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dan williams

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About dan williams

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    '13 EVO
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  1. Did you ever get on your bike for just a short putt around the yard and think to yourself, "Damn this thing is quick!"
  2. The lighting and fan both run off the lighting coils. On the older bikes they both ran off the dc out of the voltage regulator. I believe on the newer bikes the lights run directly off the ac out of the lighting coil and only the fan runs off the voltage regulator. The regulator is still fed from the lighting coils so fan and lights are still sharing the available current from the lighting circuit.
  3. I know a bit and still come on here asking questions.
  4. Check your lever adjustment. Hydraulic brakes and clutches are "self adjusting" The reservoir on the top of the master cylinder has a hole that goes down into the end of the master cylinder. This hole keeps the system full of fluid and allows excess fluid caused by thermal expansion to bleed back up into the reservoir so there is zero static pressure when the lever is released. It's quite common for new riders to adjust their levers in so far that the hole never gets open. This causes pressure to build up in the hydraulic system as the fluid heats. For brakes this can cause them to drag generating more heat which heats the fluid more and eventually causes the brakes to stick. For the clutch the fluid heats up and the static pressure acts like pulling in the lever just a bit and more as the fluid heats up more. Look at your levers and make sure the piston in the master cylinders is returning all the way to the stop. It shouldn't be limited by the adjustment screw. If it is back out the screw that sets the resting position of the lever. Oh and welcome to the sport. This is just the first of many frustrations but you'll still love it.
  5. Yup two burps of throttle is the easiest to control. The first lifts the front and the second helps compress the front and rear suspension. The jump up and forward happens just before the second burst of throttle. The jump is actually two motions. First forward then up. If you watch Bou and company in slow motion the bigger the hit the further back they start. The up part of the jump really starts with the front wheel contact. The mistake most people make while learning is staying on the throttle so the rear never leaves the ground and just burys itself at the base of the obstacle.
  6. OK I wrote a long explanation but it was too much so I'll distill it down to this. After the quick burst of throttle at the same time you jump to load the rear suspension snap the throttle off. If you stay on the gas the rear suspension won't release its energy all at once. Try it with bunny hops. Lift the front end and jump while snapping the throttle off. The rear should lift off when the timing is right. Or try this experiment, hold the rear brake on and slowly let out the clutch and note how the rear end squats. That's the stored energy you release by chopping the throttle.
  7. Lookout Billy's grabbed his Claymore!
  8. But what about, "Bold new graphics!"
  9. Only advice I have is find the thieving ba****ds and beat then with the scratched stanchions. Won't fix the forks but you'll feel better.
  10. I don't know. My Beta's rarely need parts. To be honest I'll usually just talk to Stewie at Jack's cycles and he often has what I need. I know he stocks some GasGas parts. If he can't get something I want I just order from across the pond from the motherland of trials. Postage isn't that bad and if the Brits don't have it nobody does. I suggest you check out some of the fine advertisers on this very website. Let's see if Andy pings me for that.
  11. That idle mixture screw is a pain in the A** isn't it. I have a whole bunch of long flat blade screw drivers ground to size and scattered all over my car and garage just so I have one handy at all times. I tried one of the Jitsie mixture screws but it was worse than the stock one. The older bikes had a screw soldered to a cable but I guess Beta gave up on that idea. The carbon reeds won't seem snappier but they will let you pull a gear higher without stalling. It actually will come off idle a bit cleaner because the carbon reeds open and close faster because they weigh less so they will enhance the fuel air charge in the crankcase at low rpm. At high rpm the reeds could be made of lead and it wouldn't make any difference because they just stay open anyway. I always love to read someone bragging about how carbon reeds make their bike faster. Goes along with the, "My bike is faster because it has the RED powerband"
  12. One thing to consider is the current required to start the fan going is considerably more than the current required to keep it going. When the switch first closes you can get an inrush current to the fan above ten amps as the motor builds up a magnetic field in the windings. After the initial demand the operating current usually drops to less than an amp. I know this because I worked on motor control chips for a bit but mostly because I was troubleshooting a fan and put it on a current limited power supply and it wouldn't start up until I cranked the amperage. The problem is usually the thermoswitch. If it is operating normally it will have resistance in the milliohms. As the switch ages the contacts can build up oxides and carbon and pits on the surfaces due to the initial arc when the switch closes. This can cause the switch to gradually start degrading so even when closed it can read several ohms. Doesn't seem like a problem except it will degrade to a point where the required inrush current can't be provided reliably. So maybe you're cranking along and the lighting coils are putting out full voltage, enough to overcome the contact resistance, and the fan starts. Or you're sitting in line at a section with the engine idling and the fan just can't get enough current to start. Comes down to when is an on/off switch not an on/off switch. So yeah you may read the switch as turning on and off but check the on resistance and you may find it's sufficiently higher than a new switch. Just back of the envelope type of calculation, say your switch has got 5 Ohms of contact resistance and your lighting coil puts out 12 Volts. E = I x R (Volts = Current x Resistance) Assuming the inrush current looks like a dead short across the fan motor, which is pretty close to reality when starting, then I = E/R (Current = Volts / Resistance) Current = 12/5 or 2.4 Amps. If the motor needs an instantaneous 10 Amps to start then the lighting coils can't push enough current through the switch to get the fan spinning. Or there might be almost enough current and you end up with an intermittent failure like you have. Keep in mind that resistance in a connector or ground will cause the same symptoms. So the practical takeaway is those few ohms that you normally just ignore on a meter are actually pretty significant when large currents are involved. Even for a very short period of time.
  13. Excellent. I've never thought the thicker plates were anything more than a solution looking for a problem or at least a hail mary attempt to fix what is easily fixed with the fix. Last sentence brought to you by the department of redundancy department.
  14. Dumb luck. Conditions were just right to keep it dieseling along. There could be a weakness in your kill switch or wiring. When an engine is running full blat the ignition coils are putting out significant current and any resistance in the wiring that shunts the current to ground will keep some current flowing into the CDI. This is why I like to run the ground wire of the kill switch back to a hard ground on the frame. Usually one of the screws that mount the ignition coil. Years ago most bikes had a one wire kill switch. Ground was achieved by shorting to the handlebar. Good in theory but bad in practice because a runaway engine would pump out enough current to overwhelm the contact through the steering head bearings and not only not shut the motor down but electrify the handlebars in the process. Was great fun in the rain since hundreds of volts occur in the primary ignition circuit. Take a look at the wiring for your kill switch and if the ground doesn't come from a hard point on the frame you need to correct it by running another wire back down through the harness to a good frame connection. Beta's not known for their wiring prowess.
  15. Ok guys think this through. Keihins don't have plated slides, just anodized aluminum. He parked the bike to walk a section so the engine was warm so no ice. A bike can't run on fuel in the crankcase without air mixed in the proper ratio. The bike ran well before and after so the needle holder and needle jet were in correctly. It is possible to put the needle jet in upside down in the Keihin but the bike won't run. That leaves dirt in the slide causing it to stick to which the Keihin is very resistant. Strong spring, small slide. Pretty much narrows it down to throttle sticking or cable pulled out. Both fairly common. All you have to do is momentarily catch a piece of clothing on the throttle cable to yank it out of the twist grip or carb noodle not to mention the excitement of hooking a branch on the loop trail. On the Beta you also have the potential of pulling the cable out of place by moving the wire bundle that comes up through the top plastic cover. I don't think this is anything unusual Simon. You just hooked a cable and now it's got you a bit freaked out. Happens to everybody at some point.