ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Bikes > Trials
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-19-2009, 05:38 PM   #1
bingbong OP
Studly Adventurer
 
bingbong's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: Obidos, Portugal
Oddometer: 758
Question Beta techno 250

Hello all, I hope someone can give me the info good and bad on a beta techno 250 1998. It'll be my first trials bike, at the grand old age of 45! IF I buy it. It's kind of fulfilling a boyhood dream . (having a trials bike not the beta ) I came so close to joining a trials club and going into local competition, but for several money related reasons it never happened but I've always been a fan. I do ride bikes and always have, so. Who knows what they're like? are they ok for a bit of hooningaround and green laning. Spares? expensive/intensive to keep? Many thanks and sorry if all this seems a bit newby non technical guff.
bingbong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2009, 06:28 PM   #2
AnnieGS
Namasté, bitches!
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Oddometer: 29,534
I've got a '94 techno. Parts have been easy to find (there are several Beta dealers in the US, anyway) and while it's not quite the scalpel that some of the newer bikes are, it's perfectly adequate for a beginner. I bought ours used; the first owner had placed in several state events. All I've had to do is wire the rear fender back together after a spill, periodically change the oil and replace the fork seals (<$20).
AnnieGS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2009, 10:30 PM   #3
G.Kennedy
...
 
G.Kennedy's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2002
Location: Venice, CA
Oddometer: 1,849
I have a '97 Techno 250 ... It has been a terrific bike. As AnnieGS said ... parts here in the States have been very easy to obtain and not too expensive. It has been a very durable bike and has only really needed some brake attention.

It is a bit heavier than the most modern bikes (177lbs vs 160lbs on the latest and greatest) ... but it is very tough. Holds almost a gallon of gas. Great bike for beginning to intermediate trials. Fantastic for trail riding around the local forests too.

Six speeds gearbox and the top two gears are tall ... so it will go fast ... but don't get caught going to fast on a trail ... the whoops will max the suspension out real fast.

Mine has been an all around great bike. Here is a cool Polaroid of mine:

__________________
'00 R1100RT
'05 525EXC
'08 Hypermotard
IBA#11791
G.Kennedy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2009, 06:22 AM   #4
bingbong OP
Studly Adventurer
 
bingbong's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: Obidos, Portugal
Oddometer: 758
Talking how far?

Quote:
Originally Posted by G.Kennedy
I have a '97 Techno 250 ... It has been a terrific bike. As AnnieGS said ... parts here in the States have been very easy to obtain and not too expensive. It has been a very durable bike and has only really needed some brake attention.

It is a bit heavier than the most modern bikes (177lbs vs 160lbs on the latest and greatest) ... but it is very tough. Holds almost a gallon of gas. Great bike for beginning to intermediate trials. Fantastic for trail riding around the local forests too.

Six speeds gearbox and the top two gears are tall ... so it will go fast ... but don't get caught going to fast on a trail ... the whoops will max the suspension out real fast.

Mine has been an all around great bike. Here is a cool Polaroid of mine:


I have another question Im affraid . I was figuring out where to head off on the trails but got to wondering how far can I go with less than a gallon of gas? what is the MPG of one of these when trailing along? I have no idea.
Also I saw that Beta do a long distance kit, tank and seat kit. Does anyone know if it will fit the 98 techno or could be made to fit.
thanks again for answers
bingbong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2009, 01:35 AM   #5
bingbong OP
Studly Adventurer
 
bingbong's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: Obidos, Portugal
Oddometer: 758
well it sounds like its the ideal bike for me. I am not worried about it being a bit heavier as it will only get trail riding. Thanks alot for the replys, really appreciate it.
Has anzone found a source for workshop manuals? Online or otherwise.
now Im getting excited about the thought of a new bike (to me)
I sure dont feel 45
bingbong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2009, 08:55 AM   #6
G.Kennedy
...
 
G.Kennedy's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2002
Location: Venice, CA
Oddometer: 1,849
Here is a link to an Austrailian site that has the exploded view of all the parts for many old Betas ... including the 98 Techno.

http://www.trialsport.com.au/beta/documents.htm

I was able to email Beta in Italy and they actually sent me an original owners manual for free.

While not as light as the most modern bikes ... the bike will not hold you back. Dougie Lampkin was able to win the World Championship on a '98 Techno.

Check out this video .... don't let anyone tell your an older trials bike will hold you back. Yes he is riding a Techno 250.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWFld...eature=related
__________________
'00 R1100RT
'05 525EXC
'08 Hypermotard
IBA#11791
G.Kennedy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2009, 10:25 AM   #7
bingbong OP
Studly Adventurer
 
bingbong's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: Obidos, Portugal
Oddometer: 758
Thumb

Quote:
Originally Posted by G.Kennedy
Here is a link to an Austrailian site that has the exploded view of all the parts for many old Betas ... including the 98 Techno.

http://www.trialsport.com.au/beta/documents.htm

I was able to email Beta in Italy and they actually sent me an original owners manual for free.

While not as light as the most modern bikes ... the bike will not hold you back. Dougie Lampkin was able to win the World Championship on a '98 Techno.

Check out this video .... don't let anyone tell your an older trials bike will hold you back. Yes he is riding a Techno 250.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWFld...eature=related

Bloody fantastic . Both the riding and the parts list

looks like I might have over done it with the techno, maybe a pre 65 is more my style, flat cap and a pipe . After all my other bike is a BMW

thanks again G.Kennedy
bingbong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2009, 09:15 PM   #8
Frostbit
Is it cold in here?
 
Frostbit's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2007
Location: Eagle River, Alaska
Oddometer: 1,038
Quote:
Originally Posted by bingbong
Hello all, I hope someone can give me the info good and bad on a beta techno 250 1998. It'll be my first trials bike, at the grand old age of 45! IF I buy it. It's kind of fulfilling a boyhood dream . (having a trials bike not the beta ) I came so close to joining a trials club and going into local competition, but for several money related reasons it never happened but I've always been a fan. I do ride bikes and always have, so. Who knows what they're like? are they ok for a bit of hooningaround and green laning. Spares? expensive/intensive to keep? Many thanks and sorry if all this seems a bit newby non technical guff.
Sorry that I can't offer any technical advice yet but I can certainly understand your mindset. I'm damn near 5o and have alway been dazzled by trials riding but never dabbled with it. Yesterday an opportunity presented itself and I traded a TW2oo for a 98 Beta Techno. I've only been on it for 15 minutes so far but I think that I'm in love.



__________________
It’s easier to have a strong opinion with less information.

Check out WWW.RideDualSport.com forum.
Frostbit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2009, 05:48 AM   #9
bingbong OP
Studly Adventurer
 
bingbong's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: Obidos, Portugal
Oddometer: 758
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frostbit
Sorry that I can't offer any technical advice yet but I can certainly understand your mindset. I'm damn near 5o and have alway been dazzled by trials riding but never dabbled with it. Yesterday an opportunity presented itself and I traded a TW2oo for a 98 Beta Techno. I've only been on it for 15 minutes so far but I think that I'm in love.



Holy cow that is beautiful . The one available to me is no where near that lovely condition but it gives me hope to make mine that good.
Keep us posted on how you two get on. I would really like to know how far you can go on a tank of gas.
Feel free to post pictures anytime you like
Have fun
bingbong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2009, 08:36 AM   #10
Pokey66C23
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: wetside
Oddometer: 421
96 Beta Techno

I bought a 96 Beta last year. What a great bike. We have 2 acres, so I ride it in the pasture over logs, rocks, stumps, do wheelies and get a great work out doing so. I'm 51. Must be a mid-life thing....

Its a great trail bike, and surprisingly does very well in sand dunes with the trials tires. I took it to Montana in August to our friends 10,000 acre ranch on the Missouri River. I went places on that bike I would never dare take any of my other motorcycles.

Carry extra fuel in MSR fuel bottles in a backpack. I'm not sure but I think about 35 miles is max on a tank of gas - 1.1 gallons. I wish I had a bolt on tank/seat, but I don't believe Beta made one to fit these older bikes. I have a Millermatic 210 with a spool gun and have thought of making my own aux fuel tank /seat system, but so far I haven't taken the time to do so.

They are fantastic bikes and I've been told very durable. I did get a flat front tire running through prickley pear cactus in Montana, it didn't seem to give the rear any problems.

I went through my bike last winter, needed a few parts, put sprockets and a chain on. I went through a small Beta dealer and had no problems getting anything. I downloaded a owners manual from the net, but would really like to have the factory manuals on the bike, I enjoy doing my own maintenance. Anyone have a Beta Factory contact for the "freebies"?
Soundsl like Beta supports these older bikes well.

I don't think a old guy who wants to play trials rider can go wrong with one of these bikes. Its the best on the trail, it will go anywhere.

Pokey
Pokey66C23 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2009, 04:41 PM   #11
bingbong OP
Studly Adventurer
 
bingbong's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: Obidos, Portugal
Oddometer: 758
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pokey66C23
I bought a 96 Beta last year. What a great bike. We have 2 acres, so I ride it in the pasture over logs, rocks, stumps, do wheelies and get a great work out doing so. I'm 51. Must be a mid-life thing....

Its a great trail bike, and surprisingly does very well in sand dunes with the trials tires. I took it to Montana in August to our friends 10,000 acre ranch on the Missouri River. I went places on that bike I would never dare take any of my other motorcycles.

Carry extra fuel in MSR fuel bottles in a backpack. I'm not sure but I think about 35 miles is max on a tank of gas - 1.1 gallons. I wish I had a bolt on tank/seat, but I don't believe Beta made one to fit these older bikes. I have a Millermatic 210 with a spool gun and have thought of making my own aux fuel tank /seat system, but so far I haven't taken the time to do so.

They are fantastic bikes and I've been told very durable. I did get a flat front tire running through prickley pear cactus in Montana, it didn't seem to give the rear any problems.

I went through my bike last winter, needed a few parts, put sprockets and a chain on. I went through a small Beta dealer and had no problems getting anything. I downloaded a owners manual from the net, but would really like to have the factory manuals on the bike, I enjoy doing my own maintenance. Anyone have a Beta Factory contact for the "freebies"?
Soundsl like Beta supports these older bikes well.

I don't think a old guy who wants to play trials rider can go wrong with one of these bikes. Its the best on the trail, it will go anywhere.

Pokey
Thats a nice reply pokey, thanks. I just heard tonight that the bike is no longer for sale I am gutted, surprisingly so. That means the search is on now, I have decided I must have one as it seems everyone is having so much fun out there. Sounds like these Beta's are a good buy.
bingbong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2009, 05:43 AM   #12
bingbong OP
Studly Adventurer
 
bingbong's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: Obidos, Portugal
Oddometer: 758
Thumb good news

I found a 2004 250 rev3 in the uk for less money than the techno and its ready to roll . I have to ship it from the UK though. But even with that I should come out even on money and a bike that's 6 years newer .
I'm happy again
bingbong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2012, 10:32 AM   #13
DrKayak
Retro Rider
 
DrKayak's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Shingle Springs CA
Oddometer: 696
My first trials bike

I looked for a long time and could not bring myself to pay near $3,000 for a 2001 or 2002 Rev3. I had a want add and was offered this 96 Techno for $800. It was dirty but very low use and good tires too. Has the headlight and wiring as-new in a box.





Anyone know if better/wider foot pegs are available to fit it?
__________________
2011 690 Enduro R
2013 Beta Evo
07 450 EXC
04 FZ1
DrKayak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2012, 02:57 PM   #14
lineaway
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: nm
Oddometer: 2,086
Nice bike. First time I have seen a `96 with a `95 rear fender. It does look better. Did you buy that from Allan? Were you lucky enough to get the stock muffler too?
You already have the better pegs on there. The stock ones were about 2/3 as wide.
lineaway is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2012, 03:26 PM   #15
DrKayak
Retro Rider
 
DrKayak's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Shingle Springs CA
Oddometer: 696
Quote:
Originally Posted by lineaway View Post
Nice bike. First time I have seen a `96 with a `95 rear fender. It does look better. Did you buy that from Allan? Were you lucky enough to get the stock muffler too?
You already have the better pegs on there. The stock ones were about 2/3 as wide.

Are you saying the fender is not right or the bike is a 95? Looks just like a 96 I saw in an old magazine article. Yes, I came with the OE muffler. Should I put it back on? Is the one pictures for this bike? I plan to repack the muffler on it. As it's a little loud for back yard riding.

The pegs look small to me compare to my KTMs. The Bilit ones they sell for the Rev3 will not fit?

Did not get it from Allan...

__________________
2011 690 Enduro R
2013 Beta Evo
07 450 EXC
04 FZ1
DrKayak is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 11:11 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014