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Old 02-01-2013, 08:34 PM   #376
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Just wanted to say that this 350 of mine damn near the perfect enduro bike. Love the way it handles and makes power. The more I ride it the more I love it, everyone who has ridden it has come away extremely impressed. Riding tomorrow and another friend is itchin to get a test ride.

If your on the fence take the jump, you will be impressed
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:20 PM   #377
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:48 PM   #378
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Beta: 2012 vs 2013 ?

I've finally come (back) to my senses, and am looking to get another Beta. I had a 2009 450RR, and loved it - and in a moment of madness, sold it last year !

As she'll be doing dual-sport duty (riding on average 50-100 km on the road to get to the trails) - I think the 450RR is the perfect size. I'd appreciate any info my fellow Beta riders could provide re the 2012 vs 2013 models.

As these bikes are quite rare, I'll likely be forced to buy new, but as we'll be together for many years, I'm OK with that.

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:27 PM   #379
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Beta 2012-2013 tank options ?

Looks like there is a larger tank for the 2012 RR models (part # AB-12027), anyone know if this fits the 2013 as well ?

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Old 02-11-2013, 03:07 PM   #380
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Looks like there is a larger tank for the 2012 RR models (part # AB-12027), anyone know if this fits the 2013 as well ?

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I don't know for sure but send them an email with your question....they usually respond promptly.

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Old 02-11-2013, 05:23 PM   #381
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Just wanted to say that this 350 of mine damn near the perfect enduro bike. Love the way it handles and makes power. The more I ride it the more I love it, everyone who has ridden it has come away extremely impressed. Riding tomorrow and another friend is itchin to get a test ride.

If your on the fence take the jump, you will be impressed
If buying again would you still pick the 350 over the 450 you rode, suspension being equal? Thanks.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:56 PM   #382
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Just picked up a 2012 350RR !
Need to do some maintenance - get her ready for dual sport duty, but will report back once she's had her maiden voyage !
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:17 PM   #383
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520RS mpg?

I’m heading to the dealer tomorrow with check book in hand to look at a 2012 520RS . I’m coming off a CA plated 02 XR650R that got 40-42 mpg consistently no matter what type of terrain I was on, or how I used the throttle. Do any of you know what kind of mileage I can expect from the 520RS? This is a California model.

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Old 02-20-2013, 05:00 AM   #384
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Im heading to the dealer tomorrow with check book in hand to look at a 2012 520RS . Im coming off a CA plated 02 XR650R that got 40-42 mpg consistently no matter what type of terrain I was on, or how I used the throttle. Do any of you know what kind of mileage I can expect from the 520RS? This is a California model.

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Do you plan on doing much street riding...like 50/50 or is this 90% dirt? I have a Beta trials bike and really like it and now that I am in the market for a DS bike really like the 520RS. But....I need to ride 45-60 minutes of freeway to get to the dirt. So far a DR650 seems good but I know the 520RS would be a killer DS bike.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:34 AM   #385
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Do you plan on doing much street riding...like 50/50 or is this 90% dirt? I have a Beta trials bike and really like it and now that I am in the market for a DS bike really like the 520RS. But....I need to ride 45-60 minutes of freeway to get to the dirt. So far a DR650 seems good but I know the 520RS would be a killer DS bike.
My riding will be 80-90% dirt : 10-20% street. I have a 06 YZ250 2t for 100% off road and enduro racing. I'm probably going to install the Rekluse auto clutch on the 520, and if it works out well, I'll probably use the 520 for everything.

With the 6.9 gallon tank on my XRR, I and can ride a 250+ mile loop without having to stop for gas. I'd like to have a good idea what the mpg is for the 520, so I can plan my rides. I know the mpg depends on speed and terrain, but if anyone can give me an average mpg, Id appreciate it.

I dont understand the manufacturers sell their DS bikes with those itty bitty 2 gallon tanks!
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:48 AM   #386
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My riding will be 80-90% dirt : 10-20% street. I have a 06 YZ250 2t for 100% off road and enduro racing. I'm probably going to install the Rekluse auto clutch on the 520, and if it works out well, I'll probably use the 520 for everything.

With the 6.9 gallon tank on my XRR, I and can ride a 250+ mile loop without having to stop for gas. I'd like to have a good idea what the mpg is for the 520, so I can plan my rides. I know the mpg depends on speed and terrain, but if anyone can give me an average mpg, Id appreciate it.

I dont understand the manufacturers sell their DS bikes with those itty bitty 2 gallon tanks!
With the Clark 3.8 gallon tank on a de-smogged 2011 520 RS running 14 x 48 gearing and JD jet kit for low elevation with FMF Q pipe carrying lots of off-road tools, tubes and 2 gallons of extra fuel, a gallon of water, etc. rider weight without riding gear of 200 lbs, running Maxxis Desert ITs and ultra-heavy-duty tubes I got 140+ miles out of a tank. I was riding fairly quickly, mostly high gears, probably 60-80% WOT over mostly open, but varied terrain dirt.

I was consciously riding one gear higher when I could in order to conserve fuel. Your results may vary.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:55 AM   #387
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With the Clark 3.8 gallon tank on a de-smogged 2011 520 RS running 14 x 48 gearing and JD jet kit for low elevation with FMF Q pipe carrying lots of off-road tools, tubes and 2 gallons of extra fuel, a gallon of water, etc. rider weight without riding gear of 200 lbs, running Maxxis Desert ITs and ultra-heavy-duty tubes I got 140+ miles out of a tank. I was riding fairly quickly, mostly high gears, probably 60-80% WOT over mostly open, but varied terrain dirt.

I was consciously riding one gear higher when I could in order to conserve fuel. Your results may vary.
Thanks WW,

That's exactly what I needed to know. Now, OFF TO THE DEALER!!
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:30 PM   #388
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If buying again would you still pick the 350 over the 450 you rode, suspension being equal? Thanks.
Well, after riding the 350, which is epic on the trails, the dealer is kind enough to let me switch to a 450 (350 was a demo).
As other than displacement, there's little difference (weight, height, suspension are the same, although the 350 has titanium valves, more compression), the 450 is crucial for me, as I ride the tarmac to get to the trails.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:54 PM   #389
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Well, after riding the 350, which is epic on the trails, the dealer is kind enough to let me switch to a 450 (350 was a demo).
As other than displacement, there's little difference (weight, height, suspension are the same, although the 350 has titanium valves, more compression), the 450 is crucial for me, as I ride the tarmac to get to the trails.
Thanks, but I am asking about dirt only use. The engine size really makes a difference in how a bike feels, everything else being equal. Dirt only(woods), 350 or 450? Thanks.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:56 PM   #390
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Thanks, but I am asking about dirt only use. The engine size really makes a difference in how a bike feels, everything else being equal. Dirt only(woods), 350 or 450? Thanks.
This Motorcycle USA review nails it:
http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/840/13...-Shootout.aspx

Jump to 1:56m in the video when they speak to the difference between the 350 and 450.
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