M.Roman

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  1. This has been a topic for a lot of guys I've talked to, not just with Betas but with all brands, and years. The transmissions regardless of make operate best with thinner than thicker oil. The best results I've had with Betas is a 5w30. Some guys have told me they've run ATF trans oil which sounds like the wrong choice to me but I've also seen them season after season out there. One thing is certain, every person who's talked about running a standard gear oil, like an 80w has a problem with clutch action. I can't say from experience that removing clutch springs would be something advisable, but if your looking for a lighter clutch pull it may not be a bad idea. Just keep in mind your pressure points on the pressure plate wont be evenly dispersed.
  2. 2015 RR350 make over
    Absolutely love this bike! Ranged from super tight New England single track on hot days to wide open South Jersey Hammer Run type trails! Unsurpassed reliability, just changed sprockets, chain, rear rotor, both pads, and one linkage bearing at 1850 miles! Valves point on from the factory, but have always been neurotic about air filter servicing. Can't say one negative thing about this bike, and have tested its limits thus far! Gave it a make over with fresh plastics, and graphics also.
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    Absolutely love this bike! Ranged from super tight New England single track on hot days to wide open South Jersey Hammer Run type trails! Unsurpassed reliability, just changed sprockets, chain, rear rotor, both pads, and one linkage bearing at 1850 miles! Valves point on from the factory, but have always been neurotic about air filter servicing. Can't say one negative thing about this bike, and have tested its limits thus far! Gave it a make over with fresh plastics, and graphics also.
  4. There's two key elements I've noticed with the Beta trials bikes verses all the other brands when we're talking about 2T models... Although no one has been able to confirm the rake of any of the bikes I've ridden, the Beta has a noticeably steeper rake. The steering angle of my Betas have been tighter than the Serco, GG, and Scorpa. I can't say from experience for Honda, TRS, or Vertigo but Beta USA does claim they have the tightest angle on their site. For me, Endo-ing Betas are damn near effortless, but always seems to be challenging on any other brand. The next is the power delivery. On my Sherco 125 vs Beta 125, straight out of the box the Beta felt smoother but less powerful. The Sherco has good snap, and power but was twitchy in comparison. After riding the Beta for a few weeks I got the titanium header pipe ( which is no longer available from Beta ), and the bike came alive! I expected it to have lost its smoothness in sacrifice for power but it didn't. That same smoothness I grew to love was still there, but when I needed more top end I knew it would deliver. I think S3 makes a titanium pipe for the Beta now, I have one for the Sherco, and its a really nice quality add on. Next upgrade will be their Double-Hi Comp Star Head
  5. I’m on the east coast in the Hudson valley area , with plenty of weather changes throughout the year. No doubt the bikes can use one size larger pilot jet in temps below 40°, but hard starting has never been an issue even in older temps with stock jetting. I’ve been on everything from 125s to 300 factory models and that stands for all of them.
  6. This is the Task 10" bar at sun down just to give an idea how it lights up in case anyone is looking at their stuff
  7. That sounds very odd only Beta programs their systems to shut off when it recognizes low system voltage, or no charging as a fail safe on the EFI models. I owned a 15 350RR, and it shut off mid ride one day, seemed to crank slow, and I even kicked while cranking just to salvage the battery, still no luck. Swapped the battery with another buddies bike on the ride (thankfully a 2 banger ), and got me started right away.
  8. The concern I'd have with the GasGas is that it's an old model reproduced for price point. The technology you'll get compared to the Beta won't be able to match up, even though it will perform fine as even an intermediate level machine. I met a fellow at an event who bought a 2017 Contact, flipped it over within weeks of buying it, and busted his airbox in doing so. Turns out the part was B/O for three and a half months even though he heard the same story about parts availability. Long story short he sold it to get a Beta lol.
  9. Just like the 2015s, the 18 Factory bikes look amazing! And the standard bikes are usually somewhat boring in comparison, but this year I cant argue with you! The dark combo has a lot of pop to it, and the brushed aluminum frame is a cool old look.
  10. For what you want, it'd be a great idea. I've held the kits in store and they are no where near that weight dry (maybe 2-3 lbs). You can get a tremendous amount of run time out of it, and it's real easy to remove, and reinstall it once you mount it for the first time.
  11. Well there’s no doubt electric seems like your best bet, but it sounds like it comes down to one question; is it worth the amount of money you’ll spend on either a used full size bike, or new Oset 24? Ryan Young Products has some media they share, and since becoming an Oset Dealer have been pushing the 24.0. You’ll find Pat Smage doing some cool stuff on the bike in their feed so by all means check it out! http://rypusa.com/ryp-tv-1/
  12. The Betas are really smooth, I haven't spoken to one person who hasn't mention the smoothness of Betas power delivery! With that said their build quality is by far outstanding, and like ccullins mentioned, they're solid. I know a few guys who had models dating back to the late 90's and the same was said for strength, and build quality. The newer Betas with the Hydro-formed frames have a 3/4 gallon tank, and with the accessory tank you'll get a ton of riding out of one fill up 👌🏻👌🏻 If you have a dealer near by trust me you won't be wasting your time.
  13. I think most experienced riders will rightfully tell you that a 200 (2T) is the right choice to start on. It's got all the power you'll need at that skill level, and won't want to push the front end in tight areas. I've been riding a 125 2T this past season, and have had no lack of power at the NETA events in the Advanced class (B, Expert).
  14. I couldn't agree more with you on the aspect of hitting local events! My first event here in the northeast was outstanding. I knew nothing about trials techniques, bike set up, and all the small stuff. I went out, and after the first section an old timer type guy told me it looked like the pressures were maybe a pound or two higher than they should be,.. the guy was right on the money, they were at 8 up front, and 6 out back. Event after event the energy, and vibes I see are just great, it's like riding with your buddies every time you go even though you don't know everyone. Long story short, I see the talented guys happily giving pointers at all the events I've been.