs I was riding at. Lowering the float a bit probably is the best free mod to do to this bike. It now is a very good Dual Sport especially compared to my old Dual Sport bike I have owned. Past Dual Sports include 1982 Yamaha XT200, 1996 Yamaha XT350, 1988 Honda NX250 and a converted 2001 WR426F.
If I was to ride more on the street the 430 or the 500 would better but I think the Xtrainer is the best for the little amount of street riding I do and its off-road ability is fantastic. If you need to travel on pavement to connect trails I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the Xtrainer as a great all around bike. It even does well cruising downtown.
2009 Husky WR 300.
New top and bottom end.
New brake pads and they were just bled.
Hyde skid plate.
FMF Gnarly pipe and FMF Q-Stealth silencer.
JD Jet kit.
Comes with extra cylinder, head and piston.
Comes with lighter springs for the suspension.
Pulls like a mule.
This is an awesome trail bike. If you ride Georgetown, Foresthill, Elkins Flat or Chalk Bluff this bike will not let you down.
I'm thinking very hard about getting this bike, new('17). It will be supposedly for my wife, but her son and myself(mostly me) will ride it. Is this bike REALY good for true beginner to experienced? She's coming off a CRF230, and doesn't do much more than cruise around fields and fire roads, slow. Her son is fit, young(28), 180#'s, I do some hare scrambles type riding,'07 crf450. What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance, Nick
I think Beta should build a 200 4T or/and 200 2T Xtrainer for a true entry level bike. Maybe if enough people whine about wanting one, they will consider it? If they made a XR200 clone with all the goodies the Xtrainer has on it, a lot of people might want one. I'm sure I'll enjoy my Xtrainer, but riding a little thumper in the hills can be a lot of fun if you aren't in a hurry like me. Beta, I'll make you a deal, build it and I'll buy one! The 250 4T engine might work, but if I remember right, the XR200 had a physically smaller motor than its bigger brothers?