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  1. firffighter

    To tune or not to tune?

    Yes and no. Regardless of terrain, there's a lot of factors ignored before jumping to the revalve/tuning default. Terrain definitely plays a huge role, but the much bigger question is how is a rider Riding that terrain? Are square edges, embedded rocks and roots being attacked at speed in proper riding position or just plonking along, sitting in the saddle? And, as you said are they repeated one after the other, or just periodically? Are whoops being hit in 4th gear or rolling them in 2nd? Are ledges being jumped down or blipping throttle and smacking step ups, or rolling slowly down and up? Are you standing and cornering with speed and momentum, braking hard before the corner and using the front end for traction, or just sitting and rolling through a corner? Do you even ride terrain that has many obstacles? These are foundational in even determining if you're even using your suspension to it's fullest in the terrain you ride, yet often ignored and are critical before making assumptions about whether or not valving and tuning are adequate. Exactly, and really my point! Most guys default to just send it off to someone to fix or make better without the foundation of understanding proper suspension performance or making initial spring rate and compression/rebound adjustments specific to each rider's needs.
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    To tune or not to tune?

    Much of the problem regarding suspension and whether or not it's suitable or can perform to certain standards, is that those perimeters are completely subjective and personalized to each rider. Anyone who strongly states that a suspension is garbage should be required to provide evidence of their claims by demonstrating the poor performance! I bring this up after a long conversation with a top suspension tuner in the industry. He brought up some very interesting points and his basic premise is that 90% of guys sending their suspension in and spending lots of money are simply throwing it away. We discussed many of the points below: There's a miriad of factors that need to be taken into consideration as to suspension and if it's performance is satisfactory for the rider. Even more importantly, does it make a difference in rider performance? Most riders are simply not capable of out riding a modern bike and it's stock valved suspension. The number one thing is how is a rider actually riding the bike? Are they in proper riding position, standing, head over the bars, elbows up, weight back, or are they sitting in the middle of the seat, elbows down, never in attack position? Does the rider know how to move their weight on the bike over obstacles and certain situations where terrain dictates, or the they simply stay in one position regardless? Have they put the correct springs in to ensure proper preload? Is the suspension broken in? Does it have proper fluid level? Is the fluid changed at adequate intervals? Have they tried a variety of settings using compression and rebound or even understand what or how to do so? Is the rider capable of understanding and/or diagnosing if a suspension is working properly or not? Do they have the experience level and riding acumen to determine how a suspension is to perform properly? So often poor techniques and lack of skill level are to blame. Have they added extra weight on different areas of the bike which affects handling? Have they set up their ergos properly in order to maintain proper attack riding position? Are they even running the proper tire for their terrain and ensuring proper inflation, often completely overlooked or wrong tire selection for terrain? Have they added aftermarket items they are huge in changing handling and often mask or cover suspension performance? Examples: Tubliss system, steering stabilizer, Flexxbars or other damper products. These are all key factors that play a large role in suspension and handling performance. Ignoring these or overlooking them leads many to misdiagnose poor suspension, when, in reality, there are a variety of other factors leading to the reason why a rider may be struggling or think the suspension is not performing. What is often the case, is that a unwitting rider throws a lot of money at suspension without taking any of these factors into consideration. What happens time and time again, is a guy who has very little skill level or riding experience immediately make the claim that the suspension is garbage and puts $1000+ into it, with the results being continued poor riding techniques and no gains in riding skill or progression. Suspension tuning/revalving is not a magic elixir that automatically makes you a better rider. I think a lot of guys feel like it does, but no evidence. It often just makes the rider "feel more comfortable", but not change in riding. Feeling more comfortable can sometimes lead to a better riding experience, so if that's the case, then maybe guys feel like it's worth it regardless of the actual performance results.
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    How often do you change your clutch and brake fluids?

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Mine was similar on my 390. This is normal and predominantly the rule, not the exception when it comes to the reliability/durability of these FI Betas. Unfortunately, the misnomer that gets perpetrated far too often, is the rare exceptions of problems and issues. Often, looking closer at some of these situations reveals these were brought on by self inflicted poor maintenance or not inspecting the bike on a regular basis.
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    250/300rr tuning options

    So, just out of curiosity, thought it'd be interesting to see what all is out there and has been tried in terms of tuning the 250/300. Obvious: *PV- adjustment to stock. Different springs, X Trainer PV spacer *Head- Beta high compression. RK tek. Milling stock. S *Jetting- various needles, clip positions, jet sizes. notching slide. Lectron. *Pipes- stock, FMF, etc. Not so obvious: *STIC metering block. Haven't found any Beta guys try one. *X Trainer pipe. Anyone try this? *Boyesen rad valve. New product.
  5. My new favorite entertaining group of riders. They're the anti-Barry Morris Crosstraining channel!
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    Winter Woods riding in the NW! Be warned, R rated

    Not going to stay good singletrack with those boys tire spinning like that! Same area here? This guy has some good videos from up your guy's neck of the woods.
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    250/300rr tuning options

    Could you elaborate on this? Scalvini vs Pro Circuit and where the power is made? Traditionally, Pro Circuit are mid to upper range orientated pipes. From my understanding, the Scalvini, is thicker than the FMF, produces better power on the low end, and is tucked up higher for better protection.
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    Winter Woods riding in the NW! Be warned, R rated

    You Walker Valley guys ever run into this crew?
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    250/300rr tuning options

    I read some excellent information on the Scalvini pipe. Might be something to add down the road!
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    Post your Beta video here..

    What were your initial impressions of the motor?!
  11. Here's my plan with my new '18 300rr. I will be getting a plate for it at some point and want to maintain the option for quickly hooking my OI back up for those days I'll be using for "dualsport" which will just be running down old logging dirt roads. I want to use the oil injection for those easy riding days and I can simply top of my gas tank and not carry oil or cans of premix. So, I do NOT want to remove or block off the OI. But, for most of my regular woods ridng, I want to have the OI unplugged and just run premix. So, after looking closely at the system and the Beta document for OI removal, I believe there's basically only 2 things needed to disable the OI. 1) Unplug the electrical plug to the OI pump in the airbox. This disables the oil injection pump and basically the system is now disabled. 2) Unplug the TPS. This disables the metering. *Do I need to unplug the oil sending unit from the oil tank? Is this necessary? My assumption is that if I leave a small amount of oil in the OI tank and keep the injection port with tube intact, it's not going to introduce air into the intake and I'll be safe in that regard and able to simply run premix. Then, on days I want to use the oil injection, I simply plug in the TPS and oil pump, drain the premix and replace with regular gas and system will be intact and running. Then, I may have the warning indicator on the dash computer blinking or on at all times when the system is disconnected.I can ignore the warning indicator. Do I have my bases covered here? I haven't seen anyone else do this, so want to make sure I have it correct, but seems pretty basic.
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    Beta Factory Demo tour coming

    Makes you long for Tasky"s huh! Loved that place. Awesome folks committed to the dirt biking community, had demo days, etc. Sad to see them go!
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    Oil Injection unplugged but not removed

    It's all in good fun! These Beta's are very solid bikes, a phenomenal platform right off the showroom floor, and I couldn't be happier in going with the brand. Do you need to keep an eye on a few items? Absolutely! But, that's just part of riding off road. I'm really looking forward to putting the new 300rr through it's paces as soon as this 16-24" on new snow melts! Argh! Could be worse. We could all be riding, I mean pushing, a new TPI orange Kool aid bike!!
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    Oil Injection unplugged but not removed

    Oh, see what you old naysayers did! You've got Barry convinced Beta has quality control issues! You guys are starting to sound like these 2:
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    Oil Injection unplugged but not removed

    Thanks, way to go! Let's talk about the finicky Lectron that takes more fiddling around with than a teenager with his balls! Btw, each of your Facebook posts seemed like guys who may not be too keen on a simple inspection of your dirt bike before riding!
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    Oil Injection unplugged but not removed

    I believe I stared multiple times that I'll be unplugging it and only used it plugged in on easy days! You guys are sure passionate about this! I know let's talk tires!
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    Oil Injection unplugged but not removed

    What? Come on now, it's just a discussion and not necessary to go there! Yes, I'm getting paid large sums of cash to promote the OI that I clearly stated I'll be unplugging when riding more rugged terrain🙄
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    Oil Injection unplugged but not removed

    Yikes! You got kabobed! What the heck was wrong with your boots! Cripes, were you wearing flip flops, Lol! You had more problems than a busted OI with a stick hanging out in your leg! Haha
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    Oil Injection unplugged but not removed

    Crashes that significant will normally result in far more issues and carnage beyond a damaged OI and OI least of your worries! The OI is nestled behind the air filter and unless you completely damaged the entire subframe, you aren't going to damage the tank or pump. I haven't had a significant get off that resulted in damaging anything beyond a bit of plastics in over a decade! There's a million "what ifs" you can be paranoid about, but simple common sense maintenance and inspection and 99% of problems can be easily avoided. I understand that it's something you've planted your flag on and are passionate about, but I honestly don't see it as that big of a deal. It's cool, I'm just not concerned about damage or failure of the OI as much as others. Some are more concerned and decide to remove it, which is fine. It's just a non issue to me when I can simply unplug it at my discretion.
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    Oil Injection unplugged but not removed

    All I'm doing is unplugging the pump. Pretty easy. I'm actually not that worried about OI failing. I've gone over system and zip tied connections. The only way for damage to oil tank or pump would be a catastrophic wreck of the bike. The injection port is protected by your boots, so unless a branch goes through your leg, it's not going anywhere. I look at it as anything else on the bike. Thoroughly inspect, maintain before each ride.
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    2019 Beta 200RR: Less is More!!!

    Excellent comparison and spot on. Every cc had trade-offs. The 200's are flickable, easy to maintain throttle control, and are a real advantage on flatter flowing woods where you can really take advantage of the light weight and keep the motor in the sweet spot. They can keep you busier with more shifting required than the 300. If riding at speed in embedded rocks, the light weight and less inertia can throw the bike off its line more easily. The 200 ads a fun factor that you really don't get much with a 300 as it's light and zippy. Then there's the whole philosophy of you riding the bike vs the bike riding you comparison.
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    250/300rr tuning options

    Interesting all of the different preferences we have. I always like the PV spacer on the GasGas. My brother likes it as well. I'm not planning on anything at this point. I want plenty of seat time before any changes. I'll play with jetting and go from there. It's just interesting to hear from other's and what they've tried and how it's worked in terms of performance improvements or disappointing results.
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    250/300rr tuning options

    My brother's 250rr is running: *RB carb mod and head mod, running Sudco CEK needle. Huge improvement in linear power delivery and 40+mpg. *Gnarly pipe. Excellent increase in low end snap which allows you to loft front end easier. *X Trainer PV spacer. His bike is the cleanest, best tuned 2-stroke I've ever ridden. It literally has very low vibration with these mods and the power rolls on so pefectly.
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    250/300rr tuning options

    Why? What specifically were the results?
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