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Danceswithtrees

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  1. How many hours on it? Fyi read up on piston wash, it's the most accurate measurement of jetting. On your last pic before the RK head your wash shows very rich, with the RK head it's leaned out a bit, still a hair rich but I'd say in the safe zone. Perfect jetting would reveal fingernail sized washes. Your rings look good from here, I can see the chamfers on the edges still, but check end gap, even if you're replacing them it's good info to know vs the hours on the top end. Your piston is not toast either, but it's out so might as well replace it. Scuff the cylinder walls with scotchbrite and clean really well and good to go. Just run the scotchbrite through at the same angle as the original cross hatching.
  2. The bike came with a 16" rear and 19" front. A 18" rear won't fit in the stock swingarm so it has to be lengthened. Plus stock the wheel base is really short which makes climbing anything hard.
  3. I sell Beta's for msrp, no freight or steup fees. I think that's pretty typical.
  4. I know I'm listed as a Michigan dealer on the betausa sight, Marquette Beta. Steve is a great guy, he does suspension work for me and for some of my customers. If you're in the lower peninsula of MI he's the guy to buy from.
  5. I'm a short old Italian guy who finally decided to build a bike that fits me. After a lifetime of 38" seat heights I bought a crf150rb and lengthened the swingarm 3" and installed 18/21" wheels, plus a whole lot of other mods to make it work in the woods. I can flat foot this thing with my 30" legs, plus it's fast and kicks ass in the extreme terrain we ride, and it has almost 16" of ground clearance. I have to put a block of wood on top of my stand just to get one wheel off the ground. It would take something really special for me to go back to a full size bike. This bike is an absolute riot to ride.
  6. Did you remove the TPS from the carb or just unplug it? If you removed it it needs to be set correctly, the oil injection system uses the input from the tps to meter the correct amount of oil.
  7. Where did that quote come from?
  8. Mad Moose Extreme Enduro by Jarrett Mohn Now that it’s been a couple of days since the Mad Moose Extreme Enduro and I’ve had some time to wrap my head around the entire weekend, I can honestly say that was the coolest race of the year thus far. I’m obviously incredibly biased because I love extreme enduros but this race was awesome. My padre and I arrived at the parking area on the Saturday before the race and were told about a series of fun type events benefitting charity that were happening that night. They were hosting a longest timed wheelie contest, stoppie onto a stand competition, and dirt bike limbo. I suck at slow wheelies, I can’t do stoppies, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little intrigued with dirt bike limbo so I signed up for that event. I gladly watched the first two events with the rest of the riders and spectators and everyone was having a great time. James Flynn, all the way from Arizona, won the slow wheelie contest with an over 20-second-long wheelie and only one local on a trials bike was able to get the stoppie on the stand within the allotted three tries. Then limbo started with about ten riders including myself. I had an absolute blast trying to hit the sand berm as hard as I could to get low. In the end they started letting people crash under the bar which I think is stupid so I’m personally awarding Ryan Wells the win because he rode out of the lowest bar setting, beating me out by one rung. None of that really matters at all but it really enhanced the event and made it a great atmosphere going into Sunday’s extreme enduro. I woke up and it was miserable outside. Ominous clouds covered the track with a light mist and air that was so thick with humidity you could feel it on your fingers. I knew this meant the rocks would be sweating along with me all day. The first race was a killer. I went in thinking it would be a couple hard obstacles with lots of enduro type trail to start off. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The race started with an endure cross section and then immediately became climbing straight up rock ledges and traversing incredibly steep hill climbs. I was trailing Husqvarna rider Quinn Wentzel and Hawaiian extreme endure phenom Grayson Gonsalves when they both skidded to a stop and got off their bikes to back them up. I had no idea what they were doing until I saw there was an eight foot straight drop off that they were not ready for at all. I let them back up and then launch off of it and as I waited for them I got the pleasure of seeing Sherco rider Chance Baker gently throw his bike off the side of the rock and then climb down to retrieve it. I had a good laugh at that one in my helmet before continuing on. The rest of the first race was just as brutal as the start. I was exhausted, but I finished a solid seventh to start the day. And there were still two races to go… Sitting at the start of the second race there were only about 18 people lined up. You know it’s a good race when less than half the field even makes it to the second stage. This stage was a lot faster and flowing with a couple hard but not impassible sections thrown in. I was pumped to actually be able to go fast and run with the top guys instead of instantly being gapped at the first really hard hill that everyone seems to make except me. I rode in fourth with Sherco rider Mitch Carvolth for most of the race and then passed him for third when we got a little confused as to where the trail went. Then we came to the final hill climb. Mitch made it up with minimal effort, only needing to push the last ten feet or so. I didn’t even make it halfway so I turned around and tried it again. I didn’t make it any farther and realized it was just going to be pushing from there. The hill was sand but a couple of inches down went to a solid slate rock. I had never ridden anything like it and I couldn’t even push my bike up the hill because of how little traction there was. Long story short I had a meltdown. Luckily the only spectators in that loop were on that hill to watch me struggle and point cameras at me while I did so. I’m glad I could at least entertain some people and I will say it was hilarious rewatching myself implode while Max Gerston took a terrible line around me and still made it up with only one or two switchbacks. After twenty minutes of pushing, dragging, carrying, swearing, and coolant boiling up into my face I made it to the top, and the finish in eighth place. The final started off very poorly for me to say the least. My rear tire came off the rim in the endurocross section and I was unaware of it until I tried to wheelie a sizable log and ran head on into it, smashing my balls on the tank. Luckily I did this a couple more times and yet again someone was there to capture me looking like a complete idiot. I looked down and saw what had happened and yelled at some spectators to get me tire irons. They obliged and after struggling with it for a while I managed to get the tire back on the rim and keep going. I was down about fifteen minutes though so I just went out to gain some experience and try to complete the course for my own amusement. The final was tough. It was hot. And there was a lot of pushing on seemingly unrideable hills. Rekluse hill was the first named obstacle and it consisted of a big rocky mountain that you had to go about halfway up, turn and ride off camber for a bit, only to turn back up and climb the rest of the hill. Rekluse Hill - click for video I barely made it to the second turn up the hill before needing to use the buddy system to get up. We got up that hill and then went about ten feet to another hill climb that wasn’t as hard as the last but still was incredibly hard and slippery. It was here that I figured out I would not have an electric start for the rest of the race, which I was not pumped about. The rest of the race was tight, hard and had some crazy obstacles that all seem to blur together. There was an all but vertical one-lined uphill creek section that I spent at least ten minutes on. There was an actually straight up bank that after two failed ghost ride attempts I began to look for another way around. I felt bad about trying to go around this obstacle until I saw there were a couple previous tire marks that obviously shared my incapability to land on the top of the bank and found a more reasonable way to the top. Lafferty’s hill was next, which I assume is named for Mike Lafferty getting stuck there, and that makes sense because it was a really easy hill that no one except for a Jersey rider that has never seen elevation should get stuck on. I don’t even know what to think about the board screwed into the log that made a mountain bike slopestyle looking jump but I can say in my exhausted state I was really scared to jump off the other side. And finally, the dreaded Kurt’s Folly, which was a long gradual uphill stream littered with moss covered rocks and many dirt bike made ledges about the height of an 18” rear wheel. I spent many long arduous minutes here and really noticed my fatigue take over to the point where I had to lay my head down on a rock to avoid collapsing. I had to buddy up here with my companion Gary Shetler from Rekluse Hill to make it up Kurt’s Folly as well. That was the last main obstacle and the finish was at the top of a long hill that wasn’t too terribly difficult. It was an epic race and in my opinion it was a great mix between rideable trail and extremely difficult almost impassable section. I loved every second of it and It was one of the hardest races I’ve ever done. When all was said and done Factory Sherco rider Nick Fahringer defended his Michigan State Extreme Enduro Championship and earned his $5,000 check in convincing fashion with a solid lead over Factory Beta’s Max Gerston. Rounding out the pro Podium aboard his Sherco was Hawaiian rider Grayson Gonsalves who after his breakout ride at TKO last year has been putting in solid results and making a name for himself in the world of extreme enduros. There were only eight pro riders that finished, and I finished a painful last place. But a bunch of pros quit before the final so I guess it’s not technically dead last. Only three A riders finished the race and no sportsman rider completed all three stages. Gary Shetler took the A class victory with Nick McGowan in second and James Flynn in third. Congrats to everyone that finished and achieved personal goals. You learn a lot about yourself and your capacity to suffer at races like this. It was truly a feat to finish this race and I hope I can be back next year to partake in the fun!
  9. You did it correct, I misunderstood. One color on inside and one on the outside so they are actually alternating in sequence. I took it as if you are looking at the disk and you put 3 on the left and 3 on the right.
  10. The red and blue springs need to alternate, shouldn't be red on one side and blue on the other or you're going to get unequal clamping force.
  11. There are 4 different seals between the engine and tranny that can allow oil migration. I've uploaded a service bulletin to google drive on this that explains how to test. These seals are all accessible behind the right side engine cover. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hyxvWlKlvQAd1nzLDkki4dFkETSkfhF6/view?usp=sharing
  12. KTM's and Beta's both use 6005 rear wheel bearings, so yeah, same diameter.
  13. Come up for Trail Fest, our clubs open ride in late September(not sure of the date yet). There's camping at staging, a cookout Saturday night and a bonfire later in the evening. We'll have a few loops arrowed but most of the fun will be riding with us club members on some guided tours of our super wicked secret extreme trails. It's a great time! Our regular enduro, The Loose Moose, will be a national this year. I think it's September 9. I'm trail boss again this year and met with Alan Randt Saturday night about the course. They want it easy with plenty of road for transfer sections(boo). It'll be fun if you like a mix of tight trees and faster open trail, but it'll suck if you love the mountain. Even so I'm not letting the A's off that easy, they're at least getting run through the AA loop, I want to throw them in the mountain but Alan's not hip for that, and people tend to freak out when they hear "The Mountain" is part of the race lol.
  14. I would suggest lowering it 1" instead of 2 and getting a Seat Concepts low seat. You'll have 1 inch more ground clearance and the same seat height.
  15. It was our clubs hard enduro this weekend, The Mad Moose. We're a qualifier for the TKO this year. We had 12 pros show up and I was surprised to hear that Max Gerston was coming and was excited to meet him and watch him race. Super nice guy and very talented rider, had a great weekend! The race itself was brutal, only 11 finished out of 88, 8 pros and 3 A riders made it to the end, only one B rider finished the first 11 mile loop, the whole race was only 34 miles. One of the pros, I forget who, said it was 10 times harder than the Rev Limiter. Another said it was way harder than the Tennessee Knockout. In the last loop the remaining riders had to help each other up one particularly bad uphill creek bed. Max and Nick Farhinger were the only two that made everything unassisted. Spectators couldn't help but riders could help each other. In the end Nick Farhinger won the event and Max took second. Nick has raced here many times before and won the event last year also so he had a little leg up on the competition. Max did finish first on the first loop and rode well the whole event.