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Old 11-01-2012, 08:47 AM   #1
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What do you all think of this 97 Techno. Got a chance to grab it for $1000.00 seller says all is good. Rear fender is not original and looks like the tank speedo is missing.

Where there any real issues with this year? other than the clutch and carb.


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Old 11-01-2012, 11:07 AM   #2
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Rear wheel has been replaced. They had terrible rear brakes and those bars have to go. They did work well. I would not buy one with out pulling the water pump cover off and checking for corrosion. Last thing you would want to buy is a bike needing center cases!
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:27 AM   #3
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Rear wheel has been replaced. They had terrible rear brakes and those bars have to go. They did work well. I would not buy one with out pulling the water pump cover off and checking for corrosion. Last thing you would want to buy is a bike needing center cases!

I didn't know the older ones had the water pump problem.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:07 PM   #4
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Yea, the fender is off an 96 like mine. It's the only fender left in stock at Beta for the Techno. I paid $1,000 for mine last fall. I think it was a great deal. I have never seen another one with an asking price below $1,500. I have seen several in the $2,000 range, way over priced...

I have rode the crap out of mine. 100s of hour in a year. The fan failed and a Rev 3 fan fit but was $200. No other issues. For the $1,000 I paid, if it has corrosion issues I could care less. I have got a ton of fun out of it.I plant to ride it to death then get a Rev 3.

The rear brake took some work to get it good. As said, the rear brake is not great but with proper maintaince it can be good enough.

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Old 11-01-2012, 06:14 PM   #5
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I`ve ridden Beta`s since `89. The water pump problem has always been around, in fact Honda also had one for awhile. I fixed a `92 in about `98 with JB weld and as far as I know it still works! Spending a thousand dollars plus to repair a $1000.00 dollar bike usually does not happen. Takes 5 minutes to look!!!!
PS I did like my `97 since I won a senior national championship on it!
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:29 PM   #6
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I`ve ridden Beta`s since `89. The water pump problem has always been around, in fact Honda also had one for awhile. I fixed a `92 in about `98 with JB weld and as far as I know it still works! Spending a thousand dollars plus to repair a $1000.00 dollar bike usually does not happen. Takes 5 minutes to look!!!!
PS I did like my `97 since I won a senior national championship on it!
What exactly is the problem and failure?

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Old 11-01-2012, 07:22 PM   #7
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You end up with a hole in the left center case, not much cooling going on with no pressure with a hole on the backside of the water pump. Center cases come as a matched set, bearings, gaskets and close to eight hrs labor if things go well.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:57 PM   #8
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This doesn't lead to coolant in the oil? keeping fresh coolant in it doesn't help? Just poor quality materials on some bikes?

I'm getting good water flow as the fan comes on quick. It's only got too hat when the old fan was failing.
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Yes it leads to more coolant in the oil and never being able to cool the engine! The usual reason , the bike sits for years without ever being moved or the fluid mixed up so the corrosion happens at the lowest point in the cooling circuit. Which happens to be the water pump!
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Great info... thanks
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:05 PM   #11
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Anyone know why there would be a shiny bolt in the top of the kickstarter? Other than being stripped or is there a smaller bolt supposed to be there?
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:31 PM   #12
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Betas have fan problems. $200-$250 for a new one, which in time will also fail.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:50 AM   #13
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Betas have fan problems. $200-$250 for a new one, which in time will also fail.
The honest answer is all water cooled trials bikes could have a fan issue. There are many ways for a cheaper replacement. As in all parts anymore a new one is not cheap.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:08 PM   #14
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Well, this is the first I've read about this case issue. My 97 is overheating and I can't figure out why. This might explain things.


How do I check the case and waterpump?
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Before you check the case. Have you bypassed the thermostat? Hooked a battery to the fan to make sure it starts on it`s own. A lot of time when the fan is starting to go, it is intermitent. You can tell once it is getting warm , you can push start the fan with your finger.
But yes to check the waterpump, just drain the coolant(if there is any). There is a vent screw on top of the raditor, then just remove the water pump cover. It is usually pretty obvious from there. Hope you sort it out!
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