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  1. This is the one I used from Amazon. It was a drop-in, no adjustment needed (but is adjustable) to flash normally withe Sicass LED blinkers I installed on both ends. I don't know if this black one is the same as the orange one or not. All I know is this one works well on my bike w/o any flash speed adjustment.
  2. Pretty SWEET! What gearing do you run with that setup? I've kicked around doing a supermoto setup for my 500 but haven't wanted to spend the $$$ for the wheels as I have other bikes to ride on the street. But it looks wicked fun and that might be the problem, LOL.
  3. Yes, but currently on an as ordered basis. I charge $75 for bare aluminum plus whatever UPS charges me to ship it to your location. I can do the hard black anodized for $25 extra but I'd need to get a batch together to meet their minimum. I can make them for the 4T and 2T bikes (the hole spacing is different between the 4T and 2T) in 28, 30, 32mm height options. So far it looks like 28mm is about as low as you can go and still have clearance between the lower part of the bar clamp and the stabilizer. I'm trying to see if I can fix the photos in the original post as I got hosed by Photobucket and it seems TT doesn't allow you to edit older posts. So here's a few photos. This is on my bike and is 32mm high.
  4. Nice! Maybe I could deal with winter if I ever move out of Kommiefornia. Does the track add a lot of mechanical drag?
  5. Grrr.... you don't know how jealous I am of you lucky guys that live in realistic States that will plate a 2-stroke. If I could get a plated 300RR I would for sure to go along side my 500. Maybe one day I can figure out to get one plated or they'll figure out a EFI version that comes stock with a plate ..... in my dreams. That being said I went for a 2017 500RR-S mostly because I do a wide range of riding including dual sport and light ADV so I wanted the bigger engine. If I were mostly trail riding single track etc. I'd get the 390. I made the same comparisons when I was shopping KTM/Husky/Beta and the Beta won out on most things when compared. I will say the KTM dealership network is larger as is the aftermarket support. I own a Husky TR650, I like Huskys, but am tired of the company being kicked around like a football and ending up with Bastard Child bikes. I really don't know what KTM will do with Husky for the long term, I mostly see a clone bike with a few minor variations. KTM killed off Husaberg which was a huge shame. Key factors for me, and this was after riding a KTM 500 EXC; The Beta engine is much smoother about like a DRZ400 which is pretty dang smooth for a thumper I really like that the engine and trans oil are separate and the oil filter is about 2x larger than the KTM one 2X longer service intervals, which I believe is in part to the larger oil filter and separate oil chambers. Very few reports of failed engines etc. All brands will have failures, but the frequency of failure reports was very low for the Beta. The EFI bone stock is just about perfect, though I do wish it got slightly better mpg. Ergos and seat height were better for me. Stock seat sux but then so does the KTM/Husky seats, but maybe the Beta a bit more so. I like the smooth powerband, it's very manageable down low but then comes on strong and keeps on pulling all the way up. The stock exhaust is reasonable. No silly screens etc The Voyager dash is pretty sweet compared to anything else Things that are not so good; The stock 2 gal fuel tank is a joke, can be fixed The kick stand is more like a pool cue and needs a real foot badly, but at least it doesn't fold up automatically like some, can be fixed The plastic oil pump gears are silly, but they can be replaced with steel ones easily The accessory wiring (pretty much everything but the EFI/Ignition/Charging) uses cheap Molex connectors like '70s bikes. They need to dump those ASAP. The stock headlight is dangerously dim, almost useless. Can be fixed Stock flag style hand guards are also silly and useless, can be fixed As mentioned, be careful seating the air filter The stock chain grinds on the frame a bit, that's kinda stupid In closing, I'd buy another one in heart beat, but get a 2018 for the better clutch and gear shift mechanism. The delete of the kick started is a non-issue cuz it's a biotch to kick start anyway, the gearing is all wrong. It's like 2-stroke kick starter gearing but that doesn't work on a big 4-stroke. But it makes me feel warm and fuzzy to look at it, LOL.
  6. The lack of a plate is the only thing keeping me from buying a 300RR to go with my 500RR-S. In Kommiefornia you really need that plate.
  7. There is a map from Beta for the FMF pipe that's sold through Beta. The silencer makes the biggest difference for flow so I'd say yes, have it remapped with the factory FMF map.
  8. I've ridden some of that area, ride Rock Creek & Mace Mill OHV, ForestHill, etc. some great riding up there in the El Dorado forest. For that type of riding I'd pick the 300RR in a heart beat. I've ridden my old KTM 300 MXC up there and my old DRZ400. I seriously prefer the 300 2-strokes for that type of riding. I have a '17 500RR-S and it's pretty good on single track but nothing like a 300. I ride a very range of stuff which is why I picked the 500 plus I needed the plate. I'm SERIOUSLY tempted to get a 300 but I'm waiting to see if Beta brings out Fuel Injection and a counter balancer for the 300 like KTM did. I'd prefer the Beta over the KTM but..... there's no way I'm buying another 300 2-stroke that's not counter balanced as it was the vibes that got to me on my old 300, plus I'm done with carbs. We'll see.... but I do think another 300 2-stroke is in my future.
  9. I'm also not so happy the the shock on my 500. I'm planning to get it worked on. I'm ok with the forks. Nice case! Can you share a link to it?
  10. Yes, Kommifornia only gets worse and worse every year and it's not just the DMV, seems like any facet of Gov't. I can't believe what the dodo birds in Sacramento are doing to this State. They are actively promoting people and businesses to leave as soon as possible, while they refill the state with illegal refugees. Don't even get me started on the gun laws......, ugh. I can't wait until Moonbeam's term is up for GOOD. The the real problem is the whacked out legislature who seems to legislate with their head in the clouds and feet off the ground.
  11. I ended up going with a Cush drive rear sprocket. I'm quite happy with it and you really can notice the difference in smoothness on hardpack dirt or pavement.
  12. I've got the Xtrig preload adjuster, it friggen rocks. I hate adjusting threaded rings with a passion and if you're tossing on luggage, spare fuel, a day pack with tools etc. it's so much easier to just give a few turns with a wrench. I used a 8mm socket on a 1/4" extension with a sliding T-handle. That way I can pack it easily and adjust on the ride if need be.
  13. That's pretty interesting for an extended ADV type ride. I might look into that. I've done some longer freeway rides on my 500 and while it's ok it's certainly no where near as comfy as my TR650 for extended freeway miles. It just wears you out faster. I think the rider is the limiting factor in this case. My personal feeling is that I'd want to keep my pure freeway sections at a sustained 65-70 max and 50 miles or so non-stop. The bike will easily do more though. I run 15/50 gearing which seems like a near perfect compromise. It's not bad on the freeway and still works well for all but the nastiest off-road. I run a cush drive rear sprocket. I think if I were to do an extended ADV type ride I would go to different tires more suited to that type of riding. It would depend a lot on the route.
  14. I agree that I'm more concerned with Beta having a really good quality dealership network and a well sorted supply chain than them becoming "mainstream" per se. I think they can up their game when it comes to wiring but otherwise I think the bikes are pretty dang solid overall. And I'm not a penny pincher when it comes to price. If that better wiring bumps the price a $200 or so do it, I'd rather pay the factory to use higher quality connectors etc. than me installing them. But I think Beta overall has a good lineup of bikes. I'd love to see them get into the 650 light ADV class, something that competes with the 690/701 bikes but is more ADV compatible with a larger fuel tank that doesn't have a filler cap that gets covered with your luggage. I'm hoping to see Beta offer FI, SOLID dead reliable oil injection, and counterbalancing on the 2T bikes. Right now I'd probably buy a KTM 300 just to get FI and that all important counterbalancer. But I'd much rather buy a Beta 300RR or REALLY a 300 2T RR-S (in my dreams) with the upgrades. But back to the question posed, I'd rather seem them work on QUALITY dealerships and excellent parts supply over banging out more bikes right now. I think more media exposure will help with public awareness. A lot of people tell me "I've never heard of Beta....."
  15. I tried running Mobil 1 multi-vehicle full synthetic ATF but I've decided it's too thin and am going back to 10-40w trans oils. The ATF seems better for reducing clutch drag and it shifted very nice but I wasn't happy about the swarf I was finding on the drain plug. I put the Motul trans expert back in for now. I'd like to try the Amsoil synthetic bike trans oil. Honestly upgrading to the 2018 clutch and shift mechanism is the real solution. Beta knew there was a problem and fixed it properly.