My first post!
Purchased Beta Rev3 200 about September 2014, my first "modern bike"
Every time i look at it find something else not quite right!
Saw it advertised on the internet, not far from me about fifty miles, did some research decided I liked it, went to have a look, bugger would not start! Should have walked away then! Made stupid offer (I had bike love), a bit of negotiation, took it home!
Now, I like playing with the spanners, so I worked out previous owner had flooded engine. I removed the spark plug, fuel off, throttle wide open, a few kicks, installed new plug, fuel on, second kick, lots of smoke and that nice throbbing trials bike sound, success!
Time was getting on, about midnight, did not want to upset neighbours, oddly they don’t appreciate the delicate tones of two stroke motorcycles.
Couple of days later, strong smell of petrol coming from garage! Yeah I didn’t turn fuel off, quickly found out from previous owner his problem with the bike, anyway removed carb, no dirt or water, ordered new needle valve and seat (from USA, 1/3 price of UK with postage!)
While I was waiting for needle valve seat to arrive, checked rest of bike out, ended up;
New swing arm bearings (HK2218 Roller Needle Cup Bearing)
New Shock bearings (BLRB366748 Spherical Bearing)
Cleaned and lubed head bearings
Take exhaust apart to remove fuel, decoke, weld plate, mount and repack silencer
Removed air box and thoroughly cleaned
Removed broken studs (one in air box, one holding rear mudguard to frame, one on triple clamp, had to helicoil)
Purchased new air filter (slight tear), subframe brackets (one cracked, one bent), rubber air box to carb tube (split) and throttle cable.
Put all this back together, it came apart quite easy, going back together, emmmm, took some time!
Anyway first ride, developed new problems
Clutch sticking and drag
Card settings, mainly float level, although it is very sensitive to the airscrew
Leaking oil from clutch cover
More time in garage, misses getting jealous!
Read about clutch fix and card setting on this forum, big thanks to all for posting the information
Bled brakes, purchased new pads
Put 43 tooth sprocket on rear
Dropped forks until the tops are level with top clamp, decreased sag both ends
Purchased new clutch cover gasket, fitting it was easy, DO NOT EVER REMOVE YOUR SUMP PLATE!That is three hours of my life I will never get back!
Went out for second ride, feels much better, clutch still sticks when cold but ok when warmed up, changed spark plug to a BP5ES, feels better off idle, played with air screw (about 2 ¼ out), brakes work ok, handling great.
Anyway cheap purchase, £200 in parts and about 60 hours’ work (mostly enjoyable), I am pleased with this bike, now. I trust it, I like riding it, it just feels right.
A bit more practicing, and I am then hoping to entre a few local events, if I can work out this joining clubs/open to centre malarkey, why not run all events enter on day? People like me who will probably only do a few events a year, do not want to join clubs, centres etc.
Funny thing is every bike I have ever purchased has had problem, it is part of the sport, right?