So, there's this hill.

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Gillberg375, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. Gillberg375

    Gillberg375 Adventurer

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    Hello chaps.
    As the title suggests, there's a big long rutted hill I have attempted over about a three year period.

    Once on a ktm exc250. Once on my trusty xr250 and the last on a drz400. The latter, one of my dumbest decisions ever. I fell down the hill with the bike falling the wrong way for an easy recovery.
    Then the bike and I fell some more and then a bit more until the bike was resting it's tank against a tree. I was sweating and swearing profusely as my fuel supply was dribbling into the soil.

    To make things just a little worse, I felt a thud at the base of my spine and spent the remainder of the weekend unintentionally looking at the ground.

    I have just sold the drz and have had it in the back of my mind for years to buy a trials bike.
    They're few and far between in my price range.

    The only trial I entered was in 1982 in the trail bike class. I really like just plonking around these days and previous bikes don't lend themselves to this.

    I have found a 2008 Beta Rev 4t that I like the look of that's in my price range.
    Not looked at it yet but would be interested to read views of these.
    Been doing some research and found the hot start switch and kick start problems.
    Anything else I should look for. It seems in good conditions from the pictures.

    Thanks.
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  2. lineaway

    lineaway Long timer

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    And the first time you ride that Beta easily up that hill you will kick yourself for not riding a trials bike sooner. That`s a fun motor in that bike!
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  3. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    Water leaks any kind of overheating whatsoever, any signs of sealant or recent repairs.
    Mate got a well used one it was dire he blamed it on crappy castings and oxidization he swore they were made from cheese crumbly cheese. :jack he sold it at auction took what it made and accepted the loss.
    Watch what your doing.
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  4. lamotovita

    lamotovita DAMN SNOWBIRD!

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    You better start looking for a bigger hill.
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  5. Gillberg375

    Gillberg375 Adventurer

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    Thanks fellas
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  6. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    So many of us have been there! Struggling to ride noisy, heavy, tall, soil-tearing bikes. Ignoring trials bikes for a few decades, then getting a trials bike, thereafter having pity on those still on the former.

    Once you get it with trials, everything else is like throwing a leg over a horizontal refrigerator and saying, "Giddy up!" (or the UK equivalent...:-)
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  7. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    The big thing with the older Beta 4t's I hear is heat, just make sure you use a top notch coolent, maybe check the water pump impeller to see if it's still the original plastic or upgraded metal (aluminum?). The rest I know about you already sound like your aware of.

    If it's in good shape and well maintained I would snatch it up ASAP and go to town.
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  8. Gillberg375

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    Good tips. Thanks again.
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