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Old 05-07-2014, 07:22 PM   #1
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97 Beta 2.5 Any good/can I get parts?

I found a 1997 Beta 2.5 for sale

Are these good bikes?
Can I get parts if I need them for a reasonable price and relatively quickly?

Do they have a hydraulic clutch?

I may try to go grab it if the collective thinks it's a good bike for a noob
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:51 PM   #2
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One of my past favorites. Plastics are now hard to find, but everything else should be good. Beta went to all hydraulics in 1990. Looks ok by the picture.
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Old 05-08-2014, 06:20 AM   #3
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Decent bikes, but as above, plastics, especially the rear fender, are no longer available.

The clutch plates can be sticky on these bikes, you may have to disassemble and clean it. My solution has been to run Silkoline Light Gear oil in the gearbox, but I certainly don't want to start another oil thread.

Check the rear shock linkage for play, if it's been ridden much in the wet, you may need to replace all the needle bearings in there.

The rear brake is next to impossible to bleed if you have it off, I actually had to hang mine from the rafters in the garage overnight once to get all the bubbles out

Looks like a nice clean bike.
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:52 AM   #4
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I love my Beta and think it has been a good buy as a used bike, in general I have found good quality throughout. The Rev3 series, after this one, had an issue with coolant eating the mag case (that is the one thing that bit me) but i think the case on the one you are looking at is aluminum. lineaway will know.
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