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  1. Of the seven bikes in my stable, six are FI. My experience mirrors yours. I've never had a fueling failure on FI, and the lone carb bike requires more maintenance than the others combined. I'm totally stoked my incoming Vertigo won't require the necessary carb headaches. The complexity and potential failure of FI components is routinely brought up in forums, and I'm sure a handful of folks have been bitten. Personally, I think it's a problem that's totally blown out of proportion, and its benefits far outweigh any theoretical shortcomings. More to the point: It's not like people will have a choice for long. Given ever stricter EU/US emissions standards, carbs are not long for this world. If one wants to buy new, the days are coming where you simply won't have any choice.
  2. This topic ain't dead yet - right? I'm a believer in seeking out input both from those of my own skill level, as well as experts. The voice of experience is certainly worth paying attention to, but quite often - I feel advanced riders forget what it was like starting out. Sure, you recall issues you faced when you were starting out - but it's tough to put your mind back to where it once was. The only trials bike I'd been aboard until a few days ago was my 4rt. Way more traction than anything else I'd ever ridden, but as I challenged myself, learning grip techniques was critical. Still, while tips read here definitely improved grip for me - finding traction has been a challenge at times. I just wrote it off to needing more experience, as my riding buddies are also on 4rt's and get through tricky sections much better than me. There are many posts in this thread and elsewhere of experienced 2t riders giving 4t's a try, and eventually going back. More posts still of ex-2t riders who have figured out the proper techniques, and are happy to stay aboard their 4t's. Me - having never been aboard a 2t until last week (see my comment on the Vertigo 200 if interested), I found my traction control issues basically disappeared the minute I got aboard two different 2t's, the Vertigo 200 in particular. I was far better on it within 30 seconds than I was on my 4rt, even after months of riding the Montesa 3-4x a week. Again, I'm not about to discount observations by those of you with years of experience. Perhaps it's even possible that once my skills progress to a certain level, the fairly drastic difference I noticed will dissipate. I'll just suggest that for some of us, gaining traction on a 2t comes far more naturally - and as a relative beginner, the fewer things I need to concentrate on the better.
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    New 200 !!

    The pro: Yes, I rode one. Today. It was magical. The con: While I'm not totally wet behind the ears, you might trust feedback from those with many years of trials riding under their belt. That's definitely not me. Still, here's my lowly feedback. 😋 My background - riding for 40+years, but technical dirt riding is new-ish to me. Started trail riding 7-8 years ago, got on with more technical things on a Beta Xtrainer about 9 months back. Trials riding, even newer. I've been aboard a 4rt for several months, riding 3-4x a week and progressing nicely. My wife and I are on a trip right now, and as luck would have it - we were passing nearby LewisportUSA, the US Vertigo importer. I've a friend who took a private lesson from Adrian Lewis and recommended him, so my intent was to get feedback from a professional, have my basics evaluated and put any feedback to work on my 4rt when I return home. I don't have my bike with me, so rented one from Lewisport. Adrian started me on the Vertigo 250, and for the most part - I liked it far better than my 4rt almost immediately. I was more at ease, felt more balanced and the weight difference was very obvious to me. I actually found the 250 smoother than the 4rt down low, but at my skill level - the 2t snap was something to contend with when opening up the throttle more. And again, given my skill level - that happens with a bit of frequency inadvertently. Nothing scary, but it was definitely in the back of my mind at all times. During our lunch break, I shared with Adrian wisdom read here about the Beta Evo 200. Basically, that so many of y'all have given it such rave reviews, and how it's plenty of bike for most riders. To which Adrian replied..."I've got a Vertigo 200 in the van. Want to try it out?" It was his wife's bike, a 2020 one ride fresh, and I jumped at the chance. Let me say this...there was NOTHING subtle about the difference in this bike compared to the 250, and certainly not compared to my 4rt. Everything was easy. I hopped aboard, and was immediately holding static balance for 30 seconds - something I've struggled to maintain for more than 5 seconds prior. You could ride it down low however you wanted...plenty of clutch slipping (which is feather light and super smooth), or just roll the throttle on easy with no clutch. Wonderfully smooth and predictable in every situation, and just dang easy to ride. I spent the second half of the training on that bike, and it's not an exaggeration to say I was doing things I never expected to be doing. It was that good. And, while it did everything more smoothly than anything I'd ridden - it definitely was no slouch when you wanted to open up the throttle. However, that addicting yet totally controllable snap comes on at 3/4 throttle and higher RPM's, so being surprised with an inadvertent roll on never happened. It hit hard when I wanted it to, and only when I wanted it to. So, how much did I like it? I bought one. The decision, while unexpected was easy...I've never been this excited about a new bike, and there have been a few for me.
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