Buying a new bike...

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Yokomo, Nov 15, 2018.

  1. Yokomo

    Yokomo Dirt Rider

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    I've been riding my first trials bike, 2002 GasGas 280 Pro, for 6 mo now. I know it's a great bike and it's not the limiting factor in me progressing but I'm already wanting another one, a new(er) one.

    I thought I'd ask if you were to buy a new bike, which bike would you buy and why? 2 strokes only please.
    Thanks!!
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  2. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna Supporter

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    Scorpa... I like the way they run and handle. I have an excellent dealer close by in the Tryals Shop. Their support for the bike is top notch. TRS would be my second choice.
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  3. Buschog

    Buschog Been here awhile

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    I've narrowed it down to Sherco, or TRS... 250cc factory version in either.

    I've owned a '97GG and currently a '15 GG. 270cc and 280cc respectively. Good bikes but like you, I want for something different.
    I've ridden the standard Beta 250 briefly and didn't like the handling characteristics for some reason.
    I like the riding character of my wife's Sherco 125ST, and most of the chassis bearings were dry. I just about have it back together, all regreased, and can't wait to ride it again.
    I've never been on a TRS, BUT I'm drawn to it for some strange reason.
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  4. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    For me it's about the best suspension I can get.I really like the setup on my 2015 txt pro race 300.Have ridden a few other bikes but really like my suspention. If I changed it would most likly be a sherco or scorpa.
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  5. DyrWolf

    DyrWolf Long timer Supporter

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    Beta super smooth. Because if I meet you I want to try it
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  6. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    Whichever one trips your trigger. :ricky
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  7. Kiharaikido

    Kiharaikido Been here awhile

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    Doesn't really matter which you go with because sooner or later, you'll want another one.


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  8. 10K

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    Get a 300, because inertia is your friend.
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  9. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto aka: trailer Rails Supporter

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  10. fprintf

    fprintf Been here awhile

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    Sometimes I hate online forums and the lack of a /s sarcasm tag. Hoping by replying here to help some newbie a few years from now who stumbles across this thread and doesn't understand why 300 and inertia goes together. It's a joke on a statement a poster made. Hint, look for the Entry Level Machines thread at https://advrider.com/f/threads/entry-level-machines.1348646/
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  11. Twin-shocker

    Twin-shocker Long timer

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    Get an inertia and your forward progress will be pretty slow, alternatively get a 200 Beta and your results will improve pretty much straight away and you will find riding is a lot more fun.
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  12. Yokomo

    Yokomo Dirt Rider

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    Oh ya I forgot about Scorpa, Montesa and Vertigo. I really like the looks of the vertigo and scorpa's.
    I test rode a newer gasgas 300 with a flywheel weight that I was planning to buy. I didn't care for it one bit.
    With that being said, I think I would like a newer 300 as I'm guessing it would be a littler lazier than my 280.

    I see people still ask good money for older Montesa's. Why is that?
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  13. lineaway

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    Buy a Beta or a TRS. I prefer bikes that like to start. If they don`t start they are not much fun. The Sherco/Scorpa start alright, but they are like the Ford`s of the trials bike world.The Montesa has a lot of expensive parts the Honda lover`s desire.
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  14. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    WTF?? :dunno
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  15. Buschog

    Buschog Been here awhile

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    Damnit @lineaway... a Ford comparison? Now I CAN NEVER buy a Sherco - - - :dizave :asshat






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  16. lineaway

    lineaway Long timer

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    Actually my son came up with that ever since I bought him a Sherco 250 that he rode for 18 months. He has bought two bikes since then, a Beta 300 4T and a TRS 300 Raga. He would buy both of those, over and over again before he would ever ride a Sherco.
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  17. Buschog

    Buschog Been here awhile

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    That's disappointing to hear, i wonder why
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  18. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    Current Montesa’s are all 4T and you indicated 2T only...

    But an older Montesa 315R could work however I would think a newer TRS, Beta, Sherco, etc. would likely suit you better. Also some parts for the 315’s are getting hard to find.

    I think the good money for Montesa is related to how long they last. But don’t quote me on that as I am not sure.

    Good luck figuring out what you want.
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  19. lineaway

    lineaway Long timer

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    Actually when I think of old Montesa`s the 2005 4RT is in my head as it has been around a long time now. You cannot beat a good condition 315 model. The 315 was the best bike Montesa has ever built, and they have built some great trials bikes over the years.
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  20. Yokomo

    Yokomo Dirt Rider

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    I had a 99 KTM 250 EXC. I lusted for a newer bike with e-start, headlight, etc, etc. My KTM started smokin' and rattlin'. So I decided to not drop 1k into a bike I paid 1k for.
    Now I REALLY like my Husqvarna TE250, but I can't say that it does anything exceptional that my old KTM wouldn't do. The engine is a little smoother and the suspension is a little more plush but that's about it. It doesn't feel any lighter.

    Is this what I could expect from a newer bike? Thanks!
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