Beta RR /RS 4T enduro thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by the white rabbit, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. atravlr

    atravlr Been here awhile

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    Yup, added the upgrade stator, quick connect battery terminal, and a waterproof 12 volt plug just in case I need to use a air pump or gps/iphone. Never know, might have to take a long ride, even though my XR650 has those items on them now. Just cant part ways with it, and that's why it is my long haul bike and the Beta is the playing in the big sand box bike. I am really impressed with it.:lol3
  2. redpillar

    redpillar Been here awhile

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    Great info
  3. jcarlson9

    jcarlson9 Been here awhile

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    well iv,e put my 08 te up for sale with supermoto wheels,and not one call yet.need to sell it to pick up my 400 rs !
  4. jcarlson9

    jcarlson9 Been here awhile

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    well ive found a near new 520 rs,i didnt want the big bike but im saving lots of cash so it will do,putting the deposit down today !,if only now i could sell the husky :D
  5. BaronVonDarrin

    BaronVonDarrin Been here awhile

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    anyone know of any dealers in PA/NJ/DE?
  6. 3girlsdad

    3girlsdad aka FiddyK

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  7. JustRon

    JustRon ex-broadwayron

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    Got my first real ride on my 520RR today in the Pine Barrens. Here are some thoughts...

    Stock springs are correct for my weight (nice!)- I set the sag and didn't touch a single clicker... the suspension was awesome! Prior to this, my Husaberg WP's were the best I had, but the Beta was just spot-on. I could glide right over whoops under 2 feet tall, but with anything deeper, I was running out of talent.

    I will never need a "better" bike- this thing is way more bike than I am rider.

    I thought the tank held over 2 gallons? I ran out (thankfully, I was near a road), but used reserve to get to a gas station (my 'berg didn't have reserve, so this was nice). When I filled it up, I got a little over 1.5 gallon in- wtf? Anyway, I've already ordered the big Clarke tank, so this isn't a big deal.

    Clutch is sooo easy to pull. Finding neutral is near impossible. I heard of people having trouble starting in gear or while hot. I had no problems starting it, at any time. Shifting was smooth, like maple syrup.

    Seat is so stiff, I don't even compress it at all. That makes it seem taller than it should be. No matter- I ordered a soft seat from Beta.

    The quiet exhaust (mine is stock) makes the bike seem mellower than it is. All my other bikes would scream when you flog it, but the Beta just quietly GOES. Actually, I was riding mostly 2nd and 3rd gear and 1/3 to 1/2 throttle... the few times I opened it up, I was pretty shocked how fast it was. Almost scary fast. (I'm a pretty slow rider, though.)

    From the minor stuff I've taken apart and inspected, this bike makes more sense than any I've owned. The way most of it is put together just makes sense.

    So far, I'm loving this thing!
  8. atravlr

    atravlr Been here awhile

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    I advise everyone to get the Extra soft seat. It's worth every penny.:norton
  9. offworlder

    offworlder Been here awhile

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    Dealer gave me some 5w/50 Maxima, said they've been having good feedback. Manual calls for 15W50.
    And now that Beta is going with Motul (http://www.americanbeta.com/node/1604) - which comes in a 10W40, and 10W50, and 20W50 - I'd like to hear what others are using, and would appreciate thoughts/feedback from the collective, thanks.
  10. 3girlsdad

    3girlsdad aka FiddyK

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    so i finished putting the RS front and rear harness into my RR. i've kept the rear tail light from the RR. it's not very bright, and when the brake lights are on, you can hardly tell the difference, especially in daylight. while i do ride this primarily off-road, i still want to have something that folks can see so that i don't' get rear ended.

    i was in cycle gear yesterday for the easter sale and found this:

    http://www.cyclegear.com/CycleGear/...EDMETAL/LED-License-Plate-Frame/p/44045_59408

    i'll try to get it hooked up this week and get pics. it has the running light, brake light, license plate light, and blinkers, all built in. it was half off, so $40. also got their hitch hauler for $90 (down from $200). seems pretty sturdy to me.

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  11. atravlr

    atravlr Been here awhile

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    My dealer suggested I use the Motul 15W60 on my Beta 520. It even says Motul on my side case.

  12. 3girlsdad

    3girlsdad aka FiddyK

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    i have a few more items of purchase that should help.

    1. the LED rear license plate light with all the goodies hooked in (running light, brake light, plate light and blinkers.
    2. a keyed ignition
    3. a 12v cigarette lighter with cap
    4. a combo on/off switch with starter button.
    5. an hour meter.

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    plus the all important spoke wraps, which add 10 h.p. easily :lol3

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    in all seriousness, i have ordred the fan kit and a few other mods, and i should be happy to go for a while. did the title transfer today as well. i'm legal! :freaky
  13. atravlr

    atravlr Been here awhile

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    I might be in error, but my 2013 520 has a built in hour meter in the display. Is yours different ?
  14. 3girlsdad

    3girlsdad aka FiddyK

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    it's a long story, but i currrently do not have an odo on. suppose to have one by the end of the week. i just wanted to make doubly sure just in case it doesn't show up. i'm anal about hours and oil etc.
  15. catfish

    catfish Squidicus Adventurous

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    Oh - NO!!! Not the dreaded oil thread! :rofl

    This should stir things up a bit ...

    I use Castrol GTX 10w40 (dino oil) in the motor & tranny. I do not subscribe to oil or moto manufacturers marketing claims. Oil companies have been buying owners-manual recommendations for decades. You should run away from any motor that actually REQUIRES synthetic lube. The oiling system design would be FAULTY!

    With 30-hour change intervals in a non-raced Beta, just about ANY oil should work fine.

    My Aprilia Caponord claims to require Motul semi-synth 15w50. It has 127k miles on GTX. 3 valve-adjust shims, filters, & oil (4-5k miles intervals) are the only things that have been replaced in that motor.

    Just another opinion,

    Catfish ...
  16. offworlder

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    Went with (what the manual states - ) 15W50, as thats what I used in my previous Beta. The 5W50 makes no sense to me.
    15W60 would be even better in higher temps.

    I think I need to play with the tranny oil as well - doesn't feel quite right.
    Currently using Maxima 80wt.
  17. SCExpat

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  18. McKay

    McKay Long timer

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    Ordered a 520RS, cant hardly wait till first week of May.
    Sorry but you guys are going to have to put up with me here. :1drink

    Coming off a much loved Husky TE449, she's gonna be jealous sitting in the back corner of the garage.













    Is it May yet?????
  19. atravlr

    atravlr Been here awhile

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    It's almost 100*s right now in the desert. I will still be riding in June when it some times gets close to or over 110 before me and the boys get in before noon for the days ride. I am sure other oils might be better in cooler temps but for the summer I'll stick with this. Some research I found on the 15w60.


    TYPE OF USE
    High performance lubricant developed for the « Factory Team » and specially designed to offer a better clutch “feeling” and exceptional engine and gear box protection in extreme conditions of use. For motorcycles equipped with 4 stroke engines with integrated gearboxes or not, wet clutch or dry clutch. Racing engines operating at very high temperatures and high revs: Dirt bike, Enduro, …
    Other use: ATV
    PERFORMANCE
    STANDARDS : API SL
    APPROVAL : JASO MA under N°M033MOT086
    MOTUL Ester Technology : maximum oil film resistance at very high temperature. No oil film breakdown. Very low shear loss on Bosch Test ASTM D6278: oil pressure is stable whatever the conditions of use for outstanding engine and gearbox protection. 15W-60 grade is able to absorb fuel dilution in the oil and maintains high oil pressure. Engine can run at very high temperature and under heavy load over a long period
  20. mikewillsmith

    mikewillsmith Not the f'g fresh prince!

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    Need some advice from the Beta crowd. I've been looking into a new 450RS. A dealer advised me to maybe go with a 450RR and do the signals and stuff to it. According to the dealer the switch and wiring and all is there on the RR and you just need to add the signals and a mirror (then deal with the paperwork and that is not a problem (I am in Maine)).
    Anyone have an opinion on that or can confirm that is the case?

    My use for the bike is as a single track bike that can be plated on the road in order to link trails together.