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  1. 16 points
    Beta has loaned me both the 2020 300rr and 200rr bikes to ride and review, here is my first ride on the 300rr at my local trails.
  2. 15 points
  3. 10 points
    So I dropped by my local Beta dealer today to see if the 20’s had arrived. Not yet, but I know what I want after the demo day so this happened. Deposit paid delivery Mid Feb. then Braaapp
  4. 10 points
    Yeas, just because your plastics are a bit scratched doesn't mean the bike can't be in great mechanical shape and not filthy. My almost 17 year old XR with a zillion hard hours on it.
  5. 10 points
    Who's worried about that? I'm more concerned with two legged creatures, and having something available if an overnight is possible. Having a weapon, keeping it concealed and knowing it's shortcomings is a positive in my book.
  6. 9 points
    This is my first ever new bike, picked it up this morning. On the way: FMF Turbinecore 2.1 Acerbis Offroad Skid plate Polisport Swingarm Guards UNI Air Filter Some numbers
  7. 9 points
    I haven't met Greg (PNW Enduro), but do live in the same area and have not met Kyle @ DBC. We are lucky to have a number of sources to get reviews and opinions from on equipment. It is sometimes hard to get a real opinion from someone who does not have something to directly gain from their opinions. Likely most of you are have a little fun at DBC expense and that's fine to a point, but I think he comes across as a guy that is a decent rider and tries to give a fairly unbiased opinion. Whether you are a better rider than him or maybe not as good that shouldn't matter. As his followers and likes and all the YT crap keeps mounting it must be hard not to play to public needs to keep the likes and followers growing. Similarly, PNWE has noted it's a loaner bike from Beta and he will get some seat time and try to provide some real feedback to those interested. In comparing the riding of both DBC and PNWE , I would give the nod to PNWE in bike handling. That said both riders are more capable than I am. I remember watching some videos on local trails from the likes of Pitbull, Megs Brapp and PNWE and thinking the trails don't look too hard. Then once I progressed a little and got to ride some of the same trails and had my butt kicked I realized how much better riders they are then what shows from a video. We all know the saying the camera never truly shows how hard a trail is. All that to say DBC is still a pretty good rider and having never ridden the trails in Utah, CO and other area he rides it hard to know the true difficulty in the trails. I also think that most of us are a little jealous of the like of DBC of PNWE as we get out to ride once a week or a couple of times a month and usually on the same trails we always ride. Not many get to ride the variety of locations that DBC or PNWE do on either new bikes or bikes that mftrs are sending to us to ride for free and provide our opinion. Hell I know I am. Hopefully I can retire in the next few years while the body is still young enough and ride in all these fantastic locations and have 1 or 2 or 3 bikes to play on. Until then we can always enjoy the content put out by PNW or DBC or many of the others regardless of their pitch.
  8. 9 points
  9. 8 points
    Loved the bike all summer. Now riding in the winter!! It is....different.
  10. 8 points
    I don't see any reason to beat your bike to shit... Plan your riding better
  11. 7 points
    How smooth is the counterbalance on the new Beta's and is it a factor on the trial? My "highly scientific" test will find out.
  12. 7 points
    Still way too much bike. Consider the TTR or XR. Ride for a year or two then upgrade if you are a good rider. Do not let your ego write checks you ability cannot cash.
  13. 7 points
    Great story dude! Bob, your being kinda of a dick, no?? Let the man enjoy......
  14. 7 points
    This thread has taken a bad turn. If the OP was using oil from the 1970’s mixing it might be a problem but it’s 2020 now.
  15. 6 points
    It is bittersweet that I'll have had the 2017 500 RR-S since new on 02/22/2017. I remember finally deciding to BYOB sometime in 12/2016 or right after new years 01/04/2017 then waiting. The bike has been nothing short of incredible since new. I did another engine, xmission and oil filter change today as I'm now at 310 hours and some 4550 miles. I also adjusted/tightened the chain as I'm still on the original chain and sprockets. The valve cover has never been off and the valves have not been checked. The Rekluse Radius CX has been great. I still have the G2 quick turn throttle/cam and the Jimmy Twister and the Hammerhead 10mm shorter gearshifter along with the Brembo break-back brake and clutch levers. I'm keeping the wheels on it for this winter and riding to and from work and have only missed about 4 days of riding since March for they were snow/ice days but if the roads are dry, no matter how cold, I'm riding to and from work, the 11 mile roundtrip, 4.5 miles to work and 6.5 miles home. I had decided to ride this winter as we got two new snowmobiles and as the snowbiking was a completely selfish, but so, so much fun-endeavor, as I only have one bike, I had to sacrifice riding to and from work and snowmobiling vs the Camso DTS 129 kit. I'd love to get a 2020 Gen2 RR-S or a 2021 and just leave the 2017 500 RR-S a snowbike or, if someone comes out with a bike like the Alta Redshift EXR, or better . . . . . . until then, I'm going to be happily riding this bike all winter, on the street and come spring, once the trails open, we'll all be out on the dirt again. This afternoon was mild and all the unplowed snow in the road was a blast to play in.
  16. 6 points
    eBay has always been, buyer beware! Loads of deceit.
  17. 6 points
    I most certainly do not want to advocate for DH helmets where DOT should be worn instead. My thinking (and what I gleaned from others who suggested) is that pro downhillers who trust their lives to these helmets are exposed to more risk than certain types of dirt bike riding, which in my case is mostly singletrack (not MX) and rarely very high speed, so the protection is adequate...and that the reduced heat exposure a risk reduction benefit (albeit of a different kind) as well, but for dual sport or those with higher impact risks, conduct your own research.
  18. 6 points
    The only advice i got from bike guys whom i know personally was, "buy only KTM and only brand new..." I'm getting back in on a shoestring budget with a mortgage and my wife and i are still engaged in a lot of philanthropy down in Central America where she is from. I was only working with $1,000.00. I was finding all kinds of nice, late-model bikez, but with blown gearboxes or seized engines, so i kept moving. In that price range, i was looking at a super clean (and well maintained) 1982 CR250, (asking $700) but the magnesium side covers and water reaction - and a $500.00 aluminum replacement - turned me off. One guy had a super sanitary 2001 CR125 punched out to 144cc with different reed, chamber, jet kit...and it was a gorgeous bike and only $1,200.00 asking price, but i just had this feeling there was something wrong, though i couldn't tell you what it was. I looked at a clean 1998 Husaberg FE350. These are the revised oil pump models and a big upgrade from the 'splash only' pre-98's, but scarce and somewhat expensive parts turned me off to that one. The last one i was considering was a 1987 Suzuki DR200. It was a clean survivor, but i am 6'3" x 210lbs, and i thought more seat height/suspension travel might be good for me. I don't own a truck and finding a buddy with a schedule as flexible as mine was tough, especially for some bikes as far away as Camarillo. So, since i literally live on a mountainside, and just on the other side of that Mountain is the high desert, i concentrated on bikes close enough to me that i could ride home. Hesperia is only 20 minutes from me on the freeway and i used to live there before moving to Miami in 2012, so i knows all the dirt roads. The XR500R seemed like a good platform. It was decent, though not pristine. I'd prefer disc brakes, but at least its my first Mono Shock!! I fit really comfortably on this bike and it feels really agile for its size when weaving ruts and rocks. Over bumps, its comfortable too. Power wise, let me just say it's got enough to pull me and some equipment/gear. I feel like i want to gear it down lower. I need to count teeth, but i am not worried about top speed and would rather have pulling power. Gotta find a skid plate, new chain, roller/sliders, a better used RH side cover, and i want to put in better brake lining.
  19. 6 points
    Yep...my bone with DBC, is that it seems if he thinks he's an authority on dirtbike stuff. At the risk of sounding like an arrogant doucher, some of us have forgotten more than he'll ever know. I respect the skill that he has so far accomplished, but I'm friends with pro's that are many times the rider he is, yet never brag about it.
  20. 6 points
    Does every tiny thing need regulated by CARB? This is some chicken and egg stuff. No, everything doesn't need to be political, so if idiot libs would stop trying to make it that way, we'll stop bitching about their constant overreach. Here's the deal. "Your" political views suck. I don't care who is the "your" in this case... they simply suck because they aren't "mine". That's the culture we live in. Dirt bike riding is one hell of a nice escape from the "your's" and the "mine's" and this state happens to be a pretty good place to get out and do that. I concede that access and large institution over-reach is something worth noting and being concerned about. However, blasting into an echo chamber doesn't do squat other than inject the same bull shit polarized rhetoric that both sides are latching onto. I am a transplant into this state, and prior to living here, I was born, raised and lived in 4 of the most conservative states in this country. The idiocracy is no less prevalent in those states than it is here. Again, "your" views vs "mine". I'm fortunate enough to have grown up racing cars, mountain bikes, horses and motorcycles. The one consistent thing between all of those is that regulation is growing and access is diminishing. CARB, isn't your enemy. Liberals, aren't your enemy. If anything is threatening dirt bikes (and mountain bikes) it's access and land managers. CARB is just a flawed tool that is being used to push an industry along... whether it's forward or backward is obviously up for debate... but it doesn't change the fact that the biggest and most immediate threat to your recreation is diminishing access, and growing user base. CARB is essentially a red herring here that is just one piece of the growing access concerns for recreation and access to wide open places. Technology, development and the community will always adapt and overcome stupidity. Just like how dumb gun laws get written by people that don't know or understand gun laws, and the industry continues on and navigates it. Same thing with healthcare or chose any other thing where elected officials make decisions for all of us. That's the fish bowl we swim in... and no, yelling into an echo chamber isn't healthy, nor does it make anyone feel satiated. You're not going to give two shits which type of dirtbike is legal/illegal our obsoleted if you have no where to ride.
  21. 6 points
    Hey just thought I’d share some info and pictures on my 250x I picked up back in September. I have a bunch of trails And single track right behind my house which gives me no excuse to why I’m Currently only at 6 hours but that’ll change once the weather breaks. Currently have a bunch of Mods and clean “ bling “ it. Loving the bike , but due to rich jetting I haven’t gotten the full experience because I’m fouling plugs whenever I’m not ringing it out or I’m in the technical stuff too long but you guys have helped me a lot on what to do to properly jet in another forum, but here are some pictures and list of “ mods “. - Gnarly Pipe - GYTR Turbine Core 2 Silencer - Full Works Connection Clutch/Perch Assembly ( Stock cast lever bent then snapped after first 2 falls) - Boynsen Ignition and Clutch Covers - Acerbis Handguards, Brake Guard, Chain Slide, Frame Guard, Skid Plate -Polisport Swingarm Protectors - Works Connection Bling.. Rotating Clamps, Oil Cap, Resevoirs - Gripper Seat - GYTR Hour Meter - Free Flo Hose
  22. 6 points
    Ok I'll keep looking. Here is my 88 KX 250. It was a pile of parts. Even the trans was apart.
  23. 5 points
    Haha, just peeked over there. Hilarious! Kyle and his trunk monkey getting all defensive because someone is pressing them on a comments section of YouTube! Wow, a new low. Kyle being a real professional by getting on someone else's YouTube Channel and challenging remarks. Give me a break! Kyle being childish and thin skinned with his comments only further demonstrates his lack of appeal to many riders. BTW, anyone that defensive and worked up over the slight difference in CB is completely out of touch with what really matters in riding.
  24. 5 points
  25. 5 points
    Interesting take on DBC. I think his videos are good. Definitely well produced, definitely informative. He's not a pro and admits that he is sometimes the slow guy in the group. I relate to him and what he says more then I could ever relate to someone like Shane Watts or some other pro rider. I very much like and respect Shane, great guy, I took his class and he loaned me his bike when my POS ktm wouldn't start. But, he is at a level way above me when it comes to riding. Kyle at DBC, seems normal and relatable , and even records the mistakes that he makes and when he crashes. I like all the guys doing the reviews, ami's and pro's, even the TT reviewers like firffighter. But I don't take anybody's words as gospel. Its just opinions to take in and to help formulate my own opinion, which is required before I spend my own money.
  26. 5 points
    Philanthropy as in you're single handedly supporting her extended family? Nice. Yeah, put that shit on the back burner and buy a new Husqvarna. No Sir...her family is very proud and refuse to accept help of any kind, despite living in severe poverty. We have been putting in fresh water wells in a region that is affected by the drought. In and around Chakaraseca, in the state of Leon, there are only a few functioning wells, sometimes more than 50 miles apart. When we get a well going, it provides water for literally hundreds of families. TBTH, to me, that's better than a new Husky...
  27. 5 points
    A paid for dirt bike is a much smarter move than an over financed anything new just sayin
  28. 5 points
    Leave my wife out of this.
  29. 5 points
    What does it even matter? I like 2t and you like 4t and all we want to do is ride. We all love bikes. No matter what they are. It all comes down to who is the more skilled rider. That has nothing to do with what type of bike you have. I ride single track with 4t guys mainly. I’m faster then some and slower then others. LETS JUST RIDE! All bikes are making a come back here in se Tennessee. For years I didn’t know a person that rode. Now I see bikes quite often. It’s a good think to see. I don’t prefer riding alone.
  30. 5 points
    Not so. The 200 is NOT an "on-the-pipe bike". The power is linear and very controllable, with a lot of torque for a 200 engine. Some people are talking about the KX100 as a good transitional bike, and it is- as I have one modified for really tight trails. Well....guess what folks, I'm sitting here with a sore back from looping the KX100 out about a week ago. Even with a flywheel weight, it got the best of me while I was farting around doing wheelies. The Beta 200 is much more controllable when you whiskey throttle it....LOL.... I've yet to loop it! I don't know where you got your info, but the 200 engine is not a screamer...it likes low-to-mid the best with the capability of good run out if needed. Even when I'm jamm'n, it's pretty much the ample range of mid rpm's I'm using for best forward movement. As far as plonking around....it is very much at home there - and is excellent at it.
  31. 5 points
    I'd love to see 2-strokes make a comeback. I have a hard time believing it will happen though. Expect the worst, hope for the best...
  32. 5 points
    Ever break down and sit alone way into darkness waiting for parts to come back from camp? Bear, cat, wolves country, gets kinda creepy sitting there unarmed.
  33. 5 points
    I made a mount for my triple clamp that holds the soft holster for an old .38 special. I look at it as nothing more than a piece of mind against the long, cold, dark hike out of the woods from a broken bike, or the long, cold, dark night in the woods from a broken body. In those situations, I know I’d kick myself for not preparing with a firearm. But for an able body on an able bike, retreat is most likely your best defense.
  34. 5 points
    What I've found interesting is the shock is nowhere near as plush as my '14 no matter how I adjusted it. Now for the kiddies that always wants to know which bike is faster. Yesterday I went riding with my kids. We took the '20 300RE, the '14 300RR, my old 07 GasGas EC300 and a new '20 KTM 300 TPI. The slowest was the KTM, the fastest was the GasGas. We swapped around so it wasn't the riders. I absolutely would have never have guessed this. The GasGas is heavier and has a few hundred hours since I rebuilt it. It did have the cylinder ported, carefully measured squish and raised the compression. The '14 300RR was slightly quicker than the new one. Everything was geared the same except the '20 RE with a 13/48, the rest 13/52. Everybody noted the more mellow throttle control of the KTM versus all the carbed bikes. Even though it ran about the same as all the rest, it didn't seem as much fun. Thar being said the smoother throttle was nice for traction. I have to admit, as far as remarkably plush, the KTM won followed by the GasGas with a Sachs rear and 45mm Zokes in front all revalved by Les at LTR, then '14 RR with '15 fronts revalved by Steve. The '20 RE was the stiffest but I liked it better on drop offs plus not nearly the front end dive of the rest on downhills. If anything I found the rear to be a bit rough versus the KYBs in the front. Installing Tubliss Friday with 10 in front on a Fatty and four in the rear with the Arena Hybrid Gummy certainly made the RE more plush. All four bikes except the GasGas ran the same tires, pressure and Tubliss. I'd like to see a graph of the KYBs versus the Sachs measuring the spring rate as the forks compress. It certainly seems the KYBs, for whatever reason, are more progressive. I don't have much experience with closed chamber forks since the only other set I had, the junk red Zokes, made it less than 10 hours before eating themselves.
  35. 5 points
    There is no sense in trolling the guy for having an opinion. Kyle provided his initial thoughts of a new bike from an average riders perspective. If anyone one of us weekend hacks would have said the same things, it would not be getting so much attention. As much as i hate saying this Kyle does provide some valuable information for average riders to consider before they go buy a new 300 RE. Kyle`s ignorance to the purpose of the 300 RE is helpful cause it shows that this bike is meant for those who are going to ride a bike harder and more aggressively than the average rider. One of the things he does not do is explain that this is a all new bike. New frame, new suspension and a motor that has gone through a major change. All of that has to work together in order for the bike to work its best. These bike company`s do not ever get it perfect the first time when making that many changes. It has been said many times on this website that usually the bike is a lot better a year or 2 after major changes. People really need to keep in perspective who and what Kyle is and not get their panties in a bunch over everything he says.
  36. 5 points
    When you're in there, you should take apart the centrifugal oil filter & clean it out. A LOT of real fine debris, like silt will coat the insides of it & being behind an engine case, no one routinely cleans them. Check a manual & see if an "O" ring is involved. I just disassembled & cleaned one from a Honda 305 Dream and the ring was kind of petrified and crumbled.
  37. 5 points
    Kyle will like/dislike anything thats going to get him more views..
  38. 5 points
    I guess perspective comes as we get older, more experienced, and hopefully wiser. I was a road racer for many years. Spent more time and money than I want to admit. We raced production race bikes, Yamaha TZ250/Honda RS250. And did some races at the professional level... We always had pit bikes. Old beat up scooters, roached mini bikes, etc. The friend I raced with all those years and I always talk about how we had just as much fun, if not MORE fun rubbing elbows on those pit bikes as we did racing. Going maybe 15-20 mph. Your ego impatience will get you in trouble. My opinion is worth about $.02...I just don't want you to get hurt. Its the journey, not the destination.
  39. 5 points
    And it's funny. Everybody bashes Sachs and WP because a lot of people prefer a revalve when new. But when some Holy Grail KYB's come out with sh*tty settings, then it's "Well yeah... Everyone needs to tailor their forks to their preference."
  40. 5 points
  41. 4 points
    2020 300 RR RE - 18 hour (400km) report Rode today - mainly single trail - see attached GoPro edit. overall love this bike. Pros razor sharp steering in the tight lightness tractable responsive motor heaps of bottom end torque serviceability - easy removal of seat/tank/wheels etc standardised fastener sizes... great fit and finish replacement ICS has fixed front end firmness - deflection minimised. overall suspension remains firm for surviving bigger hits at speed. what vibration? Cons Fuel range - reserve at 62 km - added 1 litre carried in the pack - still only reached 92KM- so @ 10.5 Litres to 92km = 8.7 km per litre. (this is after setting the float level at 7mm from the throttle body and lowering the N2ZW needle to clip 2) 38P 165M. Would a 35P be the next step? Or should I go NECJ? Other comments - This forum rocks- Being new to Beta thanks for the great advice so far. There was a batch of faulty speedo cables - my RE had one. Dials lit up but no hours or KM recorded. Dealer replaced it straight away. Great dealer support so far here in Oz. Per manual - torque on rear axle nut is 130 NM. My massive torque wrench only goes up to 110 NM - that nut would be near impossible to remove on the trail with a ring spanner - discuss.... ditched the standard Metzler 6 days rear - OK in the dry but not good on slippery clay hills. Replaced with Shinko Cheater 525. This is not a bike for the average or unfit trail rider - they would be better of with the plushness of the RR - same great motor of course in RR and RE. As a lightweight race weapon the RE rocks.
  42. 4 points
    IMO, a paid for bike is the best bike. I don’t finance any of my toys. Nothing like the feeling of being debt free.
  43. 4 points
    97 125r?, Leave it stock, remember these bikes sell better with originality, if you want a alloy frame 125, sell yours and buy an alloy framed 125, don't ruin the poor thing...
  44. 4 points
    @Sierra_rider It's interesting that you mention your upbringing. Having only girls that rode (wife's son from a previous marriage wanted nothing to do with dirt bikes) we had to keep the bikes somewhat "tame" to work on skills and abilities. Both daughters having less brute strength than boys their age struggle with picking up bikes when they crashed, but we worked on that as another skill and they eventually got it figured out. Trail bikes fit the bill, until they didn't. Their skillset was above what the trail bike offerings had, and they were either riding a bike slightly small for them, or slightly too large. the KX100 even in cockpit starts to get cramped right at the 5'2" range, and above. But at that size full framed offerings were just a tad too big. Hence my belief in a 200xt fitting a wide range of rider. Low and light, powerful and capable. We never used throttle stops on small bikes, I wanted them to know what happens when you grab a handful at the bar. That was one of the first things taught, alongside braking "feel". Once the wrists are calibrated on feel, I think that skill carries over to any machine you ride. Hence the reason my 23 year old 100# kid is SMOOTH on a 300RR today. Your skills are from similar training. Get the technique, apply it to the machine. The youngest- 50cc's at El Mirage Dry Lake maybe 2003 the oldest a couple years ago in Taylor Park. Now willing to ride trails that some of the grown men whine about doing. So Beta USA, if you are listening, there's a market for a 200XT. Build it and they will sell. Perhaps sell OUT.
  45. 4 points
    I didn't realize racing is a prerequisite for RE ownership. I just assumed that you had to be able to prove you're a hardcore Beta Kool-Aid guzzler.
  46. 4 points
    I don't know about everybody else here but I got a used DRZ 400 because I thought it would be a great platform to learn on. If I fell down on my BMW F800GS it got expensive real quick. I'm not worried about resale and the real payoff is that the DRZ has made me a better off road rider. I should mention that where I can ride to is much more important to me than how fast I can ride there, but I still pull over a lot and wait for people to catch up.
  47. 4 points
    Question 1, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO USE THE BIKE FOR? In your case, the main answer to Q.1 is, "I want to learn to ride a motorcycle". Answer to Q.2 is, NO, there isn't a bike that can "do it all". A high-performance, slightly-detuned RACE bike like a 390 or 500 Beta is utterly unsuitable to learn on. Even a 350. It WILL hurt you. First time you go Whiskey throttle, you'll regret spending $12K instead of 3 on a learner bike. Because crash, you will. If you can get extensive private lessons from a pro instructor, you might get away with it, but you will still get hurt. At 50, you don't bounce like a 20-year old anymore. I was off work for NINE MONTHS at age 40, after a bad crash in Baja. I was single, lived on a sailboat, not a care in the world. Ask yourself, can I afford 3, 6 or 9 months (or longer) of medical disability? If not, get a "girly" bike like a WR250 or CRF 250F and move up when your skills catch up. Not to mention, after you figure out that you actually like riding.
  48. 4 points
    Take snow bike out of the equation, learn to ride a bike first in dirt, once proficient then get a different bike and take up snow bikeing. That said buy a used bike like a Tw200, ttr225, or kdx200 to learn on and drop. A 12 year old girl on a 390 full size hard core dirt bike sounds like a bad idea. I agree with hammy. $2k used small bike VS $12k on a new bike to learn on and break doesn't make sense to me.
  49. 4 points
    Everyone knows "natural" hair care products are mo-betta for the environment.
  50. 4 points
    That looks to be fog. I will have to say, as someone who grew up in the greater L.A. area in the ‘60s and 70s, the air quality has vastly improved. I lived on the peninsula, and it was common not to be able to see down into the city. It was pretty rare to be able to see the SB mountains. Also remember taking a deep breath and feel my chest tighten up on bad days. There is something to be said about some of the air regulations. It was bad back then.
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