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Beta as a snowbike=incredible. (More pics), and another review

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It finally happened, it finally snowed again and a good one at that. 

I got an email this morning, from my nephew in law. He writes, "It snowed 18" up here.  Get your ass here so we can ride!"  

I left at 7pm and took a nice, nice 125 mile drive.  It was snowing on the way up.  Wet, to snow-covered highway and secondary highway-none of it a problem as I was in no rush and with full on winter tires and in a Cayenne Diesel with NO trailer, the drive up was sublime.  It is the first time I have ever had snow tires in my life.  

I had then on a 1996 Dodge Caravan that I think I may have been driving in 1997 or 1998 for a little while and the snow tires on that front wheel drive minivan made it a great truck to drive in the snow.  Now that I have then on my truck, if I had no trouble getting around on the snow with all season tires, now I will have even less trouble getting around on the snow on snow -tires.  

 

I'm going to try and get some good pictures and come back with a good story for tomorrow.  Time for bed.  

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The 500 RR-S was, once again, and as always, simply awesome.  

It was a bit colder for the first start of the day yesterday so it had taken 4 tries for the motor to fire but the engine was firing each time, it was just not staying fired until the 4th try when it fired, stay fired, kept the idle high until it was happy and then settled into its rock-steady rhythm that FI is known for and that is the Beta.  

I had thought about running the Twin Air foam air filter this season but then thought 'why take a chance when the Outerwears filter skin that I had just draped or hung onto the air filter cage, had worked so well last winter?'  

I had also installed the "cold-weather panel" from PST (PowerSportsTech) that closes off the engine area above the head pipe as I had read that engines do like to be run at 220F and for most of the day the engine was at 150-190F but the engine had never made oil last winter so I don't worry about the engine running too cold at all.  

12"-18" of snow was everywhere we rode and in some spots, more.  I have come to realize that all we really need for fun is 6-8" of snow and "The Float" will be there and just being able to carve from side to side and having both the front ski and the track gliding in the snow is all I need.  

Here is looking forward to the next ride as this upcoming weekend will feature highs in the single digits with a strong wind through Sunday.  Sometimes it can be too cold to ride.  

 

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My bike sat in its unheated trailer for two weeks. 

It was 25 degrees tonight.  I had turned the key to on.  Counted to three.  Pressed the starter button and after two turns-of something in the enigine, the engine started and idled.  Fuel.  Injection.  

 

Now with the Rekluse Radius CX, I don't have to wait for the engine to warm up to 140F.  After a couple dozen seconds, I can snick first gear and walk the bike out of the trailer and can then ride like I normally do after having just started the bike. The engine on this 2017 Beta 500 RR-S just runs so, so well.  Now that I had gotten the bike back from my dealer after 5 weeks as it had needed a new starter, but since, this entire bike has been clockwork.  Oh yea, save for the wiring harness but so far all has been working brilliantly.  

The forecast for where I'll be until maybe sometime on Monday is for 12-24" of snow, most all of the day on Sunday, so riding on Sunday/Sunday night is going to be, ok, ok, I'll say it just this once, "EPIC" should we get to ride on anywhere near 20" of snow and here is why;

 

There is already a good 7-12" solid base.  Call it ice even.  Then there is another good 6-12" of powder, everywhere.  Then another 12" to possibly 24"-plus inches of snow is going to be heavenly for us guys, with snow machines, snowbikes and snowmobiles, who love to ride and even ski in fresh, deep, powder.  

All our machines are running well.  Thanks goodness as there is more fun to be had all day, all night tomorrow and I can hardly wait.  More coming up friends.  

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This past Sunday gave us the most snow we had ever ridden in.  At least 24" fell overnight and for most of the day and even into the night. 

Because it was only 14F on Sunday afternoon, after having tried to fire the bike up a couple times on just the new, on-board  AGM battery and knowing that it would have taken a long-time, and that I'd be both wearing down the battery as well as hurting my starter-again, I got out the Weego JS12 and had just plugged it into the bike as I had added the "powersports adapter-harness" that I keep tucked under the portside handhold just behind the seat=perfect place, touched the starter button and the bike fired right up as always.  

The riding was incredible, the snow was light and deep and if anything, there was almost too much snow.  I had to keep an eye on the rpm as there were a few times where I had to hold the motor at 8,000 to 8,500 rpm to get up the biggest and steepest hills we have out there.  

I also need to lower the new Hammerhead gearshift lever I had moved up as I had adjusted it too high and it makes it hard to pull up to get a higher gear.  

 

Oh yeah, it sure is nice having a snow cat to plow the driveways. 

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Another (Fri)Day and another awesome ride.  

The is a base of right around 30".  A solid base.  It had snowed 10" Tuesday night and underneath that was right around 20" of powder.  Conditions were perfect today.  No pictures as we are always just too busy to ride and just don't have much time to stop and set up for good action photos, besides, there has to be words to go along with the pictures anyway so here are the words, yo.  

It was 2-3 degrees this morning at 9am when I got to the house in Vermont, a 125 mile drive up the nicest roads in the US.  It helps that I'm in an awesome truck to drive in a Cayenne Diesel with NO trailer.  It makes the drive just so, so nice.

 

  It was 15 degrees at 3pm when I had left for home.  

 

I put the Weego JS12 on the harness and on the 2nd try, the bike fired right up and ran perfectly.  There is something odd after the bike is first started up and ridden around.  If I shut the bike down, the battery is/gets run-down and I need to keep jumping the engine on the Weego but once the bike has been ridden around and nicely warmed up, and the battery all charged up again, the bike will fire up on its own and not need the Weego to get it started.  I think that the engine, and even though the headlight is off and I am not running the handwarmers or even using the heated shield, the engine, in the cold, is using more battery power than can be returned to the battery.  At least once the bike is warmed up/hot and has been ridden around, it always starts on its own for the rest of the day.  

 

Once again, the bike is a joy to ride and the Rekluse Radius CX helps for the slow stuff and crawling, and for not ever letting the engine stall, and most of all, loading or unloading the bike from the trailer although the two other bikes with no Rekluse' are both pretty easy to load and unload all the same.  The Rekluse has solved the problem of "clutch-stick" when really cold.  I used to have to wait for the engine to get to 140F before I could try to get the bike into gear or  it would just stall and die from being slammed into gear with the clutch plates all stuck together, the Rekluse releases the clutch so the time needed to warm it all up is cut down some 75%.  

 

 

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I finally, after almost 2 weeks (boo-hoo) of not being able to ride, I got to ride on both Sat. and Sun(today), yay-me.  

I had to put my Weego JS12 on the battery again as I had tried a couple of times to get the engine started on just the new AGM battery that had been sitting for the past 2 weeks but no-go.  Once the jump pack got on, the bike fired to life with no fuss and it was only 10F this morning.  

The 2017 500 RR-S has continued its clockwork-like performance as a snowbike.  No flame-out, stalling, hanging idle, none of the nonsense that have plagued others' RR-S'/four stroke Beta motors/engines.  I am taking it home to give it some much needed love.  

I'll change the engine oil and filter and put some new 0W40 M1 Euro Formula in and also change out the x-mission oil and replace the 0W40 Mystic JASO MA2 oil and then check the chains on the DTS 129 kit.  I'll give the bike a good once-over as every time I go up and ride, I don't get around to making sure everything is as I like it and as perfect as possible but no matter, the Beta just keeps on chugging along.  It really has been an incredible bike. It is my M-F commuter all three of the nice-seasons.  Then anytime I want to go off-road, the bike can go anywhere and we know what anywhere really means.  Then in the winter, just by adding an engine jacket and the front ski/rear-track, and swap out the handlebars for the ones with the heated grips, the bike is good all-winter long and runs just as good as it did on the street/dirt for the other 9 months of the year. 

 

The Rekluse CX has been paying dividends, even just between loading and unloading the bike into and out of the enclosed trailer, that alone was worth the almost $900 for admission into the no-worries with stalling or needing to balance the clutch with an admittedly clumsy bike and the loading/unloading dance that one has to do when trailering.  Never mind that the bike never does stall, I hardly ever stalled the bike w/o the Rekluse as I'm The Man, but now with the CX in, until I drop the bike in the snow from the snow being too deep, the engine just can, not, die-and this is a positive developement.  

I get no slip, no drama, no negative from the Rekluse CX.  It just works and in the snow, with me almost always needing to be in the power(thank you 478 cc FI Betamotor), it is all so effortless with a Rekluse although I will admit as I'm an absolute creature of some habits, I still use the clutch with every up and downshift.  It is only when I need to crawl or do the slow speed-stuff where I even remember I have a Rekluse, but mostly I appreciate it the most when the bike is being loaded or unloaded.  

I'll post up some pictures tomorrow of the weekends past activities.  Mostly towed the kids around on their new snowtubes as they loved being "Tokyo Drifted" around the field.  

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