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Old 05-04-2012, 07:58 AM   #91
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Hi all. I've never owned a trails bike but i would like to buy 1. I live in northern Colorado and I have a hard time finding used trials bikes. My budget is 1500 to 2500. I saw this 1995 Beta 250 and was wondering if it was a good deal or not. I know its hard to tell from the pics but it seems OK minus the broken spokes on the rear wheel. Guy is asking 1500 bucks. What do you think? Thanks.

http://fortcollins.craigslist.org/mcy/2982978392.html
Yes, I think that is a good price. I just bought a 96 a month ago for a little less $$. Since I got mine I have been checking craigslist nationaly - many Techno are offered at $2,000 to $1,800. I would try to offer a few hundered less. Still, at $1,500 you will never find a Rev 2 for that.

I like mine it's basicly the same engine as the newer Betas. The front is a little heavier on the Techno. As the seller told me "For a begginner the only difference between a Techno and a newer Beta is the price."

If you get it put some S3 foot pegs on it. That's about all it needs....
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:43 AM   #92
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Hi all. I've never owned a trails bike but i would like to buy 1. I live in northern Colorado and I have a hard time finding used trials bikes. My budget is 1500 to 2500. I saw this 1995 Beta 250 and was wondering if it was a good deal or not. I know its hard to tell from the pics but it seems OK minus the broken spokes on the rear wheel. Guy is asking 1500 bucks. What do you think? Thanks.

http://fortcollins.craigslist.org/mcy/2982978392.html
Obviously go look at it, and at least start it - but it looks good. (Some really helpful info there, I know. You're welcome.)

Call Bill at Balance Trials (720-207-7715). He's a Beta dealer in Westminster - he might have seen the bike before. If you ever need work/parts on/for it, he's your guy.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:59 PM   #93
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:47 PM   #94
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:12 PM   #95
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:41 AM   #96
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Would an older trials-ish bike like a mid 80s honda tlr200 be an ok trials bike to start out with? Most of the more modern and I would guess 2 stroke and lighter trials on craigs seem rare or really freaking expensive ('expensive' is a relative term folks...) There is a tlr200 from an inmate here I am interested in and would like some second opinions on diving in on it.
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:15 PM   #97
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Been using my reflex in vintage " twinshock.org " events & really enjoy the bike & the club. I kinda like four strokes too.
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I did ride district 6 during 89-90 & lived in Cumberland, MD...
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Old 02-24-2015, 10:38 AM   #98
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Just picked up an 03 gas gas txt 280 pro as a first bike. It's a little beat and probably not the best choice for a beginner but it worked out after a couple of other failed attempts at procuring a bike so...
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Old 02-24-2015, 03:26 PM   #99
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Might as well jump in feet first and buy my bike...

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Old 02-24-2015, 06:17 PM   #100
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I feel the need to back up Sting, I'm his current newb, I think I met him through this site on just this topic. I was buying into the smaller newb bike montra. He invited me to ride some bikes.

I rode mx tracks for about 8 years. Made my biggest improvements after dropping down from 250 2t to a 125. Learning to ride a 2t 250 as a beginner sucks, struggling with a power band. I went to a 450 after the 125 and worked my way back to a 250 2t. I got faster on a the 450 because I could control the power, got fast enough to be comfortable on the 250 2t.

So I go to Sting's thinking I want a small bike. I ride his 225 and then 300 raga and think, you gotta be f-n kidding me? The power on these bikes is so mellow the size is not an issue. How can it be? If a 300 scares you, you are borderline able to ride a motorcycle. I bought an 09 300 raga, no fw weight, stock throttle, stock head.
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:43 PM   #101
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I feel the need to back up Sting, I'm his current newb, I think I met him through this site on just this topic. I was buying into the smaller newb bike montra. He invited me to ride some bikes.

I rode mx tracks for about 8 years. Made my biggest improvements after dropping down from 250 2t to a 125. Learning to ride a 2t 250 as a beginner sucks, struggling with a power band. I went to a 450 after the 125 and worked my way back to a 250 2t. I got faster on a the 450 because I could control the power, got fast enough to be comfortable on the 250 2t.

So I go to Sting's thinking I want a small bike. I ride his 225 and then 300 raga and think, you gotta be f-n kidding me? The power on these bikes is so mellow the size is not an issue. How can it be? If a 300 scares you, you are borderline able to ride a motorcycle. I bought an 09 300 raga, no fw weight, stock throttle, stock head.
Large cc`s on a trials bike has nothing to do with fright. Riding an under powered bike can actually produce better scores. So the guy riding a bike that sucks to have fun on could beat you by score just by not having too much power. Too much power can mean too many extra dabs in an event. So confusing.
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Old 02-24-2015, 10:31 PM   #102
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Large cc`s on a trials bike has nothing to do with fright. Riding an under powered bike can actually produce better scores. So the guy riding a bike that sucks to have fun on could beat you by score just by not having too much power. Too much power can mean too many extra dabs in an event. So confusing.
This is exactly why I took first place my first event on my wife's 125! My friend told me I would likely have a much lower score then most first time riders because I was on such a small bike... Seemed strange but I trusted him even though I didn't understand why.

Looking back it makes a lot more sense now.

I won't ever say you need a small bike first, but I do feel it helped me a bunch!
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Old 02-25-2015, 03:39 PM   #103
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After a year on my 1st trials rig (evo300), I would have progressed quicker with a 200 or 250. There was a lot of power when I only needed a little.
It came with a thin base gasket, fast throttle, and running race fuel.
I have got a thicker gasket, adjusted the clutch for more slip, changed gearing, and slow throttle tube. Still run a good fuel mix.
The bike is way mellow now and still has power. It's a bear to kick and I doubt I could kick it on the roll.
I imagine if I had got a 200-250, by this time I would be looking at increasing performance. But I can always go back up to radical on the 300.
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Old 02-26-2015, 12:52 PM   #104
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Large cc`s on a trials bike has nothing to do with fright. Riding an under powered bike can actually produce better scores. So the guy riding a bike that sucks to have fun on could beat you by score just by not having too much power. Too much power can mean too many extra dabs in an event. So confusing.

I suppose that is true if the rider refuses to learn how to use their clutch.
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Old 02-26-2015, 02:21 PM   #105
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I suppose that is true if the rider refuses to learn how to use their clutch.
For some it isn't a matter of refusing to use the clutch, it can often be that they are willing and trying but just don't realize they aren't as much as they think they are.

When I got my bike and change from my wife's 125 I started using the clutch less over time and didn't even realize it tell a buddy pointed it out and I had to force myself to be better about it after that.

I was still new so didn't have the best habit yet but luckily between starting on the 125 and having a group of others to ride with made a big difference for me.

My experience for what it's worth.
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