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  1. HELLO EVERYBODY, I FIGURED I'D START A THREAD ABOUT MY PERSONAL BETA 500 RR-S, AS WELL AS MY WIFES BETA 125RR-S: I HAVE BEEN POSTING ON OTHER PEOPLES THREAD GIVING MY OPINIONS AND THOUGHTS ON THIS BIKE SO HERES ONE ABOUT MY EXPERIENCES WITH IT. I'M FROM LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA, AS OF RIGHT NOW, I'M 41 YRS OLD, I'M IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY; FIRST AS THE KID THAT RAN AROUND HELPING THEN AS A SKILLED LABORER, THEN A FOREMAN AND SUPERINTENDENT, I WENT TO ARCHITECTS SCHOOL TO BE TRAINED TO BECOME A BLUEPRINT DRAFTSMAN, AND NOW ALSO REAL ESTATE SALES AGENT, BUT I STILL FEEL THAT IM JUST A GLORIFIED DITCH DIGGER, BECAUSE I LOVE A CHALLENGE AND HARD WORK. I GREW UP RIDING BMX SINCE I WAS 3, MY FIRST BIKE WAS SOME RACY RABBIT BIKE, THEN A HARO FST, A HARO MASTER, SE QUADANGLE, BOSS XXL, ALLIANT BILLET 24", AND NOW I STILL RIDE BMX FREESTYLE WITH A SUBROSA PANDORA DTT. AND MX SINCE I WAS ABOUT 10 ON A 79 YZ80, THEN A 88 KX80 BIG WHEEL, KX 125, A COUPLE OF CR250'S, AND THEN A 2003 CRF450R. IN 2005 I SUFFERED THROUGH A MAJOR INJURY, AND SUBSEQUENT SURGERIES TO HELP ME WALK AGAIN, SO I BASICALLY QUIT RIDING DIRTBIKES UNTILL 2017 THROUGHOUT THIS TIME I FOUGHT THRU 28 SURGERIES ON MY FEET AND ANKLES, BUT I CONTINUED TO SCUBA DIVE AND SURF, AS THE OCEAN WAS REALLY GOOD FOR ME TO HEAL, THE PACIFIC IS LIKE A REALLY NICE COLD EPSOM SALT BATH FOR MY ENTIRE BODY, THEN EVENTUALLY I STARTED TO RIDE BICYCLES AND DO SOME HIKING, AND WEIGHT TRAINING, AND STRETCHING. FOR MY 41ST BIRTHDAY I MAXED OUT ON BENCH 255 POUNDS FOR 5 REPS AND DID WHAT WAS IN THE PIC BY MYSELF, AND SQUATED THAT 100 POUNDS FOR 100 REPS THEY ALMOST CHOPPED OFF MY FOOT AND TOLD ME I'D NEVER WALK WITHOUT CRUTCHES, BUT GOD IS GOOD, AND SO NOW I COUNT MY BLESSINGS. THERE IS NO WHERE TO RIDE DIRTBIKES AROUND HERE IN MY HOMETOWN SO I NEEDED SOMETHING WITH A PLATE. SO I GOT MY 500 RR-S ON VALENTINES DAY 2017, HENCE THE NAME VALENTINA, I GOT HER FROM MOUNTAIN MOTORSPORTS IN ONTARIO FOR WHAT I BELIEVE IS A VERY GOOD PRICE. FIRST I'M GONNA DO SOME COPY AND PASTING OF SOME PAST POSTS
  2. Hello all, I'm the proud new owner of a very clean 1986 Yamaha TT350S. I've been going through the bike making sure everything is working. I cleaned the two carbs and made sure there was enough oil. It rides great and I'm excited to get it on the road soon! I have been having some issues with the lighting. The headlight bulb was blown out so I found another one on eBay. The taillight doesn't work and I've spent a stupid amount of time trying to figure out how to get it to work (seems simple but I can't get it to work!!). I replaced the bulb with a new 1157 12v bulb that I got at Oreillys. The bulb fits the assembly but doesn't work. I measured a couple volts off the blue and yellow wires that lead to the light. The ground seems good. Not sure how to check the switch next to the rear brake but it looked good inside to me. I'm at my wits end here with this, what should be, simple fix. Any tips or help would be much appreciated!
  3. What do you guys think of this guy's conclusions?
  4. With approximately 450 miles of back-roads, jeep trails, and even some sandy, whooped out single track, what's the verdict on the 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R? Is the new bike honeymoon over? Did it live up to rather high expectations? I'll cut to the chase and say that I absolutely love this bike and have zero regrets on my purchase! Why? Keep reading and I'll do my best to explain. Currently the engine, suspension, and brakes are bone stock. Mods coming? Oh yes... There WILL be mods! Bryan Bosch taking a mid morning break from the sand whoops - Croom OHV Brooksville, FL That Motor! The 690 Enduro R power plant in many ways defines this machine. It makes BIG boost from bottom to top in a very linear fashion that always puts a smile on my face. On the street, whack the throttle wide-open and the front tire lofts as you row through the gears. You're not trying to wheelie, the bike just pulls that hard. If you're a wheelie guy, this bike makes it easy. From the factory, there is a sticker that warns you not to exceed 100 mph, but my guess is that it will pretty easily. My buddy has the 701 Husqvarna and we dragged on a flat, long, deserted dirt road. We decided to back 'er down in the mid 90s, but both bikes had more legs left. Off-road, the gearing is a little high for tight single track, but this bike really seems to be the most at home in more open, flowing terrain. In ski racing terms, it's more at home on the giant slalom course. Not that it's not nimble or capable of tighter terrain. The bike has tons of low-end and a 'butta smooth Magura Hydraulic Clutch, so I find myself in 3rd a lot, just rolling on the throttle. But, a surge of power is a clutch pull away. I'm more of a short-shifter, so this torquey motor suits my style. Where we ride, it's just about all sand and even in tighter, slower sections, the bike is hard to stall, even with lazy clutch skills. Is the motor buzzy or vibey? Sort of a tough question because that's personal perception. I will say, before I bought it, this was my biggest worry. I've had Carpel Tunnel surgery on my throttle hand with mild nerve damage in both wrists, and things like string trimmers cause my hands to tingle after 10-15 minutes of use. I even had some issues with my ultra-smooth Triumph Tiger 800XC in-line triple. Maybe it's certain resonance frequencies, but I'm not having any issues with the 690. So, very, very relieved. And, word on the street is that after a couple thousand miles, the motor smooths out a bit more. For back-road dualsporting on the stock DOT knobbies, vibes are pretty mild, but as the speed picks up, so do the vibes. If you want to pound freeway, I'd suggest different tires. The stockers are happiest below 55, maybe 60 mph @ 20-25 psi. Not a fan of highway slabbin', so I'm keeping these tires. Suspension I really have no complains here. It's never harsh or chattery and always feels planted. Keep in mind that in central Florida, you couldn't find a rock if your life depended upon it. Most of our trails are soft sand, but there are plenty of sections with exposed roots. On Memorial Day, we rode an area called Croom and despite the unrelenting, deep sand whoops, this bike surprised me. For its 326 ready-to-ride pounds, it tracked through the whoops straight and both ends stayed pretty poised. However, I'm not going to say that sand whoops is where the bike shines. Most purpose built off-road race bikes would be a better choice, but I wanted to see how she'd do and it was surprisingly well all things considered. But, I hate to ride sand whoops all day, so not high on my list of performance criteria. Still nice to know what the bike can do. Brakes The over-sized Galfer front wave rotor and dual piston Brembo caliper with ABS offers plenty of initial bite & power, enough to tax the grip of the Pirelli MT21 DOT front tire on dry pavement. When the pavement is wet, this is where the ABS rocks. Off-road, ABS is easily turned off by pushing and holding a single button on the gauge cluster. However, it sucks that every time you turn the bike off, it defaults to ABS on. The aftermarket has options to fix this, but I'd prefer my last setting to be remembered. I'm sure a KTM lawyer will disagree with me. At least there is a button vs. having to nav to sub menus to turn ABS off like my last bike. Handling When compared to a dirt bike, say the KTM 500EXC, the 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R is a big girl on paper. However, I think it rides a lot lighter than the numbers would suggest. With the rearward fuel tank mounted low and relatively central to the bike's mass, it's slim in the mid section like a 450 and remarkably light on its feet. Even in tighter terrain, weaving the bike through the trees is easy and overall, the bike feels pretty nimble. About the only time you feel the mass is when you get the bike crossed up in deep sand and mistakenly grab a handful of big bore. For me, the most fun is rippin' down a sandy trail, power sliding from corner-to-corner. This is very easy with all the power the 690 has on tap and the handing is very predictable. Around town and on back-roads, the bike is a sweet heart. It will do freeway speeds without issue, but without a windscreen, longer runs would be a chore IMHO. All Kittens and Rainbows? Hmmmmmmmmmm.... no. Where do I think KTM came up short with the 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R? Here's my list so far (not in any particular order): 1. How tall do they think most of us are? This bike is tall! I'm 5' 10" and it's still tall. With boots on, I'm still just slightly better than on my tip toes. Thank God for the strong steel kickstand for getting on the bike. At the lowest point of the seat, it's 37". 2. For almost 11k before taxes & registration, no fuel gauge? This is a premium dual sport KTM. You made the tach sweep up and back at start up like a race car, but no fuel gauge? Booo! But, at least there is a low fuel light, just before you run out. 3. KTM, you still can't make a comfortable seat? I know you love your sporty, sharp angles, but they create pressure points that don't feel good on the ass after a few hours. Can't you compromise a little aesthetics for comfort? For 11k, I shouldn't have to immediately order a functional dual sport seat. And even worse, the seat pan rubber bumpers? I have extras in my garage b/c they fall out if you look at them wrong. 4. Handlebars are too low for standing. I understand that we all come in different shapes & sizes, but I'm much closer to the average that otherwise. 5. No power port for my phone or navigation? I appreciate the power with key on Accessory 2 wires in the loom behind the headlight, but again, premium dual sport. For the money it should come with this. But then again, dummies like me pay what you ask, so... 6. The shifting action is good, but if you're not very deliberate, a missed shift is pretty easy. I happens to me a couple of times on every ride, mostly upshifting into higher gears. There is an aftermarket fix that I might install if it really bothers me. My Bottom-line My biggest regret is the two year detour riding a 500lb. ADV bike. The 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R has re-lit my fire for dirt biking. I'm once again excited for the next ride because this bike is just so much fun to ride. All of the gripes above are either completely livable or fixable in the aftermarket and none are show stoppers. I think that the 2017 KTM 690 Enduro is an amazing dual sport and for my needs, I absolutely made the right choice to sell my 2013 Triumph Tiger 800XC. I was a little worried that the 690 Enduro R might be a dirt bike with a license plate (had a plated KTM 450), but there is no question that it's a purpose built dualsport that is better on the road than a dirt bike and far better than a big ADV bike off-road. For me, I've found the middle ground that I was looking for. Fathers day is this Saturday and when my wife asked what I wanted, the answer was easy, "I'm going ridin' hon!" Bryan Bosch & Steve Claus #dualsportduo Got sand? We do and plenty. - Croom OHV Brooksville, FL Richloam General Store - Withlacoochee National Forest Exploring some sandy single track - Withlacoochee National Forest Lunch on the way home at a fav BBQ pit - Zephyrhills, FL If you have any question for me, hit me up in the comment section below. I'd appreciate hearing from you. If you want to follow our blog, click the "follow" button up top.
  5. Near Cortland, have access to some good dual sport stuff, always willing to share with others with fairly quiet bikes, with some tolerance for risk. Looking to see what other's stomping grounds are like, too!
  6. Like the title sates I am looking for Dual Sport riders in the Tug Hill area. I am originally from Louisiana but I live in Adams, NY. I can literally leave my driveway and not touch a blacktop road other than to cross them for miles and miles. I am looking for others to ride with because we all know how dangerous it is to ride by ourselves in these out of the way areas and riding by yourself is boring. Also someone with a better knowledge of the trail system would be nice. I have explored many with google earth and actually riding them but I feel like a local knowledge of the trails is better than any map. I am available to ride pretty much every weekend ( except this weekend) and after 5 on weekdays. I ride a DRZ-400s if it matters. Just wanted to see if there was anyone else local riding the area. If you are local or are going to be in the area let me know and maybe we can ride Thanks Jay
  7. 23rd Annual 7 Mtns. Dual Sport Adventure September 9th &10th Central Pennsylvania.
  8. I'm currently turning my 1989 XR 600r to a dual sport, I'm curious to get some info on speedometers that are good and reliable. Thank you in advance for your responses.
  9. I recently got an old SP 250 on the cheap and got it running. However now that I've made some progress I'm looking for some/any information on the bike. When I got it running it had a light tick, so I adjusted the valves .003 intake and .006 exhaust and the tick is even louder I can't find a manual for the SP and I'm even having trouble finding one for the same year DR 250 which has the same engine. Somewhere in the past someone got creative with the wiring, no idea why and none of the lights work (this is a bike with 6v system) though I had to remove the battery that was in it because someone had used a metal bolt as a plug on the battery - you can imagine what that looked like. Anyway the way the bike was wired back up, I have to have the key and kill switch set to off.... its kind of funny. But I'm having a bit of a challenge tracing the wiring without a schematic or unwinding the harness. Any help or guidance at all would be appreciated. Beliw is a link to a YouTube video of the bike running. 1982 SP 250 alive!
  10. Time Left: 15 days and 4 hours

    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    Selling my well cared for enduro bike, I am the original owner, purchased new June of 2015. A very durable hard core enduro bike, which came with headlight, tail light, functional brake light, and if you want the wires and switch is there for blinkers, and horn too. lectron carb equipped, seat concepts seat cover, arc memlon levers TMD skid plate and chain guard, new TMD slider included. Lithium battery. FMF gnarly pipe, HOH silencer. Two iron man sprockets, extra chain. New Kenda tire set, several used tires including a Dunlop MX11 used once. Tubliss front and rear, shock recently serviced and revalved. Fork revalved as well. Sprung for 220lb rider. Includes stock springs and a set of progressive for springs. Extra spark plugs and throttle cable. Clear title.

    $5,750.00

  11. Hey guys, I'm pretty new to this and was wondering if I could get some help from you guys. I'm looking for a used dual sport bike. My budget is about $5000 CAD, although cheaper would be preferred. Ideally, I'd be able to drive at highway speeds up hills since I live in BC, Canada where we have a fair bit of mountains. I was going to go for a CRF250L originally, but my dad said 250cc won't be enough to push me up hills for extended periods of time, as I'm planning on going on a few road trips this summer. I'd probably drive 70% on road, and 30% off and this would be my first dual sport, but I have some experience with a dirtbike. I'm 5'10" and weigh about 155 pounds if that'd help.
  12. I've seen a couple forums about converting an xr600, but i want to ask a few specific questions. First of all i'm a new rider and i'm looking at getting a 1994 xr600r and converting it to a dual sport. I will be doing quite a bit of street riding, commuting back and forth between work most days and some off road on the weekends. 1. Should i change the gearing? 2. Is there a cush drive I can put on the xr600? 3. What other advice do you have for converting an xr? exauhst? suspension? jetting? etc. thanks!
  13. Happy Tuesday all, 3 more days til ridin' :). I just picked up a 17' Husky FE 501 and was anticipating having the option to switch my maps and turn traction control on and off. Yet, there is no switch mounted on the bike and I was so damn excited at the dealer that I looked it over. The pamphlet that came with the bike says that all enduro models are equipped with the switch. Haven't called the dealer yet, but wondering if you guys know anything about this. Kind of feels like false advertising by Husky and KTM, aka I'm not receiving the bike that I paid for.
  14. Time Left: 8 days and 18 hours

    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    1999 Kawasaki KLX300 dirt bike, converted to street legal, clean PA street title, license plated. Kickstart only, two sets of wheels, DOT knobbies. Trail Tech Vapor, White Bros. exhaust, jetted and geared for more street oriented riding at sustained road speed. Bike is located near Valley Forge, PA. $2000 OBO

    $2,000.00

  15. Time Left: 3 days and 8 hours

    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    PRICE DROP For sale is my 2015 Beta 350RR. 2734 miles and 120 hours. Just had some top end work done by Sierra BMW and BETA. Fresh air filter and oil. This is an awesome dual sport bike. Or you can strip the lights and turn signals and have a single track weapon, your choice. This bike will do it all. Unfortunately, I've been riding my 2 stroke lately and don't have room or the time to maintain 2 bikes. My loss is your gain! Front tire only has a few rides on it, the rear needs to be changed. Beta's are super reliable and amazing machines that rival KTM and Husky! -Forks revalved by LT-Racing for 210# rider w/gear -Mylers oversized radiators and bulletproof radiator guards -Folding ARC clutch and brake levers (I have the stock levers as well) -3.1 gallon tank. (I also have the stock tank) -Seat concepts dual sport seat (also includes the stock seat with guts foam and motoseat seat cover) -FMF powercore 4 with silent core/spark arrestor. I've got the stock spark arrestor as well. Racing compliant! -Boano racing billet brake pedal with brake tip -FJ Fasst co. brake clevis -Billet chain blocks -upgraded steel oil pump gears- the plastic stock ones are prone to failure -Force accessories case saver -TMD skid plate (not pictured but will be on the bike) Extras: Acerbis X-factor handguards a few spare plastics pieces key switch with plug and play wiring extra tubes and rimlocks Printed and bound owners manual and service manual 10mm billet bar risers It's a dirt bike so it has some cosmetic damage. Some chipped plastic and scratches on the swingarm. Can send more pictures/info upon request

    $6,199.00

  16. Anyone participating or has participated? What to expect?
  17. Mt Hood Dual Sport & Adventure Ride 2 Day, Sat & Sun, August 5 & 6, 2017 Location: Skyline Sno Park, Skyline Road,10 miles east of Government Camp off Hwy 26. Free dry camping with restroom. Description: Scenic courses, roll charts, and great awards from our sponsors. Games of chance and hot dogs at the finish. Entry: $35/rider per day, $70/rider two days Time: Signups; Friday night 5-6 PM, Saturday and Sunday 7:30 – 8:30 AM. Riders out 8:45 AM, in by 3 PM. Bikes: Street legal, OHV sticker, 99 dB, 90 miles of range on a tank of gas and roll chart holder. Roll chart holders will be for sale. More Info: Follow us on mtscottmc.com and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mtscottmc for the latest news or: Jim 503-860-8160, Matt 503-312-2854
  18. Going to be camping in St Johnsville, NY next weekend at Crystal Grove and dragging the bike up with me from NJ... I'll be out exploring on Sunday, 6/4. Any locals wanna show me some trails?? or if anyone has recommendations on where I should ride, please let me know. Thx!
  19. Am I just not seeing forums for riding gear? Just might be useful if they do not exist. Jackets Helmets Boots Armor Gloves
  20. Hello everyone, I am new to riding dirt bikes I am looking to doing more trails than track, I am 31 years old, 250lbs "a little on the heavy side huh? What do you guys recommend I been looking at the yz250f or crf250l thanks
  21. https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/mcy/6134584879.html I'm looking at picking this bike up and wanted to see what y'all think considering the price and condition. It is an original owner w/ the title and has just under 2k miles. I should be able to snag it for 700. It needs nothing as is. Runs fine with a little tick he said (valve adjustment). It was wrecked which is why the gas tank is beat up but it has been sealed and painted over, no leaks. This will be a fixer upper as time and money flow in but just wanted to get something cheap and reliable to beat around on when I'm up in Boone at my cabin.
  22. I currently have a 2005 525 EXC that I'm beginning to believe is impossible to make street legal in CA. I hear conflicting stories, some saying yes but mostly saying its not possible. If anyone has been successful for this model/year, please let me know. If I can't get my bike street legal, I'm prepared to buy a clean used KTM 500, 525 or 530 that is. I've been told the 2008 is a year I should stay away from. Does anyone have advice on any other "street legal" years I should look for or stay away from? Thanks,
  23. If you guys haven't ridden in the Santa Barbara / Santa Ynez area, you guys are missing out on endless tracks out here. Amazing fun for a full days ride and so much more to explore. [YT] [/YT]
  24. Who is signed up for the 2017 ADV Rally in Gunnison, CO this year? July 13-16. www.advrally.com
  25. Hi all, new guy here with lots of questions I have a 2002 wr426 that is mostly street legal, it has headlight, tail light, brake light, and a mirror. I will be using my phone as a speedo for the time being until I get a Trail tech vapor. The last thing I need is a horn. I attempted to wire a spare horn to a R/C battery I had laying around but no dice. I don't know a whole lot about electronics which is why i'm here. I would like to have a 12V battery to make wiring in accessories easier, but I don't know what battery or how to tap into the stater to recharge said battery, even if I had to simply run it total loos and charge it every now and again. I believe the bike has UFO LED brake lights, so there is DC power????? Thanks