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  1. What's all the fuss and whining about? If you are riding a motorcycle why would you even worry about running into a UTV? I go to Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear all the time and rarely see these 4 wheelers. That's just a big flat area you are showing in the picture. After you hit the trails those 4 wheelers are left behind. Why even stage at that crappy place. I have yet to see a UTV on Redonda Ridge, John Bull, Gold Mountain, Holcomb Creek, etc. In fact here is a nice little trail right outside of Holcomb Creek campground that no UTV can follow. It's not on the map but a legitimate trail that's burned in really good. This trail has plenty of bailouts when the going gets rough. It goes up a ridge that has breathtaking views of both Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead. Just tread lightly at beginning. Beaver dam is long gone but still a really fun trail. Entrance is here: N34° 17.648' W116° 53.402' It empties out at 3N93 Holcomb Creek Trail.
  2. Hi there Rick. If you are serious about one of these, Dave at Get Dirt Bike has a demo 144EN for sell. Super light. For a hard core nasty stuff bike it would be hard to beat. I had short ride on his EN300 before he converted it to a MX bike. The TM 300 has sick horsepower. It was actually almost too much bike. The 144 is in like new shape. And no you will not miss the E-start or 6 speed.
  3. California

    I did a pretty cool 270 mile dual sport ride from home. Took the 138 to Pilot Rock Road and up to Lake Arrowhead. Then headed over to Burns Canyon Road. That's a really weird place where it starts. Right in the middle of a neighborhood. I took it all the way down to Morongo Valley. The views were awesome! I wish I had more time to explore. Right now I'm just getting in shape for an upcoming ride. The bike is setup for multi day hoteling rides. Keeping my backpack to no more than 15lbs. The biggest issue is the gearing. Even with 15/45 my hands numb up the first 4-5 hours of the ride due to the vibration at 70+mph freeway speeds. I just slapped on a 41 in the rear. It should help a little at least. For you guys with dual sports there are some really serious fun dirt roads from mild to wild that go from the Lake Arrowhead/Big Bear to the desert floor. It's a strange feeling riding in nice 80 degree weather through the mountain trees then dropping into 100+ degree rocky moonscape in the desert. As you wind down this Burns Canyon Road, there are offshoots that will take you to Lucerne, Landers, etc. Every time I ride these roads there is something new to explore. A little tip is to stay on the North Shore of the lake. Big Bear Road is tore up and there are 3 or 4 places that pilot vehicles get you through. It's about a 2 hour drive from the dam to the other end of town on the South side during the week.
  4. Hey pal, go back to being one of Jerry's kids. And for pete's sake please swing that sledge hammer into your balls next time you decide to dummy down a trail.
  5. Sorry for you problems getting a straight answer here. I found that video of you on you first bike. Too bad you decided not to wear a helmet and suffered permanent brain damage.
  6. It is a fun read for sure! Mixed batch of how guys like to setup their bikes to others that just want it done and just ride. Glad I started this thread.
  7. Go for it. Excuse me for miss speaking. Do you ever have anything to contribute?
  8. Are you from a different country? I only gear up once to set sag. I then check the sag in regular clothes. For me it's about 7-8mm less. So whenever I do a preload adjustment I just add 8mm to whatever the reading is. This is done in the garage at home. The reason being I do a bunch of different kind of riding. The weight of my bike can change from 270-360lbs depending on the ride. My biggest challenge was getting a spring that will work in that range. Of course if I'm on the trail and trying different settings then I'll be geared up and just use the 2.5mm per turn rule.
  9. No lift and twist at all. Just cut and pasting your exact quote. That was Destry Abbott and Ty Davis battling for points at the end of a H&H. I personally think if your sag numbers come out right it's good. I'm just over 200 in street clothes and ran .50/5.8 for a good few seasons. Right now I'm at .52/6.0 spring in the rear. It works great when loading down my bike at 350+ lbs for adventure riding. It's just a little stiff when stripped down for rocky single track. Out here in the West and for rocky terrain, 100-105mm rider (standing) sag seems to work out the best on these bikes. As long as static sag is between 25mm-40mm it should be pretty damn good. Of course try a few different sag settings to see what works for you. If the static sag is at the lower end of the scale (spring too soft) you can compensate by simply going a few clicks in on the rebound (slowing down the oil flow). I have found this prevents the back of the bike from kicking in the whoops. Where the stiffer spring is needed is when you are bottoming all the time. You will know it because the bike will kick hard. I have never used Too Tech suspension but a lot of the District 37 racers swear by him. I think you are on the right track to getting your bike dialed in. If you have the money, do yourself a favor and buy this tool. It really makes sag adjustment a breeze. It was not the smartest thing mounting the SPOT on my bars. I normally put it on my pack when doing anything other than pavement/fire roads. Right now I'm trying to figure out how to carry enough fuel to get me a 200+ mile range. I'm keeping my pack at no more than 15lbs with water. Unfortunately for about 20% of the trip, I'll need to load down more water inside to last me through the day. When seated I can rest the pack on my stacked 20 and 10 liter Kriega bags. The top 10 liter bag has a 6 liter fuel sack full of fuel. I'll dump that in at about the 80-90 mile mark. The rest of the ride it will look like this. I can handle about 300 miles a day before I start wearing out. These Betas are proven to be really reliable for long days in the saddle. BTW, there is no need to set the sag when geared up. As a base I gear up once and set it. Then just put on street clothes and check it again. My sag is about 7-8mm less in street clothes. With a 5.8 spring each turn of the preload ring changes the sag just about 2-3mm. Hope this helps.
  10. I don't mind being a fanboy. Hell I'm a fanboy of any brand bike that's reliable. My Beta is the most protean bike I ever owned. I have spent hours and hours getting the suspension settings just right for the different "personalities" it becomes. Right now I have settled on comfortable suspension when it's loaded down at 350+lbs. After it's stripped to dirt trim , I simply back off the shock preload and run my base clicker settings. I started this thread to just question as to why guys are sending out new bikes to have expensive suspension services right out the gate before ever riding the bike.
  11. Good on you for the repair! The Helicoil will hold up a lot better. GP's torque table is pretty close but use caution.
  12. Here is Ty racing like he does best! This is for you George! Look at the front end twitching in the sand! I think he needs to send in the suspension to Beta for a revalve!!
  13. Don't mind him Duane. GP's perception skills are lacking. You should know by now that he and his little following are ALWAYS right. How dare you have an opinion! Be careful or he might cry to his webmaster buddy Jeff to come over and bitch slap you. I think Glenn is more comfortable on his personal website betarider arguing over what oil to use. Of course you are always welcome here on TT Glenn! Keep bragging about your race wins, accolades and accomplishments. Your astringent criticisms and the way you vaunt your achievements serve no purpose other than to make me laugh All I read in that post is you have no clue how gnarly the rest of the country is. The link to a linkage thread is nothing more than you hating PDS suspension and using O-rings to seal bearings in your linkage guard because you are too lazy to pull them apart every race or two and grease them.
  14. Mine is nowhere near as nice as Dan's but I have a setup that keeps the weight pretty low and the bike handles amazing! It's right at 350lbs. 4 gallons of fuel in tank and 1.5 liters in a Touratech gas container on the side. I also have a 6 liter lightweight fuel sack that, when filled gives the bike almost a 240 mile fuel range. My goal is to have a bike that's capable of short sub 1500 mile/1 week rides. This is hands down better than any BMW GS, Tenere, Africa Twin, etc when the pavement turns to dirt. I did a 270 mile ride yesterday with close to 50 miles of 4WD 2 track. A few miles of it were rocky/sandy sections that anything bigger would be a handful. I also wear a Klim backpack that comes in at just about 15lbs loaded with survival gear and a 100oz water bladder full.
  15. Right on my man! Looking really good. I did my 300 wheels a few seasons ago. Time consuming for sure! I'm playing hell trying to source a cush hub for my 2012.