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Thoughts on some of 2020 models

I own a 2015 300 SEF-R Factory model and am interested in a 2T for more technical riding. So on Sunday I attended a demo day.

I rode the 250 SE-R (2T with WP Xplor suspension) and the 300 SE Factory (2T with KYB suspension), then the 300 SEF Factory (4T with KYB suspension). It was quite interesting to feel them difference between the all.

The track was dusty (bull dust) and tyre pressures were higher than Iím used to running with my Tubliss, which made it a little slippery in spots, so the first lap was slow and steady. It was a fairly rough track with some faster flowing 4th gear sections with no technical stuff.

The Factory model 300 2T with the KYB definitely seemed to soak up the rough track at speed better than the WP Xplor suspension on the 250 SE-R. Not that the WP was bad though.

I rode both 2Tís twice before jumping on the 4T. When starting out on the 4T it definitely felt heavier, but it tracked really well over the rough ground and I was confident going much faster. The back end didnít swap out at all compared to the 2Tís. It was really well planted. The small amount of engine braking also helped me to come into corners faster as it stopped me overshooting them or brake sliding the rear as much compared to the 2Tís.

If I was not riding technical terrain at slow speed, I would definitely stick with the 300 4T.

The 300 2T was easier to ride in the soft map, and I presume the back end swapping could be improved with the proper spring rates and ride sag.
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Obviously you should buy the KYB equipped smoker and hang on to the '15 for pub runs
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Obviously you should buy the KYB equipped smoker and hang on to the '15 for pub runs


Ideally yes . One of each would be nice.
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Did you notice much difference between the new 4T and your '15?

A bloke I ride with (who has the same model as you) had a short ride on a new one last weekend.
His first comment was that it actually felt a bit down on power.
I'm sure his '15 is pretty much stock and I can't recall whether we worked out if both bikes were geared the same or not.
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I think you just described the usual difference between 4T and 2T in terms of handling.
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I think you just described the usual difference between 4T and 2T in terms of handling.


I know, but thought it worth mentioning for those who donít know and havenít ridden both.
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Did you notice much difference between the new 4T and your '15?



A bloke I ride with (who has the same model as you) had a short ride on a new one last weekend.

His first comment was that it actually felt a bit down on power.

I'm sure his '15 is pretty much stock and I can't recall whether we worked out if both bikes were geared the same or not.


I didnít notice anything significant and just put it down to the difference in gearing. Stock gearing is the same, but Iíve changed mine.
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Look like great bikes the Shercos
2 strokes will always feel a bit flighty handling wise.
Came across a reasonably cheap ohlins flow shock for my beta, spring for my weight all that was needed, now feels like the rear wheel is stuck to the ground !!!
Very impressed. Have had a friend following even comment.
Kyb on front happy days.

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I think you just described the usual difference between 4T and 2T in terms of handling.
I concur!@

The 2T throttle takes a bit more finess during application (or the clutch finger needs to make up for it). I've personally found keeping the engine singing more and limiting drive through clutch slip feels more stable than coasting or whacking it open and hoping for the best.
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Hi Guy's
Nice write up Gibbo, similar opinion, the 200 wasn't much fun for me I struggled to keep it spinning but the 350 was the pick of the bunch, goes like a scalded cat but hit the rear brake hard and it slides into corners like a 2 banger.
don't know what my next bike will be.
Cheers Michael.
Copied that from gibnut's thread on 2020 models.

Could be your next bike Danny? A 350 Beta - only problem I see would be weight. If it's less than 5 kg difference to the 2T then it could be a goer.
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