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    Wisconsin
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    Riding (offroad/dual sport/street), hunting, fishing

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  1. BENriding

    IS THIS THE BEST BATTERY FOR MY 500

    Yes they are quite proud of them, but considering the on board battery management, and being in the price range of the Shori I gave EarthX a try. I had a Shori on my Buell a while back, worked ok then after a bit it didn't. I'm sure they have improved since then as it was 6-8 years ago. Still I am happy with the Earth-X. Seems solidly built and have been able to largely just use it and not think about it.
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    IS THIS THE BEST BATTERY FOR MY 500

    Last I knew Earth-X was the only one with a the BMS stuff on board to protect the battery from overcharging or overdrawing the battery. Had mine in my 15 500RS switched it over to the 17 300RR and still using it. I never put it on a charger, don't take it out for the winter, don't look at it except to verify mounting, cables and everything look good.
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    Beta Fork Diaries

    I also like the ease of OC forks for oil changes and maintenance, that's worth a bit to me as well.
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    Beta Fork Diaries

    Ya, I ordered from racetech. Different charts tell you different things, took all that into consideration, as well as a lot of research on here. Also had used charts for my 500RS when I had it and still seemed like I wanted to ride higher in the suspension stroke. Thing is with the stock rear spring it's very short regardless of the rate your almost at the bottom of preload adjustment just by taking out the slack and bumping the nut up against the spring. The RaceTech rear springs are longer and give you a better range of adjustment. I disregarded a lot of (but not all) recommendations from west of the Mississippi as tight trails out west equate to our open trails here. I tried to look at info from guys who ride similar terrain.
  5. Any dirt in carb is not good could cause lean condition or make float stick causing rich, then that can mess your plug up and it's best just to replace that. Cleaning the tank seems like a good idea for piece of mind. OI tip popping out is an issue- may have been loose causing an air leak (starts building revs.) Make sure that cylinder to carb boot looks ok- not cracked or anything- not only does this make it run really lean, air it pulls in is dirty.
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    Beta 500 RRS - OEM chain wear?

    Clean it, lube it, if it's still kinking-replace it.. Seems you got a lot of use out of it already. I wasn't very impressed with the stock chain- but for a stock item it was okay. Used to replace chain on a bike as soon as I got them and put the stock one on a shelf for when I sold the bike, as they used to be very low grade. Life of the chain all depends on what you ride it through and everyone has different issues- sand, dust, mud, silt, deep water, desert, snow, ice, salt, rocks, sticks, stumps, high speed heat, low speed torque etc. Soo Rotella?
  7. BENriding

    Thinking about switching from orange to red

    Also the Beta dealer in the area has been great to work with, where I hadn't had much good to say about a few of the KTM dealers.
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    Thinking about switching from orange to red

    I had a 12 300 xc-w KDM, also a 04 450 exc, got rid of both went to a 500rr, focus became tighter trails/races so went to a 17 300RR and have to say I'm really happy. Easy to tune how you want it great reliability! I really like the handling/suspension and I've only done spring and oil changes! Along with all the usual protection stuff.
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    Jd carb kit

    Oh mine is a 300 as well.
  10. BENriding

    Jd carb kit

    I like the jets but took the power valve mod back out of mine as well, it was very smooth but not much mid to top acceleration. I ride at the bottom most of the time but like to have that upper hit available at times. Easy enough to put in and take out so gives me another level of adjustment. I actually just got red, yellow, green power-valve springs from the Beta dealer looks just like KTM springs. I put in yellow for now and wow good power surge in the middle, may turn it in a bit from where it is for tech trails but it is fun!
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    300 race edition

    I'm 204 in street clothes went with 5.8 rear .58 front. really like it and getting correct numbers. I used Racetech springs which for the rear at least are longer that stock. According to Beta charts I'm spung too heavy but it works great.
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    2018 Beta Wish List

    Guess I was thinking with no electric start or OI would have a pretty simple electrical system like the "Race Loom."
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    Beta Fork Diaries

    I'm actually really happy with my OC Sachs after putting .48 springs in forks and 5.8 spring on shock. I'm 200 in street clothes and this feels very plush (though according to the charts it's for a 250lb rider.) I used Racetech springs, as I saw on here there may be some inconsistency in Beta springs. Also went to a slightly heavier fluid. I'm a 50yo B enduro, HS rider so I'm just an average Joe who likes to ride difficult stuff. Most races now seem to be fast flowing trail, still like the old enduro stuff 30 years ago where you just tried to get yourself and the bike to the finish, maybe I need to try a Hard Enduro. Sorry rambling..
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    300 race edition

    I have not had any issues getting parts at all. Love my 300 but I don't moto, I'm sure you could tune the power how you want it, just not sure what it would take to make the suspension a moto weapon- I'm sure it could work fine with some tuning. One setup for both worlds will be difficult no matter what bike you chose.
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    2018 Beta Wish List

    Only a few things on my wish list- 1 Put the kickstart back on! 2- De-clutter and solidify electronics/connections. 3- continue suspension development- There was black sludge in bottom of the forks when I changed the oil (20hrs.) 4- stiffer springs with consistent rates (opinions may vary) I'm 200lbs in street clothes running 5.8 rear 4.8 fork springs and really liking it (RaceTech springs) 5- Put a foot on the dam kickstand! Overall still believe they are making a dam good bike! Will be interested to see the new 125. Appears to be a bare bones 250/300, wonder if they put out a bare 250/300 how much interest there would be- No electric start, no oi, no lights, minimal wiring, no meter, just a kill switch maybe map switch. Should be pretty light and low price. Could BYOB what you want from there.
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