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  1. I buy new gear and it's toast after a few rides so I could care less about looks. As long as it doesnt smell like ass I'm good to go.
  2. I agree and have one. A few reasons I dont wear it are, it's black carbon fiber so it will be hot anyway, but more importantly it doesnt fit my neck roll and that is a deal breaker for me. The ratings on conventional helmets are great and all but the weight of a helmet is a safety issue as well, so it heat. In a crash the weight can really help mess up your neck, do it enough and you have long term damage, this is where neck rolls and braces help out. Ride in slow stuff, where your working your butt off with no air flow can't be good for decision making either and that can cause you to do stupid stuff since your fatigued. It's the same reason I ditch the under the jersey armor. They were awesome but I got stupid when I started frying. Personally I think ya get the lightest helmet you can afford for a do all ride. If you're going super slow all day sure the mtn bike helmet is probably ok, but get a good one! Helmets need better airflow, guessing there is always a tradeoff doing so.
  3. I have one on my KTM and cant imagine there would be anything different on my Yammie but thought I'd ask before buying one. For others who are unfamiliar with them, it is a Left Hand Rear Brake (LHRB) that is not plumbed into the juice but instead cable actuated. I hear some guys use it the same as the foot pedal but I just dont like the feel of it, but I do like some of the things you can do with it. Double that if your on a rekluse. I updated my yz front brakes to the bigger rotor, love the difference but still not KTM strong which sometimes is a good thing. When it's not good is deep ruts on a major steep hill where you have to really stand on the front brake and that gets both tiring and annoying. I got a chance yesterday to really test it on my ktm yesterday and it is the deal even with ktm's strong front brake. Rekluse users can bull dog down a hill with way more confidence than using the front brake and a lot of muscle. Right hand using the rear brake now become doable. At a 180 bucks I think it is a bit of a rip off for what it is but worth it for what it will do (at least on the ktm)...does that make any sense? lol SO does anyone have on? What do you think?
  4. I'm interested in what you come up with . My yz of course has nothing and it is only a concern for most when you get caught a little further out in the bush then you imagined and the fear of dark and what that means gets a grip on you. Having something cheap and simple can really make a ride less stressful on short day riding season. Thanks for starting this thread.
  5. GOOD ONE!! haha! I have one in my yz250. LOVE it!
  6. lol, yes and for sure estart falls perfectly into that same logic.
  7. My LHRB has saved my ass walking the bike down some stupid steep boulder sections. Yeah for sure it would save your arse over just using the front brake and muscle. I need to use it more and get on the left side of the bike vs right if possible. I tried using it on normal trail instead of my foot brake and it's deceivingly strong, I locked it up several times. I'm thinking I'm just going to use the foot brake as normal and leave the ox for what I bought it for. A rekluse and lhrb is a powerful combo.
  8. The OX was installed. It was easy enough, directions kind of sucked but you could figure it out easy enough. The thing was kind of expensive for what it is, but hey they did it and I bought it. After a few adjustments you get it dialed and realize it isnt as sensitive as using your foot. You really need to pull with two fingers with a tad of omph to lock up the brakes vs the front brake. Once you realize this you can lock em with ease. Now for the real world test to hopefully offset one negative a rekluse not roll back for me (lol), but instead using the tranny to bulldog down a hill. I came up on my nasty down hill and got off the bike like jarvis does and walked it down. With my manual I gently feather the clutch in and out as needed, with the ox it's the same thing since your off the bike you dont need the same omph to lock em up. It worked the same, but the position of the lever could be better too or maybe when there is a choice I should position my body better? I think the manual works better for bull dogging, but the ox is a close second. Could be I'm just not used to it yet. Another advantage to the manual clutch is if you lose control and let go of the lever you still have the tranny acting as brakes, not so with an ox, your free wheeling. My suggestion is you stay in control. On the pro side, deep trenches the advantage will be OX, right hand turns, the same. The roll back question. I dont suffer the oddity of rekluse rollback and I havent tested the ox for that yet but I dont know why it wouldnt work or even be better then with a manual?
  9. Yea science! There are other variables though like suspension. You can dial suspension to suite on a light bike AND change direction on a dime to without the tiring heavy inputs needed on heavy bikes. I can blast rock on my heavy bikes and light ones I like the motors on heavy bikes but they wear me out over time
  10. You'd have to show me some raw numbers. A few guys have them(beta) here that have been bit or fed up with ktm suspension or their add on pre-17starter (most seem to have the fix for them now) or just want something different. It is a sea of orange and husky white. Our race series had 3 beta's show out of almost 300 riders. And I think you hit on it, beta just hasnt done anything in 6 years. The riders I knew here and had them LOVED the bike once they got suspension sorted and dove into the motor to eek out more power. KTM came out with an all new bike and all of them ditched beta. Most of these guys have some reasonably high disposable income and look for the latest and greatest available or so goes the thinking. KTM isnt without teething issues but the starter hasnt been one of them. I pour over the forums havent seen a thing other then guys putting in the wrong bolt on the clutch cover which Fs up the starter. Lots of bitching on the warped reed cages, the kick starter do hicky possibly breaking (fixed for 18), flywheel cutting insulation. Figuring out the mukuni has been problematic for some or maybe even most. Suspension on the linked versions have been compared to SSS and on the TE and W side guys are raving about the stock xplor. I think the SSS is a stretch but I dont know, same with the xplor. I took one ride on mine and was impressed but still took them to get tweaked. So yeah for 6 years beta ought to have it down vs ktm changing things. Still IMO ktm needs to gets its ass kicked on some of this shit, but I sure cant complain. Still, in a race, there really isnt anything a well set up ktm has over a well set up beta. But back on topic. Beta needs to be the company that doesnt f up as much as ktm while also offering what the public wants. And I think guys are looking at price tags and saying WTF. There's an opening here and the yammieX is close but misses the mark beta could easily fill.
  11. I would guess the $$ would be 500-800 bucks which would bring down the price quite nicely and just above the YZX by a few 100 bucks. I wouldnt worry about suppliers IF you guys think estart is as important as you say they are. Those sales will pick up later as people purchase them. If they dont guess they're not that important to riders. I havent seen any measureable failures on NEW ktm estart. I dont doubt there are some but until beta starts selling in the same numbers as ktm we can then compare notes.
  12. Beta is already offering multiple bikes to service the market, same concept KTM has being doing for years. Just add one more. Heck beta doesnt offer an mx version if I remember right, they could kill two birds with one stone and one up ktm's SX model by making it more versatile with a 6 speed tranny vs ktm's 5. Keep a stator capable of lights/starter and now your talking. Then offer an mx model in both 250 and 300. It would peak my interest big league. lol
  13. I think MOST want a cheaper bike. I'm not sure you understand the X bike concept being referred to. There should be a model where you get all the bling vs a model that gets you in the game without breaking the bank. It would be real interesting to see which model sells the most. All the bells and whistles vs an X like setup. I'm thinking the X would sell quite well. Owners could get into the game, set it up for what everyone does 99% of the time and then purchase the things THEY think are important later. I use estart very little, I dont get what all the fuss is about on a 2s. If an X model were available I'd likely buy lights before an estart. Others can do what they want. Everyone's happy.
  14. Worth it to some. But if cost is an issue on a new bike it certainly helps. You bring a new bike home and now you need $$ to set it up. If we want to keep the sport going it needs to be affordable. Too much bling gets in the way of that. I like the idea of a bare bones X that has the ability to have everything IF you want it later. The new ktms have a stellar record so far on the new estart. Setup right the old ones seem to as well.
  15. Advice to both old and young. Buy the bike with the best rated suspension then go spend some more on it. Buy a bike that isnt rated the best and spend even more on it. You'll enjoy the ride today and have more riding time in your future. Buy a comfortable seat. Same reason. Get some sort of handlebars that flex. Get a lightweight helmet. THis is one I need to do. They are expensive but pay present future dividends. The older you get the more you need to get out there. The advice from elders who do still ride is "dont stop, the worst thing you can do is stop" Riding as you get older is pretty cool. I feel like I am the luckiest guy in the world.