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Old 10-11-2013, 10:38 AM   #1
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2013 Sherco 290 vs 2011 Beta Evo 290

I am trying to decide between a used 2013 Sherco 290 and a used 2011 Beta Evo 290. Both appear to be in very good condition. The Sherco is 900.00 more. I am wondering if there is much difference in performance and if there is 900.00 difference in performance. I am new to trials and this would be my first trials bike. I have have been riding and racing MX and off-road for 30 plus years. Thanks for any input.
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:13 PM   #2
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new............

Than you can save apoop load look for a 2007-09 model.
How much are they asking for each?
I have 2 2013 sherco 300s love them both
I am and always was a Sherco fan, With RYP ( Ryan Young Products ) they are what I feel the top supporter of trials as far as being there for you, Parts are always in stock, and usually a few days away...
If you have any other questions P M me
I might have mine for sale as well
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Old 10-11-2013, 02:24 PM   #3
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Better consider the OHV sticker issue too. Doubt the Sherco has a title or Dan would have put it in the CL listing. I know LewisSports has made sure the newer Evo get a legit Red Sticker.

I think the Bets is a better built bike, stronger frame... I have had 3. Long range seat/gas tank available for the Evo too. Just did the Rubicon on mine last weekend. 10x the fun my KTM would have been.
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Old 10-11-2013, 03:46 PM   #4
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As the Dr. pointed out - sticker issues in Ca are a big concern in Ca.

On the bike front - you will never-ever come close to exceeding the capabilities of either bike. No big difference, just personal preference. Ride them both if you can. Really comes down to trying to get the best deal you can - with a CA. sticker.

Both are great bikes IMO.
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:47 PM   #5
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\On the bike front - you will never-ever come close to exceeding the capabilities of either bike. No big difference, just personal preference. Ride them both if you can. Really comes down to trying to get the best deal you can - with a CA. sticker.

Both are great bikes IMO.
Yep, I road a guys well worn 04 GasGas and thought it was a great bike. No big difference from a Beta (at my level).

Hard to get most no title trials bikes thru DMV... if you want to ride it on public lands.
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:35 PM   #6
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For a noob go with the less $ bike. You can use the 900 for gas and fork protectors and club membership. By joining a trials club, you'll meet the guys and get immersed better. It's a lot better to ride with other trialists to learn and get full enjoyment out of the bike. For a noob, you won't notice a difference between the bikes cuz they're so different fron trail bikes. As you gain experience and try other bikes, it might make a difference later.

Just my.002 dong worth.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:18 AM   #7
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I've recently ridden both. Any preference is just by a wee tiny bit because all the new bike are really good.

The sticker thing is meaningless to me, being from Oklahoma.

- Appearance, Sherco (love the yellow)
- Sound and feel of the motor, Sherco
- Suspension, Sherco (very lively but controlled)
- Handling, Beta (both are rock stable but Beta can turn a tighter line)
- Transmission - even
- Clutch, Sherco (some individual Betas do the tweetie-drag thing)
- Support, Sherco (Ryan Young is hard to beat, but Beta is probably just as good - I don't know)
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:03 AM   #8
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I've recently ridden both. Any preference is just by a wee tiny bit because all the new bike are really good.

The sticker thing is meaningless to me, being from Oklahoma.

- Appearance, Sherco (love the yellow)
So your the one! I love the 13 Beta (red) on the HF frame myself. Finally an Evo that looks like a sexy Italian design rather than a girder from the factory roof.
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So your the one! I love the 13 Beta (red) on the HF frame myself. Finally an Evo that looks like a sexy Italian design rather than a girder from the factory roof.
The newer Betas do look good, no doubt about that. I like the newer frame as it is very compact, not puffed like the older one.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:31 PM   #10
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I decided to go with the Beta. Great looking bike, more than enough performance for my beginner skills and it will come with registration and red sticker. I pick it up from Lewisport Wednesday.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:48 PM   #11
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So your the one! I love the 13 Beta (red) on the HF frame myself. Finally an Evo that looks like a sexy Italian design rather than a girder from the factory roof.
Guess it looks good.. too good. I'm still in the "try to keep it looking new" mode.. I would just as soon have to old, plain aluminum frame.. The boot polished aluminum had a "I ride a lot" look.. Not sure how the red powder coat will wear.

All those little separate decals are starting to peal too.. I'm tempted to take them all off.

Kengray -- good choice. I got my 2013 used at LewisSports also.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:38 PM   #12
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Talking Congrats.

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I decided to go with the Beta. Great looking bike, more than enough performance for my beginner skills and it will come with registration and red sticker. I pick it up from Lewisport Wednesday.
Welcome to the dark side!
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:10 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I live in Santa Rosa and also have a cabin in Mi Wuk (11 miles east of Sonora Hwy. 108). I'd like to meet some riding buddies to practice with. In Mi Wuk, we've got the Stanislaus Forest to ride, but in Santa Rosa I don't know any place to ride Trials except Cow Mountain. It would be a lot more convienent to find a local place in Santa Rosa.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:21 AM   #14
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The '11 290 is a very good bike.
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:56 AM   #15
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I decided to go with the Beta. Great looking bike, more than enough performance for my beginner skills and it will come with registration and red sticker. I pick it up from Lewisport Wednesday.
Great choice! Hard to go wrong with any of them, and the Beta is really nice.

And if you have problems steering a tight line accurately it certainly won't be the Beta! But don't worry about that. It takes most of us normal humans quite a long time to really learn to turn a trials bike as it should be turned. Old habits die a lingering death
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