Beta techno 250

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  1. bingbong

    bingbong Been here awhile

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    Hello all, I hope someone can give me the info good and bad on a beta techno 250 1998. It'll be my first trials bike, at the grand old age of 45! IF I buy it. It's kind of fulfilling a boyhood dream :shog. (having a trials bike not the beta :lol3 ) I came so close to joining a trials club and going into local competition, but for several money related reasons it never happened but I've always been a fan. I do ride bikes and always have, so. Who knows what they're like? are they ok for a bit of hooningaround and green laning. Spares? expensive/intensive to keep? Many thanks and sorry if all this seems a bit newby non technical guff.
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  2. AnnieGS

    AnnieGS Namasté, bitches!

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    I've got a '94 techno. Parts have been easy to find (there are several Beta dealers in the US, anyway) and while it's not quite the scalpel that some of the newer bikes are, it's perfectly adequate for a beginner. I bought ours used; the first owner had placed in several state events. All I've had to do is wire the rear fender back together after a spill, periodically change the oil and replace the fork seals (<$20).
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  3. G.Kennedy

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    I have a '97 Techno 250 ... It has been a terrific bike. As AnnieGS said ... parts here in the States have been very easy to obtain and not too expensive. It has been a very durable bike and has only really needed some brake attention.

    It is a bit heavier than the most modern bikes (177lbs vs 160lbs on the latest and greatest) ... but it is very tough. Holds almost a gallon of gas. Great bike for beginning to intermediate trials. Fantastic for trail riding around the local forests too.

    Six speeds gearbox and the top two gears are tall ... so it will go fast ... but don't get caught going to fast on a trail ... the whoops will max the suspension out real fast.

    Mine has been an all around great bike. Here is a cool Polaroid of mine:

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  4. bingbong

    bingbong Been here awhile

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    well it sounds like its the ideal bike for me. I am not worried about it being a bit heavier as it will only get trail riding. Thanks alot for the replys, really appreciate it.
    Has anzone found a source for workshop manuals? Online or otherwise.
    now Im getting excited about the thought of a new bike (to me) :clap
    I sure dont feel 45 :lol3
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  5. G.Kennedy

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    Here is a link to an Austrailian site that has the exploded view of all the parts for many old Betas ... including the 98 Techno.

    http://www.trialsport.com.au/beta/documents.htm

    I was able to email Beta in Italy and they actually sent me an original owners manual for free.

    While not as light as the most modern bikes ... the bike will not hold you back. Dougie Lampkin was able to win the World Championship on a '98 Techno.

    Check out this video .... don't let anyone tell your an older trials bike will hold you back. Yes he is riding a Techno 250.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWFldYrVwrs&feature=related
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  6. bingbong

    bingbong Been here awhile

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    Bloody fantastic :clap . Both the riding and the parts list :D

    looks like I might have over done it with the techno, maybe a pre 65 is more my style, flat cap and a pipe :lol3 . After all my other bike is a BMW :deal

    thanks again G.Kennedy
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  7. bingbong

    bingbong Been here awhile

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    I have another question Im affraid :D . I was figuring out where to head off on the trails but got to wondering how far can I go with less than a gallon of gas? what is the MPG of one of these when trailing along? I have no idea.
    Also I saw that Beta do a long distance kit, tank and seat kit. Does anyone know if it will fit the 98 techno or could be made to fit.
    thanks again for answers
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  8. Frostbit

    Frostbit Is it cold in here?

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    Sorry that I can't offer any technical advice yet but I can certainly understand your mindset. I'm damn near 5o and have alway been dazzled by trials riding but never dabbled with it. Yesterday an opportunity presented itself and I traded a TW2oo for a 98 Beta Techno. I've only been on it for 15 minutes so far but I think that I'm in love.

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  9. bingbong

    bingbong Been here awhile

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    Holy cow that is beautiful :eek1 . The one available to me is no where near that lovely condition but it gives me hope to make mine that good.
    Keep us posted on how you two get on. I would really like to know how far you can go on a tank of gas.
    Feel free to post pictures anytime you like :D
    Have fun :thumb
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  10. Pokey66C23

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    I bought a 96 Beta last year. What a great bike. We have 2 acres, so I ride it in the pasture over logs, rocks, stumps, do wheelies and get a great work out doing so. I'm 51. Must be a mid-life thing....

    Its a great trail bike, and surprisingly does very well in sand dunes with the trials tires. I took it to Montana in August to our friends 10,000 acre ranch on the Missouri River. I went places on that bike I would never dare take any of my other motorcycles.

    Carry extra fuel in MSR fuel bottles in a backpack. I'm not sure but I think about 35 miles is max on a tank of gas - 1.1 gallons. I wish I had a bolt on tank/seat, but I don't believe Beta made one to fit these older bikes. I have a Millermatic 210 with a spool gun and have thought of making my own aux fuel tank /seat system, but so far I haven't taken the time to do so.

    They are fantastic bikes and I've been told very durable. I did get a flat front tire running through prickley pear cactus in Montana, it didn't seem to give the rear any problems.

    I went through my bike last winter, needed a few parts, put sprockets and a chain on. I went through a small Beta dealer and had no problems getting anything. I downloaded a owners manual from the net, but would really like to have the factory manuals on the bike, I enjoy doing my own maintenance. Anyone have a Beta Factory contact for the "freebies"?
    Soundsl like Beta supports these older bikes well.

    I don't think a old guy who wants to play trials rider can go wrong with one of these bikes. Its the best on the trail, it will go anywhere.

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  11. bingbong

    bingbong Been here awhile

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    Thats a nice reply pokey, thanks. I just heard tonight that the bike is no longer for sale :cry I am gutted, surprisingly so. That means the search is on now, I have decided I must have one as it seems everyone is having so much fun out there. Sounds like these Beta's are a good buy.
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  12. bingbong

    bingbong Been here awhile

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    I found a 2004 250 rev3 in the uk for less money than the techno and its ready to roll :clap . I have to ship it from the UK though. But even with that I should come out even on money and a bike that's 6 years newer :D.
    I'm happy again :freaky
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  13. Frostbit

    Frostbit Is it cold in here?

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    Congratulations on your find bingbong!

    Let the balancing act begin.:ricky
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  14. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    You are going to love it. It is a great workout and will show you how bad a rider you really are. :lol3 I had a 94 Techno and just purchased a 98 Alp to get back in the game.

    The trials bike taught me more in one day than all my other dirt bike riding put together.

    Have fun.

    Marc
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  15. DrKayak

    DrKayak Retro Rider

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    I looked for a long time and could not bring myself to pay near $3,000 for a 2001 or 2002 Rev3. I had a want add and was offered this 96 Techno for $800. It was dirty but very low use and good tires too. Has the headlight and wiring as-new in a box.

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    Anyone know if better/wider foot pegs are available to fit it?
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  16. lineaway

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    Nice bike. First time I have seen a `96 with a `95 rear fender. It does look better. Did you buy that from Allan? Were you lucky enough to get the stock muffler too?
    You already have the better pegs on there. The stock ones were about 2/3 as wide.
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  17. DrKayak

    DrKayak Retro Rider

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    Are you saying the fender is not right or the bike is a 95? Looks just like a 96 I saw in an old magazine article. Yes, I came with the OE muffler. Should I put it back on? Is the one pictures for this bike? I plan to repack the muffler on it. As it's a little loud for back yard riding.

    The pegs look small to me compare to my KTMs. The Bilit ones they sell for the Rev3 will not fit?

    Did not get it from Allan...

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  18. lineaway

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    It is a `96, but the fender was gray. The 96 was the ugliest Beta made, but the bike rode fine. OTP was a company owned by Allan. That muffler is a spark arrester made by OTP out of an answer blank. The pegs look like the stock Rev3 ones. If you look at the posts from the guy with the `95 you can see the stock pegs and fender. By the way we usually run 4-5 psi in the rear and 6-7 up front. Have Fun!!:clap
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  19. DrKayak

    DrKayak Retro Rider

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    Cool. I was about to order a new fender as mine is cracked. I will order a 95 as I like the blue.

    Thanks for the info...
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  20. motojunky

    motojunky Professional Idiot

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    Suggestion: Zip tie or otherwise repair the old fender and leave it on. Keep the new one on the shelf. Many of us have found ourselves ass-over-teakettle once or twice while figuring out this trials stuff. :D
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