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  1. gullywasher

    200 or 250 at Altitude

    To qualify, nearly all of my riding is above 7500 ft, and I own a 300 RE. I'm not a fast rider, nor am I particularly skillful either. I was curious about 200 and got to ride one at a demo day recently. I honestly don't get what all of the excitement is around this bike's displacement, unless people just appreciate having to develop the skill around working the clutch to keep the pipe dialed in. Don't get me wrong, it was a great bike, makes loads of power and was much easier to ride than the 125, IMO. But the 300 is way easier to ride, slow or fast. You can lug through technical stuff, blast up steep climbs at 10K feet, pick your way through the trees, or lift the front end without a second thought, all while botching your gear selection. With a Rekluse, I would imagine the 300 is the ultimate twist and go mountain machine. If you are avoiding the 300 because you are concerned about having too much power, I don't think I'd worry about that. It can be dialed in pretty mellow. The power has yet to get me in trouble, and I would wager you are probably a better rider than I am.
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    Beta Xtrainer lowering kit

    Hmmm. A riding buddy got one with the lower suspension for his daughter, and I'm pretty sure he said that thing is maybe 32.5” unladen with a low seat. So figure 34 - 34.5" if it had a stock seat? I've sat on the bike, and that sucker is low.
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    300rr race edition or Standard 300

    Now there's a good reason to have a kicker!
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    300rr race edition or Standard 300

    Nah, those things apparently hold a charge pretty reliably. Plus it is really small and be used to charge your phone or Garmin if need be. I just used mine to fire up a stranded KLR650 rider at a gas station recently. First time I've taken it out of the pack since I bought it and gave it it's first charge 11 months ago. Yes, the kickstarter is anvil-reliable and doesn't require any extra room in the tool pack, and I think it is a shame most OEMs are dropping them. Just the convenience of not having to get something out of the pack and hooking it up to your battery is really convenient. However, as small, light, cheap and reliable as the jumpers are, I personally would just never pay $400 and take the time needed to put a kickstarter on my bike. That's just me though.
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    300rr race edition or Standard 300

    Save $300+ bucks and get yourself a little lithium jumper instead of the kicker. Lightweight, inexpensive and gives you the same security.
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    300rr race edition or Standard 300

    I weigh about 210 with gear, and the difference proper springing makes is significant. Almost never bottom out, the operating range of the shock and fork pretty much stay in the money zone with almost no preload required, so very good control over the rough.
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    300rr race edition or Standard 300

    If you are blistering fast everywhere no matter how technical things get, you'll probably prefer the Race. Otherwise, you'll need to pick your poison. I have a 2015 Race. I just recently rode the 2018 RR and the 2018 Race back to back. I loved the RR OC suspension on the single track and technical stuff. Loved it. The faster things get, the better the Race gets. As far as weight goes, I disagree that one is better than the other for a heavier rider. I think the differentiation is fast vs technical.
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    2017 BETA RR-S FORK SEAL LEAK

    Well, bummer. Worth a shot, anyway. But yeah, if you found some rough spots on the lowers, they can cut the seal. You'll need to buff the burrs out if you plan to keep those forks.
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    2017 BETA RR-S FORK SEAL LEAK

    I always leave the bike on the ground, but I don't know if it makes any difference or not. I have a 2015 race with the Marzocchis. It does take some force to get it in there, more than other bikes I've owned. Push it up and work it around a bit to get it in there are far as you can. If I remember right, almost half the tool goes in there. I then rotate it around while moving the tool up and down slightly, and that usually gets the seal mate up into the seal more. I'll roate it around once, pull it to clean any gunk off, and repeat three or four times or until I stop seeing grime on the little hook end.
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    2017 BETA RR-S FORK SEAL LEAK

    Cool. Be sure to really get that thing up in there. Good luck!
  11. gullywasher

    2017 BETA RR-S FORK SEAL LEAK

    Dead simple. I use something called a Seal Mate. Cost about $5, and I think most, maybe all, motorcycle dealers I've ever been in has them or something similar. I usually keep a couple of fresh ones in my tool kit. Every leaking fork seal I've ever had over the past 20+ years was remedied by just cleaning the seal. Just fixed up the left fork on my Beta recently after a pretty spectacular crash that left the seal leaking afterwards. Here is a YouTube video of how to use the tool. I admit it is just the first one that came up, and I haven't really watched it to say how good the video is. But the procedure is too simple to botch. Cheap and easy enough that it is worth a shot.
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    2017 BETA RR-S FORK SEAL LEAK

    You seem to know your stuff, so I assume you tried to clean up the seal with some film or seal doctor, etc.? Leaky forks are something I've dealt with regularly on a number of bikes. They've always stopped leaking when I cleaned up the seals. Maybe just lucky on my part. Always surprises me how much junk can lodge itself up in there.
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    Ditching the 501 and going with Beta

    I'm not sure why the RR-S Betas run so much better than the dual-sport KTMs and Huskies. The Betas run like they come stock with a tuned ECU.
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    BETABETABETA

    What was the "airbox sealing" problem to begin with, and is it a systemic problem with the 4T Betas? Is their a recent thread on that?
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    BETABETABETA

    Nice. Where were you guys riding?
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