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Old 04-01-2013, 09:06 PM   #451
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Motul Oil?

My dealer suggested I use the Motul 15W60 on my Beta 520. It even says Motul on my side case.

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Dealer gave me some 5w/50 Maxima, said they've been having good feedback. Manual calls for 15W50.
And now that Beta is going with Motul (http://www.americanbeta.com/node/1604) - which comes in a 10W40, and 10W50, and 20W50 - I'd like to hear what others are using, and would appreciate thoughts/feedback from the collective, thanks.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:26 PM   #452
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Eek

i have a few more items of purchase that should help.

1. the LED rear license plate light with all the goodies hooked in (running light, brake light, plate light and blinkers.
2. a keyed ignition
3. a 12v cigarette lighter with cap
4. a combo on/off switch with starter button.
5. an hour meter.



plus the all important spoke wraps, which add 10 h.p. easily



in all seriousness, i have ordred the fan kit and a few other mods, and i should be happy to go for a while. did the title transfer today as well. i'm legal!
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:35 AM   #453
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Hour meter?

I might be in error, but my 2013 520 has a built in hour meter in the display. Is yours different ?
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:53 PM   #454
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I might be in error, but my 2013 520 has a built in hour meter in the display. Is yours different ?
it's a long story, but i currrently do not have an odo on. suppose to have one by the end of the week. i just wanted to make doubly sure just in case it doesn't show up. i'm anal about hours and oil etc.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:38 AM   #455
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Dealer gave me some 5w/50 Maxima, said they've been having good feedback. Manual calls for 15W50.
And now that Beta is going with Motul (http://www.americanbeta.com/node/1604) - which comes in a 10W40, and 10W50, and 20W50 - I'd like to hear what others are using, and would appreciate thoughts/feedback from the collective, thanks.

Oh - NO!!! Not the dreaded oil thread!

This should stir things up a bit ...

I use Castrol GTX 10w40 (dino oil) in the motor & tranny. I do not subscribe to oil or moto manufacturers marketing claims. Oil companies have been buying owners-manual recommendations for decades. You should run away from any motor that actually REQUIRES synthetic lube. The oiling system design would be FAULTY!

With 30-hour change intervals in a non-raced Beta, just about ANY oil should work fine.

My Aprilia Caponord claims to require Motul semi-synth 15w50. It has 127k miles on GTX. 3 valve-adjust shims, filters, & oil (4-5k miles intervals) are the only things that have been replaced in that motor.

Just another opinion,

Catfish ...
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:11 PM   #456
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My dealer suggested I use the Motul 15W60 on my Beta 520. It even says Motul on my side case.
Went with (what the manual states - ) 15W50, as thats what I used in my previous Beta. The 5W50 makes no sense to me.
15W60 would be even better in higher temps.

I think I need to play with the tranny oil as well - doesn't feel quite right.
Currently using Maxima 80wt.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:00 AM   #457
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More than you want to know.......

about oil. http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...Board=9&page=1

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Old 04-05-2013, 01:26 PM   #458
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Laugh Color me red

Ordered a 520RS, cant hardly wait till first week of May.
Sorry but you guys are going to have to put up with me here.

Coming off a much loved Husky TE449, she's gonna be jealous sitting in the back corner of the garage.













Is it May yet?????
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:30 PM   #459
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15 W 60 for the extreme heat.

It's almost 100*s right now in the desert. I will still be riding in June when it some times gets close to or over 110 before me and the boys get in before noon for the days ride. I am sure other oils might be better in cooler temps but for the summer I'll stick with this. Some research I found on the 15w60.


TYPE OF USE
High performance lubricant developed for the « Factory Team » and specially designed to offer a better clutch “feeling” and exceptional engine and gear box protection in extreme conditions of use. For motorcycles equipped with 4 stroke engines with integrated gearboxes or not, wet clutch or dry clutch. Racing engines operating at very high temperatures and high revs: Dirt bike, Enduro, …
Other use: ATV
PERFORMANCE
STANDARDS : API SL
APPROVAL : JASO MA under N°M033MOT086
MOTUL Ester Technology : maximum oil film resistance at very high temperature. No oil film breakdown. Very low shear loss on Bosch Test ASTM D6278: oil pressure is stable whatever the conditions of use for outstanding engine and gearbox protection. 15W-60 grade is able to absorb fuel dilution in the oil and maintains high oil pressure. Engine can run at very high temperature and under heavy load over a long period
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:43 AM   #460
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Need some advice from the Beta crowd. I've been looking into a new 450RS. A dealer advised me to maybe go with a 450RR and do the signals and stuff to it. According to the dealer the switch and wiring and all is there on the RR and you just need to add the signals and a mirror (then deal with the paperwork and that is not a problem (I am in Maine)).
Anyone have an opinion on that or can confirm that is the case?

My use for the bike is as a single track bike that can be plated on the road in order to link trails together.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:19 AM   #461
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Need some advice from the Beta crowd. I've been looking into a new 450RS. A dealer advised me to maybe go with a 450RR and do the signals and stuff to it. According to the dealer the switch and wiring and all is there on the RR and you just need to add the signals and a mirror (then deal with the paperwork and that is not a problem (I am in Maine)).
Anyone have an opinion on that or can confirm that is the case?

My use for the bike is as a single track bike that can be plated on the road in order to link trails together.
Your dealer is correct.

Consider adding a radiator cooling fan also.

And....the American Beta website is a GREAT source for everything basically (BETA related of course) . They are very responsive to questions and have a great selection of accessories. Link: http://www.americanbeta.com/

Good ridin' !!

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Old 04-08-2013, 04:04 PM   #462
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For those with Betas with some hours/miles on them, how are you liking them? I've always been a Yamaha guy, but the Beta is really hitting some key points for me. Problem is there doesn't seem to be any around me (Maine) and even fewer dealers in my area. So I'm gonna have to travel to get one, so I am looking for general feedback please (and thank you).
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:29 PM   #463
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Where does one get a keyed ignition? My 520 is in production now and I didn't see a key in BYOB.

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i have a few more items of purchase that should help.

1. the LED rear license plate light with all the goodies hooked in (running light, brake light, plate light and blinkers.
2. a keyed ignition
3. a 12v cigarette lighter with cap
4. a combo on/off switch with starter button.
5. an hour meter.



plus the all important spoke wraps, which add 10 h.p. easily



in all seriousness, i have ordred the fan kit and a few other mods, and i should be happy to go for a while. did the title transfer today as well. i'm legal!
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:49 PM   #464
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Where does one get a keyed ignition? My 520 is in production now and I didn't see a key in BYOB.
i bought one of flebay...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/190733796810...84.m1439.l2649
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:59 PM   #465
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For those with Betas with some hours/miles on them, how are you liking them? I've always been a Yamaha guy, but the Beta is really hitting some key points for me. Problem is there doesn't seem to be any around me (Maine) and even fewer dealers in my area. So I'm gonna have to travel to get one, so I am looking for general feedback please (and thank you).
I have had mine a while and really like it. It is dependable, handles like a dream. Check out Thumper Talk for more info and more reviews.
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