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  1. madly busy in canada and having trouble editing enough vids to release so i hope you don't mind me reposting this old one from the adventure riding channel. if you aren't familiar with this older channel here's the link.... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc32Jp7u-1ANgy64s_54eDw
  2. your support is hugely appreciated guys, especially since i've taken the possibly foolish option of refusing sponsorship or allowing ads on youtube!
  3. thanks so much for the support guys! the biggest unknown star of the enduro world, mr mcgreggles himself. this is the short version so if you aren't overwhelmed by his manliness and you can cope with testosterone oozing out of the screen, the supporters version is a lot longer....
  4. old dirt riders never die, they just smell that way. with mucho respect to the guys we know who are still dirt riding in their 70s.....
  5. interesting point, i know a lot of guys don't like the stock knobbies but i've always happily used them till they wear out then usually put some goldentyres on after that. the stockers seem to work okay at least in our terrain but can't say i'd choose them as a replacement though....
  6. the dirt bike tour from hell... the worst ever ride but in some of the most scenic country i've ever ridden in! i've tried to be objective in this review, let me know what you think in the youtube comments...
  7. Doh it's stuff up. Here's the vid:
  8. I did a similar vid back in 2015 for the RR250 and RR300. Good to see some things are fixed, bummer to see a few haven't changed. A big thanks to Beta dealers Jody South and Cameron Graham for help with this. Please advise if you've found other issues, easy fixes or if any of this info is inaccurate. You can watch the vid here or read the text below... When I talk about known issues on any bike, there are always guys who freak out and say "That bike sounds like a pile of shit, no way I'm buying that!" Well, don't watch the vid if you are a panic merchant. You can make a comprehensive list of small issues with any brand. THINGS THEY'VE FIXED FOR 2018 Rear shock mudflap: this used to slowly wear away the swingarm, now it's reshaped to avoid this. If you have an earlier model just trim it to suit. New gear selector: this has cured the occasional false neutrals, at least in my experience. More flexible plastics?: These were very prone to cracking instead of bending in even small accidents or just leaning your fenders against a tree. It's early days, but our experience with the 2018 models suggests they finally got around to using the nice flexible materials everyone else uses. Softer seat: After several years of riders saying Beta seats feel like slabs of concrete, the 2018 models finally have a softer foam.... good news if you do like to sit a lot. Lighter clutch: One area we felt Beta let themselves down was the heavy clutch. It wasn't bad compared to say cable clutches, but by European standards it wasn't good. The 2018 model is a big improvement. We've done a vid on clutch mods if you have an earlier model. XTrainer inner tubes fixed? Another Xtrainer specific problem is up to 2017 at least the inner tubes have been known to split. There are no reported cases for 2018 yet so possibly they've changed to a better quality rubber. THE PROBLEMS Electrics: Europeans could still learn a lot from the Japanese about good electrics. It's a good idea to remove your headlight and fuel tank then use a pile of zip ties to get your wiring loom neat and not rubbing on anything. There is a critical electrical connection which is easily corroded and can shut down the oil injection system. Apparently it's been fixed for 2018, but some 2017 and all earlier models had the capacitor and diode block mounted upside down allowing water to enter heat shrink. The wires going into the magneto can be snagged by sticks when riding. On 2018 models these are secured better but still it can still happen. Also the positive wire from starter to the solenoid runs over the frame backbone above the rear shock. Reroute under the backbone to avoid the tank rubbing the wire... some dealers fix this in pre-delivery. Plastic cogs for 4T oil pump: The four stroke models still use plastic cogs for the oil pump. These need to be replaced every 100 hours but most riders agree it would just be easier to make these steel. You can buy aftermarket steel cogs from Boano in Italy. Too much glycol in coolant?: The standard coolant appears to have too high a glycol content which can affect rubbers seals and lead to leaks such as the o-rings in two strokes. Drain and mix at something something between a 50:50 or 70:30 mix. Two stroke oil injection system: this works great for most riders, however there's a small but noticeable number of issues with bikes running too rich and fouling plugs. This is because the system defaults to something around 20:1 to avoid any engine seizures but of course it can foul plugs. Apparently the majority of cases are debris left in the system at the factory and a bit of carb cleaner will fix it. But if you can get some compressed air through it will be even better. Remember to always top up your oil. If your system stuffs up and defaults to the very rich mix it could be possible to drain your oil tank on a long ride if it wasn't full. Some riders are simply removing the system with parts from Beta that cost around $70. Pointy side stand: A small but persistent problem is that pointy-ended sidestand that just sinks into soft ground. The crazy thing is the 2012 side stand base was double the size and worked great. Why did Beta go back to the chopstick design. Who knows. A very simple fix but they've been ignoring complaints for years now. Muffler/expansion chamber seal: The 2015 two strokes often sprayed black gunk over the engine due to a dicky rubber seal between the muffler and expansion chamber. It was meant to be fixed but it's still happening on some 2018 models. Ask me how I know. Easily fixed with some zip ties but hopefully they'll get it right next year. Carb issues: Beta use the same very reliable carb KTM dropped recently. The only issue is they tend to overflow so easily will only a mild tilt of the bike. This is more an issue with the carb manufacturer as Gas Gas and earlier KTMs all had the same issue pop up.The seam of the float should be aligned with the carb base just as the needle is actuated. This gives a dribble of fuel at about a 45 degree lean angle. Carb vents? The two coming out horizontally are fine but the other two point up and loop over the carb. These need to go into the airbox as they can cause problems when you through deep water crossings. On the four strokes do the same with the gearbox breather hose. While we are discussing breather hoses, a small number of riders report their engine breather hoses have come off, just zip tie them into place. And before you put your zip ties away, put one on your carb if you have a Xtrainer. The rubber water seal for the throttle cable can be dislodged and will hang up on top of the carb throttle neck and cause high idle speeds. Cable tie the rubber boot at both ends. Seat fabric: If you thought the seat fabric on KTMs was thin and ripped easily, the Betas are even worse. Sometimes the fabric seems to rip even without any accident or impact, and you can't buy a replacement one. However there's a gripper seat cover that is much heavier duty. And grippier... surprise surpise. Lithium batteries in cold weather: All the 2018 models have lithium batteries which don't like cold weather. Use a short stab of the starter button to first warm up the battery so it can deliver the power needed for starting. This is NOT a Beta-specific problem, just lithium batteries in general. XTrainer radiator hose rubbing?: With the XTrainer, the thermostat housing can rub on the left hand radiator if it wasn't positioned carefully in the factory. Loosen off the cylinder head coolant hose and left hand radiator lower hose and twist gently. Remember to check all your hose clamps too, some aren't done up very tightly at the factory. Weak chain guide: If you are into hard terrain then the lower chain guide is flimsier than most and it could pay to fit a sturdy aftermarket one. Tim Coleman discovered this the hard way in the Sea to Sky Prolog unfortunately. Air filter alignment: Take care lining up the air filter and double check looking down through the intake with a flashlight. It can look snug and secure but not be fitted properly. This especially applies with the XTrainer where the airbox is even more cramped for your fingers. I wouldn't call this a real issue, just something to take care with. If you guys have more comments please add them in the comments. I'll be posting this on a few forums so I can update those posts with your info.
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    AUSTRALIAN TRAIL TOURS WITH KLAUS MUELLER IN THE HIGH COUNTRY I'm back from a five day tour of the high country with Klaus Mueller from Australian Trail Tours and what an experience! A good one? I'll let you be the judge of that. I've heard incredible things about the high country so I was looking forward to the trip. But then I started reading less than glowing comments on the forums on this link and also this one. Injured riders being forced to continue riding. No EPIRB or support vehicle to rescue injured riders. Broken down bikes were just left behind for owner to somehow rescue later in the high country. Riders being yelled at or having things thrown at them. It was shaping up to be a very interesting trip. THE GOOD SIDE But first the positive stuff with Australian Trail Tours and Klaus Mueller. The lack of support vehicles and less staff means these tours are cheaper than the ones available in the high country. The accommodation was great. The ski resorts are quite cheap in the off season and the rooms, facilities and meals were excellent. The other riders were great too, there's nothing like hanging out with a bunch of dirt riders for several days to lift the spirits. And these guys really were nuts. Also Klaus Mueller did not yell or throw food at anyone on this trip. A few guys said at 76 years old Klaus he's more chilled nowadays. And the fact remains there are guys who go back again. So obviously they either like the trip or the type of food he's thrown at them. Check out this thread: And this one too! NOT SO GOOD SIDE The not so good side of this high country trip with Klaus Mueller and his Australian Trail Tours? The lack of support is still true. There was a car that took our luggage to the next stop but no backup 4WD. Klaus said injured riders would be doubled out of the forest by another rider. We assumed a badly injured rider would just become the responsibility of the SES. There was no mention of EPIRB or any communication devices so we figured it could take a while if needing to ride far enough to get mobile reception to contact emergency services. Because of no backup vehicle we had to carry our own tools, spare parts and tubes. Thankfully one of our guys was a bike mechanic and helped with various issues and punctures. Many of us were expecting a dirt ride with Australian Trail Tours, but we mostly stayed on easy fire trails and never did any of the reportedly amazing single track throughout the high country. Two guys said they considered it to just be an adventure ride a would have brought their BMW GS's if they had known this. And some days featured a lot of road too. One day we did 140km of highway with a lot of disgruntled dirt riders wearing their knobbies out for no good reason. But we just saw it as a chance to try dirt style riding on bitumen. Probably the most interesting part of Australian Trail Tours was having our bikes dragged down the road by Klaus Mueller. Each night in the high country we locked our bikes to Klaus' trailer, but on the fourth day he forgot and dragged them an unknown distance when driving to the petrol station. Total damage came to $2900 in replacement parts but Klaus Mueller said it wasn't his responsibility. After a few er discussions, he did give the other rider a $200 goodwill gesture at the end of the trip. . The other rider was not happy with this and after several months of correspondence and legal pressure Klaus finally gave him a further $470 toward the repairs. I had to give my loan bike back damaged and the owner absolutely refused to accept any money from me for repairs. It certainly livened up the trip but it remains to be seen if this bike dragging will become a regular feature of the high country tours. To read the full story and other complications it's all on the Dirtriderz forum. So there you have it guys. If you are looking for a budget tour of the high country then Klaus Mueller's Australian Trail Tours do provide this option and the accommodation is excellent. Just don't get injured, and make sure your bike doesn't break down as you'll have to rescue it yourself. Otherwise find one of the excellent fully supported tours which also do the excellent single tracks that Klaus avoids with Australian Trail Tours. And of course there are plenty of maps and GPS files for the high country, it's quite easy to tee up your own ride and do it far cheaper. If you are thinking of doing any tour, I'd suggest going through this checklist first!
  10. an early vid from 2014 over on our trials training channel, but i thought i'd upload it to the cross training enduro channel as so many guys have expressed an interest in those weird bikes without seats.
  11. as far as i know the cross training enduro infection is NOT spread sexually... but then again i don't know what my riding buddies get up to when i'm not there....
  12. riding across off camber slopes can be tricky, especially if the front wheel slides down. here are some useful tips for keeping you on the bike (most of the time). many thanks to tim coleman for his tips and risking his career by appearing in this vid...
  13. ben is prepping for not one but two hard enduro events - the insane ride and wildwood rock. so he suggested a harder ride than normal and said only sick puppies need apply. the result? plenty of crashes and gumby moments lol.
  14. it was a truly humbling experience to ride with tasmanian hard enduro ace greggy mcgreggles. and greggy is so humble he even rode slowly and occasionally crashed so his incredible skills wouldn't intimidate us. what a guy!