New(er) vs Old(er) by a bum(mer)

Discussion in 'Trials' started by BEEF706, Jun 14, 2017.

  1. BEEF706

    BEEF706 King of the dumb dab

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    So I have acquired a new to me 2014 Sherco ST300. I thought I would start a thread that compares this new bike to my last ride a 2004 Beta Rev3 270 that I love ❤️ and answer the question is newer better.
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    Disclaimer: I have no talent, I reside Amatuer class badly and scare the crap out of myself on downs and am my own worst enemy whenever I enter a section, but I am hopelessly hooked on trials riding. First thanks motomaster132002 for taking great care of my new ride and your patience during the sale. After finding around the back yard till I felt silly I worked on the jetting, (still might need a little help there ) and then took it out to San Yo


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    First impression, the clutch has a very different feel and contact point, It feels lighter and the suspension feels WAAAAY better. The motor is snappier and I got over a couple of things playing around that were a lot easier on the new one. I didn't ride all that long or get far from the truck (worried about running into Mr. No shoulders again by myself ) but so far so good. More to come, and well see what happens
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  2. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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  3. SteveBikeC

    SteveBikeC Adventurer

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    As a rider with no talent, I've always worked under the theory that my equipment needs to be that much better to hide my lack of competence. P.S. I thought I loved my '94. Then I got an '11.
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  4. BEEF706

    BEEF706 King of the dumb dab

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    Well one of the first things I have to get used to is the modern kill switch
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    So far I have not scratched my nose and killed the engine :jack, but there is plenty of time for that. One of the things that I had heard is that the Beta would turn a lot tighter than the Sherco, so I tried a few full lock tuns in the parking lot and they seemed about the same So I headed out to my turning drill place three rocks that I try to make figure eights through,
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    In this the Sherco seemed easier for me, mostly because it felt more stable as I transitioned. I also worked on off camber turns in the ditch and made pretty much the same mistakes, but also made them about the same amount of time, so the first round goes unequivocally to the new bike. I got tired and went home so I will have to continue this another time which means I will have to ride more...:lol3
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  5. VxZeroKnots

    VxZeroKnots Long timer

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    How hot is sanY this time of year?
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  6. lineaway

    lineaway Long timer

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    Too hot and full of snakes. It`s like hell on earth with all that sandstone.
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  7. lineaway

    lineaway Long timer

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    The Beta Evo turns. Beta`s from 1990 -2008 did not turn much.
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  8. heffergm

    heffergm Been here awhile

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    You really want to move that kill switch way over, between the clutch master cylinder clamp and the grip.
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  9. Sting32

    Sting32 Trials Evangelist

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    The contact point of the Clutch, rear brake, front brake, are all "adjustable" just FYI
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  10. BEEF706

    BEEF706 King of the dumb dab

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    Yup spent about an hour at home getting the clutch just right, then about another 30min at San Yo because I forgot I would have gloves , yup I'm that dumb
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  11. BEEF706

    BEEF706 King of the dumb dab

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    It was probably only 90 I went in late afternoon, I was however really parnoid about running into this guy again (see attached)

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  12. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    Those snakes look well fed.
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  13. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    Yep...that was a new beginner rider...we will miss him. :cry






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  14. Gillberg375

    Gillberg375 Adventurer

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    Your photos give me butterflies Beef. I picked up a 2008 Rev4 two nights ago.
    The last time I rode a trials bike was my Brothers 1975 tl125. That was in 1975.
    We've had heaps of rain here, so I've only done a lap of the back yard.

    I keep having this childish giggle at the weight when I move it around. I've just sold my drz400. It must be only half the weight.

    The Wife and I are off touring in our camper next week. I've been setting it up to take a bike with us.
    Can't wait to get on the thing. Sadly, my photography skills will be better than my riding.

    Bit of a size difference. 001.JPG
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  15. BEEF706

    BEEF706 King of the dumb dab

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    You will love that bike! I just bought a pop up camper mostly to take to trials. They go hand in hand! A LOT of our better riders are on the Beta thumper :ricky
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  16. BEEF706

    BEEF706 King of the dumb dab

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    When he started moving I was afraid I was on the menu :knary
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  17. Gillberg375

    Gillberg375 Adventurer

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    I'll just help keep the balance then. Moving to the useless riders side of the room. :muutt
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  18. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Yup, a Western Diamondback rattler. We have millions of them in our region.

    I love the yellow Shercos! Don't like working on the mid fuel tank models as much as the latest ones, but those are really nice bikes and a big improvement over the older Betas.

    Suggest the easy 4-springs clutch mod and 450cc of Maxima MTL 80 (not the more common 75). RYP stocks all three MTL weights now.
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