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    2001 Beta Rev 3 270

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  1. 2019 RR Vs One

    Thank you. But will the RR be worse? I'd rather get the RR all being equal but not if it will actually be harder to ride.
  2. 2019 RR Vs One

    Hi, I'm very tempted by a new TRS. I fancied the RR (because I like bling and it will hopefully be a keeper for at least 5 years). I'm a novice on my way to clubman and someone at the weekend said that a normal One would be preferable for a novice as it would be more forgiving and the RR is more for the guys that spend all day on the back wheel. I know what the specs say the differences are but in the real world, which would be better for developing and learning on? I'm fortunate enough that the price difference isn't a factor. I'm yet to hear a bad word about the TRSs and they seem to be getting very popular so I figure it must be a good bike. Far better than I'll ever be anyway.
  3. Dummies guide to broken fan

    Do you mean the fan doesn't come on at all or it works but then stops working when the bike gets really hot? Assuming the former. FWIW - my fan stopped working and I did some basic trouble shooting (checked the thermostat and visually checked the wiring) but nothing really systematic as described above - not even aware there was a fuse in mine! The one thing that stood out was that the bottom of the regulator had a crack in it. So I just went ahead and bought a new regulator, wired it up and it was fixed. I also took the opportunity to remove excess wiring (light circuit etc.), moved the kill switch earth and ended up leaving the fan hard wired on (laziness). It can be daunting but the wiring is so simple on these old bikes that it's worth having a go and trying to figure it out
  4. Jet washing bikes

    Where else other than the airbox and the exhaust? I guess the join between the front pipe amd mid pipe but not that likely.
  5. Jet washing bikes

    If you use an exhaust plug and block the airbox there is no need to run them up after a wash. I don't know what people are doing to be getting water in the engine!
  6. Beta back brake

    What have you done to troubleshoot it? Pads contaminated? Needs bleeding? Pedal adjusted incorrectly? Sticking pistons?
  7. Jap zap help (video)

    Sheepy - out of interest can you jump clean on top of it by using the double blip? I know you're trying to learn the zap but if you get the double blip first then you can add in the clutch. That way you can separate the jump and the clutch aspects and nail both.
  8. Jap zap help (video)

    It is just semantics but it's much easier if people use the correct/same terms. As a novice I find it very confusing myself. So... a Roll Up is when you simply lighten the front and use throttle to ride up and over an obstacle. E.g. an 8 inch log A double blip is where you lift the front wheel into the obstacle and use a distinct second blip to drive the front wheel high so that the rear wheel rides up it without impacting the skid plate and without making the rear wheel hop off the ground. E.g. an 18 inch ledge A zap is a double blip with the assistance of the clutch and a more physical jump to get the rear wheel to hop into/onto the obstacle. E.g. an undercut ledge or big pipe. Is that close enough? They seem to bleed into each other and you can obviously use a double blip in the majority of cases. I've also read that the height at which you land the front wheel makes a difference in terms of lift and if traction is poor but are the basic techniques as above? Personally, I tend to do a zap without the clutch (or a double blip with rear wheel lift).. so I'm not sure what I should actually be practicing..
  9. When to buy a new bike??

    Lol.. I've no intention of selling it. It's maybe worth a few/two hundred as it runs fine and has good tyres and brakes so I'll just hang on to it. My missus can use it for a bit too. There's something liberating about having a bike that owes you nothing but still starts second kick every time. And although that list is long, there's an equally long list of all the new parts and work I've done on it.
  10. When to buy a new bike??

    Thanks. I did see a post of theirs advertising a load of new stock but I'm down south so it's a bit too far.
  11. When to buy a new bike??

    It's all totally off topic but actually, I'm trying to allow myself a bit more indulgence rather than squirrelling it all away for the day I may need some fictional amount of money. I wouldn't even be considering a new bike normally. To be fair, apart from the oultlay on the bike, trials is amazingly cheap.
  12. When to buy a new bike??

    I just mean that if I am to carry on doing trials then it's inevitable that I'll need a new bike but I'm pondering if it's worth doing it now (I.e. will it help me improve) or wait until I'm a clubman/B. I certainly don't have a money tree! At this point in time I am fortunate enough to be able to consider buying a new trials bike if I feel it's worth the investment. I will check out the nearly new (1-2 year old) market too.
  13. When to buy a new bike??

    Loads of great advice there chaps. Thanks a lot. I will try my best to get a go on something newer then. I'm also going to a 250 from a 270 with a flywheel weight so there will be a lot to get used to. I am always amazed at what my old bent bike will do but perhaps he's had enough: Shot swing arm bearings Saggy shock Bent subframe New pegs and hangers but the frame itself is sagging! Leaky rear wheel Bendy rear disc No graphics Dodgy jetting Worn sprockets Dirty air filter Brand new piston and replated cylinder that were promptly drowned. And the handle bar brace squeeks when I go down hills.. And that's after I've spent more than the bikes worth and more hours than I can count doing it up! Still, it just keeps on going and going and I enjoy riding it.
  14. When to buy a new bike??

    So at novice level, would I benefit from the correct springs? In enduro it makes a massive difference so I assume it would be of benefit ti turning and grip? There are a handful of nice looking bikes out there. I should have a look. I'm just a bit funny about 2nd hand bikes. Always that nagging feeling that you don't know what it's had done to it.. plus, I know my rev really well but I don't know if I know enough to look at another one. Random question but have the known issues with the engine case and the stator been fixed in the newer models?
  15. When to buy a new bike??

    Lol... yes... but would I even notice? I'll have to get a go on something I guess.