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Posted April 24, 2016
I have a 12' 350 rr that the former owner used and abused.. I'm shocked that the plastic gears didn't go since those gears were way over spec. The plastic gears are common in many bikes.. but I went and got some boano steel gears to make sure that it lasts since I'm refurbishing my 350 now.... post some pictures later if you have time later!!! anyway I like these bikes too.. especially in single track..
Posted April 26, 2016
I love my 2011 400 rs. However, I did have the gears fail and that caused an engine failure. I had to have the whole top end redone. Very frustrating. What was most frustrating was that I had never missed a maintenance. I do most of my own maintenance and I also take the bike into the shop for bigger issues. The issue was that the plastic gears were never mentioned as a maintenance item or issue. I was unaware of it as was my local shop, which mostly does KTM's.
In any event, at around 335 hrs the gears let go and the engine cooked.
This is actually the comical part. During the rebuild when ordering parts, Beta North America told the shop that they were updating their maintenance schedules to include the plastic gears and that the gears should be inspected or replaced at 50 hours if racing the bike and 100 hours otherwise. Good to know. Would've been better to know earlier or when I read the manual after buying the bike.
Anyway the rebuild went smoothly, and I broke in the new engine THEN I read on Thumper Talk about the Boana Beta metal alloy gears. That would have also been good to know before, especially before the rebuild. My local BMW dealers are also the Beta dealer here (the Reno/Tahoe area). So off I went. When I got there the parts manager told me that he had just finished reading an alert on the plastic gears and the Boano Beta metal gears. It sounds like I was just behind the information curve.
Not wanting to deal with this anymore I bought the Boana Beta gears because I never want to face this issue again and installed them myself. They were very easy to install. I have about 20 hours on the metal gears and the bike runs smooth as silk.
All in all it was a bit frustrating but I'm the philosophical type and look at it as a learning experience.
Also, now that my Beta is back in shape I'm thrilled. I also have an 04 KTM 450 exc but with the Beta back I rarely swing a leg over the KTM.