Beta 525

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by old wanderer, Oct 6, 2007.

  1. old wanderer

    old wanderer Old quick guy

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    I was stuck here in Seattle for a week and a half. Saturday morning I went down to a local motorcycle shop that has a resturant/bar upstairs for some lunch....One of the salesmen that I had gotten to know from many trips up here was asking me about how I liked my new KLR....Actually I told him I find it a bit underpowered and heavy....Then he shows me this 525 Beta. They are blowing them out for way under their cost.....

    This is like a KTM 525 on Steroids.....it would take thousands of dollars to get all the trick stuff on your bike this comes standard with....

    We talked about it for a while, and it is considered a race bike but in the box are the turn signals, and other stuff to make it street legal...turns out Oregon will license them without blinking an eye....but you have to be an Oregon resident to get it registered....

    Turns out I have a son that is an Oregon resident, I can see no reason an old man like myself cannot borrow his sons bike and ride in CA....So now my son owns a new Beta 525 that is licensed for the street. Will add to this thread when I come back in a few weeks and pick it up....
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  2. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    Very sweet bikes:clap
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  3. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt!

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    Pics???????????????????
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  4. Southest US Thumper

    Southest US Thumper Extreme n00b

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    That's cheating!!!!

    Wanna put that boy up for a temporary adoption????

    Those are sweet looking and spec'ing machines!!!
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  5. old wanderer

    old wanderer Old quick guy

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    Yep, and I'll get away with it too.....Who is going to tell an old man he cannot borrow a bike from his son. :norton

    (Of course every time my son has wanted to ride with me he has ended up at the hospital.......He cannot understand that just because he is 35 years younger than his father, it does not make him faster) I don't let him ride anything of mine anymore. (I have had to pay the hospital bills).
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  6. Hair

    Hair Outside the boxer

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    Did the dealer have just one?

    Got a link to the dealer?
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  7. tn-steve

    tn-steve Addicted

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  8. old wanderer

    old wanderer Old quick guy

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    Click on the amricanbeta link above. Then click on Dealers....I bought mine at Renton http://www.rentonmotorcycles.com/ I think they have a few left. Ask for Terrell...good guy/
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  9. wickedsprint

    wickedsprint Banned

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    That is awesome! I love hearing people circumvent the CA regs (legally)..wanna get restrictive on your people..fine..lose their registration dollars and the bike still gets used in your state.
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  10. old wanderer

    old wanderer Old quick guy

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    Because it was registed in Oregon, NO SALE TAX either :clap :clap :clap

    This bike is so awsome, it is set up for rally so a digital display with remote buttons for resetting check points....hi/low speed dampening, Mitchelin Desert tires....Billet hubs, Wheel locks, on and on...I went back over today and looking at the Japanese stuff that was marked on sale for $2000 or $3000 higher than I paid for the bike, it is sweet being not part of the herd mentality. It was great to go to a bike night with 600 bikes and have the only Aprilia, but cann't wait to hit the desert with this machine....."Beta????what is a Beta????" (It is that thing that is just at the head of the dust trail you have been riding through :rofl ).

    Now if only I find out how to get a pair of panyards on it so I can take some overnight runs. (There is a 3.1 Gallon tank available....so 150 mile range).
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  11. soloyosh

    soloyosh Dad and husband

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    What are the functional differences between this and a KTM 525?
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  12. DougRoost

    DougRoost Been here awhile

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    Great review on this bike in the current issue of Dirt Rider magazine. It used the KTM RFS engine but its chassis is unique, with a rear linkage connected to a Sachs shock. For those that don't know, Beta is a Spanish company that is known for its trials (not trail) bikes.
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  13. Supermoto_nut

    Supermoto_nut Been here awhile

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    The Beta for 2008 is 50 state emissions legal. So Ca. residents don't have to buy out of state or pull anything funny.

    Just go buy one and get a plate.
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  14. old wanderer

    old wanderer Old quick guy

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    Well after almost a month of "problems" Monday my bike will start down here to SoCal.

    I ordered a bunch of stuff for it as well, and it like the bike has been delayed for one reason and another, but looks like all will be here by 11/10.

    I am planning a desert ride to break it in on 11/17-18 , proabably the Mojave trail or something like that.

    Really excited to kick up some dust with this bad boy.
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  15. old wanderer

    old wanderer Old quick guy

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    Today was the install of the "shimmy dampner". Took about 20 minutes to pull off the tripple clamp and install the riser for the bars so it fits under them.
    Feels great, and should save some tank slappers in the soft stuff.

    I still have to pull the right radiator and put the electric fan on, so when I do that and have the tank off I might as well install my new 3.2 gallon tank.

    The bike came with a extra 14/50 sprocket set and a spare chain to fit them besides the regular 15/43 street set that was on at the factory. It also has a bag of extra hardware in case something falls off.
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  16. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Have you had a chance to ride it yet? How do you like it?:ear
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  17. BDKW1

    BDKW1 KL"X" not "R"

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    Nothing personal, but I'm pretty sure I hate you.

    Yep, just looked at the bike, I definitely don't like you.


    :lol3
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  18. XB12R

    XB12R Long timer

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    Ya, I'm bringing an old thread to life again. I just came across a 2005 Beta 525 with 1,000 mile on it for $3,500. Sounds like a deal but is it? Thanks!
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  19. DeadlyKave

    DeadlyKave Adventurer

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    I'm buying a beta in 12 hours.. Have done a few research but want to hear inputs from people who ride them. What do you guys think?
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  20. atravlr

    atravlr Been here awhile

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    <HR style="COLOR: #575757; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #575757" SIZE=1><!-- / icon and title --><!-- message -->Almost a perfect day to ride in the desert, light rain keeping the dust away with no snowbirds blocking the trails looking at weeds and cacti before heading back to Canada, and no non-riders on their 25,000 dollar whore painted steroid Razrs with stereos and with out flags hogging the single tracks. If it wasnt for an hour of freezing pounding rain the day would of been a dream.
    Still 90% of a great day is hard to beat especially, on a brand new bike.
    The first thing I noticed from my old now converted dual sport XR 650 is that the 520 is very easy to toss around when avoiding those rim bender rocks on the trail. Sure the front end pops up on a whim and makes you want to ride a wheelie all day but just a good lean and your on the other side of the jeep trail avoiding a jarring rock. The hydraulic clutch was so much smoother than I could imagine. Two finger shifts were made possible on the enitre 75 mile ride if needed. The gear shift lever is positioned just right close to the case and not far out from it with only 2 missed shifts I blame entirely on my new Sidi boots. Once the boots are broken in completely I do not see that as a problem at all shifting up and down the gears. Going up and down the gears were quiet and smooth as butter, with no loud metal clanking noises.
    As I wrote earlier I ordered the wide foot pegs and I am glad I did because standing up was made easy, securely and applying the rear brake was easy, even though the platform looks tiny and they do sell a larger pad, all my panic (oh shit) breaking was never missed. I ordered the fat boy rear springs and front according to my weight and it seemed to work with no problems. My riding partner who is a few pounds lighter than me bottomed out on his KTM bending his rear plate and my plate which hangs lower made it through unscratched on the same washouts at the same speeds.
    The speed response from the throttle was quick and smooth with no hesitation or stalls. I was hinted at from others to remove the emissions but Dave at Get Dirty Dirt bikes said you do not really need to remove it because there is hardly any noteable difference. I took his advice and left it on and I have to say I am glad I did. I cant imagine it being any quicker. My riding partner stated it was smoother than the bike he was riding and he would not touch it either. So there, I am not removing it.
    Todays ride consisted of dirt power line roads, slippery wet river rock single track, red caliche mud, old mining trails, flat desert roads, paved asphalt highway and sandy washes. The 520 took it all in style. The only dislike with the Beta it is true that at times it could be a little hard starting with the magic button when it is warm. If it sits for 10 to 15 minutes for a break it cranks right up. However on a 2 minute gate closer sometimes the starter has to work a bit. Harder than it should. I did not splurge on the upgraded battery but never the less it should start easier when hot. Next battery purchase will be a little better than stock. Any suggestions?
    I did not go for a top speed run. I will wait until its a little more broken in. on the highway it ran smoothly at 65-70 with traffic, even though the Pirellis were howling against it. All in all the Beta is a great bike. Its easy to see why the Japanese are losing to the Euros on the dirt bike dept. The 520 is a great bike for the desert, I am glad I took the chance to be the first on my block to buy. It looks sharp and runs great. What more can a rider want?
    Thank you Dave Turner again for helping me on this purchase and the bike set up.
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