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    Poor guy looks like he is regretting not racing the outdoors. [emoji12]
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    So I'm one of the local tracks recently waiting for racing to begin. I'm trying to read up on proposed improvements to next years motocross bikes and my Wife is going on about something or another but I'm not quite sure what it was. I know I heard the words foreclosure and Sheriff and something about being forcibly removed, but I was distracted. Pulling into a nearby spot is an unbelievable race rig with a matching trailer in tow. Although I am at the track every week, I have not seen this particular cashhole before. I ponder the possibility that this is a current or retired famous pro rider traveling the country in secret to try out new tracks and surprise adoring fans. Is it Dungy? Charmichael? Villopoto? McGrath? After the air brake blew out the ear drums of some little kids playing in the sand nearby, out comes a man and woman with Factory KTM pit gear on. "Testing 1-2-3" one says into a headset with a microphone. Thumbs up from the other. Communication;Check. Little kids running around screaming holding their ears;Check. With the dramatic entrance complete, slide outs extended, and headsets working, its time to roll out the equipment. Many side stretched motocross eyes have fallen upon the developing pit site who's stewards are moving with the sense of purpose and authority of a Federal Hazmat team. Up go's the KTM tent and it looks like a factory mechanic is checking the spark plug gap on the power washer. Weird. These guys are serious. It looks like about a dozen people have gone into the trailer. Its starting to resemble one of those clown cars. I can hear the sound of an air compressor, tool chest draws shutting. As the bike rolls out, I feel the collective air come out of a hundred people. Its a 50cc KTM pisser! WTF! My testicles shrivel into a raisin in protest. Well OK, after a few wrinkles straightened, I decide to go with optimism, after all, a super talented mini rider is fun to watch. Maybe I can pick some brains and take in some knowledge for my own kids benefit. Moments before the first moto, I first lay my eyes on the center of all this commotion. I'll call him little Mikey Moto, 9 or 10 years old. As he surveys his kingdom and the commoners around the track, he looks like the type of kid who eats boogers and tortures animals for fun. With an air of indifference, he walks up to his mount which has already been warmed up for him by a KTM clad person who seemed unwilling to make eye contact with him. If this was his Father, he was not admitting to it. I was half expecting the kid to throw a sack of coins at the poor soul like they would in medieval times. There seemed to be some sort of problem with the clutch. After twice stalling the engine, the bike was flung on the ground and the kid started to kick dirt on it. With an obvious bike set up malfunction, the KTM team bound into action. A twist here and a wiggle there, and the problem seemed to be identified. A man who seemed to be in charge would continually stare at something on the bike while bringing his eyes closer, then further away. There seemed to be a consensus that whatever the problem, it was able to be fixed by staring at at intensely. Little Mikey Moto had calmed down and kept himself busy by scratching his name into the side of the RV with a rock while his KTM clad Mother said "Oh Don't" and walked away, presumably to make another highball. A quick wipe down of the bike and Mikey was off to the starting gate, this time with the help of a push so he could get used to the optical clutch adjustment. The intensity at the gate was palpable. Little Mikey stared down his opponents like ants he was getting ready to burn with a magnifying glass. I stood taking notes, not wanting to miss out on the chance to learn the highly sought after upper crust dirt techniques. He throttled that little 50 just like the pros do. It's go time and the starting gate sounds like a hive of angry killer bees flying at full speed ready to kill or be killed. The gate drops and all eyes are on the holeshot!! I'm not talking about the bikes, I'm referring to the parents running full speed from the gate, like a pack of wild hyenas, to the preferred viewing area, with Iphones and Ipads recording 15 inches from their face, while plowing down anything in their path. The winner of the 50cc parent holeshot went to a Tile Mechanic named Joe who was wearing a t shirt with his kids name and race number. He was able to win the holeshot while carrying a push broom, foot blocks, a camcorder, and an umbrella while simultaneously screaming GOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! By the time he stopped, his temples had pounding veins protruding and bulging eyes that resembled a bulls immediately after castration. He almost ended up in second, but the other guy had to stop and take a couple of Nitroglycerin pills. God Bless them!! Anyway back to Mikey. After the standard 20 bike pile up in the first corner, I search the pack for our newest Factory KTM Phenom. I don't see him. I follow what looks likes long s in the track from the starting gate into a bale of hay, where Mikey is laying on the ground getting attended to by Medics. After some fuss, little Mikey finally got up to a rousing applause the likes of which I have not heard since 3am during Big & Tall night at the local strip club. Anyway, after an animated discussion with Mom, Mikey stomped off and away down the driveway to the track. The KTM crew was huddled around the bike in intense discussions about what went wrong and what changes could be made. I believe the final determination was that the addition of anodized valve stem caps was what threw off Mikeys balance. I made notes about this so that I would not make the same mistake. I decided to try to help the situation and asked the Mom if she wanted me to go after Mikey and bring him back. She replied that he had simply gone home. Seeing that I was puzzled she explained they only lived two houses down from the track.
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    Worked his trade for 20 years and retired a millionaire with a smoking hot wife. Sorry lads, I see no regrets ever.
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    I hear and see so often that it is way too difficult, people don't want to attempt repairs other than simple maintenance. A top end, and God forbid, a complete engine overhaul is way out of the question. I don't get it. They are mechanical parts. They don't do weird stuff and stuff outside the laws of mechanics and physics. I tell people that all the time, just get a factory service manual, some tools, and dive in. It can be very rewarding and sometimes even fun. I just don't get people that are afraid of repairing an inanimate object. So, you scared girly men, go for it!
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    Who cares what your quadtard buddies think... Ride your bike the way you want. Just be safe...
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    What a couple of fat slobs.... lol
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    Maybe Malcolm should have a real close look at Dean's work ethics and how putting fourth the effort can get you to where you want to be.
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    I found that riding pit bikes caused a significant increase in bad habits. I started drinking a lot, and didn't do the dishes for weeks. My hygiene really deteriorates and I become unacceptable to most people.
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    There is a HUGE difference in being cleared to ride around on a bike and actually train, practice and most importantly race. I know you guys are really hoping that Roczen will come back all ready to go but if he does race, and as of right now that's a big "IF", he will be nowhere close to what he was before the crash. Yes, reality sucks sometimes but it is what it is!!
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    If you're a technical woods rider like me, big, clunky knee braces just don't work for you. Over the years I've worn a multitude of inexpensive plastic knee/shin protection and while most did the job, some had migration issues while others rubbed my skin raw. Now in my mid 30s, I'm even more concerned with protection and support, but I still didn't want to commit to a huge, clunky robo-guard. But, when I saw the sleek new EVS Sports T.P. 199 Knee/Shin Pad, I had to try them. Designed for the lunatic himself (Travis Pastrana), the T.P. 199 Knee/Shin Pad has been positioned as, "For those looking for complete support without the bulk of a traditional knee brace." That's me! Patella protection comes from a hard outer shell with Reactive Memory Foam (RMF) behind it. RMF is normally flexible, conforming to your knee for a comfortable fit, stiffens upon impact, and immediately returns to a flexible state. Cool stuff! The main carrier body is made from bio foam because it can be thinner and is more flexible than traditional foams, yet still offers good protection. Migration is controlled by silicone strips on the inner sleeve and the integrated internal floating knee sleeve offers continuous support, even when the carrier body moves around. The T.P. 199 Knee/Shin Pad is secured to your leg by Velcro straps above and below the knee and is further held in place by your boot. Here's an exploded view the nicely shows each component and it's orientation. Exploded View of the EVS TP199 Knee/Shin Pad Out-of-the box, the EVS Sports T.P. 199 Knee/Shin Pads appear to be well constructed. The materials appear to be of good quality, the stitching looks top notch, and they're pleasing to the eye. I like em'! With a handful of good hard rides in, they're holding up extremely well with no visible signs of wear. Time will tell, but I expect them to last a good bit. When I first put them on, they reminded me of those simple compression knee braces. The inner sleeve really keeps them nice and snug. Once in place, they're super low profile. They're MUCH longer than I expected (18-ish inches), so if you don't wear over-the-boot pants like me, probably a good idea to put them off before your pants. However, I was able to pull my pant legs up just enough to still fasten the top Velcro strap. I put them on at home without my boots and walked around a bit to see how they felt. I got sucked into doing some work in the garage and pretty much forgot I was wearing them. With boots on, the feeling is the same. Unlike some of the cheapy units I've used, both on and off the bike, the T.P. 199 Knee/Shin Pads stay right where I put them and any protective gear you can forget you're wearing is comfortable. On the bike, the T.P. 199 Knee/Shin Pads don't restrict movement, but you do notice there is some added stiffness as part of the built-in support systems. However, I had no migration issues and they didn't interfere with my riding in any way. In terms of protection, thankfully I've not wadded it up while wearing them. About all I've noticed is that with cheapy pads, I can usually feel branches & other trail junk bouncing off my lower legs, something that was greatly reduced wearing the T.P. 199s. It would appear that the larger knee cap and RMF armor behind it do a lot better job absorbing impacts. About the only con that I can mention, is that they are a little on the warm side. It's summer time and there's a few more layers to these guards than the cheapies I've worn. However, given the increased protection, lack of migration, and comfort, an easy trade-off. Pros Compression sleeve support. No pad migration. Low profile design. All day comfort. Good value. Cons On the warm side for summer conditions. Russ's Bottom-line In my experience, the EVS Sports T.P. 199 Knee/Shin Pad is an excellent piece of safety equipment. Without the bulk of traditional knee braces, EVS has found a way to utilize high tech foams to provide good protection & support in lightweight, compact design that I genuinely enjoy riding in. If you're looking to move up from standard plastic $25 guards and into the world of getting a little older and caring about your knees, the T.P. 199 Knee/Shin Pads are a great way to increase the longevity of your riding days.
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    Went for a ride yesterday. Wasn't sure where to ride and chose a random trail I found on google maps. Figured it would eventually dead end and I'd find another trail nearby. To my surprise I spent all day there and got some semi-creepy stuff. I happened upon an old abandoned Paiwan (aborigine) village. Some workers were there cleaning up the land and students there surveying the village. It's a great story, but given the topic of this thread, let's jump to the creepy part. A middle aged man eventually shows up and we get to talking. He tells me this land used to be occupied by the Japanese as a mountain police station when they ruled Taiwan. Apparently they beheaded 400 to 500 people up here and put them on display. Zoom in on the first pic and you can see them in the picture I asked him if this place is still around and it is. He told me to drive my bike to a certain point and he'll meet me there. 5 min later we were walking up some really sketchy mountain stairs to this place. You can still see some of the skulls; though most seem to have returned to the earth. Really amazing the stuff you can chance upon when riding
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    What was the point of this thread again?? Once again it turns into an opportunity for Mog and Squid to dry hump KTM. Boring and predictable. Nothing like taking a place of potentially enjoyable conversation and turning it (repeatedly) into your own personal toilet. Time to grow up boys......
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    you got me.. I did not know and looked it up.. Nice read here - http://motocross.transworld.net/news/pierre-karsmakers-talks-with-a-legend/ Funny paragraph - I have a good one. I was training at Saddleback park during one of my two 45 minute motos and all of the sudden I got passed by a 125cc rider. So After my practice moto was complete, I parked at the mechanics truck and this guy that passed me stopped by and said, “Oh, you’re a factory rider, you’re not that fast!” and I said, “Yeah, you passed me.” Then I said, “Well, it’s because I am on a 490cc and it’s very slippery here at Saddleback Park. You have just a 125cc and you can throttle it on with better grip and all of that.” He replied with “Oh yeah? Why don’t we switch bikes then?” I then thought “Can I do that with a factory bike? Will my mechanic allow it?” So I asked my mechanic and he said “Yeah that’s ok, lets do it just for fun.” He was also riding a Yamaha, so we got on each other’s bikes about 20 minutes later to go race and he said, “You take the start and I’ll go behind you and we’ll see what happens.” So after maybe one or two laps he blew right by me. (Laughs) I couldn’t believe it, and after we pulled in he came up and said, “You see?! I’m faster than you are!” or something like that. That rider was a young Bob Hannah. Right away I knew I had to call our racing manager Kenny Clark and I told him we need to get this guy on our support program, he will be a good one for our team. He got in touch with him and that was how Bob Hannah got his first factory support ride.
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    I've done some some roadracing with my DRZ but never tried supermoto until this weekend. I did the AMA supermoto west event at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows CA. It wasn't a typical supermoto track...it was more like a tight roadrace track and I was familiar with the course. I entered the gp lightweight class which is limited to bikes 400cc or less I figured the DRZ might actually be able to compete in this class and I was correct...took home first place honors (there was a mix of 250 supermoto's and a couple 300 roadrace bikes) :). I also entered the +45 Vet class which is a very competitive class with some fast bikes . In this race I was able to use my wife's 434 DRZ hoping the little extra hp would help. I got a good start but quickly realized I couldn't match the speed on the straights. I was able to compete though...battled for 2nd place all race long...I was really fast in the dirt section and made passes there every lap only to get passed back on the pavement. Going in to the last lap I was in 2nd but got passed on a long back straight by one guy on a Husky450 then lost the drag race to the flag with the other guy on a KTM450 (I never did see the guy in first...he was on a 690 and checked out!) That being said....I'm pretty happy...I was on a DRZ! lol Sure it's under powered and heavy...but they handle great, you can ride the piss out of em...and ride it to work the next day!
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    Bikes are like guns, you can never have to many.
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    Well what can i say all the hours in the garage have paid off she sailed the mot with lots of staff attention .i cant explain how much i love these bikes the power and handles like a dream . Iv always wanted one reading the reviews and always having a noisey online , after viewing aload I decided the only way to find a good one Way to build it myself, and this is the result bloody made up , and the £21 add on to insure made my day
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    For the summer I am going to ride a new area every Saturday in Washington in search of new venues for the Ride For A Warrior Dice Ride and Raffles until the next event on Sept 15 and 16 near Ellensburg. This weekend is was Conconully. Conconully allows all ohv's to ride in the city and out to the trail systems. The trail systems are great for UTV's,Quad's and dual sport bikes. There is very little single track but what there is is awesome! They have a fantastic state park with air conditioned cabin rentals on the lake,50c showers and all the other facilities you would expect from a well maintained state park. Down town is across the street from the park. There is also other lodging available in and near the town. Next Saturday will be the Wenas green dot system near Naches. I will be staging from Barbeque Flats. Recommendations of other areas would be appreciated. Russ
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    It's that nature of the beast. There is another scam you didn't mention that you need to be on the lookout for. This happens alarmingly often to people with dirt bikes but I've had these people call me about a sport bike too. They will ask you to bring the bike somewhere and either rob you at gun point or take off on it during a test ride. Personally, I make people come to my house or to a police station after I've talked to them and felt them out. I make sure they understand I will shoot them in the face if they make 1 wrong move. Usually at that point the buyer either suddenly remembers he has something to do or says he wants to look at another bike 1st. Criminals don't want anything to do with police and certainly don't want to get shot. A legitimate buyer likely will just laugh and say " Don't worry, I'll have mine too". Remember, a honest buyer is just as worried about getting ripped off and doesn't immediately trust you either. It's pretty easy to tell when you are talking to a real buyer or a hood rat piece of trash. Use common sense and don't put yourself in sketchy situations and you will eventually sell it . Good luck.
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    You have a vehicle for sale. I assume you also have the title (or MCO/MSO). If a buyer wants to do a VIN search/carfax/mechanics check or whatever, that is on their dime. Period. You are doing nothing wrong.
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    Why would a guy pay 200k a year when the best trainer in Motocross lives under his roof training him for free? It would probably be the stupidest decision he could make.
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    Sunday 6am in Apple valley, erik and I will have the honor of hosting a exploration of sorts, ride. So far we have an esteemed guest with courageous credentials coming along. Last dog standing, we shall see!!! We got room for more, cause we do not expect anyone making it by the first hill and the trucks will be within 200 yards and we will film you tucking tail and running. We get great humor out of that, as we have no real life or respect for common decency. If for some reason you are able to accomplish the first climb we will reward you with compliments of your great "prowness". Then we will talk of how the dirt has never been better and that you probably couldn't have made it on any other day. Facts of the ride. 2 of the hills have never been made, ever. We will make new trails where no man has gone before. I hope I don't get too tired.
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    Get out. You make too much sense and you're too reasonable. You have no place here in Smack Talk Racing.
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    Just picked up a 2017 Beta 390RS last week and was able to put a couple hundred miles on it on an annual week long trip to North Central Oregon. Just a bit of background. I am a 47 year old vet A/B rider. No more racing, but put on about 1000-1500 miles of Oregon/Washington trails a year. Most of my riding is 2nd-3rd gear flowing singletrack or woods. I've owned a ton of bikes over the years including several Gasgas and KTM's. The bike I just sold to purchase the Beta was a 2009 KTM 300XC that I had built over the winter for our NW riding. I had been intrigued by the Beta 390 for a couple of years after Chilly White's reports and now that the 390 is factory plated, I was thinking it was time to pull the trigger. I've never bought brand new, so I did a ton of research and was nervous about the purchase. Luckily, my brother (HRR) has a '15 Beta 250rr and I have spent a ton of time on that bike and love what Beta has done in creating solid performers right out of the box. The Beta's just seem built for woods riding and are well sorted and unlike other brands, don't need much in terms of mods. So, my initial impressions after 200 miles of awesome Oregon riding. One word: AWESOME!!! This bike is so amazing in so many ways. It just performs so solidly right out of the box. I knew it would be nice, but I was honestly shocked at how nice it really is. The first thing that hits you is the perfect motor. The FI is spot on with zero hits, bogs, hestitations, etc. It has plenty of grunt and transitions nicely with a great linear smooth pull into the mid where there's some nice pop. It feels similar to a 300 2-stroke in the low end grunt but is so smooth and perfect electric like power delivery. It never hurts you, but isn't boring, if that makes sense. It's like goldie locks said "This one is just right". I did a couple of nice technical steep hillclimbs and the motor can tractor up anything you point it at and never flames out. I think I killed it twice over the 200 miles from simply riding 3rd into a downhill corner, then slamming on the brakes to an almost complete stop, without using any clutch. This bike does not need a Rekluse! There is also very little engine braking as well which surprised me and made the transition from my 300XC take about 10 minutes! Next is the handling. I am amazed at how nimble and light feeling this 390 is. You can toss it around and change lines with ease. It isn't a 2-stroke, but it is a great handling bike that has great trail manners. Its very balanced and stable, yet flickable at the same time. This is not easy to accomplish, but Beta has done a fantastic job with the chassis and the bike handles terrific. I did some singletrack and lots of 2-track, and it handles both with ease. The suspension was a pleasant surprise. My KTM 300XC was equipped with Kreft worked closed cartridge suspension which was the best suspension I had ridden to date. I had read a lot of reviews on the Sachs and my brother's '15 forks were not that great out of the box. But, is was very surprised on how well the '17 Sachs suspension works. Its very plush and absorbs rocks very well. There's virtually no deflection from the forks which is a real surprise after riding the '15 250rr and experiencing quite a bit of deflection from those forks. The shock seems great with the rear end never kicking out. I am 225 lbs, so I am too heavy for the springs, yet I never had any bottoming. I adjusted the compression in the forks 2 clicks harder and that took care of the forks slightly dipping into turns. I think if I loose a few more lbs., this suspension is going to work just fine. Overall ergos. The bike is laid out wonderfully and feels comfortable right from the start. I put on Flexx bars before ever riding it, but the bike is extremely comfortable and balanced. I am 5'10" and the low seat height and slightly smaller feel of the bike suits me perfectly. Overall, I am so impressed with what Beta has done here with the 390. This is a great package and will work perfectly for my riding skills and terrain. I cant wait to hit more woods with this bike! Kuddos to Beta for creating the perfect middle-aged clubman level bike. Plus its plated, so Ill be enjoying some dual sporting locally as well with Mt Hood Nat'l forest literally 5 miles from my front door! Couldn't be more excited and very happy with my purchase! Here's a short little video of my initial reaction:
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    I have always been somewhat of a loner and prefer smaller groups. And in my 4x4 days, don't think we ever went with a group of vehicles. Often went alone. There are times when the solitude is great. Will likely lift my Jeep, install skid plates, and throw in the portable 12 volt winch when my riding skills deteriorate. I feel safer going to out of the way places by myself in an enclosed vehicle, and my dog can go with me! But for the time being, will stick with the Honda! Don't know how much longer my skills will hold out!! I'll be 76 next month.
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    So, first I probably should apologize for my comments on another thread started by an owner expressing their discouragement with their new Beta. I should have kept my comments to myself. Here is my frustration and hopefully it translates as not coming across as a grumpy old man which it may As the proud owner of a new Beta I am excited about the bike and brand. I've owned many other brands and am not what I would consider a brand loyalist. I really loves the 4 Gasgas I've owned as well as my 8 KTM's. I am passionate about every aspect of the sport and have been riding since I was 10, so 37 years now, yikes! I love working on my bikes, trail maintenance, events, and mostly riding with my family and friends. I have been a forum member on this and other forums for 10+ years and have enjoyed the information and sharing that occurs on forums. Over the past several years I have felt the tone of many forums have changed and the good natured back and forth, and more importantly, the sharing of quality information specific to bikes and riding, has changesd to more of an negative overall feel and interactions become attacks and challenges. I realize this is a cultural aspect as well and not isolated to dirt bike forums. I understand that a lot of guys are a bit older, buy the latest and greatest bike and then mod the heck out of it because they have the $ and are more into that aspect rather than just riding. Often this group is the most vocal and tend to spin threads in a direction that is not productive, in that, this group tends to trash anything stock and make it known that you're foolish to not do their mods, run their carb or jetting, run their tires, etc. I find that tiring and appreciate much more the approach that Barry on the Crosstraining YouTube Channel uses in sharing information. I was hoping for a bit of a refresh on this site here in the Beta section in terms of more of a sharing of productive information regarding these Betas performance, mods, ride reports, etc. after the frustrations on other sites wrought with negative and confrontation threads. I understand that there is a good amount of theses type of threads here and I will focus more on those threads rather than the more confrontational threads. It seems there's a fair amount of good guys here who are sharing some great information that is a huge help to myself and others. That I really appreciate and will try to fucus more on these types of threads rather than wasting my time arguing and being non productive. So, apologies for the negative posts and looking forward to tons of great miles enjoying this new fantastic Italian princess!
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    For those of you wondering, I'll show off my trailer. Most people tell me they love it, but they're laughing at the same time. [emoji20]. What's up with that?!? But it's all fun. I laugh, too.
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    Al Gore did a lousy job of building the internet
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    As some of you know I sold my 2015 YZ250FX a couple months back and replaced it with a 17’ Beta 250RR. I always liked this sub forum and the help you all provided during my FX days. Good group of people here. I thought I would post up a short review between the two bikes since I’m quite comfortable on the Beta now. I owned my FX for little over a year and put a lot of money into the bike setting it up exactly how I wanted. The same now has gone into the Beta. Both bikes took a bit to adjust to. However, the Beta I think has taken a little more setup to get it right. Now that it is dialed here are my impressions. Design / Body: There is no doubt (IMO) that the Beta is the better looking of the two bikes. It has a sleeker more trimmed profile and definitely catches the eye. The Beta looks like a higher end bike and the parts definitely give off that look of being more expensive. That said, I feel like the FX is a little more stout and can take hits a bit better. Especially with the plastics, the Betas are thin and feel flimsy. They scratch and crease easy and just don’t have that robustness of the Yamaha’s. I also really like that the graphics are infused into the Yamaha plastic. I really do like the look of the FX, just not as much as any of the Betas. Chassis: The Beta does feel closer to the Yamaha ergo wise than the KTM (other than height). The way the bikes ride is noticeably different though. The Beta wants you more in an aggressive position. It prefers you standing over the bars when turning. If sitting, it likes you up on the gas tank. On the FX I could sit neutral on the seat and really carve the bike hard into corners. When I first got the Beta I tried to ride the bike the same way and it just didn’t work. It would want to track straight instead of turning. I also notice that I stand a lot more when riding the Beta than I did with the FX. I think the FX made me lazy with its ability to turn so easy from a comfortable seated position. One thing I didn’t like about the FX was how tall it was. And I’m 6’2” for reference. The weight was carried high on the bike and It showed in the tighter stuff. That said, the Beta was way too low when I got it. I immediately ordered a taller seat to offset this. Suspension: In the Beta’s defense the forks have got better as they have broke in. However, they were really bad at first. Mainly at flowy speed chop type stuff. It was really harsh here. When you got into the slow tight stuff it felt plush, but anything with speed it was harsh. This is where the FX easily beats the Beta. On the FX I felt so comfortable railing through choppy sections and hitting square edges. On the Beta I find myself less comfortable. When it comes to the shock I actually really like the Beta’s. Nice and plush and responsive to adjustments. Id say they are a tie here. Im hoping to get the suspension (forks) sorted at the end of summer to try and get them on par with the KYB. Motor: Both are fantastic. The FX is the best 4 stroke motor I have ridden to date. Super smooth and easy to manage. Fast for a 250F and it would pull anything I threw at it. Super reliable and fun to tweak with the power tuner. The 250RR has a lot more power, and I mean ALOOTTTT. This took some getting use to and had me really focusing when first learning the bike. The goal was to not fly off the trail every corner. Despite the FX being responsive to different fuel and ignition mapping, I feel like when adjusting the Beta’s power (map switch, power valve) the differences are more defined. For easibility I have to give the edge to the Beta as it doesn’t cost anything, and it takes all of 5 seconds to adjust its power characteristics. Riding: Here in the PNW we often find ourselves in tight woods single track with roots, rocks, mud, hills, logs and varying weather. For this riding alone the Beta wins for me. You can tell this bike was designed for the slow going, obstacle driven trails. The weight is carried much lower, it has more power for quick blips, and it feels more balanced when turning slowly. That said, once the trails open to flowy single track with bumps, whoops, and some speed the FX takes over. The FX just gave me so much confidence when railing at speed. So smooth, balanced and tracked straight when needed. The Beta’s suspension struggles when compared here, and the bike likes to dance more. Overall, each bike has their strengths, but for what I ride primarily the Beta takes the win. Sum: All I can say is I like both bikes a lot for different reasons. The Beta took more time to set up and get comfortable on. Also more money. However, once setup it has proven more comfortable for the type of riding I find myself generally doing. Until I noticed this, the FX never gave off the impression that it was holding me back. Its just that the Beta does it better. So to some it up: On the faster more flowy trails I prefer the FX. For technical the Beta. Visually the Beta wins for me. Robustness, the FX is more stout and takes hits better. After market support goes definitely to the Yamaha, though the Beta isn’t bad. Suspension, Yamaha definitely gets it in the forks, the shock is a wash between the two. Motor is a preference thing. I like both motors a lot compared to other brands. Overall both bikes are great and I would of loved to keep the FX if I could of financially justified it. If anyone has any questions feel free to hit me up.
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    2006 YZ 250 Bills Pipe and Silencer with Bills Pipes motor work. Yellow and gold Cycra Plastics. Graphics by Elusive Graphics
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    Two old geezers were seen riding at Spillway ORV park today outside Manhattan, Ks. Someone said they were both over 70 years old!
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    Based on the title of this thread, I thought you knew my wife.
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    living the life of a true champion
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    He did a straight up lawn dart with his face. Lucky his neck is intact... Flagger just sitting there with his thumb up his ass again...
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    I don't believe you.
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    A buddy and I did 720 miles in 72 hours on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery route this last week. Estimating that 80%+ of our route was off pavement. Well about 40 miles from nowhere I managed to pick up a nail. We leaned it over on the kickstand, jammed a broken off branch under the right side frame and then, because we didn't feel like unloading it, used a couple of ratchet straps to keep it from tipping over all the way to the kickstand side. Worked like a charm Back on the trail lickety split.
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    Picked up another KTM a few days ago , an 88 350 MXC Enduro ...Runs really well and in fairly decent shape ...except for the cobbled repair on the front brake mount. Fortunately , I have the 87 125 I picked up a few weeks ago to pillage needed parts from . This old Austrian gal runs like a scalded dog when she comes on the pipe . Needs chain and sprockets , a few little bobbles and bits , and to swap out the front end from the 125 . Looking forward to exploring the local trails here in Central Maine ASAP
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    Just wanted to pen something about the brethren of dirt bikers.... And in specific, this goofy crf230f forum... It is awesome all the help that is given in the way of information sharing and tech help that so many take the time to give... And now I have my first dirt bike friend from Alaska... I was looking for some viable remote reservoir xr/xl shocks on eBay... Found one that was missing the adjuster knob on the reservoir... I asked if anyone had a spare knob since Honda doesn't stock one anymore... And OssaGP said I could have a whole shock assembly for the price of shipping... I am grateful to the point being embarrassed over his generous hook up...!! Plus now I know who to hunt with when I go for Alaskan Game...lol... Thank you to all of you sharing the gift of knowledge... Adnohguy... VortecCpi... stevethe... Chuck... Baja Trail Rider... Baja Rambler... Confederate... Metric Muscle... 1gr8builder...NEODS... Ricky Racer...And many others... And a grateful shout out to OssaGP for ending my shock function and pricing hatred...
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    I haven't read any of Ryan's work. Any recommendations? Being top 5 he must be spewing Hemingway type shit
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    Funny story about the Cherokee I bought last week. Jeep ran great, we headed home from Grand Junction. We got to Montrose and stopped for lunch. I went to restart it and it would start and immediately die. Tried like 5 times. We were like, oh crap, now we have to go back to GJ and kick the guy's ass. Turns out I was trying to start the Jeep with the spare key that didn't have a chip in it.
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    It's not for everybody, for sure. There are people who need their toolboxes welded shut. Shops and dealers exist for these people. It's kind of intimidating too, if you've never done it before and don't know what to expect. There's tips/tricks to doing it and doing it right. Once you've been inside an engine or two, you start to realize it's not all that complicated. Makes it easier to troubleshoot/diagnose problems when they occur too.
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    They are not worth very much. I would find someone that truly needs them, and let them have them. That's just an option.
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    Happy 4th of July everyone! Hope everyone has a good day! [emoji312]??[emoji312]??[emoji312]
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    Hey Krannie that was a fun ride! Thanks a bunch guys! Nice to meet you RallyeX. I ran out of gas 10 miles from home. &%$#@!! Hid the bike in a gully. Walking out of the gully to the road, the *first* car that came by stopped for me. I didn't even put my hand up! Young Jeff from Saugus backtracked to drive me to my house where I grabbed a gas can, and drove me back to the bike! He's a rider too. We swapped numbers so we can go riding sometime. Dirt bikers are good people.
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    I do like that about Tomac, he is old school get the job done keep the blah blah to a minimum.
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    Baby GOOOOOOOAAAAAAATTTTTTTT! Reasserts his dominance... Let it be noted that I've never loosened my grip....[emoji3]