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  1. And it's not a Beta! Though I do wish it was. It really came down to being able to get my suspension tuned locally as well as not having to install a kick start. I'm also liking the idea of no linkage for all the brutal rocks I ride in. I actually still like just about everything about Beta, most notably the engine is of a far superior engineering and design. It was really splitting hairs between the two both are excellent. Both suspensions needs work though lmao, they're no gas gas or Yamaha (kayaba) suspension. In fact I would probably say from the factory betas Sachs suspension is currently better than ktms xplor suspension, it's pretty &%$#@!ing terrible tbh lmao. Oh and in case you were wondering the clickers literally do nothing on the xplor suspension. It's a 3% change in dampening from all the way open to all the way closed. But ether way beta or ktm the suspension needs fixed so it's not really a factor. We'll see how I like this '18 xcw, hopefully beta will put a kicker back on and keep working on the suspension I'd still like to buy one for next bike.
  2. I think I'm just going to have to go with the xc-w. I really prefer the Beta motor a million times over any other but there's just too many little things that need improved still. Namely suspension and at least for me the clutch feel. At least with ktm I know the base suspension pre work is going to be at least relatively adequate. Beta really needs to fix they're suspension, it's been the thorn in the side for them since the start. They've got many great qualities and that's why they've grown in popularity but if they really want to take it to the next level and compete in the market they need to tune a few things up. I'm honestly pretty bummed I don't see a 2018 300RR as the best option for me.
  3. Sure did. 6000 for a 2016 with 80 hours on it, I'm happy. It was in pristine shape with a clake. Probably could have gotten a few hundred more but meh.
  4. Does anyone have experience with both? I'm sure the XC-W suspension is better still, (namely forks) seems like the 2018 RR suspension hasn't changed much. The valving is still just totally off, harsh and deflecting. Probably one of the bigger issues for me was the clutch on my 2016 300RR, it had very little engagement area, it was very off / on and also heavy, I did buy a clake for it which was great however that further exacerbated the engagement area issue I had. I know they did some work to the clutch for the 2018 models, has it improved much? I've ridden a 2016 TE300 quite a bit and the clutch felt great, just like how I expect a clutch to feel on a bike, I felt I could really feather it with a lot of engagement range, and it was pretty light to boot. I'm also considering waiting for the fuel injected 300's from KTM etc. but that would mean not riding all this summer. I'm a little less concerned with suspension, for the most part if your serious enough about riding your just about always going to need / want to send it away for tuning, or tune yourself (gold valves). Though I don't have local suspension tuners for sachs, only ktm stuff so I'd have to ship out beta suspension.
  5. Any new news on this? Currently bikeless, considering if I want to not ride all summer and wait, or just go with a non TPI.
  6. Lol if its a pre 2017 two stroke just remove the starter they're worthless.
  7. My only suggestion other than what some others have suggested is making damn sure that the pads aren't contaminated. But it sounds like you've tried replacing them with the same results. I once replaced my pads and in the first couple hours on them I was noticing my rear was taking more and more pressure to lock up etc. I thought well wtf I just replaced these pads they're brand new. Well long story short I tired a bunch of shit thinking it had to be something else and then ended up replacing the pads and that ended up fixing it. I guess they had gotten contaminated some how some way in just a short few hours after putting them on lmao. I'm always careful with my chain lube spray but who knows.
  8. Does anyone know? I've been thinking about a 300 xcw but would like fuel inject. Why did they only release the 250's to the US?
  9. So I have a 2016 300RR and generally I love the bike. My biggest complaint though is the forks and somewhat the suspension in general. Namely the forks though and the stock valving being pretty much crap for really rocky brutal terrain (new England) especially in a state called the "granite state". Anyway gold valves would certainly go a long way and I'm sure make the forks much much better but I kind of just don't want to deal with it. I've ridden 2016 and 17 xcws and TE's and the suspension was pretty impressive certainly better stock for stock than the beta. I guess what I'm wondering is if the 18 RR's are much better in the valving department? I love my oil injection and to be frank I love the Beta look and brand. I'm a fan boy for sure, but I'm logical before that lol. Im also really liking the idea of PDS for the type of riding I do. I've already smashed my linkage a fair amount of times and even had it hang up on a boulder ledge hard on me, dead stopped and I had to bail off backwards for a good 4 foot drop. Not fun. Also it seems the beta clutch as far as I can tell has a lot shorter engagement area, I've done a bunch of testing and measuring and couldn't find a problem with my clutch but suffice to say it's completely disengaged at 50% in and completely engaged at about 75% out. That's a whole other can of worms though that I've made a thread on. The TE300 I rode recently made me realize my clutch issue and I was blown away by how much more control I had with the TE300 clutch and how much engagement room I had to play with.
  10. Normal and fine don't worry about it. It's just a cold cylinder not burning up the oil as well, thus the smoke. My guess as to why it's so smokey on these oil injected betas is that they inject extra oil at startup to super lube everything for a short period while it's cold, not 100% sure though. All I know is I don't have to mix gas and my bike smokes 50% less than everyone else's two strokes. I always get to ride I'm the front of the group because my exhaust doesn't suffocate you when your behind me.
  11. Yes faulty head orings are a known issue. In fact at this point I think im the one that discovered / diagnosed it originally. $10 and 30 minute fix. The faulty orings cause you to blow gas past the head into the cooling system from the piston on combustion. This can easily pressurize the system to the point that the cap pops and you spit coolant without actually over heating. I've never overheated my bike and I've had it in some of the nastiest situations on really hot days (stuck on the side of a mountain) As far as I've seen and experienced, its damned near impossible to overheat these betas.
  12. What I mean to say is, swapping of a lever isn't going to fix the issue. If you want to know how I know, you can read more here:
  13. Trust me when I say there's nothing left to try to make the clutch better.
  14. Trouble is less the suspension more the clutch. Suspension can be reworked pretty easily. I can revalve it myself for cheap. Biggest issue I have is clutch feel on this 2016. Having ridden some other brands 2016's and newer I'm really finding that I dislike the clutch engagement on this bike.
  15. So long story short I've got a 2016 300RR. Generally speaking I like the bike. I've had a few gripes with it, mostly initial setup stuff that can be resolved pretty easily. The thing I like the most is the linear power delivery and torque. It just doesn't compare to any other 300 two stroke I've ever ridden. Every time I try a buddies ktm / husky 300 I get off the bike thinking "man what a turd, its got no guts down low". Meanwhile the 300Rr feels like a four stroke in the torque, then its linear power all the way through. Some of thats the power valve setting sure but ether way the engines are just delicious in my opinion. Anyway, two things I don't like. The factory valving (primarily in the forks). I've done a lot to improve the feel of the forks short of actually revalving them, what I've done has helped a great deal but the bottom line is the factory valving is pretty crappy unless you ride nice smooth dirt trails. The northeast rocks just emphasize the initial harshness of the valving. Yea I get it, get the suspension revalved, any bike is going to need it if your serious enough about riding. But the The second thing, and if you've seen my thread on the issue recently, is that it seems the clutch is strait up less adequate than other manufacturers. Specifically the problem I have is that the engagement range is short compared to say a husky (2016 TE 300 specifically). When the bike is warmed up I only get an engagement range equal to about half of the total lever pull, and that half is the second half. Making my total range of engagement short which makes slipping the clutch just the right amount in technical stuff hard. I'm surprised that I haven't heard anyone else commenting about this, thats why it seemed like it was unique to me, however after a lot of investigation it seems that thats just how this clutch is. Maybe its more noticeable for me because of the type of riding I do, I need really fine clutch control. Anyway without getting into all the specifics of that and my diagnoses and subsequent prognoses, I'm thinking about trading up to a different bike. I've done a lot to this one to make it mine and I generally like everything about it, and if it wasn't for this clutch issue I'd be fine with tuning up the suspension and making it work even better for me. My question is, is the 2018 model any different? Have they addressed the valving at all on the suspension? They always say "updated suspension" then give some vague description that basically says "better performance!" but what does that actually mean. Also they've said that they've updated the clutch in the 2018 model and even stated that it provides "more progression in clutch feel" I wonder if this is specifically in relation to my personal findings with my clutch? So has anyone been on a 2018?