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    South Puget Sound winter men’s club: Wednesday riding

    That is the most North West Point. The most Western point is Cape Alava. (It is further west than Flattery, and also further South a few miles). You get to it by going to Lake Ozette, then hiking 3 miles out the ocean. There was an Indian village there that was complely buiried by a mudslide - it was excavated in the 60’s, with many artifacts at the museum at Neah Bay. Edit: I should have specified contiguous US- since obviously Alaska on on the continent and much, much further west.
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    South Puget Sound winter men’s club: Wednesday riding

    Reno if I recall- but not by much. How about the most western point in the continental (contiguous) US? (I’ve been there)
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    South Puget Sound winter men’s club: Wednesday riding

    Key west is around 24ºN South Point HI is about 18.9º N so South Point is definitely further south. Key west is continental US http://www.city-data.com/articles/South-Point-Ka-Lae-Naalehu-Big-Island.html
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    South Puget Sound winter men’s club: Wednesday riding

    Yes- that is where I was thinking. I was only there for work (radio repeater very close to that) - cool spot! We were up on Mauna Loa a couple of days near 13k feet. Here is a video of my belly hooking a net. It was VERY windy and I didn’t know the pilot- AND I’ve never liked belly hooks anyway (ususally have done long lines, up to 320feet)
  5. I did the BYOB- I thought it was a pretty good deal, they didn’t charge for installation, just the parts (Of course full list on those). Plus I think they also made sure a good amount of grease on those parts needed (not really sure if it is done that well from the factory). I had suspension mods (lowered and K-9 cartridge) so they had all that off and everything I checked was well greased. Of course, if you can get a discount on parts and want to do the work then buying one off the lot makes more sense. I like doing the work, but it seemed to make more sense to just get what I wanted. (Of course first thing I did was pull it apart, change the tyre, take off factory plastics and just check things out)
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    Craigslist Ad of the Day

    I recently saw an ad for a Sherco Trials bike- looked just like one a buddy had stolen. After contacting him, he contacted local police and got his bike bike (and the person had multiple felony warrants). It was well over a year ago (maybe two) that the bike was stolen- so keeping your eyes open can still help. Guess the bike was in pretty good conidition still.
  7. By the time I take the ferry, it is about 3 hours to my closest dealership. Unless I have a warranty issue, I doubt the bike will ever return there- although I can buy parts from him. Edit: I have two Betas, the 300 evo 4T I bought used, but if the great deal had not come up I was talking to the dealer about buying a new one from him.
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    Ossa Explorer review

    So far I have not had any issues except some plastics.
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    Pros and cons of 200RR, 250RR, and 300RR...

    Yes, if you are going quickly- I’m certainly the 200 would be much better. I think the XTrainer would be good on those at a moderate pace. And probalby better on the really slow stuff. At least for me, soft suspension works a lot better on the really slow; rooty, log hopping, pokey stick, slippery stick type stuff. Firmer suspension seems to just deflect on the little stuff when going slowly. (So do knobbies). BUT that is just me— I most certainly am not saying that is true for everything, or that I can ride for crap.
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    Pros and cons of 200RR, 250RR, and 300RR...

    I think the suspension is just fine for what it is designed for. Works great for lower speed trails. So far for me- it is fine on quicker stuff also. But it is NOT a racer or made for racer speeds either. I had mine lowered and fit the K-9 fork kit from BYOB. I don’t know the K-9 is significantly better, but does allow some separate adjustment for compression/rebound. BUT- I am also actively trying to keep my speeds down and minimize the risks. I want to keep doing this and getting hurt just cuts into riding time way too much. (Don’t heal so fast anymore).
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    Pros and cons of 200RR, 250RR, and 300RR...

    I rode my AJP 230 ‘Ultrapasser’ at Gifford. Putted right along, no issues at all. Even got killer fuel mileage. It was a great bike- I’m probably dumb (well...I guess I can cross out ‘probalby’) to have traded it in, but I was ready for something else to go with my Trials bikes. The main thing I didn’t like about the AJP was the engine response wasn’t that great. I was looking for a Beta evo 300 4T to install into it. I’ll bet that would be super fun. But I never found one and the bike is gone. Gifford was a lot easier than the stuff I normally ride- it was pretty fun (and a great group of guys). I didn’t particularly care for some of the exposure in certain spots. That didn’t both me in the past- but I think about things that can go wrong too much anymore. (I have a video of the ride, but not really appropriate in this thread I think). Riding all is still by far the best bet, but I know that may not be feasible at all.
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    Pros and cons of 200RR, 250RR, and 300RR...

    No matter what you get- down the road a bit you will want something else. Believe me! (After over 50 years and 45+ bikes)
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    Added Security for your Beta

    Great to have a ‘plug and play’ setup. If you wanted to build your own- getting any small key switch (hopefully rather waterproof) and just connecting to your kill button will do the job. When the key is OFF- the kill button IN line is grounded. When the key is ON, the circuit is open. Done correctly it wont’ Interfere with the kill button at all. Of course a ‘hidden’ toggle will to the same thing. But something in the open, so someone looking for a joy ride, sees a key switch may not try to mess with it.
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    Pros and cons of 200RR, 250RR, and 300RR...

    It seems trying to get to one of the Beta demo days would be an excellent idea. I would suggest it all depends on your style and where you ride. Any will have plenty of power for trails (leave the ‘desert’ and ‘sand dunes’ out). Especially a lighter person can really cook on a 200 if they want. I have not ridden the Beta 200, I know the GasGas 200ec I owned for awhile had quite a bit of top end power. But the low end was not what I wanted. I even did mods to help it, but still was not what I wanted when in the really tight/slow stuff. When I mean ‘tight woods’ I’m talking 1st gear slipping the clutch, 1mph average type stuff. Full lock and pivot turns, logs, slow/tight hills etc. A buddy rides a 200 KTM (newer one) in that stuff and does great. But also has gotten pretty darn good clutch control and squishy tyres. A 300 is nice in that sort of thing- as long as you don’t ‘whiskey throttle’ it someplace and end up in a tree. I darn near did that one time on my KTM 300. I like lugging now, not trying to go fast (rather trying NOT to go fast). But again, I think it very much depends on your style, choice of tyres and places you ride. The 300 could perhaps be the most versatile- since with minor changes you can change how it responds pretty easily. BUT I have not ridden any of those (I do have a 300 XTrainer) and just tossing some ideas out there to (perhaps) help you pick through what others have found that works.
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