Johnny Depp

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  1. The factory KTM boys have run 52mm's since the days Juha Salminen and David Knight. Anybody that thinks these forks wouldn't also be better for the masses should try going back to the the 35's we used to run on some vintage bikes and see your life flash before your eyes trying to go today's speeds. It's been an open secret for well over 10 years and could be one of the next revolutions in engineering advancement, but apparently the cost has held them back. Some have said maintenance, some say too stiff, some think the factory keeps the good stuff for themselves. One things for sure, those who have used them swear by them. You can only buy new 52's with some team affiliation or off the used market. I've been waiting for Factory Editions to include them, but they remain elusive to the common man. Here's Juha clinching in '06 on his 52's: David Knight in '07 and his 52's which he refused to return to KTM after leaving them: Shane Watt's and his gold plated fiddy's from 1999, the last of the conventionals: " In 2000, I managed to win the GNCC title – again, the first Aussie to achieve that. And to make a point about how good all KTM’s EXC models were, I rode five different models on the way to that GNCC title – the 125, 200, 250, 300 and 380cc two-strokes, and the 400cc four-stroke. The 520EXC was the only model I didn’t win on in 2000, though I did take a win on the 520 the following year." (forks didn't seem to slow him down much, and I thought this quote would be interesting for all the people trying to decide the best engine to choose)
  2. Get home from work and turn on the telie and what do I see? I can't believe it! Beta doesn't offer an MX bike and most don't have a clue what a Beta is. Great move but what a shocker. I swear those guys are up to something.. This week in Austin they had the grand opening of the new Beta store on the local news. It turns out to be an electronics store (1 of 4 in the U.S) that carry leading edge electronics and home appliances that aren't known to the mainstream yet. I thought at the time, maybe Beta has a cool name after all?
  3. I could be jinxing myself, but I am a couple years into my original old style battery (11/14 delivery) and it has never let me down. I kept it on a tender while I was out with a bad leg. My normal routine now is about a 3 minute ride to and from work, and I am concerned I need to put it back on the tender since I am not driving it long enough to charge it. No fuel injection of course, but I am detecting some slight odd behavior that might be related to low voltage now that you mention it?
  4. Back in my Pro days I ran these on my '81 KX250. 44mm was the state of the art. They were good stuff. These are some of the best forks I ever rode, Marzochi Magnum 50mm and the Suzuki 50mm conventional forks had the same reputation, then along came upside down forks and for 10 years forks went backwards in performance. There were larger tubes with less flex, more air spring space and better overlap. Video killed the radio star. And these graced the back of my Montesa's in '78/'79. They kinda sucked. The hotter they got the stiffer they got.
  5. Dirt bike test review here: I haven't done dirt in a few months, but I have a new IRC M5B sand tire to try out. I mostly do prepped tracks and not too much rocks . I wanted the Michelin Starcross 5 Sand but you can't get it in an 18" (yet?). I went with the 140 on my 480, it seems there is no way a 110 would be right for a 450, but that's the biggest they make in the Michelin 19" for 450's? Here's the Michelin
  6. I've been meaning to comment for a few days, now seems like a good time. Your comments on your suspension success are most welcome to those of us who care. Most of us don't have the ability to order the nicest stuff money can buy and then do it over and over again (I lost count but I think maybe 18 suspension shops you have used over the years?). We only get to hear about it from others who take the time to share. We don't need to discourage open and frank discussion here. Suspension is not a finite issue, the answer is hard to describe in words. You seem to have found a happy spot for you that may also work for others, thanks for that. You are a big boy and your requirements are different than most, I am guessing a full MX setup is what you needed to offset the stiff springs you need to run. That being stated, we have to take everything we learn with a grain of salt and judge for ourselves what is to be learned from it. The rider, the shop, the bike, , the maintenance, the conditions etc. all go through the little filter in our brain. I knew when you 1st posted that this would become politically incorrect since in your joy to share your newfound happiness, our old friend and fellow Beta contributor got his toes stepped on, so to see people rise up in his defense (not that he needs our help) was to be expected. I took the time to research N2Dirt who did your work, as I had honestly never heard of them. I see where there is a small association with MXA mostly through racing at Glen Helen and Brian being willing to donate his time to help others as well as race habitually. Looking at his Instagram it appears he has worked on a little bit of every type of suspension from racers to 4 wheelers and has apparently learned how to do it quite well and develop a trick or 2 of his own. His Yelp reviews for his shop are great and he seems to be a real good guy. There are less and less of them in this sport. The fact that he is near to you I guess (Simi Valley) perhaps he has a good feel for local needs and when the time comes for maintenance he should be convenient. I'm not sure that couldn't have also been the case for your previous tuners as well? It's nice when someone nails it 1st time, but it is common for 1 or even 2 fine tuning sessions afterward to dial it in. Local should help that. I really do appreciate your time spent sharing things with us, even if we disagree from time to time. Don't always assume we have evil intentions, although when your brother from another mother Chris came riding in it's hard not to join in the party...guilty. It's just a little online sword fighting, shake it off and keep the reports coming brother
  7. We're getting off the topic of Ohlins being announced here but you did ask so... Wikipedia: Stiction is the static friction that needs to be overcome to enable relative motion of stationary objects in contact. The term is a portmanteau of the term "static friction", perhaps also influenced by the verb "stick". This chart (which is not a fork by the way) illustrates the problem with flex. The middle arrow (straight fork) would move easier than the outward arrows (flexing fork). The diameter is related to flex, but not the only issue involved in fork flex, the wall thickness, material, fork tubes, clamps and bushings are all involved. The machined section at the top is done to add flex, some forks have it and some don't. I guess we aren't talking about how bad the WP's are for a normal person anymore? And please share with me how dirt is getting inside of the WP Trax shock on rebound? You may have the scoop on this. " Trax shock works really well but have a maintenance schedule that is quite heavy. Also the rebound drop out is prone to dirt ingestion resulting is wear and lost of rebound,,, thus the heavy maintenance schedule. This is the main reason I didn't go with the Trax."
  8. You might want to read the MXA test. They said the WP was great for all riders with only clickers changed. When forks are firm there is less stiction due to flex (see Sachs dirty oil syndrome) and better directional stability especially under braking. I couldn't speculate as to whether any of these high end pieces have more or less flex but they all have better coatings to reduce friction. The larger tubes like A kit 49's and WP 52's allow for a more progressive air spring rate. (remember Air cell and Enzo subtanks?) "We started with our Pro test riders and let them spend a couple days fiddling with the WP forks. Then, we brought in the Intermediate and former Pro test riders and let them spin laps and clickers. Next, we went testing with several Vet riders. And, finally, we downsized to 140-pound lightweights. The verdict? Everybody loved them. Back to back against a PSF-2-equipped CRF450, the WP Performance Cone Valve forks were a smash hit. With nothing more than a few clicks in either direction from the standard settings, every MXA test rider, regardless of skill, weight or anti-WP bias, loved these forks. Ain’t life strange?" If you follow the above link to WP you'll see that Beta is very much in their bike selector drop down, this would bolt right up if you have about $5k Here's a cutaway of a cone valve, it's not like the others.
  9. I'd assume that to be the case with just about any suspension needing to be set up correctly. The premium components are going to be much closer to the mark, but won't work for everything. 2009 MXA Fox Podium test: 2016 VitalMX test of the new Ohlins:,21/Ohlins/TTX-Flow-Shock-and-RXF-48-Fork,14473#product-reviews/775/expand 2016 MXA test of WP Cone Valve forks Enduro360 (sure miss them) test of WP Cone Valve and Trax
  10. There are no shims in a cone valve, you can get it with or without springs (AER). The rear shock is double the price of anything else out there. Who knows what is best, Ohlins, WP, or Fox for shocks? I am glad to see Beta making a move to offer premium suspension components, let's see what kind of credit can be expected if you order them BYOB? This is something I have been pimping for a while now. I see no reason for Beta not to offer WP also since they bolt right up. I am sure if you requested it they could do it. Lots of racers either keep the old suspension and put it back on to sell the bike and move the premium setup to the next bike, or sell the stock stuff. Going this direction increases the suspension travel in line with most other manufacturer's. The seat height will go up. I'd be curious to know the static length of the different shocks and if they can be altered or ordered in different lengths? I'm guessing Beta placed a large order to use it for a race team? Or perhaps they will be offering the race models with them in the future and are just getting ready? If they go BYOB it will be a big move. As far as I know TM supermoto's offer the shock and internals for Ohlins, but I don't think anyone else does? 2018 just got a lot more interesting...
  11. Eric you big lurker..
  12. >It's too bad we have to deal with negative posts from a few opaque addlebrained individuals who have no other agenda than to discredit good info from solid TT members. This is the typical spreading of pathogenic repression by the same small group of penuriously informed "experts"."
  13. Never did see another post. What ever happened with the bikes?
  14. Looks like you may have had a ghost writer?? Great write up about the 125!
  15. I think we could assume those of us that drink Red Kool Aid from Italy would agree the Beta is competitive if not better than the Husqvarna or it's Orange Brother the KTM 300 XC. The reason this is on topic for Beta, is this shows not to be afraid to hand a test bike over to MXA. We can surmise from the results that they have an open mind. Anyone following this forum with any regularity knows my position on the subject. Here's the link, or just read the last paragraph below. "Q: WHAT DO WE REALLY THINK? A: The TX300 is a versatile machine. We can’t be overly critical of a bike that was designed for offroad riding that we tested on motocross tracks. We have nothing but praise for the Husqvarna TX300. The semi-close-ratio gearbox, added cubic centimeters, versatile air fork and accurate handling allow the TX300 to handle the rigors of motocross quite well. Test riders are always looking for more power from every bike they test; this is the first bike they thought was fast enough. More power would only ruin a powerband that lets you go faster with less stress on your mind and body. Hardcore motocross racers could learn a thing or two from this offroad bike." I am I still nuts?