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  1. Chief

    My new tire combo

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    Plated Bike

    Good idea. I met Dan at the recent Beta demo day. Seems like an awesome guy. Might run into you at GT tomorrow. Thanks
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    Plated Bike

    Gnar to me: Tight, Technical, Rocks, Logs, Switchbacks, Ledges.
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    Plated Bike

    Thanks for the replies. Some good information to consider.
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    Plated bike

    Thank you to everyone for the replies. Some good information to consider. I'll be keeping my 2 stroke. A plated bike would be an addition to the stable.
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    Plated Bike

    I've been exploring the idea of getting a plated bike. My questions are going to relate to the 50 state legal bikes. Not plating an off road version. If I could do that where I live, there would be a lot more options. I'm looking for something to connect single track trails not dual sport. This narrows it down to Beta RR-S, KTM EXC-F, Husky FE. I'm normally a 2 stroke rider and would rather plate a 300. Not going to happen here. I've had the upportunity to ride a number of 4 strokes. I've found I like the 250-350 size the most. Favorites being the Yamaha YZ250FX and Beta 350 RE. So, I'm eyeing the 350 RR-S, 250EXC-F, FE250. Turn offs to the KTM/Husky is the amount of work needed to get these bikes to run correctly. ECU's, Exhausts, Airbox reeds, etc....I'm I thinking this is a bigger issue than it really is? I don't mind doing the mods if there is a clear recipe that gets me the most out of the machine. But there seems to be mixed opinions and reviews on how to do this. There doesn't seem to be as much discussion about this with the Beta. I would rather have a 250, but if the path to a sweet running bike is much easier, I think I could live with the 350. Is there a clear recipe of the best way to get the FE250 to run correctly? Can any of these bikes be made to work well in the gnar? What are your experiences with any of these bikes? Thanks
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    Plated Bike

    I've been exploring the idea of getting a plated bike. My questions are going to relate to the 50 state legal bikes. Not plating an off road version. If I could do that where I live, there would be a lot more options. I'm looking for something to connect single track trails not dual sport. This narrows it down to Beta RR-S, KTM EXC-F, Husky FE. I'm normally a 2 stroke rider and would rather plate a 300. Not going to happen here. (CA) I've had the upportunity to ride a number of 4 strokes. I'm not interested in the bigger bikes. I've found I like the 250-350 size the most. Favorites being the Yamaha YZ250FX and Beta 350 RE. I will soon have a chance to ride a 250XC-F. So, I'm eyeing the 350 RR-S, 250EXC-F, FE250. Turn offs to the KTM/Husky is the amount of work needed to get these bikes to run correctly. ECU's, Exhausts, Airbox reeds, etc....Am I thinking this is a bigger deal than it actually is? I don't mind doing the mods if there is a clear recipe that gets me the most out of the machine. But there seems to be mixed opinions and reviews on how to do this. There doesn't seem to be as much discussion about this with the Beta. I would rather have a 250, but if the path to a sweet running bike is much easier, I think I could live with the 350. Is there a clear recipe of the best way to get the 250EXC-F running correctly? Can any of these bikes be made to work well in the gnar? Is the Beta easier to get there? What are your experiences with any of these bikes? Thanks
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    Plated bike

    I've been exploring the idea of getting a plated bike. My questions are going to relate to the 50 state legal bikes. Not plating an off road version. If I could do that where I live, there would be a lot more options. (CA) I'm looking for something to connect single track trails not dual sport. This narrows it down to Beta RR-S, KTM EXC-F, Husky FE. I'm normally a 2 stroke rider and would rather plate a 300. Not going to happen here. I do not want anything bigger than a 350. I've ridden bigger bikes and I don't like them for the type of riding I intend to do on it. I prefer the Beta 350 over the 390. I have been on both. I've had the upportunity to ride a number of 4 strokes. I've found I like the 250-350 size the most. Favorites being the Yamaha YZ250FX and Beta 350 RE. So, I'm eyeing the 350 RR-S, 250EXC-F, FE250. Turn offs to the KTM/Husky is the amount of work needed to get these bikes to run correctly. ECU's, Exhausts, Airbox reeds, etc.... I don't mind doing the mods if there is a clear recipe that gets me the most out of the machine. But there seems to be mixed opinions and reviews on how to do this. There doesn't seem to be as much discussion about this with the Beta. I would rather have a 250, but if the path to a sweet running bike is much easier, I think I could live with the 350. Can any of these bikes be made to work well in the gnar? Is the Beta easier to get there? Is it possible to get it close to an RE? What are your experiences with any of these bikes? Thanks
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    Where to ride NorCal after big rain?

    Elkins it is. I'll be there tomorrow (Saturday) if anybody else is looking for someone to ride with. Traffic coming back on Sunday from anywhere is going to be awful.
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    Where to ride NorCal after big rain?

    I'm ready to go to any of the above you mentioned I wanted to ride today, but nobody in the crew could go or wanted to ride in the rain. Same with tomorrow. So I'm thinking of picking one of the three you mentioned and just going by myself and see if any other knuckleheads show up to ride in the rain. After six months of nothing but dust I don't mind some water and mud. Elkins is fine in the wet. The whooped out sections fill up with water though Georgetown is a little bit more high risk in sections when wet. Bigger cliffs and drop offs. If there is enough rain they will "close" it. Haven't been to Foresthill in forever, so I don't remember.
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    Demo tour MorgAn Hill, CA

    Awesome event. I have wanted to test ride a Beta X-Trainer for a long time. So, getting to test ride all of them was even better. Biggest Smile Award: 125rr So much fun. If you're looking for an easy bike to ride and lug around, this ain't it. If you like being on the pipe and working the clutch, winner winner chicken dinner. I had forgotten how much fun small bore 2 strokes are. Exceeded Expectations Award: X-Trainer I'm looking for something to fill the gap between my YZ250X and my Beta EVO 300 Factory trials bike. This bike knocked it out of the park for me. The biggest question was about the suspension. I had zero issues with the suspension. I pushed it as hard as I could trying to get it to do something weird, and at no time did it feel out of control. In fact, I liked the X-trainer suspension better than the 300rr. That being said, none of them, including the Race Editions, came close to the KYB on my Yamaha. More on that later. I also snuck into the Trials area with the X-Trainer to give it a go on some technical obstacles. It was very easy to weight and de-weight. Overall, it's a bit remarkable that it can have such good Trials characteristics and still be stable as it is at higher speeds. I didn't experience what others complain about. I suspect the majority of complaints come from people who are really really fast riders, or people who might want to check their bathroom scale. If I Could Only Have One Bike,And Had To Replace My Current Bike With A Beta Award: (I know, long award title) 250 Race This bike is the most similar to my current bike. Suspension is not as good as my YZ. It felt very harsh in the braking bumps. At speed with big hits, the suspension came alive and was very nice. I liked this bike. Biggest Disappointment Award: 300rr I liked the motor on all three of the 300's. It comes back to the suspension. I did not like the suspension at all on the RR's. Favorite 4 Stroke Award: 350 Race This bike was fun to ride. Liked it better than the 390. Didn't Expect That Award: 300 EVO 4-stroke. I have never had a chance to ride a 4 stroke Trials bike. I was surprised how smooth it was. Sachs suspension: I do realize these bikes were straight out of the crate and tuning can be done. But, we weren't able to tune them or adjust in any way. I found that all of them would need tuning work. I took my YZ out today and also rode my friends '17 Husky TX300. The Beta suspension does not even come close to these two bikes. I would really like to ride a Beta that had its suspension dialed in to make a fair comparison in that department. I liked how thin the bikes felt. In the very hard saddle, the thinner feel of the Betas compared to my YZ was very nice. Overall, I was able to determine that the X-Trainer will work wonderfully for the tight, technical riding I like to do. And still be stable at reasonable speeds. The low seat height allowed me to have both feet flat on the ground. A plus in situations where I run out of leg on the YZ. I'm not looking to replace my YZ. Just looking for something that is better suited for hard Enduro type riding where an e-start and better footing is a plus.
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    Beta Factory Demo tour coming

    Just received confirmation. Metcalf it is.
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    Beta Factory Demo tour coming

    I signed up for Morgan Hill and haven't received anything yet. Super excited. I have a Beta Evo, but I've never had a chance to ride a Beta Enduro bike. This will really help with the decision of which one to get.
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    KX100 - carb help

    I don't know the reason, but this KX100 is much more quiet than the KX65. I was thinking something was wrong until I was able to compare the 100 to an 85 when we were out riding. The noise level was the same. It sounds louder and more of what I'm use to right after starting with the choke on. If that makes sense? When I close the choke it gets quieter. What I've read and how I understand it: To check the crank seal, it would be ideal to also pull the flywheel. But not totally necessary. I checked mine with it on. Your looking for any oily residue in that area. It should be totally dry and clean.
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    KX100 - carb help

    Seems like I was able to get the carb sorted out. I don't know if it was the cleaning, a better seal on the reed cage, the re-jetting.....but something worked. Ended up going with the Pro Circuit stock pipe jetting specs. 45pilot, NAPF needle postition 4, 138 main. (Used a 140, don't have a 138, seems fine) Some time playing with the air and idle screws. Did a leak test with the carb cleaner. all seems good. I did take the ignition cover off and look for any signs of a crank seal leak. There was none. If all that didn't work I was going to get a new complete carb, so I could rule that out. They're about $150.
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