2008 Beta 400RR Brief Review

I finally rode my 2008 Beta 400RR today. I didn't take it for much of a ride but I can at least give my first impressions.

Mods: JD Jetting kit, BETA radiator guards, guts racing seat foam and cover, BETA clutch slave protector, seal savers, tail light removed, hand guards

This is my first ride in approximately 10 months due to having two artificial discs put in my back about 8.5 months ago. Having said that, I was a little nervous about getting on the bike again, and I took it pretty easy. Prior to back surgery I was bumped up to the "A" class in harescrambles due to class finishes and points in the "B" class.

I'm coming off of a 2007 KTM 250 xcw two stroke, which I really liked.

I only rode for about 15 minutes, and I wasn't very aggressive.

Power: plenty for me at this point....very linear...easily lifted the front wheel.....I never really tested the over rev.....definately not as aggressive as the two stroke, but it felt like I could easily race this bike....more power than I expected...less engine braking than the KTM 250xcf.

Suspension: very limited testing, but the front end was definitely more plush than any KTM I've ever rode...no deflection thus far....needs more testing to give an accurate judgment, but so far I think it is going to be very good.

Handling: Not enough info, but it felt very light for a four stroke.....seemed to turn very easily, dare I say better than my old two stroke? possibly.

Clutch: easy pull, consistent, easy to get into nuetral

Brakes: so far so good.

Complaints: None yet!

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nice lookin' bike dude

I love my 400...raced a hare scramble today..more of an enduro guy but enjoyed the 400 on some big power grabbing hill climbs, just installed the Leo Vince full system and wow it pulls longer and stronger!! also with the new tubliss tire concept that I tried today for the first race,,,10 lbs of air for the velvet conditions and it hooked up everywhere! very impressed with the new tubliss tire system!! enjoy your 400!!:lol:

nice lookin' bike dude

Thanks. gollum...gollum :lol:

I love my 400...raced a hare scramble today..more of an enduro guy but enjoyed the 400 on some big power grabbing hill climbs, just installed the Leo Vince full system and wow it pulls longer and stronger!! also with the new tubliss tire concept that I tried today for the first race,,,10 lbs of air for the velvet conditions and it hooked up everywhere! very impressed with the new tubliss tire system!! enjoy your 400!!:lol:

Cool....its nice to know there is a good power mod out there if I ever need it.

I see you have the Gutz seat allready.Makes a huge diffrence.

Ya, just looking at the stock seat made my butt hurt.

It's about time you got the Garage Queen out on the dirt....:ride::moon:

but she's looking good.:p

Ya, I had to do something he was looking pretty sad. BTW, he likes to think of himself as a garage King. :p

Hopefully, we'll be able to retire that name soon.....maybe Trail King. O.K., I admit it that was pretty :ride:

I rode again today for about 30 minutes.

I thought to myself the jetting seems too rich, and it seemed a little bit doggy at times. Overall it ran O.K., until I stopped in the woods and tried to restart it. It seemed like the plug was getting fouled. I went back to the house and figured I better clean it up to rejet it. I went ahead and put a new plug in and it fired right up, cool. Washed it, fired it up again, and it sure seemed to be ideling high. Duhhhhhhhh! No wonder it fouled a plug, I rode it for a half hour with the choke on. I guess it ran pretty damn good for having the choke on for 30 minutes.

For the record ,I live in SoCal.We have the Best Beta dealer.I'm not talking crap i see the plaque every time i go thier,Friends of mine..I bought the first Beta he sold..Well enough about me..His son,good kid and some of our local District 38 racers did the San Felipe 250 today,5th OA 4th in class.Tomorrow they will be back to compete in the National Hare & Hound..Beta on The Map.....:)

For the record ,I live in SoCal.We have the Best Beta dealer.I'm not talking crap i see the plaque every time i go thier,Friends of mine..I bought the first Beta he sold..Well enough about me..His son,good kid and some of our local District 38 racers did the San Felipe 250 today,5th OA 4th in class.Tomorrow they will be back to compete in the National Hare & Hound..Beta on The Map.....:)

Best Beta Dealer in the other half of the state..in N. CA you look no further than RPS in Shingle Springs!! :banghead:

Well, 2 Beta's in the top 20 this weekend at the National Hare&Hound. Craig Smith and Cameron Corfman. Even after Cameron Did the San Felipe 250 the day before.

I got the Beta RS 450 from Chip at Threat Racing because of the results they were getting with them at the races. I almost got the new KTM but i didn't want to go with the first year all new engine design.

Best Beta Dealer in the other half of the state..in N. CA you look no further than RPS in Shingle Springs!! :banghead:

I second that... Mark & Cliff Cook of RPS are great people to work with :)

Is this 400 the same motor in the 09' XC-W?

No All the Beta motors are the RFS Models The new KTM 400 is the newer Ktm model.

I rode again today for about 30 minutes.

I thought to myself the jetting seems too rich, and it seemed a little bit doggy at times. Overall it ran O.K., until I stopped in the woods and tried to restart it. It seemed like the plug was getting fouled. I went back to the house and figured I better clean it up to rejet it. I went ahead and put a new plug in and it fired right up, cool. Washed it, fired it up again, and it sure seemed to be ideling high. Duhhhhhhhh! No wonder it fouled a plug, I rode it for a half hour with the choke on. I guess it ran pretty damn good for having the choke on for 30 minutes.

:usa:

Its good to see the legendary KTM RFS motor lives on....

From what I have read about the newer motors that replaced the RFS I would say you made the right choice going with team Beta.:thumbsup:

My old 525 RFS bike was bulletproof. Man I loved that bike until the trail got real tight and technical then it became a struggle. The 400 should keep that struggle to a minimum! Plus it just reeks of solid build quality, a good thing in an era of questinable designs and unproven stuff.

My old RFS bike....I really miss this bike everytime I ride across anything fast and rough!

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That's a GOOD looking KTM!

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