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Old 03-04-2013, 02:40 AM   #421
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:34 AM   #422
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Beta Talk

has moved. http://getdirtydirtbikes.com/blog/

The forum: http://getdirtydirtbikes.com/blog/mingle/
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:46 AM   #423
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Gone. Doesnt exist any more. This (thread) is our (Beta owners) new home.
Over on thumpertalk there is a pretty large community and lots of good info, in fact there is a thread going right now to count the # of owners to determine if beta gets its own subforum.

If you haven't checked it out, do. And add your name to the list while your at it. I see that as the next best source for beta info.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:35 AM   #424
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is there a choice of aftermarket tanks ?,can the stock shrowds be installed on any aftermarket tanks ??,thanks
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:51 AM   #425
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is there a choice of aftermarket tanks ?,can the stock shrowds be installed on any aftermarket tanks ??,thanks
Here's a 3.8 gallon tank from justgastanks: http://justgastanks.com/index.php?cPath=4_892

More info from American Beta's website: http://shop.americanbeta.com/c/acces...ody-protection

I don't believe the stock shrouds are used on the larger tank. Doesn't look like it in the photos anyways. And I believe that radiator guards are not needed with this larger tank.

Maybe someone here that has bought/installed this tank can provide more info.

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Old 03-05-2013, 02:28 AM   #426
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Hello all,

New owner of a 2009 525 RR here. The bike has around 1600 miles on it, anything specific I should check? Was the bike well greased from the factory or should I tear her apart and grease everything? I will be checking the valve clearance, changing oil/filters also.

Is there anything to be gained by going to a JD Jet kit versus stock?

Also, I've been looking for new plastics for the thing but cannot find any, only graphic kits. Does American Beta carry 09 plastics?

Thanks all! I will have pics soon!
americanbeta carries plastic kits..or you can get a dealer to order for you. I think there's black, white and red..or really an orangish red.. Thumpertalk has a big group going and getdirty is on it's way rebuilding the Beta only site. I just visit all the Beta locations and see what comes up.. also check google for beta and check the different Beta shop sites from different countries.. The Boano racing site has some cool stuff too.

http://www.beta.boano.com/index.asp?cat=8&sottocat=5

Here's austrailia for ex.

http://betamotor.com.au/betaenduro.php

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Old 03-05-2013, 07:39 PM   #427
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americanbeta carries plastic kits..or you can get a dealer to order for you. I think there's black, white and red..or really an orangish red.. Thumpertalk has a big group going and getdirty is on it's way rebuilding the Beta only site. I just visit all the Beta locations and see what comes up.. also check google for beta and check the different Beta shop sites from different countries.. The Boano racing site has some cool stuff too.

http://www.beta.boano.com/index.asp?cat=8&sottocat=5

Here's austrailia for ex.

http://betamotor.com.au/betaenduro.php
Thanks for the info!
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:26 PM   #428
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Thumb Brand New BETA 2013 520 RS

Yanked out the credit card and with out mercy purchased my well researched BYOB Beta. Of course all credit goes to Dave and Debby Turner at Get Dirty Dirt Bikes in Morongo Valley, CA. Dave answered all my petty and boring questions on his days off in person at the shop and through the phone at all hours. He made my purchase very easy and helped me greatly on my free set up and helped me on items that I needed and saved me money on items that I did not need. Such as the following.

6.0 rear spring and .54 front forks for my heavy ass.
Wide Beta foot pegs for my size 13 boot.
Softer foam seat.
Rear Rack.
Large clear tank 3.8 gallon.
Flexx bars, Scotts Damper and BRP hand guard mounts.
Silicone hose kit.
Desert skid plate.
48 tooth rear sprocket.
A bunch of other farkles I thought I needed or at least I thought I deserved them.

Beta even returned to me the original gas tank with graphics and stock front and rear springs which now will be for sale.

My first detailed ride will be friday and hopefully I can leave my first impressions some time sunday or monday. Here are a few pics.






IMG]http://i49.tinypic.com/2iaptlk.jpg[/IMG]

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Old 03-05-2013, 08:28 PM   #429
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:31 PM   #430
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Yanked out the credit card and with out mercy purchased my well researched BYOB Beta. Of course all credit goes to Dave and Debby Turner at Get Dirty Dirt Bikes in Morongo Valley, CA. Dave answered all my petty and boring questions on his days off in person at the shop and through the phone at all hours. He made my purchase very easy and helped me greatly on my free set up and helped me on items that I needed and saved me money on items that I did not need. Such as the following.

6.0 rear spring and .54 front forks for my heavy ass.
Wide Beta foot pegs for my size 13 boot.
Softer foam seat.
Rear Rack.
Large clear tank 3.8 gallon.
Flexx bars, Scotts Damper and BRP hand guard mounts.
Silicone hose kit.
Desert skid plate.
48 tooth rear sprocket.
A bunch of other farkles I thought I needed or at least I thought I deserved them.

Beta even returned to me the original gas tank with graphics and stock front and rear springs which now will be for sale.

My first detailed ride will be friday and hopefully I can leave my first impressions some time sunday or monday. Here are a few pics.






IMG]http://i49.tinypic.com/2iaptlk.jpg[/IMG]

pure bike porn right there! congrats on the purchase. you've set it up pretty darn perfect. and that's what a garage should look like
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:22 PM   #431
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[QUOTE=atravlr;20875921]Yanked out the credit card and with out mercy purchased my well researched BYOB Beta. Of course all credit goes to Dave and Debby Turner at Get Dirty Dirt Bikes in Morongo Valley, CA. Dave answered all my petty and boring questions on his days off in person at the shop and through the phone at all hours. He made my purchase very easy and helped me greatly on my free set up and helped me on items that I needed and saved me money on items that I did not need. Such as the following.

Congrats on the new Beta !

And I couldn't agree more with your comments about Dave and Debby Turner at Get Dirty Dirt Bikes in Morongo Valley, CA.

After my very first phone call to him a few months ago when I was shopping for a new dirt bike Dave right away offered to let me ride his 350RR no strings attached. So I drove over to see him from Las Vegas where I live and he gave me all the time I wanted to ride his bike, in fact when I was satisfied on what a great handling bike it was he insisted we keep riding for as long as I wanted. What a GREAT ambassador for Beta and what a GREAT bike overall! I love my 450RR !!

Looking forward to your initial impressions.....somehow I think they'll be good :)

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Old 03-06-2013, 05:09 PM   #432
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Curious if anyone has ordered a supermoto version? The 520rs looks like it would be an amazing sumo. Thoughts?
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:10 PM   #433
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Two pics of the new (to me) ride, haven't had time to take it out yet..


Beta 525 RR Factory by Guerillah, on Flickr


Beta 525 RR Factory by Guerillah, on Flickr
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:24 PM   #434
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2013 520 First Impressions

Almost a perfect day to ride in the desert, light rain keeping the dust away with no snowbirds blocking the trails looking at weeds and cacti before heading back to Canada, and no non-riders on their 25,000 dollar whore painted steroid Razrs with stereos and with out flags hogging the single tracks. If it wasnt for an hour of freezing pounding rain the day would of been a dream.
Still 90% of a great day is hard to beat especially, on a brand new bike.
The first thing I noticed from my old now converted dual sport XR 650 is that the 520 is very easy to toss around when avoiding those rim bender rocks on the trail. Sure the front end pops up on a whim and makes you want to ride a wheelie all day but just a good lean and your on the other side of the jeep trail avoiding a jarring rock. The hydraulic clutch was so much smoother than I could imagine. Two finger shifts were made possible on the enitre 75 mile ride if needed. The gear shift lever is positioned just right close to the case and not far out from it with only 2 missed shifts I blame entirely on my new Sidi boots. Once the boots are broken in completely I do not see that as a problem at all shifting up and down the gears. Going up and down the gears were quiet and smooth as butter, with no loud metal clanking noises.
As I wrote earlier I ordered the wide foot pegs and I am glad I did because standing up was made easy, securely and applying the rear brake was easy, even though the platform looks tiny and they do sell a larger pad, all my panic (oh shit) breaking was never missed. I ordered the fat boy rear springs and front according to my weight and it seemed to work with no problems. My riding partner who is a few pounds lighter than me bottomed out on his KTM bending his rear plate and my plate which hangs lower made it through unscratched on the same washouts at the same speeds.
The speed response from the throttle was quick and smooth with no hesitation or stalls. I was hinted at from others to remove the emissions but Dave at Get Dirty Dirt bikes said you do not really need to remove it because there is hardly any noteable difference. I took his advice and left it on and I have to say I am glad I did. I cant imagine it being any quicker. My riding partner stated it was smoother than the bike he was riding and he would not touch it either. So there, I am not removing it.
Todays ride consisted of dirt power line roads, slippery wet river rock single track, red caliche mud, old mining trails, flat desert roads, paved asphalt highway and sandy washes. The 520 took it all in style. The only dislike with the Beta it is true that at times it could be a little hard starting with the magic button when it is warm. If it sits for 10 to 15 minutes for a break it cranks right up. However on a 2 minute gate closer sometimes the starter has to work a bit. Harder than it should. I did not splurge on the upgraded battery but never the less it should start easier when hot. Next battery purchase will be a little better than stock. Any suggestions?
I did not go for a top speed run. I will wait until its a little more broken in. on the highway it ran smoothly at 65-70 with traffic, even though the Pirellis were howling against it. All in all the Beta is a great bike. Its easy to see why the Japanese are losing to the Euros on the dirt bike dept. The 520 is a great bike for the desert, I am glad I took the chance to be the first on my block to buy. It looks sharp and runs great. What more can a rider want?
Thank you Dave Turner again for helping me on this purchase and the bike set up.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:31 AM   #435
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Thanks for taking the time and effort to write up your experience. Great review. Now I really want one. Maybe the hot starting will improve with some more miles.
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